Guidance for visitors to Windsor Great Park
Your safety, the safety of our staff and other Park visitors is our utmost priority.
Before you leave home
Please note - there may be occasions where our team will ask you to move on if an area is becoming too crowded. Please respect their request.
The Savill Building
The Savill Building will close on 05 November until 03 December. Temporary toilet facilities are available.
The Savill Garden
The Savill Garden will close on 05 November until 03 December.
The Christmas tree shop
This will open on 03 December. Find out more here.
The children's play area - Obelisk Lawn
This area will remain closed.
Virginia Water Pavilion
Firstly, try The Savill Garden car park at TW20 0UJ. Other areas of the Great Park are within easy reach of this car park.
The following are also open:
The car park at The Valley Gardens remains closed.
For Members of Buttersteep and Swinley Park, these car parks will remain open.
More information about car parking can be found here.
Cycling in Windsor Great Park
More information about cycling can be found here.
Motorised transport in Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park is an operational rural estate as well as a place for residents and our staff. Please be aware that authorised vehicles do move within the Park.
All other forms of motorised transport are not permitted within the Great Park. Examples include:
Catering facilities in Windsor Great Park
The following reduced take-away catering will be available:
Friends of The Savill Garden and Members
We are constantly reviewing the situation and, should Government advice change, or public safety be compromised, we will impose further closures or restrictions.
The Savill Garden is a tranquil place to discover rare plants from around the world, arranged in stunning seasonal displays.
Since its creation in the 1930s, The Savill Garden has been an inspiration for all. This natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend a relaxing day out with family or friends.
The 35 acres of interconnected gardens include the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds.
A limited number of tickets are available for online purchase only.
Before you book
If you have not visited The Savill Garden before please familiarise yourself with some of our Garden entry rules which prohibits the following items being taken in to the Garden. (A full list can be viewed in our terms and conditions).
Sir Eric Savill first created this woodland garden in the 1930s, and since then many others have undertaken a tireless quest to add their own expertise and creativity. The Rose Garden in particular, designed by Andrew Wilson and opened by H.M. the Queen in 2010, is a magnificent addition. Visitors can wander the swirls of rose beds, and enjoy the perfume at its best from a central walkway.
Our gardening team are continually refreshing and renewing the plantings, displays and landscaping of The Savill Garden - pushing the boundaries of its design. Yet still respecting the legacy of Sir Eric Savill – founder of The Savill Garden and former Deputy Ranger of The Park – and the work he undertook with the support of George V and VI.
Plant hunters have journeyed across the globe to source these plants, and later to breed them into the familiar cultivars that we enjoy in the Garden today. From the vibrant summer blooms of Paeonia ‘Augstin d’Hour’ from China, to the clove-scented flowers of the Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’, which come originally from the Himalayas and flower during the winter months.
The Garden has benefitted from a continuity of leadership with just three inspirational plantsmen having held the post of Keeper of the Gardens, Hope Finlay, John Bond and Mark Flanagan.
The Savill Garden never fails to offer our visitors something new and exciting to discover. From the original rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas planted by Sir Eric Savill, which continue to bloom here year after year - to the Queen Elizabeth rose, newly-planted to mark HM the Queen becoming our longest reigning monarch.
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 large evergreen shrub from China has abundant clusters of small white flowers, followed by bright red berries.
A popular compact grass which reflects the light beautifully in the Rose Garden.
A richly coloured Japanese Maple in the Orchard beds
Golden seed heads adds structure and interest on a sunny winter's day. Look in the Mediterranean Garden for other interesting types of seed head.
Outstanding summer displays in the entrance beds and Herbaceous Border in The Savill Garden
Aka, ‘Lion’s Tail’ native to S. Africa displayed in Temperate House
Crimson Glory Vine, very large deciduous vine from Asia and great for Autumn colour.
Japanese Sedge produces evergreen foliage which turns lime-green to golden yellow and makes a vibrant addition to a winter garden.
South African bulb with trumpet shaped flowers on display in the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House.
Good display of flowers
Peak of display and looking spectacular
These useful links will help you to make the most of your visit to Windsor Great Park.
The Savill Garden is easily accessible, with a fairly even terrain that is suitable for both wheelchairs and buggies. For adult visitors with disabilities, we also allow an accompanying able-bodied companion to visit The Savill Garden free of charge, if you require. Disabled facilities, including toilets (accessible with a radar key) are clearly sign-posted in The Savill Building.
Dedicated parking spaces are available close to the entrance of The Savill Building, and we have a limited number of non-motorised wheelchairs available to borrow, for use in The Savill Garden and The Savill Building. Please note, wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis. We do not have electric mobility scooters, but if you have your own then you are very welcome to use it.
There are plenty of clearly marked wheelchair accessible paths throughout the Garden, as well as several benches and seated areas where you can relax and enjoy the views. Please be aware, although the main circular route around the Garden is wheelchair accessible, there is a section with a slight descent and ascent when returning to The Savill Building, meaning that companions will need to be fit and able-bodied in order to push a wheelchair in these areas!
The award-winning Savill Building serves as a visitor centre for The Savill Garden and wider Great Park. It was opened in 2006 by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, Ranger of Windsor Great Park. The wooden grid shell architecture, designed by Glenn Howells, has been constructed from sustainable timber sources from within Windsor Great Park.
Its undulating oak roof has been shaped to look like a rippling leaf, and blends seamlessly with the tall mature oak trees surrounding its perimeter. The Savill Building measures an impressive 90 metres long and has won a number of architectural awards - including the International Architecture Award - Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design 2008, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional and National awards 2007.
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.
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