Garden Guides

Browse our themed booklets to build a perfect garden itinerary based on your interests. Read the general Information for Visitors guide, then find out more about the rooftop gardens, family-friendly gardens, allotments and community food gardens, or historic gardens which will open their gates during the weekend. You can also download a map book showing garden clusters – groups of gardens centred around a tube or train station.

We are committed to producing an environmentally sustainable event; these guides are print-friendly, but please think before you print and use them online if you are able to.

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Information for Visitors

Rooftop gardens

With city green space coming at a premium, creating a garden on top of a building can make an outdoor retreat or wildlife haven appear out of nowhere. Take in London’s famous skyline or discover a different view of some of the capital’s hidden corners from one of our rooftop gardens, and enjoy the horticultural skill and community determination which have shaped these prized green spaces.

Family-friendly gardens

Children are welcome at all participating gardens during the Weekend, but some promise to be especially suitable for younger visitors. Many of these family-friendly gardens boast playgrounds, while some are also offering special activities including games, crafts, seed planting, facepainting and live shows. Don’t forget to check the garden web pages for the latest activity updates, as you plan your itinerary.

Allotments and Community Food Gardens

Growing plants for food – be it vegetables, fruit or herbs – takes place in many of the spaces you can visit during Open Gardens weekend. In some cases, however, sharing the necessary resources and facilities to grow produce sustainably has become the focal point for a community. Visiting these gardens will give kitchen gardeners a host of tips and ideas but will also offer a glimpse of the community life that revolves
around growing spaces.

Historic Gardens

A number of historic buildings will open their gardens during the weekend. Visit the centuries-old gardens surrounding the Inns of Court, see how obsolete buildings and the spaces around them have been repurposed for the 21st Century, and step back in time through the gardens of some of the capital’s famous names. Don’t forget to take in a few of London’s iconic garden squares – a wide variety of these green gems will open their gates to ticketholders.

Garden Clusters

To explore an area at your leisure, use our Garden Cluster maps to find a group of gardens set around convenient tube or train stations. Check the opening days and times, and then stroll around a collection of gardens linked only by their proximity to one another; in many cases, this serves to highlight the diversity of spaces on display during the weekend.

Please note that visits to two gardens listed on these maps – the Aga Khan Centre and Victoria Hall – must be prebooked.