Stackpole Walled Gardens on the National Trust estate at Stackpole in Pembrokeshire offers a glimpse into a bygone age. For the past 250 years, the garden has produced food for the table and that long tradition continues to this day.
The historic 6-acre walled gardens on the Stackpole Estate were created around 1770 to provide for the needs of Lord Cawdor and his family who lived at the now-demolished Stackpole Court.
Historic remains of forcing pits, glasshouse and water reservoir can still be seen. The forcing pits were heated by a subterranean boiler house, which is now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it is a haven for several species of bats including the Greater Horseshoe.
Also visible are the remains of the garden bothies inhabited by some of the early gardeners, and two quite elegant buildings within the walls of the larger section of the gardens whose origin is unknown, but which were used in the early 19th century as seed rooms and for storing fruit and vegetables.
These buildings contained fireplaces and the heat produced was vented into the hollow walls to create 'hot walls'. The brick vaulted undercrofts of these buildings are noteworthy.
The Garden is managed by the trustees of Pembrokeshire Mencap Ltd and you will be able to enjoy the extensive gardens and see firsthand the impressive work undertaken by Pembrokeshire adults with learning disabilities, who produce a large range of plants, fresh fruit, and vegetables that you can buy in our Garden Shop.
You will receive a warm welcome in our tea room, Cawdors, where you will enjoy delicious homemade and locally sourced cakes.
Admission - FREE