Stowe - National Trust

The large Grecian looking Temple of Concord and Victory standing atop the Grecian Valley at Stowe
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A monumental day out

The scale and beauty of Stowe have attracted visitors for over 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape, reflecting the changing seasons. Full of hidden meaning, the gardens were created as an earthly paradise, and still cast their spell today.

Your visit starts at the New Inn visitor centre outside the gardens. This fusion of modern and restored 18th-century buildings was where visitors of the past were welcomed to Stowe.

Stop by the light and airy café for delicious fresh food and the shop for unique products inspired by the gardens. The sheer size and space is perfect for those who love the outdoors and enjoy walking. A short walk or a ride in a buggy from New Inn takes you into the gardens, where another world awaits.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Open daily 10am-6pm spring, summer and autumn, 10am-4pm winter. Closed only 24-25 December. New Inn visitor centre and parkland open on 28 May with gardens closed.

Admission charges

See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe for details
Stowe House is opened by Stowe House Preservation Trust - charges also apply to NT members and tickets are available from the NT New Inn visitor centre.

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

Use postcode MK18 5EQ. Situated 3 miles north-west of Buckingham town, just off the A422 Buckingham to Banbury Road. From M40 take exits 9 to 11, from M1 exits 13 or 15a.
Local train stations are: Bicester North 9 miles; Milton Keynes Central 14 miles.
To reach Stowe by bus the Oxford to Cambridge stops in Buckingham town, and the Arriva X60 bus runs from Aylesbury to Milton Keynes, stopping in Buckingham town, both a 1.5 mile from Stowe.

Additional info

Stop by our New Inn visitor centre which hosts a welcome area, shop and large cafe. Hop on a buggy that can take you to the gardens entrance or walk to follow in the footsteps of the eighteenth-century tourists down Bell Gate Drive. Family friendly facilities throughout the visitor centre and activities throughout the year. Take a free introductory taster tour available most days. An exciting programme of events from exhibitions, talks and sports. Golf buggies are available to hire with donation of £10 to travel around the gardens.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Design

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Situated in the Grecian Valley at National Trust Stowe, a golden statue adorns a plinth. It depicts two naked men fighting as in the story of Samson and the Philistine

No more heroes? Exhibition

  • 12 April — 31 December 2016 *on now

Stowe is big and bold. Heroes, both real and mythological once stood in the gardens. Drop into the Temple of Venus to discover where Stowe’s heroic statues have gone and tell us who you’d nominate as your hero.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

National Trust members enter free to the gardens | £ 12.40 Adult | £6.20 Child (6-17) | £31 Family (2 adults, 3 children) | £18.60 Family (1 adult, 3 children) | £9.60 Group Adult, £4.25 Group Child, minimum of 15 to receive discount with advanced booking.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

A huge Grecian Temple in golden sandstone glows in the sunlight, a top of a hill in the Grecian Valley at Stowe. There are steps leading up to a covered portico held up by giant columns. the sides are open so you can walk down the colonnades. the is a large rectangular room inside with niches. On the front tip of the temple are carvings from depicting a heroic battle that relates to military successes and links to another monument in the garden dedicated to General Wolfe. Four statues adorn the four corners of the temple.

Capability Found exhibition

  • 12 April — 30 October 2016 *on now

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth, one of the most influential landscape gardeners. As his first and only employed role as Head Gardener, Stowe is where he learnt his trade and built up contacts before he moved onto other gardens across the country.

See statues return to his Grecian Valley in our restoration programme and celebrate with us at a variety of events and activities as part of the wider national wide festival.

Drop in at The Temple of Concord and Victory to discover more about Brown, installations by the Embroiderers’ Guild and relax over tea and cake.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

National Trust members enter free to the gardens | £ 12.40 Adult | £6.20 Child (6-17) | £31 Family (2 adults, 3 children) | £18.60 Family (1 adult, 3 children) | £9.60 Group Adult, £4.25 Group Child, minimum of 15 to receive discount with advanced booking.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe/profiles/capability-found-at-stowe

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A group of children are dressed in shorts and t-shirts as they climb through the trees in the gardens at Stowe

Family explorers

  • 1 March — 30 October 2016 *on now
  • 31 October 2016 10am-4pm

Enjoy a different themed adventure each month at Stowe, with plenty of opportunities to get outdoors, enjoy nature and have a go at some of the 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾! Grab a free family explorer guide when you arrive and discover a world of fun.
Feb: Tracks and trails
Mar: Spot the signs of spring
Apr: Beautiful birds
May: We’re going on a bug hunt
Jun: Summer blooms and bees
Jul: Leaf spotters
Aug: Fluttery butterflies and marvellous moths
Sep: What’s growing at Stowe?
Oct: Autumn leaves and Hallowe’en
Nov: Wild art
Dec: Feeling festive

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

National Trust members enter free to the gardens | £ 12.40 Adult | £6.20 Child (6-17) | Under 5s go free | £31 Family (2 adults, 3 children) | £18.60 Family (1 adult, 3 children) | £9.60 Group Adult, £4.25 Group Child, minimum of 15 to receive discount with advanced booking.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

A wide view of a valley and in the distance on top of a hill is the Temple of Concord and Victory, a Grecian style temple with golden sandstone, tall columns and statues and carvings. The trees surround the valley give rich autumn colours and fog drifts across the landscape.

Gardens tours - Capability Found

  • 3 February — 30 October 2016 *on now

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth, one of the most influential landscape gardeners. As his first and only employed role as Head Gardener, Stowe is where he learnt his trade and built up contacts before he moved onto other gardens across the country.
Take a tour to the Grecian Valley, as one of our guides leads you through the life and work of Brown at Stowe. On arrival check the daily blackboard for times.
See statues return to his Grecian Valley in our restoration programme and celebrate with us at a variety of events and activities as part of the wider national wide festival.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

National Trust members enter free to the gardens | £ 12.40 Adult | £6.20 Child (6-17) | £31 Family (2 adults, 3 children) | £18.60 Family (1 adult, 3 children) | £9.60 Group Adult, £4.25 Group Child, minimum of 15 to receive discount with advanced booking.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe/profiles/capability-found-at-stowe

A grey dog sat with the Rotunda monumenet behind him at Stowe, a round domed ceiling supported by columns cover a golden statue of Venus

Man's best friend monthly dog walk

  • 21 October 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 20 November 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 16 December 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Join the dogs of Stowe on a paw patrol with a different theme and leader each month.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

National Trust members enter free to the gardens | £ 12.40 Adult | £6.20 Child (6-17) | £31 Family (2 adults, 3 children) | £18.60 Family (1 adult, 3 children) | £9.60 Group Adult, £4.25 Group Child, minimum of 15 to receive discount with advanced booking.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

Children and their mums are standing on the edge of the Octagon Lake, using a sweep net to catch any insects as part of a nature activity. Behind them is a large bridge that crosses the river in a garden.

Wild Wednesdays - school holiday fun

  • 26 October 2016 From 10:30am

Get the kids closer to nature. Activities vary from mud-glorious-mud to wild art to making homes for wild animals. These activities are part of our 50 Things to see and do before you're 11 3/4, you'll get to make something and take it home too.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

National Trust members enter free to the gardens | £ 12.40 Adult | £6.20 Child (6-17) | Under 5s go Free | £31 Family (2 adults, 3 children) | £18.60 Family (1 adult, 3 children) | £9.60 Group Adult, £4.25 Group Child, minimum of 15 to receive discount with advanced booking.

Capability Found exhibtion

  • 12 April — 30 October 2016 *on now

Drop in at The Temple of Concord and Victory to discover more about Brown, installations by the Embroiderers' Guild and relax over tea and cake.

What to bring/wear: Wear comfy footwear for a good walk through the gardens to reach the Brown area. Bring your pocket money as we'll be serving refreshments from the temple and souvenirs of the exhibition.

Accessibility: A shuttle buggy runs from the New Inn to the gardens entrance which will save you 10 minutes. Alternatively you can hire a buggy or discuss your requirements with our team on 01280 825009.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/14e43742-8d3e-45df-a03d-e668a347c700/pages/details

Getting there

Use postcode MK18 5EQ. Situated 3 miles north-west of Buckingham town, just off the A422 Buckingham to Banbury Road. From M40 take exits 9 to 11, from M1 exits 13 or 15a.
Local train stations are: Bicester North 9 miles; Milton Keynes Central 14 miles.
To reach Stowe by bus the Oxford to Cambridge stops in Buckingham town, and the Arriva X60 bus runs from Aylesbury to Milton Keynes, stopping in Buckingham town, both a 1.5 mile from Stowe.

Stowe - National Trust
National Trust Stowe, New Inn Farm
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire
MK18 5EQ
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

E-mail

stowe@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

Infoline

01280 817156

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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