Explore this intimate corner, full of colour and intriguing details
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is a typical Victorian garden feature, which comes to life in spring and summer.
See colourful magnolias, camelias and rhododendrons, deciduous azaleas and spectacular Embothrium from early March to late May.
Then in summer the luxuriant ferns create a shady area to sit and listen to the stream — an ideal stop on your wander through the gardens on a sunny day.
Look out for the statue of Ossian and accompanying bench and stones in the Grotto, which together tell the story of legendary Irish poet Ossian and the castle's links to the Romantic movement and the Gaelic Revival.
Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.