We had no idea Stowe was so vast and we definitely wore incorrect footwear. Despite the sunshine we should have opted for sensible walking shoes and not sandals. However, we spotted that the statue of Socrates showed he was wearing identical sandals to Julia; that made us smile!
The gardens have been owned by the National Trust since 1989 and they have worked tirelessly to restore the once splendid Grade 1 listed gardens. Stowe has 250 acres of gardens and 750 acres of parkland so there is plenty of space for fun and adventure.
We walked around the grounds for 2 hours and still didn’t get to see everything. For those of you who feel that this seems like an insurmountable task, worry not. Stowe have very sensibly laid on a shuttle service to ferry you from the entrance gate to the beginning of the gardens. You can also hire your own golf buggy to drive around if walking really isn’t your thing.
At times we thought we were in Greece looking at the Acropolis, or in Rome viewing the pantheon but then again, we could have been in Tuscany. With every corner turned we spotted something jaw droppingly beautiful.
But don’t just take our word for it! Pack up the kids, the grandparents, the dog or just a picnic and head off for a day of adventure. Just remember to wear your walking shoes.
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