Admission Adults £4.50 Child £1
The gardens were designed in the formal garden tradition, and managed to survive the informal English Landscape Movement of the 19th century which saw the removal of most other formal gardens. They have also managed to survived the development of Birmingham, which engulfed Castle Bromwich as a suburb during the 20th century.In 1985 the Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust was launched. The Gardens were still completely walled and their basic structure intact but derelict.
Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens are a rare example of a 17th century Jacobean country house complete with its original garden setting. The present Hall was built in 1599 for Sir Edward Devereux. In 1657 the Hall and Estate were sold to Sir John Bridgeman who made important changes to both the garden and the main house around the year 1700. Bridgeman died in 1710 and his son, Sir John Bridgeman II, continued to extend the Gardens westwards until they reached the size of ten acres. The formal gardens were at their prime from 1680 until about 1760.
With parts of the wall still intact the gardens have a lovely romantic feel and it’s easy to be transported back in time as you wander around. There’s a summer house, green house, three ponds, upper and lower wilderness gardens, orchards, kitchen garden, maze, holly walk, archery ground which are open to see at your leisure. The best garden, lady Bridgeman garden and north garden can only be seen by guided tour. Not running on the day we were there.
We hadn’t planned to look around the garden but were glad we did, we had gone to the gardens to see a production of Jane Austen’s Emma by the Rep.