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Whatton House and Gardens is a beautiful, historic house near Loughborough, England. The gardens are open to the public daily during the summer months and admission is free! There are many lovely flowers that you can enjoy as well as an aviary with birds of prey. You’ll also find a maze where you can get lost for hours on end!

Whatton House and Gardens offer tours of its various rooms throughout the year as well as guided walks around the property. The grounds offer plenty of space for picnics so bring your own lunch or visit one of their cafes if you need something more filling than sandwiches! You’ll find all sorts at Whatton: follies, herbaceous borders, lakes, ponds, woodland… It’s such a lovely place that it should be on everyone’s list when they plan a trip to England!

The house is sometimes booked for private events such as weddings but you can still enjoy the gardens with just a small donation. There are also many events for visitors to attend, including an annual plant fair and lecture series!

Easily accessible from Junction 24 of the M1 motorway, Whatton House and Gardens is a perfect destination for a family day out. It’s such a lovely place that it should be on everyone’s list when they plan a trip to the area.


The gardens at Whatton are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except Saturday when they are closed.

Entry Prices:

The fee for entry to the gardens is is £5.00 for adults, children aged 16 and under go free. Seniors over the age of 60 get a 50% discount on admission to the gardens.

There is also an entry fee to enter Whatton House itself which includes access to both ground floor rooms and the first-floor drawing room:

How To Get There:

Whatton house and Gardens can be found within easy reach of both the M1 motorway and Loughborough. Parking is available at the site and there is also a bus service to Loughborough which stops not far from Whatton.

Useful Information:

Whatton House was built in 1697 by Sir Francis Willoughby, an MP for Leicestershire during King William’s reign.

Today it is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council who maintain the gardens on behalf of English Heritage. The house itself can only be accessed with written permission or membership of the National Trust – though you are free to enjoy all that the garden has to offer unaccompanied!


Those using wheelchairs are advised they should contact admissions before entering as some areas may prove difficult due to steep ground slopes. Pets are allowed but must be kept under control while walking in the gardens.

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