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9–10 June 2018

9–10 June 2018

Manchester Square Gardens

Manchester Square Gardens
(Photo: Sarah Jackson)
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 14:00–17:00

Activities

Deckchairs available. Picnics and rugs permitted. Other activities to be confirmed.

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

Opposite Hinde Street, leading from Marylebone High Street
Nearest postcode: W1U 3AB

Bus

Any bus along Oxford Street or Baker Street.

Stations

Bond Street, Baker Street

Cycle hire station

Hinde Street (Map)

Public toilets

Barrett Street (Map)
Saturday 07:30-23:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

Access

One very shallow step at entrance. Gravel paths.

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

The Garden

This is a beautiful Georgian square with a fine collection of trees, shrubs and plants, first laid out between 1776 and 1788. A major ongoing replanting programme began in 2006. The square is named after the Duke of Manchester, who built a house (then called Manchester House) on the north side in 1777 after being attracted by the good duck-shooting in the area. The 2nd Marquess of Hertford acquired the lease in 1797 and it became known as Hertford House. Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), illegitimate son of the 4th Marquess, lived at Hertford House in the 19th century. He displayed much of the Hertford family’s fabulous collection of fine and decorative arts here. In 1897 Lady Wallace left it to the nation as the Wallace Collection. Hertford House today is a rare example of a London town house occupying the whole side of a garden square. A church originally planned for the centre of the square was never built.

Contract gardener: Joseph Jones
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 14:00–17:00

Activities

Deckchairs available. Picnics and rugs permitted. Other activities to be confirmed.

Entrance (Sells Tickets)

Opposite Hinde Street, leading from Marylebone High Street
Nearest postcode: W1U 3AB

Bus

Any bus along Oxford Street or Baker Street.

Stations

Bond Street, Baker Street

Cycle hire station

Hinde Street (Map)

Public toilets

Barrett Street (Map)
Saturday 07:30-23:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

Access

One very shallow step at entrance. Gravel paths.

Dogs

Working assistance dogs only

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