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Grand Fountain Roars Back to Life!

Following major cleaning and repair, the historic Perseus and Andromeda fountain at English Heritage’s Witley Court and Gardens is once again ready to entertain group visitors.

The fountain - once again firing on the hour, every day until 31 October - depicts the action-packed Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda, with Andromeda chained to a rock as a sacrifice to appease a sea monster sent by Poseidon, as hero Perseus swoops down in winged sandals to rescue her.

Supplied by a surrounding pool filled with a million litres of water, the sculpture’s central jet reaches a height of up to 30 metres, complemented by nearly 30 more jets hidden among shells, sea nymphs, dolphins and a huge serpent designed by James Forsyth in Portland Stone.

A haven for green-fingered groups with an interest in landscapes and garden history, Witley Court features informal wilderness and wildlife gardens, woodland walks with rhododendrons, a nine-acre lake and waterfall and restored parterre gardens. Once a famed party house, Witley Court was devastated during a fire in 1937 and the mansion ruin now stands as a spectacular and evocative backdrop to the grounds.

Pre-booked, 1-hour guided tours are available for groups of up to 35, bringing the fascinating story of the house and grounds to life.

Witley Court and Gardens, Worcester Road, Great Witley, Worcestershire, WR6 6JT. For more information or to book a group visit email witley.court@english-heritage.org.uk, call 01299 896636 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/witley

Groups of 11 or more people receive a 15% discount at English Heritage properties and events (10% at Stonehenge). One tour leader and one coach driver are admitted free with each group (and do not count towards group numbers). Free familiarisation visits can be arranged for the Travel Trade. To discuss opportunities for group visits, to subscribe to the free Travel Trade newsletter Attractions, or to order a complimentary copy of the Group Visits Guide, call 0117 975 1349 or email traveltrade@english-heritage.org.uk