Dewstow Gardens

Imagine discovering a lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes buried under thousands of tons of soil for over 50 years. I did when I visited Dewstow gardens at Caerwent recently.

Built around 1895 the gardens were buried just after WW11 and rediscovered in 2000. The gardens were created around the turn of the century by "James Pulham & Sons" landscapers, Rock Builders and Garden Designers.

The gardens had been buried around the 1940s and 50s and after excavation, although some areas were in very poor condition, other parts remained as good as the day the gardens were built. Most of the repairs have now been completed during a massive restoration operation which began in 2000.

The 8 acres of gardens contain many ponds and rills but interestingly a labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries.The rock gardens are made up of a mixture of real stone and faced stone using various types of Pulhamite.

No dogs other than guide dogs are permitted enter the gardens.Dogs are not permitted to enter the Tea Room at any time.

Disabled Access

There is very limited access for wheelchairs in the garden and no access to the underground areas. We have toilet facilities for the disabled in the tea room area.

We are closed now for the winter months.

2020 Season

Daily from Saturday 28th March until Sunday 1st November.

 

Garden entry fees:

  • Adults £7.50 

  • Concessions £6.50

  • OAP £6.50

  • Children 11-18yrs £4.50

  • Children 6-10yrs £2.50

  • Kids aged 5 and under: FREE

  • (For safety reasons, a maximum of 3 under 10s per responsible adult)

  • Family  2 Adults + 3 Children  £24

Season Tickets:

  • Season ticket: £25
    (enables you to visit the gardens on any open day throughout the season)

  • Family season ticket: £50
    (enables you to visit the gardens on any open day throughout the season)