Come and discover Ramsey’s enchanting ‘secret garden’, hidden away for decades, within the boundaries of the medieval Ramsey Abbey.

Come and discover Ramsey’s enchanting ‘secret garden’, hidden away for decades, within the boundaries of the medieval Ramsey Abbey.

Come and discover Ramsey’s enchanting ‘secret garden’, hidden away for decades, within the boundaries of the medieval Ramsey Abbey.

The garden is open 2 – 5pm on Sundays and Bank holiday Mondays during April to October. Free Entry & Parking

This one acre kitchen garden from a bygone age was completely overgrown when it was rediscovered in 1996. It has been lovingly revived by dedicated volunteers and was officially opened in 2010. It now features many aspects of gardening with an attractive Victorian style glasshouse, apple tunnel, fruit and vegetable beds and a herb garden, along with colourful flowing borders that showcase dainty Salvia and spectacular Dahlia beds …. all of which continue to be maintained by volunteers. Interpretation boards relate the history of the garden, which is also an exceptional venue for organised courses, group bookings or special occasions.

Visitor information

Visitor information

The garden is like a secret jewel hidden away from view, yet only a couple of minutes from Ramsey town centre. It is nestled within the Abbey grounds, but accessed via a grassy pathway leading from Ramsey Rural Museum. The Walled Garden is only part of Ramsey’s fascinating history. There are many places we would like to share with our visitors along with an intriguing mix of heritage sites, vintage style shops and sleepy village greens.
Salvias

Salvias

There are unusual and rare varieties of Salvia on show and specialist knowledge to be shared at the Walled Garden. We have a collection of more than 80 different Salvias housed in the greenhouse and our Salvia beds. View our Salvias Page to discover more about these pretty little flowers, including details of the varieties grown here.
History

History

Although sited within the grounds of Ramsey’s medieval abbey, the Walled Garden is Victorian. Discover its fascinating past, encompassing the possible medieval connection with Ramsey Abbey and the medicinal herb gardens associated with monks, the Cromwell family, the architect Blore and the impressive gateway into the Walled Garden, the Fellowes family and their passion for fresh, and often ‘out of season’ produce to impress their London guests.
Volunteers

Volunteers

Its not all about digging! We need help (even for just an hour) in a variety of ways to manage this marvellous, but very big garden! We’d be grateful for someone to - meet and greet visitors, to water plants, tie back tomatoes, plant out the borders, and of course do a spot of weeding! Do you like gardening? Never tried but are interested? Would you like to get involved?
events

Events

A number of events happen each year including the ever popular Heritage Open Days, usually held in early April and mid-September, the latter as part of the national Heritage Open Days programme. Visit our Events Page to see what has been happening at the garden recently and for the latest information about upcoming events.
Booking

Booking

Known as Ramsey’s best kept secret, the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the Walled Garden creates a wonderful haven, away from the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle. Enveloped by nature, this peaceful setting is the perfect venue for organised groups, training courses, group bookings and special ocassions.
Restoration Gallery

Restoration Gallery

Witness the miraculous transformation of the Walled Garden from the wilderness seen in the photo above in 1997, to the lovely garden it is today. Follow the gardens reawakening, as it progresses with the care of volunteers, from a ‘fairy tale style’ tangle of brambles to a splendid example of the Victorian Kitchen Garden it once was.
Seasons Gallery

Seasons Gallery

Whatever the season, there is always a little bit of loveliness to be seen somewhere within the Walled Garden. View our Gallery Page and browse through images taken in spring, summer, autumn and winter for a ‘glimpse’ of the charming beauty and natural wonder that can be enjoyed at the Walled Garden.

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Our last opening is Sunday 31st October.

We will have a stall at Ramsey Rural Museum Food Fayre on Sunday 21st November.