Dorothy Clive Garden

Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU

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About Us

The Dorothy Clive Garden; an inspiration for all seasons.

The peaceful and serene Dorothy Clive Garden was created in 1940 when Colonel Harry Clive began his transformation of a disused Victorian quarry for his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  The garden became the focus of Colonel Clive’s life and in 1958 he set up the Willoughbridge Garden Trust to preserve Dorothy's memory. The charity has two key purposes which are to maintain, enhance and further develop a garden inspired by the memory of the late Dorothy Clive to be used for the enjoyment of the public, and to promote and support horticultural education, for the continuing benefit of both students and the general public. These two charitable objects are underpinned by an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and ecological sensitivity.

Both intimate and informal, the 12 acre site boasts a Royal Botanic Glasshouse, winter garden, edible woodland, spectacular woodland quarry with waterfall, dazzling azaleas and rhododendrons, thousands of spring bulbs, spectacular summer flower borders, a pool and alpine scree, a rose walk and zingy tropical borders. The garden also includes a south facing Hillside Garden, providing a wealth of seasonal interest. Plant enthusiasts will find many unusual species throughout the garden along with many specimens of trees and shrubs.

Delicious homemade scones, light lunches and a selection of sumptuous cakes are available in the garden tearoom. Plants and gifts are also available to purchase in the giftroom.

For seasonal opening times and more information about the garden, the 2020 events programme and adult learning programme, please visit:


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Guide Prices

Low Season:
Adults - £4.00
0-4’s - Free Admission and Members
Over 5-17 - £2.00

High Season:
Adults - £9.00
0-4’s and Members - Free Admission
Over 5-17 - £2.00

Opening Times

Low Season - 2019/2022 (14 Oct 2021 - 13 Mar 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 15:00


Road Directions

Situated on the A51, midway between Nantwich and Stone. Only 7 miles from M6, jct 15 take A53 west, then A51 north.

Public Transport Directions

The closest bus stop is ‘Blackbrook, Maerway Lane, Chapel’ which is approximately 1 mile away from the Dorothy Clive Garden.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Allisoncsuk
      Chatham, United Kingdom
      Not very disabled friendly
      2 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 29th August 2021
      Very busy. Not disabled friendly even though we phoned up and asked and were told it was. It is very hilly and stony so not good for a wheelchair. The restaurant/cafe was expensive and the... Read full review
    • ElegantJo
      Trip Type:
      An hidden gem of a garden
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 25th September 2021
      This is one of those gardens that, if we lived locally we'd buy a season ticket. Our visit on an overcast day in late September not only showed a lot of colour still in the many borders but promised... Read full review
    • kgs1971
      Nottingham, United Kingdom
      Very pleasant garden with interesting planting.
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 17th October 2021
      A very attractive and different kind of garden if, like us, you are used to more formal National Trust like gardens. It is slightly tricky to navigate your way around as it has so many little paths... Read full review

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01630 647237

    Tel: 01630 647237

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