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Explore Capel Manor Gardens


Glorious Gardens

With over 40 colourful gardens across our 30-acre-estate, there is plenty to see and do. You can explore our grounds throughout the year enjoying the beauty and colour that each season offers.

Mini zoo

During your visit to the Gardens, you can meet Capel Manor’s collection of exotic and domestic animals. Our mini zoo is used primarily as part of our students learning, however a wide selection is also open to the public. Over 75 species of animals call our zoo home including: lionhead rabbits, barn owls, ring-tailed lemurs, meerkats, Scottish wildcats, wallabies and much more!

Shopping at Capel Manor

Pop into our gift shop and browse beautiful collections of houseplants, outdoor plants, gardening tools, books, stationery, and our assorted selection of eclectic gifts and homeware.

Capel Manor's history

Capel Manor boasts a rich history that dates back to the late 13th century. The estate has seen many changes over the years, before becoming home to Capel Manor College and Gardens.

Weddings at Capel Manor Gardens

Our picturesque grounds are the perfect place for unique wedding ceremonies, from intimate services to larger celebrations of up to 150 guests. Couples are able to choose from a number of licensed locations.

Activities around the Gardens

Enjoy a day out for all the family at Capel Manor Gardens. 


Stamp trail

Children can use our map to find all the locations within the Gardens to collect stamps. Once they have completed their activity sheet, this can be given to reception and they will receive a medal to take home.

Holly maze

Our holly maze was designed and created by Adrian Fisher, the world’s most prolific maze designer; enjoy twists and turns along the way as you find the right path to the viewing platform for amazing views.

Cactus house

Make sure you take a wander through the Display House to view our impressive cacti and succulent collection. A joint venture with the Lea Valley Branch of the British Cactus and succulent Society.

Become a member and help make a difference

With a Friends of Capel Manor annual membership, you can enjoy unlimited access to our historic estate and 30 acres of beautiful gardens.