Photo: Sarah Smith


Abbey House Gardens is part of a country house in Malmesbury, Wiltshire spanning five stunning acres in England’s oldest town. The house itself was built in the 16th century, though there is evidence of an Iron Age fort beneath its foundations. When you explore Abbey House, take time to discover the remains of the Benedictine monastery that once stood there.

However, the real treat of Abbey House is the gardens. A Cotswold garden that epitomizes a traditional English country style, Abbey House Gardens are a treat for nature lovers that are looking for a natural retreat. With over 10,000 different plants, exploring the gardens is a delight for anyone. Spend time looking for your favourite flowers or just enjoy the natural beauty! Nestled under the ruined arch of the abbey next door, the gardens at Abbey House encompass England’s largest private collection of roses. Explore the different rose gardens that create a truly enchanting experience. Created by hedged walkways and arches, wandering through this oasis is a treat for the young and old alike. Admire the stunning water features or observe the statues dotted throughout the estate.

The real fame of Abbey House Gardens comes from Ian and Barbara Pollard, who are England’s very own naked gardeners! The couple have become famous for their naked gardening days and their love of naturism. If you really want to get in touch with the natural world, stop by Abbey House Gardens for one of their clothing optional days! It is sure to be an experience that you’ll never forget!


The Abbey House, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9AS
Tel: 01666 822212
Times: 11am to 5.30pm March 21st to October 31st