Park & gardens
The family home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford, Ragley Hall is an imposing Palladian house dating back to 1680. Baroque plasterwork was added by James Gibbs in 1750 and James Wyatt added an extra touch with a portico and steps in 1780.
The Great Hall is stunning with the Goddess Minerva in pride of place in the ceiling. Rich silk damask and Louis XVl furniture await in the Red Saloon and who knows what went on in the Prince Regent’s bedroom!
The park was designed by Capability Brown and the garden design you see today was first established by Robert Marnock in 1873. The spring garden, rose garden, mixed border, winter garden and Jerwood Foundation Sculpture Trail make the grounds interesting at any time of year. Ragley Estate is also a farm producing meat sold at nearby Hillers Farm Shop which has produce for sale, a great cafe, gift shop and planet centre with lovely display gardens, known for its fabulous roses.
Open at weekends until the end of October, Ragley is a popular wedding, event and conference venue, so check the calendar on the website before you visit.