The Garden Guide

Capel Manor Garden

Capel Manor is a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables surrounded by 30 acres of richly planted themed gardens including Historical Gardens, an Italianate Maze, Japanese Garden, Kim Wilde's Jungle Gym Garden, Sunflower Street (seven front and back gardens designed by former students of the college), Gardening Which? Magazine demonstration and trial gardens. Capel Manor College is Greater London's only specialist College of Horticulture, Floristry, Garden Design.
Photograph © Capel Manor
Photograph © Capel Manor


Capel Manor College occupies an ancient manor estate established in the late 13th century. It was originally called Honeylands and Pentriches, but became known as 'Capels' due to the fact that it was owned and lived in by the Capel family (later Lords of Essex), in the 15th and 16th centuries. The current Manor house (3rd on this site) was built in the 1750s.

Owners include the Warren family and Colonel Sydney Medcalf, who left the house and gardens in Trust, 'so that those who follow on can enjoy like those who went before'. The College was established in 1968 in an attempt to bring life back into the derelict buildings and restore the gardens. The house restoration took 18 years and was carried out under the direction of Peter Robinson, a visionary Principal. Lately the College has expanded significantly and is now a major tourist attraction and is internationally known as a learning resource for all those interested in plants, animals and the environment.

Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, London, Greater London, England, EN1 4RQ

Summer Opening: March to October - open daily from 10am - 6pm. Last ticket at 4.30pm Winter Opening: November to February - open weekdays only from 10am - 5pm. Last ticket at 3.30pm. Closed over Christmas and New Year.

Summer opening: Adults £5.50 Concessions £4.50 (including senior citizens, disabled, students, UB40 holders) Children £2.50 (5s and under go free) Family Ticket £13.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Winter opening: Adults £4.50 Children £1.50 Under 3s Free Concessions £3.50 Family Ticket £10.50 (2 adults and 3 children)

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