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

High Season - 2021 (14 Mar 2021 - 18 Oct 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
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:

    • GordonE880
      Redditch, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Pre father’s day treat
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 15th June 2021
      What an amazing garden with surprises around every corner,and the azaleas now in full colour look amazing and aroma from the flowers is wonderful, loved the stag at the head of the waterfall, enjoyed... Read full review
    • Stephen B
      Witney, United Kingdom
      Perfect Fathers’ Day
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 21st June 2021
      Discovered this magical place by accident. The garden is wonderfully kept and stuffed full of unusual plants. There was a classic car display for Fathers’ Day. We had a delicious picnic from the tea... Read full review
    • Susan B
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Now my favorite garden!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 6th July 2021
      I am an avid gardener and have visited a great many gardens over the years. Having visited the Dorothy Clive Garden this June, I now rank it as my absolute favorite of all time! The planting is... Read full review

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01630 647237

    Tel: 01630 647237

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