Trentham Gardens is a serpentine public park which was designed by the great Lancelot Capability Brown in the mid 18th Century. However, its terrace dates from the 19th Century. In 1840 Sir Charles Barry added an Italian garden to the grounds which can be found beside the lake. In 2004 the restored gardens were re-opened under the name Trentham Leisure, and are today one of the most popular green spaces in the region, enjoyed by both local residents and visitors to Staffordshire. Hotels in the area recommend a visit to the gardens and are happy to give you information about the best times to see the spring and summer flower displays, as well as events in the park throughout the year.
There are many attractions available within the gardens and two of the most impressive are Monkey Forest and Aerial Extreme. In Monkey Forest the monkeys roam totally free and they can be observed as you walk the woodland trail through the forest. Aerial Extreme is a tree-based Adventure Course designed for people of all abilities. Courses vary from 3m to 14m above ground and no previous experience is necessary – just a good head for heights! As well as the aerial courses, Aerial Extreme also has a 118m zip wire for the truly brave.
Close to Some of the Best Staffordshire Hotels
The park has two entrances, North and South. Head to the North entrance for the main entrance to the gardens, Trentham Shopping Village, Trentham Garden Centre, Frankie and Benny's and the Premier Inn hotel. Go to the South entrance for Trentham Monkey Forest, Aerial Extreme, Lakeside Café and for free woodland walks. Opening times vary throughout the year but the gardens are open every day except 25th December, making them one of the most popular year-round attractions in Staffordshire.
How to Get There
If you're travelling by car, exit junction 15 of the M6 and follow the A500 to Stoke-on-Trent. After one mile take the A34 towards Stone and you'll get to the North entrance in about two minutes. For the South entrance continue for another mile or so.