Open Days, Directions and Contact Details

Socially Distanced NGS Open Days for 2021

It looks like Covid will be with us for some time so the plan for 2021 is to open the gardens with advance booking of timed arrival slots to spread out visitors and guarantee social distancing for everyone. There will be no refreshments or plant sales and arrivals will be limited to 25 people per hour, with advance booking through the NGS website essential.

Click to Book Tickets

10am to 6pm on 23rd May, 13th, 20th and 27th June, 4th and 18th July

Admission £6.00, children under 16 free

You can see what was in bloom on the 2019 open days at This Morning's Garden Photos.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Regret no dogs, and not suitable for wheelchairs or push chairs due to narrow paths.

Other Contacts

Angel sculpture in the rose garden is by Pete Moorhouse:


Sculpture of Abigail the Irish Wolfhound is by Zenos Frudakis:

Metal delphinium supports throughout the garden are from:

Thank you to students Clara and Ariel for this link to useful tips to help breeding birds in your garden:



Carol Bruce

Old Bladbean Stud


Nr Elham


Kent CT4 6NA






Bladbean is located in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as such it falls under the protection of the AONB's work to preserve the authentic rural character of treasured landscapes in the UK. Please visit the Kent Downs AONB website for more information:


The gardens are part of the Our Land scheme to promote environmentally responsible and landscape-sensitive activities for visitors to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  For more information about the Our Land scheme and to find other recommended places to visit in the Kent Downs AONB, please see the Our Land website:

Getting Here

Bladbean is a tiny hamlet in the heart of the Kent Downs AONB and is reached via beautiful but narrow country lanes from all directions. Recommended approach routes for garden visitors have been chosen as those least likely to meet on-coming traffic.

On NGS Open Days:

Follow the yellow NGS signs from Stone Street (B2068) through Stelling Minnis or from the Elham Valley road just north of Elham. There is signposted parking directly opposite the gardens.

For Private Group Visits:

Printed directions will be sent in advance by post.



Copyright Carol Bruce 2019