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The Castle & Gardens of Mey, Mey, Thurso, Highland

The Queen Mother fell in love with the Castle and Gardens of Mey on the north coast of Caithness in Scotland when she saw it for the first time in 1952 - and little wonder. This enchanting edifice and crumbling garden had a magic about them that... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads in the grounds only.)

Caerhays Castle Gardens

Gorran, St Austell

Caerhays Castle Gardens, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall

Caerhays Gardens was originally planted out in the early 1900s with mainly rhododendrons. Since then other plants have been introduced such as magnolias and camellias. This peaceful, tranquil garden covers approx. 100 acres and is at its best in... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Godinton House & Gardens

Godinton Lane, Ashford

Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent

Godinton House and Gardens are set in a beautiful 18th century landscaped park with views across the countryside. The formal gardens include terraced lawns, topiary, formal pond, rose garden and herbaceous borders all surrounded by a vast yew hedge... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Not in garden, but on leads in park)

Clovelly Court Gardens

Clovelly, Bideford

Clovelly Court Gardens, Clovelly, Bideford, Devon

After the exertions of climbing up and down the village, it’s easy to forget to pop into Clovelly Gardens. But this lovely little Victorian Walled Garden, entered through ornate wrought-iron gates, is a treat just as much for keen gardeners as it is... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads)

Stowe

Buckingham

Stowe, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire


Explore the beautiful landscape gardens of Stowe Stowe Landscape Gardens is an extraordinary, living, breathing work of art. With its ornamental lakes, glorious open spaces, wooded valleys and adorned with over 40 monument temples in... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads)

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, Cranbrook

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Bedgebury Road, Cranbrook, Kent

Bedgebury National Pinetum is the sort of natural treasure that England does so well. Open year round and beautiful in all seasons, enjoy the fabulous display of one of the worlds most complete collections of conifers with a network of pathways for... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads in the Pinetum)

The Vyne

Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke

The Vyne, Vyne Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire


Discover centuries of gardening history at The Vyne Attractive gardens surround the 16th century Vyne house. The gardens are home to several stunning features such as a walled garden and glass house beautiful lawns, herbaceous... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on leads in the Woodlands and Parkland)
West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire


Discover the fantastic West Wycombe Park West Wycombe Park and gardens were created by Sir Frances Dashwood, founder of the Dilettanti Society in the mid-18th century. New fieldwork has produced evidence of a number of important... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome in the Village)

Holkham Walled Garden

Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea

Holkham Walled Garden, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Step through the ornate Ventian gates and enjoy the Walled Garden’s enchanting and tranquil atmosphere with its stunning array of flowers, fruit and vegetables and beautiful colours and scents. Restoring the six acre 18th century garden continues... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads in the park only.)

Tresco Abbey

Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Tresco Abbey, Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Tresco Abbey Gardens defies all the preconceptions regarding what can and cannot be grown in rain-soaked, frost-cursed Britain. A perennial Kew without the glass hosting 20,000 plants. The garden is home to species from 80 countries ranging from... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Picton Castle

The Rhos, Haverfordwest

Picton Castle, The Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire


Discover Picton Castle Stroll beneath the woodland gardens at Picton Castle and find some of the tallest and oldest trees in west Wales along with an abundance of wild flowers and beautiful woodland shrubs from all corners of the... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Castle Drogo

Drewsteignton, Exeter

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon


Explore a castle hidden deep in the Devon Countryside Castle Drogo and its 1920s Lutyens garden is the highest owned by the National Trust at 823 metres and lies within shelter of trees and hedges. The terraced formal garden has... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on leads in grounds and wider estate. Assistance dogs only in formal garden.)
Mellerstain House & Gardens, Gordon, Scottish Borders

Mellerstain's acres of beautiful parkland were first laid out in 1725 by William Adam. The formal gardens we enjoy today were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfied in 1910, in an Italian style sympathetic to the 18th century layout. Situated to the... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Wollaton Hall, Gardens & Deer Park

Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Wollaton Hall, Gardens & Deer Park, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire


Explore Wollaton Hall and Deer park, Nottingham Wollaton Hall stands on a natural hill 2 miles west of Nottingham City Centre. Located on 500 acres of historic deer park, with a rich diversity of habitats and species. See herds of... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs must be kept on Leads)

Callendar House Gardens

Callendar park, Falkirk

Callendar House Gardens, Callendar park, Falkirk, Falkirk

Callendar House Park surrounding Callendar House, includes a Georgian Garden growing traditional plants from the Georgian period. There is also a boating lake, children´s play area and woodland walks.... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Wrest Park

Silsoe, Luton

Wrest Park, Silsoe, Luton, Bedfordshire


Explore an English garden with a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park Wrest Park´s formal gardens are a fascinating history of gardening styles laid out over one and a half centuries. Explore the ornate... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads, Assistance dogs welcome)
Benmore Botanic Garden, Dunoon, Argyll & Bute


Explore the Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll, Scotland Benmore Botanic Garden is in the wonderful woodland setting of the Eachaig Valley, a garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Boasting a world-famous... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Forde Abbey

Chard

Forde Abbey, Chard, Dorset

A magnificent 12th Century former Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey now ranks as one of the top ten gardens in England. Built beside the banks of the River Axe in the rolling Dorset hills, this outstanding stately home is surrounded by 30 acres of... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Shugborough Estate

Milford, Stafford

Shugborough Estate, Milford, Stafford, Staffordshire


Explore the wonderful Georgian manor and its beautiful grounds at Shugborough Estate Shugborough Hall, an important 18th century riverside garden, houses temples, ruins and memorials set amongst trees and winding shrubberies.... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads and only in parkland and gardens)
Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem, Fife


Explore the Beautiful Gardens of Kellie Castle Take a stroll round Kellie Castle & Garden, the magical Arts & Crafts garden and enjoy the scent of old roses and the beautiful herbaceous borders. The 1 acre walled garden is set out... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on woodland & meadow walks. Not permitted in walled garden and children's play area.)

Ightham Mote

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks, Kent


Explore the beautiful grounds of Ightham Mote Ightham Mote is situated in a hidden valley garden surrounded by coppiced woodland and farmland. The basic shape of the garden has been in place since the 16th century. A stream flows... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on leads on estate walks only)

Montacute House

Montacute, Yeovil

Montacute House, Montacute, Yeovil, Somerset


Explore the stunning grounds of and Elizabethan House Montacute House and gardens is a simple, elegant, Elizabethan garden comprised largely of green spaces, of lawns and processions of clipped yews. Most memorable is the formal... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs under control in parkland. On leads in garden during winter season.)

Veddw House Garden

Veddw House, The Fedw, Devauden

Veddw House Garden, Veddw House, Devauden, Monmouthshire

Veddw is a private garden open to the public and therefore non-institutional and idiosyncratic. It is owned by Anne Wareham, and Charles Hawes.(Anne is the author of 'The Bad Tempered Gardener', Charles the photographer, see... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads)

Abbeywood Gardens

Chester Road, Delamere, Northwich

Abbeywood Gardens, Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire

Sitting in the heart of the Delamere countryside in rural Cheshire, Abbeywood Gardens are part of a 45-acre family estate. Whether you fancy a woodland stroll with the dog or want to inspect the beauty of the informal and formal gardens, this... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs must be kept on leads in gardens)

Nymans

Handcross, Haywards Heath

Nymans, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex


Retreat to the tranquil gardens at Nymans Nymans beautiful extensive gardens developed throughout the 20th century by the Messel family, reflect the character of the founder and creativity of the plant hunters who explored... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome in the woodland only)

Nostell Priory & Parkland

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield

Nostell Priory & Parkland, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire


Explore the Nostell Priory and Parkland ans discover the gardens exciting history Nostell Priory is surrounded by a generous landscape park and gardens, with good trees. The park leads down to a lake where there are attractive... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads and only in park and exercise area in car park. Assistance dogs only in gardens.)

Mottistone Gardens

Mottistone, Brighstone

Mottistone Gardens, Mottistone, Brighstone, Isle of Wight


Explore the Mottistone Manor garden Mottistone Manor garden, which is owned by the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the island. Set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea, the gardens with... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads only)

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage garden set in 200 acres of parkland with magnificent views across the Ouse Valley viaduct. Created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke from seeds gathered by the great plant hunters of the early... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

West Dean Gardens

West Dean, Chichester

West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex

West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest gardens open to the public in England. Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, the gardens include a Walled Kitchen Garden, Sunken Garden (winner of the Sussex Heritage Trust's... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times.)

Moseley Old Hall

Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton

Moseley Old Hall, Moseley Old Hall Lane, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire


Discover the secret hiding place of a King and explore its beautiful gardens Moseley Old Hall´s garden has been re-created in the 17th century style. Includes a formal knot garden, a wooden arbour covered with clematis, neat box... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads in gardens & grounds)

Knightshayes

Bolham, Tiverton

Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon


Explore the Beautiful Knightshayes Garden The celebrated Knightshayes Garden, was originally planned in the late 1870s and then replanted in the 1950s. Crisply-managed formal terraces and a rather formal woodland garden with a... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads in parkland. Assistance dogs only in house & gardens.)

Greenbank Garden

Flenders Road, Glasgow

Greenbank Garden, Flenders Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City


Find Inspiration at Greenbank Gardens Greenbank walled garden has 30 different areas to see, demonstrating different techniques and colour combinations for the amateur gardener. Plants are well labelled and are in good condition.... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Assistance dogs are welcome within the walled garden. Other dogs can be walked through the woodland walk (please keep dogs on a lead).)

Acorn Bank Garden

Temple Sowerby, Penrith

Acorn Bank Garden, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria


Take a Stroll through Acorn Bank Garden Acorn Bank Garden, a pretty walled garden in Temple Sowerby, near Penrith, is home to more than 200 species of herbs plus some delightful fruit orchards. A National Trust property, this is... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Permitted on leads)

Hughenden

High Wycombe

Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire


Explore the beautifully renovated gardens at Hughenden Hughenden Manor garden is re-created from the colourful 1860s designs of Benjamin Disraeli´s wife, Mary Anne, used as his private retreat from the rigours of parliamentary life... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome under close control in park and woodland.)

Hare Hill

Over Alderley, Macclesfield

Hare Hill, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire


Hop along to Hare Hill Garden Hare Hill Garden is a charming wooded and walled garden set amid rolling parkland. This woodland garden, especially spectacular in early summer, includes azaleas, hybrid and species rhododendrons,... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Assistance dogs only in Walled Garden (dog park provided). On leads/under close control elsewhere.)

Parham Gardens

Parham Park, Storrington, Pulborough

Parham Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough, West Sussex

There are two gardens at Parham - the 18th century Pleasure Grounds, 7 acres of rolling lawns leading gently down to the brick and turf maze and lake, specimen trees, with fine vistas to the South Downs - and the magnificent 4 acre walled garden with... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Packwood House

Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Solihull

Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Solihull, Warwickshire


Packwood House - 'A house to dream of, a garden to dream in' Packwood House and gardens are noted for the intact layout dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, with courtyards, brick gazebos, terraces and the unique yew garden.... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on leads in the car park and on public footpaths across estate.)

Iford Manor: The Peto Garden

Iford Manor, Iford, Bradford on Avon

Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Occupied since Roman times, the secluded Iford valley provides a welcome break from the pressures of modern life. A visit to the tranquil, Italianate gardens is “like stepping into another world” (Ben Pentreath, 2016) and has been described as “one... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads at all times.)

Sussex Prairie Garden

Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Henfield, West Sussex

Exciting prairie garden of approx. 8 acres planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants of over 1000 different varieties. A colourful garden featuring a huge variety of ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials. Expect layers of... more

  • Dogs Permitted (We love dogs at Sussex Prairie Gardens and we are one of the few gardens that welcome them. We provide water bowls at the cafe. We do ask that you please keep them under control on a short lead and that you clear up after them. We provide bags and bins.)

Mottisfont

Romsey

Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire


Explore the beautiful gardens of Mottisfont Abbey The 19th century garden at Mottisfont Abbey is typical of the period, with sweeping lawns and stands of trees, much in the Capability Brown style. The garden is the result of the... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on short leads in most of grounds and garden.)

Achamore Gardens

Isle of Gigha

Achamore Gardens, Isle of Gigha, Argyll & Bute

Situated on the stunning, tranquil community-owned Isle of Gigha, one of the Hebridean Islands, sit 54 acres of wonderful sub-tropical plants – the Achamore Gardens. With the warming influence of the North Atlantic Drift providing an atmosphere in... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Gunby Hall & Gardens

Gunby, Spilsby

Gunby Hall & Gardens, Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire


Discover the charming Gunby Hall and Gardens Gunby Hall and Gardens at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds boasts 100 acres of parkland laid out in the style of Capability Brown. The estate once used to stretch as far as the coast... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs welcome on leads in the gardens, courtyard tea-room terrace and grounds.)

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Summer Lane, Exbury, Southampton

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Summer Lane, Southampton, Hampshire

The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquility in summer... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Gooderstone Water Gardens

The Street, Gooderstone, King's Lynn

Gooderstone Water Gardens, The Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk

There’s a lovely story behind the creation of Gooderstone Water Gardens near Swaffham in Norfolk. Retired farmer Billy Knights began creating the gardens at the age of 70 back in 1970 after his son joked that the land there was too wet for cattle to... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads with well behaved owners welcome.)

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh

Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Don’t know your Pinus from your Prunus? Or your Sorbus from your Quercus? Take a stroll around the glorious Batsford Arboretum tucked into the Cotswold Hills for a crash course in trees and shrubs followed by scrumptious home-baked coffee and cake at... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)
Houghton Lodge Gardens, Stockbridge, Hampshire

On top of being a simply gorgeous set of stunning horticultural achievements, Houghton Lodge Gardens in Stockbridge, Hampshire, are also very historically important. The gardens, thick with beautiful trees and great sweeps of lawn that roll down to... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

The Valley Gardens - Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park, via Wick Road, Englefield Green

The Valley Gardens - Windsor Great Park, Windsor Great Park, Englefield Green, Surrey

The Valley Gardens, part of The Royal Landscape, is a woodland garden on a grand scale, set beneath majestic trees with delightful views to Virginia Water lake. Over 200 acres of camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and many other flowering trees and... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Knebworth House Gardens

Knebworth, Knebworth

Knebworth House Gardens, Knebworth, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

At Knebworth House, the present 28-acre garden dates largely from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with more recent and continuing restoration and additions. Sir Edwin Lutyens re-designed the formal gardens immediate to the House. Each of the... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads in park only, not formal gardens.)
Leith Hall, Garden & Estate, Huntly, Aberdeenshire


Explore the Stunning Gardens of Leith Hall Leith Hall gardens have year round interest including flowering trees and shrubs, roses, fruit, vegetables and ornamental grasses. In summer the zigzag herbaceous border and serpentine... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs permitted on the Estate but not in the Garden.)

Seaton Delaval Hall

The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay

Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear


Discover Seaton Delaval Hall, A place of great theatre and drama Built in the early 18th century and the best example in the country of English Baroque, Seaton Delaval Hall and Gardens was created by Sir John Van Brugh who was also... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Permitted on leads in the grounds)

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