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Lydiard Park Coronavirus Statement

Lydiard Park is open for exercise and recreation. Please remember to follow social distancing rules at all times.

Toilet facilities will be reopening tomorrow (11 July). Facilities will be available Monday – Sunday between 9am and 4pm. Enhanced cleaning will take place twice a day and toilets will be inspected hourly.

Please maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from others when entering, waiting, or leaving the toilets. Queueing must be 2 metres apart with no more than six people in the queue. Before leaving the facility, please wash your hands thoroughly. Hand sanitiser will also be available.

We are delighted to be offering a takeaway service for snacks, ice creams, and drinks. We will only be accepting card payment and social distancing measures will be in place. Takeaway facilities will be located at the Forest Café and next to the Coach House Tea Rooms (subject to weather conditions).

The children’s play area, BBQs, historic house, Walled Garden and Lydiard Hotel remain closed while further work is carried out to make sure they’re safe.

Please use the PayByPhone mobile ticketing option to pay for parking where possible.

Please note that we are not currently taking BBQ bookings. If you have booked and paid for a BBQ at Lydiard Park, please email us on LydiardEvents@swindon.gov.uk with your contact details and we will be in touch to arrange cancellations.

 

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Lydiard Park's Walled Garden is open all year round offering a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy through all the seasons.

It is a rare example of an 18th century Walled Garden. In the 1740s, the St John family built this rhombus-shaped garden behind the Coach House and Stable buildings. It was used to grow flowers and fruit as well as providing a pleasant place for the family to stroll after dinner.

As the once grand St John estate declined, so did this garden and by the end of the 20th century, it was in a sad state. As part of the Lydiard Park Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the garden was restored to its former glory and re-opened to the public in 2007.

 

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Photography by Jessica Reeves

 

 

Today the original Georgian garden structure can be appreciated. The garden is divided into six sections with wide pathways with a well and sundial. The narrow beds contain trimmed shrubs and perennial plants, alternating with individual flowers and bulbs.

 

Along the walls and in the centre of flowerbeds are trained apple, pear, greengage, peach, plum, cherry, apricot and fig trees. The Lydiard Park Gardening Team use traditional, organic methods to tend and maintain the plants. The garden is a haven for wildlife, attracting butterflies and bees. 

 

 

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Tickets for the Walled Garden are on sale at Lydiard House or at the Coach House Tea Rooms.

 

For ticket prices and information on how to find us, please visit the Plan Your Visit page.