Set within the Walled Gardens, the The Geometic Garden was designed by Peter Beckett in 1993. The first of the three gardens to be restored, the design creates a series of ‘rooms’ on both sides of a central espaliered hornbeam avenue, Each planting is of a different shape – circle, square, triangle and rectangle – with a varied emphasis in planting and colour.
2007 saw the restoration of the once derelict Edwardian Glasshouse at the top of the Walled Gardens. Retaining its original walls and footprint, this beautiful fan-shaped building has come back to life as an exciting new space for weddings, dinners and garden events. Doors from this elegant space open directly in to the ‘eye’ of the fruit tree maze.
The Fruit Maze
In 1992, the only fruit tree maze in the world was created in the third Walled Gardens. Surrounding the Edwardian Glasshouse, the maze consists of apple and pear trees, gooseberry bushes and currant plants forming passages of more than half a mile in to the centre and back again. The exceptional annual crop of fruit is made in to a delightful collection of jams, jellies, chutneys and fresh pressed juices.
Upcoming events at the Abbey
This year a major development is the extension of our popular woodland bluebell walk for three days each week over five weeks. Please click through to see dates and times and ticket availability.
We are again opening the Abbey for tours in 2021. We offer a range of personally led tours to suit all preferences. Single bookings, couples and small groups as well as larger exclusive special interest groups are all welcome. Booking essential.