The Savill Garden features some of the best ornamental gardens and exotic woodlands in the UK and has recently reopened it’s gates. Located within Windsor Great Park it is a beautiful place to explore with your little ones.
Like most gardens that have reopened post lock-down, you are required to purchase an online ticket in advance. The ticket is valid for the full day and you are not restricted to an arrival time slot. As they’ve limited the number of visitors per day it means it’s lovely and quiet inside the gardens. Windsor Great Park itself can get fairly busy on a sunny day so it’s reassuring to know that the gardens are a quiet place to visit.
Each of the interlocking gardens has its own distinct theme and feature plants from all over the world. I’ve visited the gardens in Winter, Spring and Summer and they are always beautiful in every season. In Spring and Summer they are particularly colourful with the woods filled with rhododendrons the Rose Garden in full bloom.
The paths are pram friendly, but it’s also not too big to walk around if you’ve got a little one that likes to explore. We didn’t bother with the pram today and she was absolutely fine walking.
What’s there for little ones
To be honest not loads. She had the most fun running through all the sprinklers and watching the ducks and fish. Generally it’s just a lovely place to let them run around. When everything is opened up again there is a children’s playground just outside the gardens towards Obelisk pond. The Savill Garden works well as part of a day out to Windsor Great Park, which is really child friendly.
Every time I’ve visited Windsor Great Park in the last few weeks a little bit more is open each time. So this time they had toilets open, the gift shop and The Potting Shed which is a takeaway drink and food outlet just outside The Savill Garden and it was serving drinks, snacks and sandwiches.
The Savill Garden Kitchen is currently closed, but when it does reopen it’s a great option for dining with kids. There is loads of space, both inside and out and plenty of child friendly options on the menu.
Best bits: Lovely colourful gardens, not too big so it’s easy for little legs to walk round and very quiet.
Worst bits: It can get expensive, particularly if you are paying for a family.
Cost: The cost varies by season but at the moment it’s peak so £12 for adults, £6 for children (5-15 years) and free for under 5’s. You do get free parking for the full day which if you are parking for over 3 hours is £10. This means if it’s only you and a toddler visiting it’s only an extra £2 to visit the gardens.
Pram friendly: Yes
Bike & scooter friendly: No – they are not permitted in the garden. Windsor Great Park is brilliant for bikes and scooters so you could leave them in the car and pick them up when you’re finished in the garden.
Location & parking: You can park right next to The Savill Garden and parking is free with your entry ticket.
Sat nav: use postcode TW20 OUJ)