The National Herb Centre was started in 1997, to provide the public with an opportunity to see, enjoy and learn about herbs, also to further research for the food industry. Set in a spectacular location over looking three counties you can enjoy the herb gardens planted to show how they can enhance any garden, with their wide selection of colours and tantalising scent. Take a walk along the nature trail where you will see flora, fauna and wild life. Children can enjoy their own play area, where they can feed the Ducks or challenge the Labyrinth. The National Herb Centre really does offer something for everyone.
Over 500 varieties (90%+ from our own nurseries) of herb plants are available to delight the chef, intrigue the gardener and fascinate anyone with an interest in alternative medicine. You can explore the Centre and sample the unique herbal flavours in our friendly Herb Bistro and Deli Shop. Visit the display gardens, nature trail and the Millennium Walkway which runs through a spectacular valley setting.
Between May and September we offer guided tours of the National Herb Centre for groups. We are set in a delightful part of the countryside and enjoy views over 3 counties - Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. The tour starts with a short introductory talk followed by a conducted walk around the centre with an opportunity to learn something about herb farming. The farm covers 180 acres, so you will not see it all, although you should see a large proportion of the many different herbs growing here. Your walking tour will include a visit to the glasshouse; learning about herb propagation; learn about the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs; an insight into how a commercial herb farm works; a visit to the display gardens (weather permitting) and to the plant centre and gift shop. You should allow at least one hour for the tour - although the Herb Centre does have good wheelchair access, parts of the tour route could be difficult.
- Summer Opening: Open 7 days per week
Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Sundays & Bank holidays from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
- Winter opening: Open 7 days per week.
Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sundays & Bank holidays from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance to the Centre is free throughout the year.
- Guided tours: Daytime tours start at 11.00am and 2.00pm. Evening tours start at 7.00pm or 6.30pm if you are having a meal.
- Our plant centre and shop sell a wonderful selection of plants and gifts, while the bistro can offer you a delicious snack or tasty main meals all with a herb theme.
The Herb Centre Bistro offers an eating experience which will introduce you to meals incorporating herbs: Home-produced light snacks and meals all cooked and prepared in the kitchens attached to our 19th century Bistro. Culinary herbs at their best!