Visitor Centre

Bowles Museum
Bowles Museum

The Visitor Centre and the Bowles Museum

The Visitor Centre houses the Bowles Museum where you can bring your visit alive and learn more about the history of the Bowles family, the house and the gardens Edward Augustus Bowles created.

Here you will also find the two recently restored 290 year old lead ostriches that once guarded the Wisteria Bridge. Mr Bowles was a collector of various unusual objects, many of which he acquired from the local area. The Heritage Lottery Fund has meant the Garden Team were able to restore a number of Mr Bowles' treasured stoneworks and artefacts.

Interpretation boards throughout the museum and gardens cater for both adults and children. Ossie the ostrich is on most interpretation boards to help younger visitors learn about special plants, tress and features.

Relax in the courtyard

Bowles Tea Room

Our café offers a range of food and drinks from soup to sandwiches, cream teas to coffee and cake. During the summer relax in our beautiful courtyard or warm up inside in the winter months, and why not try one of our jacket potatoes.

There is a small shop full of souvenirs, books, heritage seeds, E A Bowles memorabilia and we also sell a small selection of plants.

You can also pick up leaflets and more information on what to do in the Lee Valley.


Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre
Opening times
Visitor Centre Reception
  • Mon - Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 17:00
Bowles Tea Room and Museum
  • Daily: 10:00 – 16:00


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