Our trip to Capel Manor Gardens
On a sunny afternoon last weekend we made a trip to Capel Manor Gardens. We have lived in Enfield for over 10 years, more than 6 with small people in tow, however somehow we have never made a trip to Capel Manor Gardens before. Well…..we were missing out.
Capel Manor is a 30 acre estate in Bullsmoor Lane in Enfield. It was first established in the 13th Century and there are some beautiful period buildings still remaining from over the years including the Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. It boasts over 60 themed gardens and landcapes to explore including the Japanese Garden, the Victorian Garden and a Koi Karp pond. Capel Manor is also a College of Further Education specialising in land based studies such as horticulture, garden design, animal care, saddlery and environmental conservation. They even do short courses if you fancy trying your hand at something new.
One of the first gardens we came across and my boys favourite area to explore was The Old Manor House Garden which I would describe as a kind of mock castle ruins with plenty of room to explore and hide!
We followed the path round to discover the koi carp pool, the beautiful victorian stables and the amazingly peaceful walled garden.
As we carried on one of our top discoveries was the Italianate Maze.
We learned that our eldest son has the most amazing sense of direction and he navigated us into the centre of the maze to take in the sights from the viewing platform and then out again in no time. The perfect maze companion!
Wandering back through all the different garden designs there is plenty for little minds to discover. The surprise at the end was the Animal Enclosure. We saw porcupines, wallabies, llamas, iguanas to name a few. I never thought I would see a porcupine in the Enfield area!
Capel Manor is a great destination for families. Acres of space to run around, plenty of interesting points to grab their attention and the lure of the animal enclosure to keep up their enthusiasm.
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at Capel Manor Gardens here.
There is a lovely family event coming up. ‘Easter Fun at Capel’ on the 14th April. Enjoy the trail around the gardens, meet the Easter bunnies and chicks and a chocolate treat (of course) for the children. Check out all the details here
Capel Manor Gardens