Upton Castle is a picturesque Norman Castle that remains a private family home. Thirty five acres of listed historic gardens surround the castle in a woodland setting.
In 1927 when businessman Stanley Neale bought Upton Castle, what are now the gardens consisted mainly of woodlands and grassy meadows. A keen plantsman, he determined to make a special garden. The unique situation of Upton Castle with its acid soil and hidden valley providing shelter for plants, together with its proximaty to the Gulf Stream made it the ideal environment in which to create his garden.
Over the next few years, Stanley Neale carried out a great deal of landscaping work, creating the terraces which now form the formal part of the gardens and the paths through the woodland area which is the core of the gardens. Many unusual and rare shrubs and trees were purchased and planted and still form the basis of the magnificent display of mature plants we see today. We are fortunate to still have the original invoices for the plants and though some inevitably have been lost over the years, many still remain.
Stanley Neale’s daughter, Joyce Skelton, inherited the property during the 1970s and continued the good work of renewing and replanting. It was at this time that the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park became involved with the maintenance of the gardens which were then opened to the public for the first time.
By the time Steve and Prue Barlow bought Upton Castle in 2007, The National Park had withdrawn their assistance and the gardens had become very neglected and in need of a major overhaul.
A dedicated team of volunteers generously donate their time to make it possible to open the gardens to the public. With their valued help and support all can enjoy the beautiful gardens in the summer months.
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Keeping Upton going is a formidable task and whilst much has been achieved to date, their remains plenty to do!
Do you have green fingers? Working with our expert gardeners to help make our gardens look magnificent is rewarding for any horticultural enthusiast.
If you want to have a chat about what you can offer, why not call in? They’re the people who know which roles we have, and which might be best for you.
Make new friends, work in an amazing place and knowing that you’re helping a great cause.
Do you have skills or interests that aren’t covered here? Would you like to help us with our valuable work? We would love to hear from you. Get in touch with Upton Castle, to discuss opportunities.
10am to 4.30 daily from April until October
Last Entry 4.15pm
- Adults: £4.00
- Children under 16: £1.50
- Family (2 adults and 2 children): £9.00
- Season tickets available.
Guided tour of the main part of the gardens for pre booked groups of 12 people or more – £4 per person. Home made teas also available for pre booked groups.
Dogs on leads welcome