For generations Quex Gardens have been enjoyed by the Powell-Cotton family and their friends. Their love of outdoor spaces is clear today in our 7 acres of historic gardens and natural woodland, with their stunning Victorian layout and landscaping.
You can enjoy the seasonal delights of Quex Gardens your way – wander through the Victorian Walled Garden and explore the greenhouses and rare cucumber pit. Glimpse birds of prey hovering in the wide open skies or stroll along the woodland walks and discover a wealth of wildlife. Or simply relax with a picnic and savour the peace and tranquillity watching the sunlight glisten on the fountain pond with its listed statues and monument.
King William III (1689 – 1702) often stayed at the original Quex Mansion whilst awaiting a favourable wind to take him across the Channel from Ramsgate, Kent. From 1883 James Cornford was Head Gardener at Quex and by 1902 about twenty gardeners were employed. Following the retirement of James Cornford in 1923, the costs of the upkeep of the garden had become a concern and it was at this time that the level of staffing was reduced to what we have today.
Today, our gardens are tended by our Head Gardener and an assistant gardener along with a team of valuable and appreciated volunteers. We have begun our restoration project which will focus on all aspects of the garden including renewed garden design and planting and the renovation of the historic greenhouses. All aspects of our Gardens require much attention and reinvestment and we are very excited to embark on what will be an interesting and fulfilling journey. In order to achieve our goals we will need as much help as possible and would appreciate any time you may have to volunteer in the gardens.
If you feel you can help us, please contact us on 01843 842168
Gardens only: Adults £4, Children (up to 16)/full time students/disabled £3, Under 5s FREE.
Open Tuesdays - Sundays (Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays)
Museum and Gardens - Tuesday 10 January to Sunday 17 December 2017 - 10am-5pm
Quex House - 1 April to 31 October 2017 - 1pm-4pm