Henry Moore Studios and Gardens
Muddy says: Explore the former home and creative studios of Henry Moore, and take a leisurely amble around the sculpture gardens to learn more about what inspired the artist and how he created his iconic works.
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, in the hamlet of Perry Green near Much Hadham, is the former home of world renowned sculptor Henry Moore.
Today the estate includes an impressive sculpture garden set in over 70 acres of landscaped lawns and rolling fields. Every year the gardens are open from April until the end of October, showcasing over 20 of Moore’s iconic monumental sculptures against the beautiful Hertfordshire landscape.
The studios themselves which are dotted around the estate have been preserved just as they would have been when Moore worked there, from the little Summer House where he’d sketch on warm sunny days, to a studio dedicated to displaying his numerous maquettes (small models), which were the starting point for his larger bronzes. There’s also the 16th century aisled barn, which Moore rescued from a local farm and relocated to Perry Green, housing a set of tapestries, and an etching and carving studio.
Plus, you can take a tour of Hoglands, Moore’s family home, which houses his own personal collection of artworks as well as the flints, bones, shells and other artefacts which inspired his work.
If you’re planning to make a day of it, there’s a café in the visitor centre serving cakes and light lunches, which has panoramic views over the gardens. Check out the upcoming exhibitions and workshops too where you can learn some of Moore’s unique sculpture techniques.
And if you’re looking for somewhere a bit different to get hitched, they do weddings here too! You can get some great snaps in the sculpture garden and host your reception in the barn surrounded by Moore’s disctinctive tapestries.