Harvington Hall & Spetchley Park Gardens

Date(s) - 17th May 2023

Harvington Hall


Harvington Hall, `House of Secrets`

We depart Cheltenham this morning to the Worcestershire countryside to visit this fascinating and special house, rich in history of devotion and Catholic persecution. There are no less than seven priest hides here (more than any other house in England), as well as an impressive collection of rare Elizabethan wall paintings and many more historical tales.  Our visit starts with refreshments in the main hall (limited seating available) while our knowledgeable guides give an introduction to the house.  After our tour and a visit to the gardens. we board the coach for the short journey to Spetchley Park Gardens.  Virtually hidden from the road, and largely unaltered during the last century, this lovely 30- acre Victorian paradise boasts an enviable collection of plant treasures from every corner of the globe, including one of the finest and largest private collections of peonies in the world. The peonies are at their best in May. This is a garden of contrasts, where formal clipped hedges, rose beds and sweeping lawns meet tumbling herbaceous borders and walls festooned with rampant climbers, and where winding paths lead you from the quintessentially English to the unmistakably Mediterranean.

There are cafes, picnic tables and toilets in both venues

Tour leaders: Martha Alleguen & Ro Kaye

Pick up points: 09.10 Six Ways (outside Co-op); 09.20: Royal Well, Cheltenham; 09.30 Evesham Road, Pump Room bus stop northbound.

We will return to Cheltenham by 5pm.


Terms and conditions for our trips and talks can be found here.

If you have any questions please phone Martha on 01242 526601.

Please book using one of the following options:

  • On-line bookings with a debit or credit card can be made using the form below. Alternatively you may reserve your place, select the ‘off-line’ payment option and pay by bank transfer or cheque.
  • Bank transfer – please email events@friendsofthewilson.org.uk and wait for confirmation that places are available before arranging your bank transfer.
  • Cheque – please complete a booking form (download here) and post it with your cheque.

Places are not confirmed until payment is received.

Bank transfers should be made to Friends of The Wilson (or as much of that as the bank will accept) Sort Code 30-91-87 Account 00005816. The reference must include your surname plus as much of the event title as will fit, for example SMITH Harvington.

Please make cheques payable to Friends of The Wilson and send with a SAE or clearly written email address to Martha Alleguin,7 Sydenham Road South, Cheltenham GL52 6EF.


Bookings are now closed for this event.