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Architectural Interest:The former home of Sir Frederick Gibberd at The Gibberd Garden

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Architectural Interest

The Gibberd Garden

The Gibberd Garden


Marsh Lane,
Gilden Way,
CM17 0NA


Sir Frederick Gibberd (1908-1984) was an influential 20th century Modernist architect, pioneering town planner and landscape designer, who not only successfully master-planned the new town of Harlow, but lived on the edge of the town, where he created his extraordinary garden.

The garden at Marsh Lane was pure enjoyment for Sir Frederick – a place to experiment with landscape, form and design, and to get stuck in.

He relished the constant development of the garden, and with his wife, Patricia, Lady Gibberd, embellished it with modern sculpture and architectural pieces, including work by nationally-celebrated sculptors like Gerda Rubenstein and FE McWilliam.

On his death in 1984, Sir Frederick bequeathed the garden to the people of Harlow; not as a monument to him, but because:

“I get a lot of pleasure out of the garden and I think other people would too.” (Sir Frederick, 1975)

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening details

Garden, Shop and Barn Tearoom open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays, 2-6pm, April - September. The Gibberd Rooms, Sir Frederick's former home, is open on Sundays, 3-5pm by timed ticket throughout the season.


Adults: £4, Concession: (over 60 or Students) £3, Children 5 to 16 £1 (under 5 free). Join as a member for £20 pa or £30pa for a family.



Plan route to The Gibberd Garden using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 483125  Lat: 51.79169 Long: 0.14987

By Road:
From M11, jct 7 take the A414 to Harlow. Go through 3 roundabouts and turn right at 4th onto B183 (brown signposted Gibberd Garden). Go through 2 more roundabouts and at end of long straight road turn left onto single lane.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • field - grass

  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesRamp


  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children


Only light refreshments are provided.