Prince Charles's Private Gardens at Highgrove House Will Open to Visitors Later This Spring
Prince Charles is a noted nature lover. Just last year, for example, news broke that the heir apparent to the British throne lets red squirrels run free inside his Scotland home, hunting for nuts in his coat pockets. So it only makes sense that he would have a stunning private garden at another one of his homes, Highgrove Estate.
Fortunately for fans of botany and the royals alike, grounds of his Tetbury property are open to the public for tours during the warmer months of the year. Here's everything you need to know to plan a visit Prince Charles's private gardens:
THE GARDENS ARE OPEN FOR TOURS ON SELECT DATES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
While "spring walks" are sometimes available on certain days in February and March, the gardens are officially open for tours from April to October.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO VISIT THE GARDENS, YOU MUST PRE-BOOK A TOUR.
Tickets for a two-hour guided garden tour, in which you'll explore the garden in a group format, are £27.50 per person, and are sold on a first-come first-serve basis. If you'd prefer something a bit fancier, tickets for a "Champagne tea tour," which includes an afternoon tea with Champagne, and features a smaller tour group size, is also available for £79.95 per person, or £155 per couple. Or, if you'd rather have a private tour of the gardens for your party, those start at £450.
For a preview of what types of plants you might see on a visit, check out the video here:
All profits from the tours go to the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation, an organization which issues small grants in support of "community-based projects" in the U.K.
It's also worth noting that the tours are only open to those guests aged 12 and over, and all visitors must bring a photo ID. For more information on how to plan your visit, head to highgrovegardens.com.
THE ESTATE HAS SOME PRETTY STRICT RULES ABOUT CELL PHONES AND CAMERAS.
"Cameras, binoculars or any form of recording equipment are not allowed on the Estate. Mobile phones may not be used on the Estate. If you have one with you, please make sure it is switched off at all times and leave it in your car or coach during your visit," reads a note on the garden's website.
Prince Charles tends to his garden at Highgrove in 1986.
UNFORTUNATELY, VISITORS CANNOT GO INSIDE HIGHGROVE HOUSE.
As it is the private residence of Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, it is closed to the public.
THE GARDENS ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE.
But keep in mind that some parts of the gardens feature uneven ground, which could prove difficult to navigate. Per the website's FAQ, "Wheelchair users must be accompanied by a strong companion and bring their own wheelchair that is suitable for bumpy terrain and unmade paths." It is also recommended that guests call the office ahead of time to arrange disability access requirements. That number is 0303 123 7310.
AND TOURS RUN RAIN OR SHINE.
So be sure to pack your wellies!
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.