The resort is home to some of the biggest and most wonderful gardens in Britain. With elegant conservatories and vibrant flower beds, the area is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the theme park.
- The Bandstand
- The Canal
- The Choragic Monument
- Colonnade of the Muses
- Corkscrew Fountain
- The Dovecote
- The Gothic Temple
- Grand Conservatories
- The Horseshoe Walk
- Jacob’s Ladder
- The Orangery
- The Pagoda Fountain
- Prospect Tower
- La Refuge
- The Swiss Cottage
- Toilets – nearest toilets found in Mutiny Bay or Forbidden Valley
Continuing throughout the valley for miles, it’s easy to lose yourself whilst exploring. Smaller gardens can also be found surrounding the towers ruins with Her Ladyship’s Garden being the most famous. There are also plans to re-open another garden next to the Towers – Her Ladyship’s Oratory.
Whilst the majority of guests visit for the resort’s rides and attractions, not many realise that the park also features this arboreal wonderland. It’s one of the few attractions that you won’t have to queue for and won’t flip you upside down at high speeds!
If you don’t want to walk through the gardens you can also travel across them by Skyride and enjoy the amazing aerial views of the Valley.
The gardens were first opened to the public in 1860, thirty years later garden fetes attended by as many as 30,000 people were common.
Designed by Thomas Allason and Robert Abrahams, it was their combination of money, architectural talent and an eye for beauty, which made the gardens the extravagant, spectacular sight they are today.
They have remained largely untouched during the development of the theme park and will most likely be preserved for years to come.