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Holt in Wiltshire run
by the National Trust

The Courts Gardens

Holt, Bradford-upon-Avon, BA14 6RR
Tel: +44 (0)1225 782340

Please visit the National Trust website for current opening times and admission charges.


Nearest Rail Station Bradford-upon-Avon  Nearest International Airport  Bristol International  Nearest Motorway  M4 Map

In the care of the National Trust, The Courts Gardens is an example of the English style at its best; the garden is full of charm and variety.

The Drying Pillars There are many interesting plants and an imaginative use of colour, with surrounding topiary, ornaments and water features. An arboretum with natural planting of spring bulbs, a kitchen garden and orchard complements the garden.

The Courts Gardens, is a fine example of the English Arts and Crafts Movement waiting for discovery on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. The Arts and Crafts design is similar to many with terraces, stone paths, hedges, ponds, bog and kitchen gardens divided into rooms with shaped yew trees. Integrated into the garden design are several original features such has the cloth drying pllars.

The gardens in early summer are full of charm and variety with many interesting plants and excellent use of colour complimented by topiary and water features. The garden is only 2.8 hectares or 7 acres and the way the garden seems much larger is due to the small arboretum that contains several large specimens, including the Cut-leafed Beech.

The Courts Dye Pool The Courts was the village magistrate’s court. The house is Georgian, built of Bath stone in 1720, by a wealthy cloth merchant from Bradford on Avon. Unfortunately, the house is not open to visitors.

Facilities include a tearoom and toilets. Amenities for disabled visitors include adapted toilets; a ramp and a wheelchair are available for loan.

Car parking for The Courts Gardens is available at the Holt village hall, opposite the gardens. The car park is quite small and may be full at busy times.

Visitor Information

Please visit the National Trust website for current opening times and admission charges.


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