The Walled Gardens

A hidden gem in Harlow, the Walled Gardens are set in two acres of green space and divided into three historical gardens. The Unusual Fruit Garden, home to many fruits not commonly grown in public spaces such as quinces, medlars and figs. The 17th Century Garden, a parterre that can be seen from a viewing platform. The Peace Garden, divided into four main areas with a new discovery around every corner; a unique rose planting scheme, a modern cottage garden, a beautiful herbaceous border, full of stunning perennials, and a serene seating area perfect for a picnic.

Harlow’s Sculpture town trail continues through the gardens and the Museum, in addition the intriguing giant copper Still draws admiration, an original from the Gilbey gin factory in Harlow.

We welcome dogs on leads and have disabled restroom facilities. The gardens are suitable for visitors in wheelchairs; please note some pathways in the gardens are shingle surfaced so take extra care.

Listening Bench


In our courtyard you will find a listening bench, where you can hear an overview of the history of the site, and some of the stages in the development of Harlow New Town, 75 years old in 2022. This bench was put together by volunteers at Harlow Museum in collaboration with the Essex Record Office, as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, You Are Hear: sound and a sense of place.

To listen click here