Witley Court & Gardens
Great Witley, Nr. Worcester, WR6 6JT
Step back in time to a bygone age of great wealth when the house played host to royal parties. Enjoy the beautiful gardens & lake, woodland walks, amazing fountains – a magical world for children to explore.
A hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England’s great country houses, hosting many extravagant parties. Today it is a spectacular ruin, the result of a disastrous fire in 1937.
The vast and rambling remains of the palatial 19th century mansion are surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens – the ‘Monster Work’ of William Nesfield – which still contains huge stone fountains. The largest, representing Perseus and Andromeda, which has been restored, was described as making the ‘noise of an express train’ when fired.
Nesfield started work in 1854, creating the south parterre with its great Perseus and Andromeda fountain. His scheme involved elegantly designed plantations of clipped evergreens and shrubs, with parterres enclosed by more clipped evergreens. The central avenue of planting from the house led through the fountains to the Golden Gates, terminating the south parterre. The East Parterre garden with its Flora Fountain was designed in the Parterre de Broderie style, meaning that it was intended to have the appearance of embroidery, with box-edged shapes filled with coloured gravel and flowers.
Following the fire in 1937 the Witley Estate, including its gardens, fell into long decline. English Heritage has now restored the south garden.
The woodland walks in the North Park pass many different species of tree and shrub acquired over the world to create a showpiece.
Attached to Witley Court is Great Witley Church, which has an amazing Italianate Baroque interior (not managed by English Heritage). The church also has a tearoom close by, and Witley Court has a superb gift shop. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain is back in working order, with even the original high cascades operating. The fountain fires between April and October. Weekdays – 11am,12pm,2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Weekends – on the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm.
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Dogs accepted
- Education/study area
- English Heritage Property
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member