Year of the Garden 2016 – Tours

Vision Buxton Year of the English Garden

Tours of Pavilion Gardens 

To mark the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown this year has been designated the Year of the Garden!

Here in Buxton we have the beautiful Pavilion Gardens which are listed by English Heritage as Grade II* listed Gardens.

The Pavilion Gardens is a nationally important public park which probably originated as the private gardens of Buxton Hall in the late 16th century. It is quite likely that Mary Queen of Scots, whilst under house arrest would have walked through them with her ladies in waiting and as 2016 is the Year of the English Garden appropriate that we celebrate its historical significance.

Discover Buxton Tours are planning a series of guided walks with their costumed interpreter Edward Milner throughout the season.


It was Joseph Paxton who produced plans for the development of the landscape and public spaces of Buxton and the creation of the Broad Walk that runs along the south eastern margins of the Gardens however it was Milner, his apprentice in 1870, who started on the development of the Winter Garden or Pavilion.

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Our promenades with Mr. Milner point out the important heritage features such as original layout, landscape features and perimeter banking, lakes, watercourses and vistas which were all set out by Edward Milner.

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The Gardens are listed as Grade II* on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest so we hope that you will join us and learn more about their fascinating past.

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Click here for more information and to book or phone Netta 01298 79648 to book – individual or group bookings.

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