Open from Wednesday to Sunday throughout the season, Renishaw is rightly celebrated for its fabulous Italianate gardens. The formal garden was laid out in 1895 by Sir George Sitwell (1860-1943) in the classical Italianate style. Lady Sitwell and the late Sir Reresby restored much of the garden and enhanced the geometric design. Today, Alexandra continues the family tradition and has made some additions of her own including opening up areas of the top lawn to provide a perfect viewpoint of the majestic Hall.
On either side of the formal gardens are more naturalistic plantings and to the east of the garden, holly and camellia avenues lead to paths through mature woodland, down to the lakes originally excavated to enhance the view from the house.