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Brief description of site

Stowe is an 18th-century landscape garden occupying about 200 hectares, set within extensive parkland of around 300 hectares. The garden contains numerous 18th-century architectural features, and other features which were added after 1921.

Brief history of site

In 1677 Sir Richard Temple began building a mansion on a new site. This building is at the core of the current mansion. Completed in the early 1680s, it had a formal terraced garden with straight walks to the south and a walled kitchen garden close by. The house was lavishly rebuilt after 1714 and the gardens were developed in collaboration with Sir John Vanbrugh and Charles Bridgeman. From 1741 Lancelot Brown was employed as head gardener and clerk of works.

Location information:

Address: Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EH

Locality: Buckingham

Local Authorities:

Buckinghamshire; Aylesbury Vale; Stowe

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SP673373
Latitude: 52.03 Longitude: -1.02044


3 miles north west of Buckingham, off the A422 Buckingham to Banbury road.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open throughout the year. The gardens are open every weekend, with additional mid-week days between March and October.

Visitor information:

Free parking. Dogs on leads only. Limited disabled access. WCs. Refreshments.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: school

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1677 to 1714

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 500

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