The Gibberd Garden
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Designed by Sir Frederick and Lady Pat Gibberd and their former home for nearly 50 years, The Gibberd Garden is listed Grade II and open to the public from April to October, with a lively events programme including Music, Theatre and Art and Writing days throughout the Season.

Explore formal terraces, lawns, pools and avenues, then take a romantic stroll through woodland glades down to Pincey Brook.

Be intrigued by the collection of modern sculpture and architectural pieces Sir Frederick and Lady Gibberd acquired over their lifetime – from nationally celebrated sculptors like Gerda Rubenstein, to quirky pieces by young artists they discovered.

Experience the world of these influential 20th century art-lovers and intellectuals in the Gibberd Rooms - conserved as if they had just left – with a little of their art, Sir Frederick’s models and books, and our expert volunteer guides on hand.

Delight the children with animal sculptures, large and small, acres of green space, and the charming moated castle which Sir Frederick built for his grandchildren.

Relax in the Barn Tearoom, with delicious cakes and ice-cream, hot and cold drinks - staffed by friendly volunteers who ensure the garden remains open to the public.

“One of the most important post-war gardens in the country….where sculpture and plants complement each other perfectly.” BBC Gardeners’ World

Special celebrations and parties

A superb setting for a birthday (children and adults) or anniversary party. Guests can wander through the grounds and take refreshments in the barn.

The Gibberd Rooms

Sir Frederick and Lady Patricia Gibberd’s former home, is open with timed entry on Sunday afternoons with expert guides on hand. 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.00 per adult
Child£1.00 per child
Concessions£4.00 per concession

Adults, £5; Concessions, £4; Child 5-16 yrs, £1; Under 5's Free. Members of The Friends of The Gibberd Garden - FREE and members of Historic Houses - FREE

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access - There is restricted access to parts of the Garden for those with limited mobility, as paths are uneven and the Garden slopes downhill.
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Groups

  • Education/study area - By appointment only
  • Facilities for educational visits - Booking essential
  • Facilities for groups - Groups need to pre-book
  • Guided tours for groups - On request
  • Mini Coach Parties Accepted

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing - Small room available
  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Sole use of venue
  • Wedding receptions - Enquiries through the website please

Parking

  • Free Parking - In wet weather, there is limited parking as it is on a field

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Suitability

  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups - Pre-booking is essential for groups. Enquiries through the website please

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from M11 (J7): Take A414 towards Hertford. Go through three roundabouts and turn right at the fourth A1025 and B183 to Hatfield Heath, Brown sign). Continue straight through two more roundabouts, when you will come upon a quarter mile straight road (Gilden Way). At the end of this straight there is a brown sign on the left pointing left to Marsh Lane and the entrance to the Garden.

Directions from M11 (J7A): Take A1025 towards Harlow. Turn left at the first roundabout. Continue on towards Harlow, past Marsh Lane to the Churchgate Street roundabout and take the left turn off to go around it and return to Marsh Lane. At the end of a straight stretch there is a brown sign on the left pointing left to Marsh Lane and the entrance to the Garden.

Directions from A1060 Chelmsford/Bishops Stortford Road: From Hatfield Heath turn left (from Chelmsford) or right (from Bishops Stortford) onto B183 towards Sheering. Go through Sheering, cross the M11 and follow the road through a number of S bends. You will eventually come to a large roundabout and join the traffic from the M11 7A junction A1025. Continue on towards Harlow, past Marsh Lane to the Churchgate Street roundabout and take the left turn off to go around it and return to Marsh Lane.  At the end of a straight there is a brown sign on the Left pointing left to Marsh Lane and the entrance to the Garden.

 

Public Transport Directions

Harlow Mill Station: The nearest station is Harlow Mill on the Liverpool Street to Cambridge line. It is just over two miles walk, via roads, if you head south through Old Harlow village and then east along the B153 on the south side of the new Gilden Way housing estate.

Bus Service from Harlow Town: There is only one bus service along Gilden Way, the No.59 Harlow/Chelmsford route, which leaves the bus station in Harlow at 15 minutes past the hour, arriving at Marsh Lane approximately half past the hour. The walk from the Marsh lane bus stop to the Garden is approximately half a mile. The return service passes Marsh Lane at approximately 10 minutes to the hour, arriving back at the bus station at about 5 minutes past the hour.

There is no direct service from Harlow Town Railway Station to the Garden, but there is a frequent service from the train station to the bus station in the centre of Harlow

The Gibberd Garden

Type:Garden

Marsh Lane, HARLOW, Essex, CM17 0NA

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Opening Times

* 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.
Covid-19 Opening: Wednesday & Sunday afternoons, 2pm - 5pm (last entry 4pm)

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