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Auckland Castle Park and Gardens

The Auckland Castle Trust, Market Place, Bishop Auckland

Auckland Castle Park and Gardens, The Auckland Castle Trust, Bishop Auckland, Durham

Auckland Castle was built as one of the primary castles and hunting lodges of the Prince Bishop of Durham. From the 1600s onwards the Prince Bishops used their increasing wealth to create a country retreat that reflected their semi-royal position,... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs are allowed in the gardens but not the castle.)

Bateman's

Bateman's Lane, Burwash, Etchingham

Bateman's, Bateman's Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex


Discover the World of Ruyard Kipling The Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling, beautiful Bateman’s sits in glorious Downs countryside, surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald. Its 17th century origins are very clearly... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome in the Gardens on a short lead.)

Kelmarsh Hall

Northampton

Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Kelmarsh Hall is a romantic mid-20th century garden now largely restored. The grass terrace below the garden front of the Hall, with its rows of pleached limes on either side, together with the tapis vert, a wild flower meadow beyond, flanked by... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

Pembridge, Leominster

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens, Pembridge, Leominster, Herefordshire

The garden is laid out around a tangle of streams and ponds and has a huge collection of moisture loving plants growing with lush abundance. Every corner brings surprises and new interest. You can climb the spiral walk of the giant mound walk through... more

  • Dogs Permitted (permitted on leads only)

Erddig

Wrexham

Erddig, Wrexham, Wrexham


Explore the stunning gardens at Erddig Erddig, remarkable for its delightful 18th century `Dutch´ garden with canal, formal allees, pleached limes, and beautifully trained fruit trees. Later Victorian additions include a flower... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs welcome on leads in country park.)

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.)

The Gibberd Garden

Marsh Lane, Gilden Way, Harlow

The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex

The Gibberd Garden is a highly individual creation of Sir Frederick Gibberd, the master planner of Harlow New Town. It is sited on the side of a small valley, which slopes down to a brook. Occupying some 7 acres, the garden was planned as a series of... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill, Filleigh, Barnstaple

Castle Hill Gardens, Castle Hill, Barnstaple, Devon

Created back in 1730, Castle Hill Gardens bears all the hallmarks of a country house estate lavished with attention, love and care. Visitors travel to this North Devon haven to stroll around the woodland garden (a gorgeous patchwork of reds and golds... more

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

Belton House

Grantham

Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Often referred to as the perfect country house, Belton House in Lincolnshire provides plenty to keep stately home lovers happy for the day. Wander the truly lovely deer park and gorgeous gardens whatever the weather (wintry walks and summer strolls... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on leads in parkland and stableyard.)
West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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 earlier phases of activity, most notably an Iron Age hillfort... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome in the Village)
Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory, Aberdeenshire


Explore the Stunning Grounds of Crathes Castle Crathes Castle´s walled garden is really eight gardens, ranging from the formal to the modern. The massive yew hedges were planted as early as 1702, while the Golden Garden was... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Not permitted in public buildings or Walled Garden and must be kept under close supervision at all times.)

Wollaton Hall, Gardens & Deer Park

Wollaton Park, Nottingham

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

Wollaton Hall stands on a natural hill 2 miles west of Nottingham City Centre. Located within 500 acres of historic deer park, with a rich diversity of habitats and species. See herds of red and fallow deer roaming wild, stroll around the historic... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs must be kept on Leads)

Harewood House Gardens

Harewood, Leeds

Harewood House Gardens, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The garden landscape at Harewood House was determined by the designer Capability Brown in the mid 1700s when the foundations for the Palladian Country House were being laid out. The restored Victorian parterre and flower borders have panormaic views... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads. No dogs in the Bird Garden)

Cotehele

St Dominick, Saltash

Cotehele, St Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall


Explore the Stunning Gardens of Cothele, Cornwall Cotehele is a 19 acre large mature garden in two separate parts. The upper gardens surrounding the 16th century house contain a daffodil meadow, a formally planted terraced garden... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs welcome on the estate (assistance dogs only in the formal Garden))

Tyntesfield

Wraxall, Bristol

Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol

Tyntesfield, the original garden is thought to have been laid out in the 1840´s. Currently there is a huge restoration project underway to bring this impressive estate back to its former glory. The garden is Grade II* listed and is one of the top 500... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on woodland estate walks. Assistance dogs only in house and garden.)

Hughenden

High Wycombe

Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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 in London. The lawns and terraces have been planted once more with loud,... more

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

Crarae Garden

Inveraray

Crarae Garden, Inveraray, Argyll & Bute


Discover the Stunning Crarae Garden Crarae Gardens stands amongst the exotic trees and shrubs, listening to the tumbling waterfalls of the burn, one could almost imagine one is in the Himalayas, rather than Argyll. The informal... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Permitted on short leads)

Dudmaston Estate

Quatt, Bridgnorth

Dudmaston Estate, Quatt, Bridgnorth, Shropshire


Explore the exquisite Dudmaston Gardens Dudmaston is a delightful late 18th, early 19th century 8 acre garden, which is a mass of colour in spring with rhododendrons, azaleas viburnums and daffodils. Recently replanted herbaceous... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads in parkland and orchard only.)

Montacute House

Montacute, Yeovil

Montacute House, Montacute, Yeovil, Somerset

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 sunken lawn beside the house, fringed with borders of rich pinks and... 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)

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)
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.)

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens

Holmbush, St Austell

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, Holmbush, St Austell, Cornwall

The 30 acre Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, comprises gardens within a garden, which hold a wide range of some 6000 plants, all of which are labelled. In addition to rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias - so familiar in Cornish gardens - there... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Must be on a short lead)

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)

Trebah Garden

Mawnan Smith, Falmouth

Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall

Trebah Garden is a 25 acre sub-tropical ravine garden, falling 200 feet from the 18th century house to a private beach on the Helford River. A stream cascades over waterfalls through ponds full of Koi Carp, and exotic water plants wind through... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Helmingham Hall Gardens

Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, Stowmarket

Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Helmingham Hall Gardens, the ancestoral home of the Tollemache family for the past 500 years, who enjoy sharing their passion for the beautiful gardens. Surrounded by the impressive Tudor moated Hall set in a 400 year old ancient deer park.... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads at all times)

Speke Hall, Garden & Estate

Speke, Liverpool

Speke Hall, Garden & Estate, Speke, Liverpool, Merseyside

The gardens at Speke Hall are set in one of the most industrialised areas of South Liverpool, and despite this there is an air of being in the countryside. The restored, largely modern garden with its dry moat has spring bulbs, formal flower beds, a... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads in woodland and on signed estate walks)

Hanbury Hall & Gardens

School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa

Hanbury Hall & Gardens, School Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

Hanbury Hall is a restored formal 18th century garden with fruit trees, wilderness and sunken geometric parterre of clipped box. Architectural features, also restored, include two summerhouses, two timber bowling-green pavilions, an ice-house, pond... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads in park and short leads in stableyard. Assistance dogs only in gardens.)

Wimpole Estate

Arrington, Royston

Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Hall has a twenty-acre garden with a 350-acre park beyond. The garden has undergone several phases of landscape and garden design since the 17th century. The park has been landscaped by Bridgeman, `Capability´ Brown and Repton. There is an... more

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

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath

Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Prior Park is a beautiful and intimate 18th century landscape garden, created by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen with advice from the poet Alexander Pope and Capability Brown. The garden is set in a sweeping valley with magnificent... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads only)

Hatchlands Park

East Clandon, Guildford

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey

The graceful Georgian mansion at Hatchlands Park sits languidly alongside an equally elegant garden, landscaped by Humphry Repton, part of one of the largest country estates surrounding Greater London. Take in the garden at its best by following five... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Permitted under close control in designated parkland areas only.)

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)

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)

Shugborough Estate

Milford, Stafford

Shugborough Estate, Milford, Stafford, Staffordshire

Shugborough Hall, an important 18th century riverside garden, houses temples, ruins and memorials set amongst trees and winding shrubberies. Includes the first Chinese-style tea-house in Britain. Between the house and the river are terraces and a... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads and only in parkland and gardens)

Sheringham Park

Sheringham

Sheringham Park, Sheringham, Norfolk

Sheringham Park gardens were designed by Humphry Repton in 1812, and are one of his outstanding achievements. The large woodland garden is particularly famous for its spectacular display of rhododendrons and azaleas (flowering May-June). There are... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on leads near livestock and visitor facilities.)

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Brodick, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Ayrshire


Explore a Beautiful Scottish Garden The restoration of this garden at Brodick Castle began in the early 1900s and included planting of unusual species collected by great plant hunters like George Forrest. They include plants from... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Well behaved dogs welcome in the gardens and Country Park except the Walled Garden.)

Farnborough Hall

Farnborough, Banbury

Farnborough Hall, Farnborough, Banbury, Warwickshire

Bathed by the light bouncing off the honey-coloured stone of the glamorous 18th century Farnborough Hall, the grounds at this wonderful regal stately home are a delight to explore. This is a rare example of a ferme ornee (or ornamental farm), a style... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Permitted on leads, in grounds only)

Hare Hill

Over Alderley, Macclesfield

Hare Hill, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire

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, hollies and hostas. At its heart is a delightful... more

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

Osborne House

East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight


Explore the Royal Gardens at Osborne House Osborne House and gardens were originally designed by Prince Albert and Cubitt for the Royal Family. The Italianate designs for the terraced formal gardens, complement the house. They... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on lead are now allowed in certain areas of the Osborne estate)

Picton Castle

The Rhos, Haverfordwest

Picton Castle, The Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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 world. Forty acres of woodland gardens... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Dyrham Park

Dyrham, Bath

Dyrham Park, Dyrham, Bath, Gloucestershire

The magnificent formal gardens of Dyrham Park were laid out when the grand house was built but became unfashionable by the late 18th century. They were largely cleared away or filled in when the park was landscaped by Humphrey Repton and Charles... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome in car park only (exercise area at far end).)

Buscot Park

Estate Office, Faringdon

Buscot Park, Estate Office, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Part owed by the National Trust and part owned by Lord Faringdon, Buscot House in Oxfordshire has fabulous grounds to explore across the seasons. The gardens are split into very different areas - a particular favourite with horticultural fans is the... more

  • Dogs Permitted (In Paddock (overflow car park) only)

Arduaine Garden

Arduaine, Oban

Arduaine Garden, Arduaine, Oban, Argyll & Bute


Explore the stunning Arduaine Garden Breathe in the fresh air and take a scenic stroll through Arduaine Garden, a wonderful garden tucked in the west coast of Scotland that benefits from the warming effect of the Gulf Stream... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Well behaved dogs welcome on short leads.)

Sissinghurst Castle

Biddenden Road, Cranbrook

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden Road, Cranbrook, Kent

Sissinghurst Castle Garden was developed around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. With a central red-brick prospect tower - a series of small enclosed compartments, intimate in scale and romantic in atmosphere. Including the renowned and... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome on Esate, Assistance dogs only in garden and vegetable garden.)
Newstead Abbey Park & Gardens, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

The gardens and parkland at Newstead Abbey, once the home of the Poet Lord Byron, cover more than 300 acres with paths that meander past lakes, ponds and waterfalls. The gardens have something to offer in all seasons, with spectacular displays of... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

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)

Saltram

Plympton, Plymouth

Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon

Saltram was originally an 18th century landscape garden, featuring a fine orangery still used to produce a good collection of citrus fruit, and other buildings of the 1770s. Developments in the 19th century have continued to the present day, giving... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome in woods & parkland)

Nymans

Handcross, Haywards Heath

Nymans, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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 worldwide. Indulge the senses with a spring visit to enjoy the... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Welcome in the woodland only)

Attadale Gardens

Strathcarron

Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron, Highland

Attadale House was built in 1755 by Donald Matheson. Gardens and woodlands were started in 1890 by Baron Schroder and planted with rhododendrons, azaleas and specimen trees. Since the storms of the 1980s, owners Ewen and Nicky Macpherson have planted... more

  • Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)

Canons Ashby

Daventry

Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire

Canons Ashby House, has a formal garden that was created between 1708 and 1717 by Edward Dryden. Derelict and overgrown when the house was rescued by the National Trust, the restoration work of the 1980s has now matured. The garden is divided by... more

  • Dogs Permitted (On leads in and car park, paddock, tea garden and parkland.)

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