Visiting Caversham Court

Opening times

The gardens are open to the public every day, except Christmas Day, 8 a.m. to dusk. The gazebo and vaults are open when a gardener is on site. Special events are sometimes held as well. 
The gardens remain open at present.  We will keep potential visitors informed on this website should there be a change of policy by Reading Borough Council.

The gardens have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Site status for each of the last ten years, most recently in September 2020.  The Green Flag Award is given where a park is seen to be welcoming, healthy, safe and secure and well-maintained.  Green Heritage status signifies that the gardens promote the value of and best practice in the care and upkeep of an historic site.

Getting here and general information


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The gardens (RG4 7ADare located on Church Road (A4074), about 300 metres 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.

We ask that you respect these historic gardens:-

* dogs are welcome but on a lead, please,
* please use the bike rack, no cycling allowed
* bring a picnic, but please do not light barbecues!
* no loud music 

Facilities

The Tea Kiosk, in a converted Arts and Crafts building, sells teas, coffee and cakes in aid of local charities. 

There are 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 - friends@fccg.org.uk. We also offer special sensory tours for the sight- and hearing impaired and their carers.
 
Illustrated Talks
Our volunteers can also provide illustrated presentations on the history of the gardens and related topics (see Garden News for details)

From the home of Augustinian friars in the C12th to a country club in the C20th, the land known as Caversham Court Gardens has a long recorded history.  In between came litigious money-lenders, travelling antiquarians and bankers and brewers with an eye for profitable business.  Speakers from the Friends can offer a fully illustrated talk about the research which aids our understanding of the families, the houses they lived in and the gardens they planted.

If your group would like such a talk (currently delivered by Zoom) please contact us at friends@fccg.org.uk

Schools groups

Please contact the Head Gardener - friends@fccg.org.uk


More information

Our Facebook page can be accessed here. 

You can download the Self Guided Tour of the Gardens from our sub-page (see below)






In season

March

Look in the brick-lined Stumpery where amongst the boulders and ferns you will find the cup shaped cream flowers of the hellebores peeping out amongst their handsome leaves.

On the terrace above the lavender bank you will find Viburnum tinus.  A native shrub of the Mediterranean area of Europe and North Africa it is widely grown locally providing a splash of colour through the dark days of winter.  The flowers are small white or light pink and are fragrant. At this time of the year there are clusters of flowers and of dark blue-black fruiting bodies or drupes.


The daffodils should now be at their best cheering us up with their nodding orange or yellow trumpets.  

Look for the small blue star-shaped flowers of Chionodoxa (glory-of-the-snow) which appear in the grass below our elderly black mulberry tree in the Carriage Circle.  Chionodoxa is a plant often seen in alpine meadows. Its common name comes from a habit of producing flowers as the spring snow melts.



 April

The tulips provide a welcome flash of colour in the western border.  They were popular flowers in the 17th Century and have been planted in this border with other plants which would have been enjoyed by the Loveday family who lived in the house (then called the Old Rectory) between 1666 and 1799.