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Guided Tour, from 17 Aug 2017

Gibberd Gallery

Gibberd Gallery


Gibberd Garden

01279 442112


Civic Centre,
The Water Gardens,
CM20 1WG


Why is it always a surprise to visitors and sometimes residents that Harlow has a wealth of culture, sculpture, credible visual venues as well as regular diverse music and performance programmes? Rising from dramatic circumstances after the Second World War the prime activity was to build homes, create thriving industry and renew disparate communities. After experiencing war torn London beautiful surroundings were important for people's health and well being and due to the commitment of Harlow Art Trust the new town became known for its public art and green spaces.

Sculptors like Moore, Hepworth, Rodin, Lynn Chadwick made work to be placed around the housing areas. This has resulted in awards and grade II listings for the outstanding collection with an astounding 90 pieces found in urban, river and walking trails. The master planner, architect and landscape architect, Sir Frederick Gibberd resided in Old Harlow and his house and gardens are a national visitor attraction and forms part of a popular tour for the uninitiated.

Expertly led the tours start at the Gibberd Gallery where the town's 20th Century watercolour collection is on permanent display. Transport will be offered to whisk visitors through the edges and centre of the town to little known urban areas, peeking at the listed works of art then onto lunch at the Gibberd Garden. The afternoon consists of a VIP view of the house with the freedom to roam the gardens and explore the personal collection of eclectic works that belonged to Sir Frederick and his wife lady Patricia. "I'll never look at Harlow the same way again" visitor on a tour from Saffron Walden.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for educational visitsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 14 Sep 2017 10:00 to 16:00


Free Parking at the Gibberd Garden with coach pick-up to go to the Gallery.

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Thu 14 Sep Art and The New Town Cultural Tours



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Map reference: TL 446097  Lat: 51.76730 Long: 0.09413

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Harlow station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors


  • If you have any concerns about access to the building or the gallery please call in advance and we will be happy to answer any questions.


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system