Stowe Gardens

  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Stowe Gardens

  • Probably the UK's finest landscape gardens. Gentle folds of land have been clothed in a gorgeous selection of lakes, ponds and planting by Capability Brown; and thronged space with temples, pavilions, follies, statues and bridges.
  • Ravishing and inspiring poetic landscape.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest8
  • Human interest16
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points5
  • Total rating85
  • Note: Negs: popularity; lots of people

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Level of Difficulty: Straightforward

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WALK SUMMARY

Stowe House has probably the UK's, and is a candidate for the world's, finest landscape gardens.

A perfect combination of folds of land have been clothed in a gorgeous selection of lakes, ponds, and planting by Capability Brown; and thronged with temples, pavilions, follies, monuments, statues and bridges, all seen from different angles along carefully constructed lines of sight and vistas through frames of foliage. The gardens are presided over by the magnificent south front of the great house and the huge Corinthian Arch on the hillside beyond the lakes to the south.

This is a poetic and intellectual landscape, as well as a beautiful one: an inspiration for both thought and feeling.

You can walk here for hours, revelling in the artificially natural beauty of this wonderful landscape. Walkopedia's favourite area, unoriginally, the Elysian Fields.

You won’t be alone, so come mentally prepared – better still, avoid peak days!

Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

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