Dorothy Clive Garden

Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU

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Tel: 01630 647237

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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:


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 - 2020 (14 Mar 2020 - 18 Oct 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
Low Season - 2019/2021 (14 Oct 2020 - 13 Mar 2021)
Monday - ThursdayClosed
Friday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00


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:

  • Andrew B
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Lovely place
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 9th March 2020
    Heading north, we decided to visit here after coming off the M6 rather than stopping at the usual services prior to exiting, and we weren’t disappointed! Whilst it was a little early in the year for... Read full review
  • HenryPersil
    2 hr 'Walk & Talk' by head gardener 15 March 2020 - money well spent!
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th March 2020
    These 'Walks & Talks' are open to everyone. It's just £5 for members. We're fairly regular visitors anyway and over the last few years have seen lots of changes to the garden for the better. While... Read full review
  • janehO7017GI
    Stafford, United Kingdom
    Delightful Day at Dorothy Clive Garden
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 2nd June 2020
    Dorothy Clive Garden re-opened on Monday 1 June and mum and I booked a morning visit the following day (Tuesday 2 June). We were looking forward to it especially during this crisis and were not... Read full review

Contact Us

Tel: 01630 647237

Tel: 01630 647237

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Sunday, 30th August 2020 - Monday, 31st August 2020

Summer Plant Hunters' Fair at The Dorothy Clive Garden
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