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Discover this enchanting woodland of twisting trails and sweet smelling flowers, located on the northern shores of Virginia Water.
Created by the shared vision of Sir Eric Savill and Hope Finlay, these 250 acres of undulating valleys were planted with exotic azaleas, magnolias and other blooms from all over the world. Our visitors love to wander through the remarkable maze of twisting woodland tracks and exotic scented blooms.
Every season offers collections that will surprise and delight even the most seasoned of horticulturists all year round, including National Collections of Magnolia, Rhododendron Species and Glenn Dale Azaleas, as well as Himalayan and Chinese Birches.
Making the most of your visit
Here are some great ways to spend your time at The Valley Gardens. You can also view our video below, which shows how beautiful The Valley and Savill Gardens are in spring.
Sip a warming coffee in the Virginia Water Pavilion
Visit the impressive Copper Horse depicting George III on horse back at the Long Walk
Catch up with friends at the play area on Obelisk Lawn
While the heaths and clusters of native trees have historically been part of the landscape, more substantial plantings of exotic plants and trees were initiated by the Duke of Cumberland in the 18th Century. It was the end of the Second World War however, that saw The Valley Gardens transformed – with gardeners from all over the country kindly donating shrubs, in particular azaleas and rhododendrons.
With the blessing of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Deputy Ranger Sir Eric Savill and his head gardener, Hope Findlay, turned to the undulating valleys above Virginia Water to house these plants - inspired by the parallel valleys and ancient trees that lined the horizon.
After clearing the central valleys and restoring the views to the lake, they created paths and rides to form the structure of the new garden. Clusters of plants were added, flooding the landscape with vivid colour and creating a flowering forest of exotic shrubs. These displays continue to grow and evolve today as our Gardens team carefully select each new introduction and placement, to add to the artistry of the landscape.
Each season brings with it something new, transforming the scene with fresh displays to explore. For more information about what you can see all year round, please visit our Seasonal Highlights section.
Our guide to the Garden Highlights indicates which flowers, plants and trees within The Savill Garden are most attractive at the moment, so you can plan your visit accordingly.
This heather is a particularly strong performer with a deep cerise flower in The Valley Gardens
National Collection of magnolias
Beautiful examples of far eastern magnolias in The Savill and Valley Gardens
An outstanding plant and an example from our National Collection of Rhododendron Species.
An attractive early spring flowering Camellia. One of many scattered through the Camellia Gardens in The Valley Gardens.
Part of our rhododendron species National Collection
Exquisite miniature daffodils naturalising freely in damp meadows in The Savill and Valley Gardens
Big leaved rhododendrons just starting to flower in The Savill and Valley Gardens.
Magnolia 'Pickards Schmetterling'
An outstanding magnolia bred in Kent by Amos Pickard. One of the prize winning blooms in the RHS Early Rhododendron Show.
Erica carnea 'Pink Spangles'
Carpets of heathers sparkling in the Heather Garden in The Valley Gardens
Good display of flowers
Peak of display and looking spectacular
Plan your day
These useful links will tell you everything you need to know to help you plan an enjoyable visit to Windsor Great Park.
Due to the nature of the landscape, The Valley Gardens is naturally less easily accessible for visitors with restricted mobility. There are however a number of wheelchair friendly routes from which to enjoy the ever-changing displays – including a wheelchair accessible viewing point at the Punch Bowl, which offers a new perspective of this breath-taking seasonal display, which is at its best in May. The viewing point is clearly signposted from The Valley Gardens car park. Below is a map of routes around the Valley Gardens.
Windsor Great Park Membership
Whether you're a keen horticulturist looking for inspiration, a dog owner who wants an unrivalled variety of short and longer walks, or a family looking for a place to enjoy nature and history there is a membership type to suit you.