Parks & Gardens in Hertfordshire open to the public

More information on many of these sites can be found at PGUK, Historic England and Heritage Gateway.

Public Parks

Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods

16th century origins but mainly Victorian now

Cedars Park, Cheshunt

Gardens and park with origins in the 16th century.

Bushey Rose Garden, Bushey

Arts and Crafts garden

Hemel Water Gardens

Restored 20th century Jellicoe designed water garden

Pishiobury Park, Sawbridgeworth

18th-century park, re-designed by Lancelot Brown

Shenley Walled Garden

Victorian walled garden within Shenley Park

Parks accessible on public footpaths


Near Berkhamsted – Medieval

Brocket Park

Near Lemsford – 16th century, landscaped in the 18th century.

King's Walden Park

17th century

Panshanger Park

Near Hertford – Regency

Sacombe Park

17th century parkland

Tring Park

18th century

Weston Park

Near Stevenage – medieval & 19th century

Woodhall Park

Near Watton-at-Stone – 16th century and 18th-century landscape park


Near High Cross – 18th century landscape park improved by Capability Brown

‘Lost gardens’ accessible from public footpaths


Impressive example of Pulhamite rockwork in open space belonging to Welwyn-Hatfield District Council


In Gobions Wood at Brookmans Park – earthwork remains of famous 18th-century gardens designed by Charles Bridgeman


Grotto Wood south of Hertingfordbury – earthwork remains of 18th-century gardens

Theobalds Park

Footpath crosses what survives of a large 100m x 100m square pond forming an important feature in the former park south of James I’s Theobalds Palace in the early 17th century

Private but open to the public on payment of entrance fee


A range of gardens dating from the 18th century, Regency and 19th century.

Benington Lordship

Victorian and 20th century gardens set within the bailey of a medieval fortification

Hatfield House

Gardens dating from the 17th century, Victorian period and 20th century

Knebworth House

Victorian and Arts & Crafts gardens. The park was created in the 17th century

Letchworth First Garden Museum

Arts & Crafts garden.

Scotts Grotto, Ware

18th century grotto and summerhouse.

National Garden Scheme

10 Cross Way, Letchworth

Arts & Crafts Garden

St Paul’s Waldenbury

18th century

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