Welcome to Our Lovely Gardens

 DUE TO THE WET CONDITIONS WINTERLIGHTS IS CANCELLED FOR JANUARY 19. FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT 252-473-3234. The light show will return in November for our next season of cheer.

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.

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

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

NOTE: Regrettable due to many factors our new John White Butterfly Center opening has been delayed.  Our plans are to open the house in 2019. The Board of Governors and staff look forward to sharing this new attraction with you and thank you for your patience and support with the delay. We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

Take A Tour An audio & visual tour
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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