Goodnestone Park Gardens - Copyright Sally Lewis

Goodnestone Park Gardens

Goodnestone Park Gardens  - Church Views © GPGGoodnestone Park Gardens is a peaceful and romantic garden with connections to Jane Austen. It has been described by various writers as “the very heart of rural England”, “one of the loveliest gardens in Kent”, “a haven of beautiful tranquillity hidden away in south East Kent”.

Walk in Jane Austen's Footsteps and follow the newly reinstated 18th century Serpentine Walk.

One of only three gardens in Kent to be awarded the coveted two stars in the Good Garden Guide. Covering approximately 14 acres, the garden has a formal area around the House, with a small box parterre, planted to celebrate the millennium. The gravel garden was planted in 2003 and leads to the woodland area, and behind the wood the Golden Arboretum planted in 2001 to celebrate the Golden Wedding of Lord and Lady FitzWalter.

The walled garden has always been the peaceful part of the gardens and a water feature which looks towards the village church tower was added in 2009. The walled garden is covered in roses, wisteria, clematis and jasmine with rose-beds underplanted with perennials.

There is also fruit, herbs and vegetables in the kitchen garden.

There is a large car park and pre-booked coaches are welcome. 

The Old Dairy serves freshly prepared food and drink and is open to everyone, whether or not you are visiting the gardens.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens (except the Walled Garden). Please visit the Goodnestone Park Gardens' website for details.

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  • Goodnestone Park Gardens, Goodnestone, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PL
  • See location on Google maps.    
  • Map reference: TR 254544  Lat: 51.24421  Long: 1.22810
  • Goodnestone Park lies south off Canterbury, off the B2046 which runs from A2 to Wingham and is signposted from this road.
  • Parking : free
  • Nearest station : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Adisham station
  • Partial Disabled Access

Images Copyright: Sally Lewis