the David Austin Rose Gardens
Nestled in the UK's Shropshire countryside our award winning rose gardens are home to the National Collection of English Roses. The five themed gardens are free to visit and open year round.
There is nothing quite like the beauty of our rose gardens in Shropshire, England. The abundance of color and fragrance overwhelms the senses, making it a truly breathtaking experience. It is a wonderful place to stroll and relax.
Considered to be one of the finest rose gardens in the world, it is one of only three gardens in England to have received the 'Award of Garden Excellence' from the World Federation of Rose Societies.
Free to visit
5 themed gardens
Over 700 rose varieties
Wander amongst the blooms, engulfed in the unforgettable aroma of this magnificent rose garden
The lion garden
The Lion Garden is so called thanks to a lion sculpture by the late Pat Austin which provides a wonderful focal point to the space. Four long borders mingle shrub roses, including many English Roses, with herbaceous perennials, creating a wonderful contrast of color, form, texture and scent. The borders are punctuated by magnificent standard tree roses, which add height and structure to the garden.
The Long Garden
The Long Garden forms the central core of the rose garden, with the other gardens leading from it. It contains our collection of old roses, which generally flower once in early summer. The Long Garden also includes modern shrub roses and many English Roses to extend the flowering season. The whole garden is interlaced with pergolas, which display many climbing and rambling roses. Later in the season the rambling roses produce many small hips.
Take a birds eye tour of the David Austin Rose Gardens
A mesmerising view of the David Austin Rose Gardens from the air. Fly over over the 5 themed gardens and get a different perspective on their design and layout.
The Victorian Garden
The Victorian Walled Garden is a formal garden made up of three circular borders, which diminish in width towards the center. They are planted with English Roses and other repeat-flowering shrub roses. The focal point of the garden is the large central stone carving. Visitors can also admire the natural beauty of the English Climbers and Ramblers trained over arches, arbors and along the eight foot wall which encircles the garden.
The Patio Garden
Our patio garden features English specimen roses in a variety of large, decorative terracotta planters. English Roses, with their gracefully rounded, shrubby growth, are ideal for growing in this way. They bring character and interest to the gravelled area around the Plant Center and their beautiful, deliciously fragrant flowers can be easily enjoyed at close quarters.
The Species Garden
The Species Garden contains the true wild roses and their near hybrids. This is one of the first to flower and is at its most beautiful in early summer. After flowering, the hips develop and will be in full color by fall. Birds can often be found in this garden, eating the seeds. Please ask for a free garden map when you arrive at the plant center. This is designed to help you enjoy the gardens and will be a pleasant reminder of your visit.