Savill Garden, Englefield Green
The beautiful Savill Garden sits within Windsor Great Park as an enclosed garden which you pay an entrance fee to get in to. There are also lovely walks and picnic areas outside of the actual garden which are free to enjoy, and probably more suitable for families. I’ve covered both here:
The Garden is very pretty with flowers, walks and a pond but I would recommend visiting during the school holidays when they do activities for children. We visited during the Easter holidays and they had a Rainbow Trail through the garden which the children had to follow using a map, answering clues on their way. This was great fun (not just for the kiddies) and there was also a face painter on the route at no extra charge. Check out my What’s on section which will show activities for upcoming school holiday periods.
Top tip – If you’re a resident in Windsor & Maidenhead and have an Advantage Card you can get adult entry to the garden 2 for 1 when you show your card. You can also get parking for free when you pay to get in to the garden, although I had to mention both of these when I was paying.
The Park – Sitting within Windsor Great Park you don’t need to pay for the garden to enjoy this beautiful area. This is a great place for getting out for some fresh air and is bike / scooter friendly. There’s a lovely, self-contained play area with a sand pit, swings, slides and climbing equipment. Plus, there’s the added bonus of a refreshment van nearby if like me you need a good few caffeine hits to get going in the morning. Throw in some beautiful walks through enchanted woods, fairy spotting (we have overactive imaginations in this house) and a huge lake with ducks always happy to see the arrival of bread clutching toddlers, and you have a perfect free day out. Watch the car parking though, it’s not cheap.
There are good toilet facilities in the main Savill Garden building by the car park with a separate baby changing area and nice touches like step stools at the sinks for little ones. Be aware though if you walk through the park there aren’t any toilets outside so make sure you take a potty if you’re going through the fun and games of toilet training, or just have a little one who likes to leave it to the point of desperation!
The park is perfect is you’re planning a picnic, but there is also a restaurant in the main building. This has 2 areas: the main restaurant which serves hot food, and the Gallery which is slightly more child friendly and serves cold food as well as grab and go boxes (4 items for £4.90 of which you can choose a sandwich, drink, fruit).
Address: Savill Garden, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, TW20 0UJ
Garden opening times*:
Summer – 10.00am–6.00pm (last admission 5pm); daily; 1 Mar–31 Oct. Winter – 10.00am–4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm); daily; 1 Nov–29 Feb.
Admission to the Garden – £9.75 / adult. Children (16 years and under) free.
Entrance to the Garden is free from 1 December – 19 February.
*Prices and opening times correct as of June 2017.
For more information see online.
Image credit: gardenartandsculpture.co.uk