Stowe landscape gardens is a truly amazing place for a walk. I go everywhere with Ay, so we are used to long walks, but I must warn you, there is a LOT of walking involved. If you are going with children, my advice is to not take the longer route. We ended up doing a bit more than 4 miles over 2 hours! Getting to the gardens itself is a fairly long walk. It must be a good ~700m from the carpark to the entrance of the garden but luckily it is mostly flat and is buggy accessible.
Once you cross the gate into the gardens, you will be stuck in awe with the grandeur of the place. Let me assure you no photo can do justice or prepare you for the beauty at display. You have to see it to believe it.
The gardens have many different pathways, so it is best to get a map from the visitors cabin (where they check the membership cards/ tickets etc). There are temples, bridges, geese/ducks, squirrels etc to spot, trees to climb and many hills to roll down but it does get a bit monotonous after a while (from a child’s point of view). I would love a redesigned map specifically for children where they can tick the lovely temples etc on the way, like in a scavenger/Easter hunt format, which will make the walk more interesting and child friendly, but purely from a personal point of view (not taking into account children’s needs), I absolutely loved it. After getting home, I came to know there’s a kids play area, which we totally missed (now I have to go back to explore it), so may be I am a bit harsh here.
Stowe House is a private school which is not accessible to general public (except on specific occasions) but you can pass in front of the building and admire its posh-ness (and the giant lions playing with the ball). My son tried to pull him with his tail (gladly no one was around😅). Did you know that Superman himself attended Stowe school? So did Richard Branson.
We recently went to check out “Stowe drops”, as it is acclaimed to be one of the best spots in the UK and I must say we were not disappointed. We also checked out the recently opened grotto and it is also NOT to be missed. Find details in our post HERE
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🗺 Address: Stowe, MK18 5EQ
🎟 Free for NT members, otherwise, entrance fee applies (please see website)- prebooking not required
🚘 Free parking on-site
🍕 New Inn Cafe near the car park
🚻 No toilets within the gardens but some portaloos scattered around (I did not come across any, but I didn’t need them, so wasn’t actively looking). Some toilets in the cafe near the car park, so ideally use them before venturing off
🧺 Picnic allowed
🦽 I saw some parents pushing prams around, so it is possible, but the terrain would be bumpy and muddy and a lot of parts are uphill. I would recommend a body carrier/sling
🐕 Dogs on leads welcome
Cycling not permitted in the garden but under 5s on trikes, starter bikes with stabilisers, or balance bikes (no pedals), and under 11s on push/kick scooters are allowed