Welcome to Our Lovely Gardens


Fanciful and elaborate gardens were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Our garden was created for your enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago. The Elizabethan Gardens is a project of the Garden Club of North Carolina.

For additional information, please visit the following websites:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

With its beautiful grounds, colorful plantings, classic sculpture and serene Outer Banks location, The Elizabethan Gardens is an unforgettable location for your wedding. It’s no wonder then that we were recognized as a wedding location of distiction by couples using WeddingWire.

Located at 1411 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954  GPS: 35 56.2N 75 42.7w
Hours vary seasonally. (We are closed on Thanksgiving, Dec. 24, 25, 31, Jan. 1 and the month of Feb.)
Visitation is by paid admission Phone: 252-473-3234.

The Elizabethan Gardens is a non-profit attraction. Donate to our Annual Appeal

MISSION: For every generation, The Elizabethan Gardens is your gateway to our unique nature and history through education and experiences, to learn, enrich, sustain, and enjoy the environment.

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of The Elizabethan Gardens


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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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