Come explore our tranquil gardens
Although parts of the original 1802 gardens remain, much of what you see today was laid out in the late 19th century by the wife of the first Lord Crawshaw. She designed the 15 acres of mixed woodland and garden areas, with trails leading through shaded trees and little dells.
The gardens are a delightfully peaceful place, full of interest throughout the year.
A myriad of paths lead through the woodland garden, carpeted in spring by thousands of bulbs and wild flowers, while an abundance of flowering shrubs and ornamental trees catch the eye around the spacious lawns.
In the summer the old fashioned rose garden, with its extensive views towards Charnwood Forest, and the magnificent herbaceous border sheltered by the high brick wall of the working kitchen garden, provide a profusion of colour.
The autumn brings a change to the colour of leaves on the magnificent mature trees, some over 200 years old.
“The gardens were lovely, just so English and peaceful with all the spring flowers…we could have stayed all day….we will look forward to another visit in the future.”
R Swales, April 2013
The Broad Walk through the garden leads to the ‘Bogey Hole‘, a former icehouse that was converted into a picturesque grotto with decorative rockery features. The creation of Bogey Hole dates to at least 1831 when the decorative rockwork was mentioned in an article in Gardener’s Magazine.
The Bogey Hole is at the eastern edge of the Chinese Garden. This garden dates to the late 19th century. The terracotta warriors (a later addition) stand guard, replicas of the famous Terracotta Army discovered in China after being buried for 2200 years.
The loggia stands against the west wall of the kitchen garden. The decorative loggia holds a belvedere seat for enjoying the shaded location. Next to the loggia is the Dutch Garden, a small, enclosed area.
South of the Chinese Garden is a large arboretum. Many of the trees here were planted in the early 19th century when the house was built, but many more date to after WWII. at the western edge of the garden is an ornamental pond, created in the 1930s.
Map of our gardens
Come and visit the plant nursery at Whatton. Piecemeal Plants offers a wide range of quality, hardy herbaceous perennials, many unusual as well as various cottage garden favourites. The majority are grown outside throughout the year.
A small selection of flowering bulbs, half-hardy and tender plants is also available. Visitors are very welcome to browse without commitment and to ask for advice.
For nursery opening times and more information, visit:
Tel: 07950 757 444
Tel: 01509 431 193
Revised Covid-19 admission requirements
£5 for adults
Children under 16 free
We have an honesty box system in place, please bring the correct money to avoid handling change.
Historic House members are welcomed, please post pre-written member numbers into the honesty box rather than writing them in the book on arrival.
Please note Whatton is NOT currently an RHS partner garden although this is something we are looking to establish in the future.
Bring your friends and family and come and enjoy the beauty of this timeless 15 acre garden in the heart of Leicestershire countryside. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
Whilst we welcome personal photography within our grounds we ask kindly that all photographers visiting with clients for photo shoots of any kind ask our permission and book in advance.
Garden opening times
We will be closing on 1 December to allow for essential maintenance work in the grounds. Fear not we are planning to re-open later in the month for some festive fun so keep checking in for updates!
Advance notice will be given for any closures for maintenance or private events.
GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES MUST BE ADHERED TO AT ALL TIMES TO ENABLE US TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND STAY OPEN. THANK YOU.