Visiting Caversham Court

Opening times

The gardens are open to the public every day, except Christmas Day, 8am to dusk. The gazebo and vaults are open when a gardener is on site. Special events are sometimes held as well.

Getting here and general information


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The gardens are located on Church Road (A4074), about half a mile from Caversham Bridge. The main entrance is between St Peter's Church and The Griffin pub.

Parking is limited nearby - your best bet is on The Warren - but there is disabled parking at the main gates in Church Road, from where there is wheelchair access to and around Caversham Court including the disabled toilets.

There is a bike rack inside the main gates.

Buses 22, 24, X39/X40 all stop on Bridge Street near Caversham Bridge, a short distance away.

Dogs are welcome but on a lead, please.

Bring a picnic, but please do not light barbecues!

Facilities

The Tea Kiosk, in a converted Arts and Crafts building, sells teas, coffee and cakes in aid of local charities. It is open in 2016 from March to the end of October on Tuesdays to Sundays, and on Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5pm. In the summer months of June to August it will be open until 6pm.

There are also toilets/disabled toilets, with baby changing facilities.

Let us show you around

Volunteers from the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens are available to take groups around the gardens to talk about the history of the site and about the garden. If you would like to arrange a group tour, or for a speaker to come to your meeting, please contact the Friends.

For tours, telephone Anne Latto on 0118 9484454.

First Sundays

Volunteer guides will be on hand on the first Sundays from April to October between 2.30 and 4.30 p.m. to answer questions and to offer informal tours.

Schools groups

Please contact the head gardener on 0118 9478930.

More information

You can download Reading Borough Council information leaflets to bring with you. They include:

Leaflets are also available at the Tea Kiosk when it is open and from the Head Gardener when he is on site.

Our Facebook page can be accessed on https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Caversham-Court-Gardens 

In season

January

Snowdrops under the yew family

February

Crocus on the lower lawn next to the Thames.

March

Lots of tulips and anemones have been planted in the borders and daffodils, tulips and irises on the winter walk down from St Peter’s.

April

The magnolia near the tea kiosk blooms with large white waxy flowers tinged with pink. 

Small blue flowers, chinodoxia, can be seen in the grass under the main mulberry tree in the courtyard. 

Near the steps to the churchyard, elephants ears or bergenia are flowering, and a shrub near the wall called azara has insignificant yellow flowers with a delicious aroma of chocolate. 

In the borders next to the long walk, small blue forget-me-not like flowers, called brunnera jackfrost, bloom around the tulips, and the characteristically shaped white bleeding hearts or dicentra can be seen.

May

Wisteria behind the east and west border

June

Nepeta - flowering under the yew hedge on the long walk - the blue flowers are  beloved by bees. The nerines in the same bed are looking promising - they should make a lovely show of colour in the late summer.

Roses should be in full flower.

It is hoped to have flamboyant bedding plants in the vinery - reminiscent of a recreational greenhouse in a wealthy Victorian household.

Grape vines are growing up the trellising erected over the vinery.

Look for Acanthus in the west border and the allium in the east herbaceous border.

The Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora Japonica) flowers – look for it between the Magnolia and the Tea Kiosk.

July

The Lavender Bank is in full bloom and you can see Lavendula ‘Hidcote’, blue flowered hyssop, dwarf purple berberis, grey/green-leafed Ballota pseudodictamnus and several different types of Santolina Cotton Lavender.
In the east herbaceous border, the giant grey leaved plant at the back is Maclaya cordata. The other giants of that border are the tall and very scented lilies called ‘African Queen’.

August

Bedding displays in the font and the Vinery bed.

September / October

In the east border the purple daisy flowers of Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ and the plum coloured Penstemon ‘Garnet’ that have now been flowering since May. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Anemone hupehensis ‘Splendens’ are starting to flower.

At the base of the yew hedge along the terrace path in between the catmint, little clumps of pink flowering Guernsey Lilies or Nerine bowdenii (kindly donated by Friends of Caversham Court Gardens).

Autumn colour especially Pin Oaks and  Amelanchier down by the river. The Black Walnut is always a good yellow and the beech turns deep orange/brown.

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