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Swiss Garden

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Address: Old Warden Aerodrome | Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP, Biggleswade SG18 9ER, England
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The Swiss Garden is a late Regency, nine acre garden, which is adjacent to...

The Swiss Garden is a late Regency, nine acre garden, which is adjacent to the Shuttleworth Collection. The garden was created by the third Lord Ongley between 1820 and 1835, and is laid out in the romantic and Swiss picturesque style.

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Peacocks wandering amongst the paths

The Swiss Gardens are truly immaculate; peacocks strutting around, thatched cottages and beautifully kept gardens make this an idyllic English summertime experience.

Reviewed 5 days ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Swiss Gardens are truly immaculate; peacocks strutting around, thatched cottages and beautifully kept gardens make this an idyllic English summertime experience.

Thank Worrals
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Swiss Garden was recently refurbished, thanks to a lottery grant, and it's looking really good. The gardens are buitifully restored and the forest walk is very nice. Great fun for old and young if you like a touch of nature. Not too much distance to walk with plenty of chairs dotted around all over. The cottage itself is very... More 

Thank Chris B
Hitchin Herts
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit the Swiss garden at least 4 times a year at different times, as the gardens change with the seasons. The recent renovation of the gardens has now settled down and one can take a pleasant wander through glades and grottos. It is easy to imagine the gardens 100 years ago with ladies from the house taking a stroll... More 

Thank John H
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

These gardens have been beautifully restored since my last visit some years ago. They have a magical quality which made me feel I wanted them all to myself! However, obviously a certain amount of maintenance work has to take place but the noise of the machinery did spoil the tranquility at times but overall I would recommend a visit.

Thank Nina P
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Swiss Garden is very well laid out with many trails leading to a vast areas with surprises around every corner. We visited whilst seeing the Shuttleworth Collection. There is a good restaurant to relax with either a nice cuppa or even lunch.

Thank Lambo66
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to visit on a lovely sunny day. On arrival we were given a map of the garden which I would recommend to follow as there are many interesting sections that you wouldn't want to miss. Many suprises around the well kept gardens and look out for the peacocks. There is also a section where all the... More 

Thank Ruth W
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Regency fairy garden, a charming folly of a garden. Not a maerchengarten but not the formality of the Georgian era. Romantic but mysterious, evocative a lost child or a mistress? There are tablets with poems, urns, sculptures, bowers and water features. The Swiss theme is enigmatic. Whether Ongley whose vision/folly it was had ever been to Switzerland and had... More 

Thank Chrispy5311
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The gardens are pretty and well set out. But this is not £7 (for my pensioner mother) and £8 (for me) worth of value. It is too much money for too little. Suggested improvement: 1) Plant names and details about plants to be posted: when then they flower, habit, size, how fast they and how big they grow, best conditions.... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On a sunny spring day, the gardens are stunning, lots of benches to sit and admire the lovely gardens, there is limited parking near the entrance as there is the areodrome too and you need to check calendar as lots events etc which can affect visit, and the full price is a little expensive for about an hour's visit, but... More 

Thank normanHertfordshire
Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The day we visited was grey and overcast but that didn't detract from the beauty of the gardens. We visited them as part of a combination ticket with the Shuttleworth collection. We spent about an hour going round them - completing the trail from the mobile app along the way. I'd love to return on a nicer day to really... More 

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