Prince Charles is known as a nature lover. For instance, last year we learned that he let squirrels run free inside his Scotland home. So, for someone who doesn’t mind squirrels going around his coat pockets looking for nuts, it is only expected to have beautiful gardens in yet another one of his homes, at Highgrove House.
Much to all fans’ delight, the Prince was so generous as to open his gardens for public tours, so if you love botany, you can enjoy a visit to his Highgrove estate this spring. Here are a couple of things to know in case you’re planning so.
Firstly, keep in mind that the gardens will be open from April to October. Furthermore, all guests must be at least 12 or older and they must bring their photo ID. And, of course, you must pre-book a tour. A ticket for a two-hour guided tour costs £27.50 per person, while for a “Champagne tea tour,” which is somewhat fancier, it costs £79.95 per person or £155 per couple. And the most expensive option is to have a private tour; the prices for this one start at £450. Either way, it should be noted that all the profit goes to the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
Tickets for our garden tours are now available to book online. Join one of our expert guides on a tour to discover the history, inspiration and unique organic management behind this incredible series of gardens. https://t.co/W4j1WucQVf#highgrovegardens pic.twitter.com/3nEpYl73q0
— Highgrove Gardens (@HighgroveGarden) February 27, 2019
As for the cell phones and cameras, there are some strict rules to follow: “Cameras, binoculars or any form of recording equipment are not allowed on the Estate. Mobile phones may not be used on the Estate. If you have one with you, please make sure it is switched off at all times and leave it in your car or coach during your visit.” Also, the house itself won’t be open for visits as it is the private residence of Charles and Camilla.
Finally, the gardens are also accessible to those in a wheelchair, but “Wheelchair users must be accompanied by a strong companion and bring their own wheelchair that is suitable for bumpy terrain and unmade paths.”
If you’re, perhaps, planning to go, have a good time – we’re sure you’ll enjoy every little bit of your visit.
It’s official – spring has arrived! 🌸
The Prince of Wales among this year’s snowdrops at @HighgroveGarden.
The Royal Gardens are open annually for tours, from April to October.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) March 9, 2019