Cheslyn House and Gardens

* Cheslyn Gardens remains open to the public at present - see opening times below *

Often described as Watford's best kept secret, Cheslyn House and Gardens is another of Watford’s Green Flag Award winners. Its 3.5 acres of space is imaginatively laid out to invite exploration, providing a myriad of interesting areas including a pond, fernery, large herbaceous borders and an aviary.

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Designed by renowned architect Henry Colbeck and his wife, Daisy, the original gardens have a collection of unusual and exotic plants which they collected whilst travelling the world. Among the special delights you can still see today are the whimsical sweetgum tree, the handsome Indian bean tree and the distinctive tulip tree. Beyond the house, you can explore the dense woodland garden, which is full of colour in spring when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom. 

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The new features, such as the pond, bird aviary, a rock garden and large herbaceous borders, have encouraged new wildlife to visit the gardens, including dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, newts, fish and water insects.

Opening times

Open all year round, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. There are also toilets on site.

  • November to February - 9am to 4pm
  • March and October - 9am to 6pm
  • April and September - 9am to 7pm
  • May to August - 9am to 8pm

Further details

  • There is wheelchair access to the formal open area at the front and limited wheelchair access to the semi natural woodland area at the back.
  • Dogs are permitted in the gardens on leads. Please clean up after your dog.
  • You can travel to Cheslyn House and Gardens by bus (R8 and 318) or train (Watford Junction is a 25 minute walk away) 
  • Small car park and limited roadside parking
  • See map
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