Ever wondered if the secret door really does lead to a hidden world of wonderful waterfalls and fern-lined caverns full of mystery and enchantment? Well now you can find out at the Hidden Gardens and Grottoes of Dewstow in Gwent!
Fantasy and Reality
Dewstow is a place where fantasy and reality meet. Constructed in the late 1800’s very few people knew of their existence because the creator, Oakley, lived so reclusively – it was only when the new owners stumbled across these lost gardens during the development of their golf course that they were rescued from neglect and opened up for the public to enjoy. The whole site is a subterranean fairyland complete with a watery labyrinthine world of rich greens and moisture-laden air making a great setting for any fairy story.
Enchanting for the children
Above ground there were originally rock gardens, ponds and tropical greenhouses and while little of this remains today there is still a mysterious world below waiting to be discovered. Smaller children will take great delight in pond dipping and searching the rock pools for tadpoles and other water creatures. Each day there is a Teddy Bear hunt where the children try to spot Teddy and his friends hiding in the caverns.
Excite their imagination
Why not read an enchanting fairytale before you come to Dewstow, talk about the fairyland with your children and what kind of things can be seen. If there is more than one adult in your party when you visit get them to step ahead and plant magic items like little stars or elegant fairies in amongst the undergrowth for your children to collect to bring the fairytale to life!
Highlight of the Day
The Park Tunnel!
Nearest train station : Caldicot
Car parking : Yes, on site
Website : www.dewstow.co.uk