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Gardens in Central England

Central England is characterised by its numerous charming villages, stunning countryside and many fine churches and historic buildings. Its towns and cities offer a distinct cultural scene, superb shopping and the renown glass and pottery centres. Gardens in Central England Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton and Canons Ashby, Daventry are listed below.
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This Grade I listed Hall is situated in rolling Northamptonshire countryside. Its stunning gardens are open from April until October, and the entire place is available to hire for weddings and events.
Explore the beautiful Canons Ashby 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 stonewalls and yew hedges into courts with terraces and topiary. Mixed rose and herbaceous borders; old fruit varieties including plums, pears and apples; early 18th century timber gates and seats; a fine Ced...
Discover the beautiful Farnborough Hall nestled in the Warwickshire Countryside 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 much favoured by the early 18th century landscape gardeners who wanted to move from grand, formal gardens to softer, more naturalistic designs. The hall's ow...
The Mill Garden is a half acre informal cottage garden originally created by Arthur Measures, and lies in a superb setting beneath the walls of Warwick Castle,
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Hill Close Gardens are a unique set of Victorian 'detached' gardens and are the only survivors open to the public in England. Come and explore.
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In 1927, Lord and Lady Bearsted viewed Upton House with ‘the eye of imagination' and set about creating their made-to-measure country home. The house is currently set up as it would have been in the 1930s, once the Bearsted's had finished turning it from a Victorian mansion to a modern country retreat.
Charlecote Park is a place of surprising treasures. With 900 years or history and acres of parkland to explore, this beautiful property has gardens and parkland which are a haven for wildlife and carefully conserved for future generations.
Explore the beautiful grounds of Rockingham Castle Rockingham Castle and gardens stand on the edge of an escarpment giving dramatic views over five counties and the Welland Valley below. Surrounding the castle are some 12 acres of gardens largely following the footprint of the medieval castle. The vast 400-year-old `Elephant Hedge´ dissects the formal 17th-century terraced gardens. The circular yew hedge stands on the site of the mot and bailey and provides shelter for the rose garden....
Explore the secret world of Baddlesley Clinton House and Garden The home of the Ferrers family for some 500 years, the house and interiors of Baddesley Clinton reflect its Elizabethan heyday when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics. Open around the year, this is a step back in time and the guides are excellent ambassadors for the attraction, full of interesting information about the house and its history. The house and garden has a variety of wonderful features, look out for the...
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 all sizes and styles from Gothic to Classical, this magnificent landscape park is one of the supreme creations of the Georgian era. Given to the National Trust in 1989, the gardens, Stowe House (opened to the public by Stowe House Preservation Trust) and th...
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. The colourful borders give year round interest. In spring, daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells are a delightful distraction. Summer brings a blast of colour from herbaceous borders, climbing roses, honeysuckles and terrace beds. In autumn the foliage brings i...
Explore the Fascinating Lyveden New Bield The National Trust has taken the Lyveden New Bield, a building started but never finished by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholicism in the 1500s and early 1600s, and turned it into a lovely place to visit. Sitting in the middle of rural Northamptonshire, the very fact that Lyveden has survived since the Elizabethan age seems remarkable and these days visitors can discover the mysterious garden lodge and poke around the Elizabethan garde...
Explore a beautiful Arts and Crafts Garden at Hidcote Twisting lanes of the Cotswold countryside lead to Hidcote Manor Garden, one of the most inventive and influential gardens of the 20th century. Its structure of outdoor `rooms´, linked by vistas and furnished with all sorts of topiary, recalls both the English garden style and the European connections of its creator Major Lawrence Johnston. Laid out over seventy years ago, an astonishing variety of effects have been created. Hedges...
One of England's finest gardens, Rousham House garden was first designed in 1738 by William Kent and represents the initial phase of English landscape design. One of the few gardens to have escaped alteration over the years. Original features such as the ponds and cascades, statuary and eye-catchers which delighted the 18th century visitors, still attract numerous visitors today. The walled garden, herbaceous borders, pigeon house, parterre and espalier apple trees are not to be misse...
Covering 9 acres, this charming woodland garden has been welcoming visitors since 1992. It is an RHS recommended garden, and it is filled with stunning trees.
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Being one of Birmingham's best attractions, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone, be it one of the four stunning glasshouses showing tropical rainforest to arid desert, playground, tearoom and garden gift shop all surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK.
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Explore the house that time forgot and it's hauntingly beautiful gardens There's something compelling about the faded grandeur of Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire, its neglected paintwork and overgrown courtyard telling the tale of an eccentric family. The first telephone only rang in this house in 1928 and electricity didn't arrive until 1962, thanks to the ardent desire of it residents to shy away from the modern world. The gardens echo this, an ancient and fragile habitat for ...
Award-winning, privately-owned 3 acre garden surrounding an 18th century manor house and 16th century tithe barn where light refreshments are available.
Blenheim Palace gardens (one of the Winners of the Historic Houses Association/Christies Garden of the Year Award 2008)are one of the great 18th century parks landscaped by `Capability´ Brown including the largest lake he ever devised. The Secret Garden is one of Blenheim Palace´s most popular attractions for plant lovers as it is a garden for all seasons, combining mature trees with new plantings. This secluded area has winding paths that lead to soothing water features, bridges, fountains, ...
Discover the Beautiful Waddesdon Manor and gardens Waddesdon Manor and gardens were bequeathed to the National Trust by the Rothschilds in 1957. The garden today is essentially the one laid out by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and his French landscape designer Elie Laine. It is one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain with a parterre, colourful shrubs, rose garden and specimen trees. A rococo-style aviary houses exotic birds and is known for breeding endangered species. The garden...
Explore the beautiful Ascott House and Gardens Once part of the Rothschilds' vast Ascott Estate and now run by the National Trust, Ascott Gardens, on the borders of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, are vast, sweeping classic English grounds with all manner of formal and natural plantings. The gardens (and the wonderful house, stuffed with paintings, fine furniture and oriental porcelain, that looks over it) are open to the public between March and September and cover 30 acres – so th...
Discover the hidden treasures of Snowshill Manor and Garden A Cotswold home packed with unusual treasures collected by one Charles Wade, Snowshill Manor and Garden near Broadway in Gloucestershire is a brilliant day out. The house itself is a wonderland of interesting items but the garden is just as glorious (look out for many curiosities dotted about the grounds). This is just the perfect place to sit awhile and relax while the children run around playing hide and seek. Hidden vista...
Discover Hanbury Hall, a wonderful tribute of the Georgian era 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 with solar powered fountains, obelisk and cedar walk. The orangery is well stocked with fruit trees.
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 garden buildings including the magnificent Baroque pleasure pavilion, orangery and Bath House, and admire the fine collection of lead and stone statues. With over 90 acres to explore, the unique mix of open space and sheltered woodland walks are complimente...
Discover Belvoir Castle and Castle The gardens have undergone several changes over the centuries, the latest being a two year programme that saw the Duchess and team bring the lost plants of Capability Brown to fruition. There are many new walks, for both able and less able visitors, through formal gardens on the castle terrace and into the woodland through the Japanese, Duchess's and Hermits gardens. A circuitous three-mile walk along the Duke's walk, takes in all the gardens and views...
Explore Grimsthorpe Castle Grimsthorpe Castle is a formal Grade I listed historic flower and topiary garden. Leading imperceptibly into the woodland garden, providing a fine setting for the ornamental vegetable garden and orchard, with lots of quiet corners and tranquil walkways. Originally created in the 1960s by the Countess of Ancaster and John Fowler. Intricate parterres marked with box hedges lie close to the Castle, a dramatic herbaceous border frames views across the lake.
Home to the Berkeley family for more than 400 years, Spetchley is filled with rare plants, trees and shrubs that have been collected from around the world and nurtured carefully, to create a garden that is inspired and imaginative, with vistas that delight all that see them.
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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 parterres, a walled garden with topiary and annual borders, an arched pergola hung with two varieties of vines and clematis viticella, and a nut walk. All plants and trees used were known in England in the 1700s. Included fruits are medlar, quince, mulbbery, c...
Kedleston Hall has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. Visitors continue to be inspired by Robert Adam and his vision for this private palace, which is now open to all. From the curiosities of George Nathaniel Curzon's Eastern Museum to the more recently restored State Floor, there is plenty to enjoy both inside the Hall and within the grounds.
Built about 1130, The Manor Hemingford Grey is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain. It was made famous as ‘Green Knowe' by author Lucy Boston. Her patchwork collection is on show. The garden has topiary, old roses, award winning irises and herbaceous borders.
Explore the beautiful gardens of Wightwick Manor The Wightwick Manor´s 17 acre garden was designed by Alfred Parsons and Thomas Mawson. The main framework consists of large trees with an eye-catching octagonal arbour hung with clematis and roses in the centre of the rose garden. A less formal area has a pool, shrubs and rhododendrons. In addition there are two rows of yews, herbaceous borders and beds containing plants (taken!) from gardens of famous authors such as Tennyson and Dicke...
Sitting elegantly in formal gardens with views across pleasure grounds and an ancient deer-park, Belton is often cited as being the perfect example of an English country-house. Although built on a modest scale, it has a fine collection of porcelain and silver, a world-renowned library and architectural finesse that reflects the continued wealth and cultured tastes of its former owners.
Shugborough Estate is a rich blend of landscape, monuments, gardens and architecture, shaped by travel and adventure. Open under the National Trust since March 2017.
Felley Priory is a garden for all seasons - with its ancient walls, yew hedges and topiary, snowdrops, hellebores, an orchard of daffodils, herbaceous borders a
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Lose yourself in the tranquillity of Witley Court Gardens Once a grand country house and symbol of an opulent age, it hosted many of the most extravagant parties and royal entertainments of the Victorian period. After a devastating fire in 1937, however, it became one of the country's most hauntingly beautiful ruins. The spectacular gardens have since been renovated and offer a stunning insight to a fascinating collection of plants and shrubs from around the world. Make sure you expl...
Explore the beautiful Wimpole Estate 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 outstanding folly and notable Chinese Bridge, as well as a 2 1/4 mile avenue originally of elms, but now replanted with limes. A formal garden surrounds the house, dating from the 17th century. Enclosed by...
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 borders, roses, a bog garden and maples give later colour. Enjoy a walk in the Dingle, a wooded valley, the restored rock garden of local red sandstone or the popular `Big Pool´ surrounded by attractive plantings. Old fruit trees, shrubs and large specimen t...
Discover, Buscot Park, a magnificent stately mansion and intimate family home 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 walled garden with its pleached hop hornbeam central avenue with a fountain and surrounding quadrants planted up to reflect the four seasons. We love the gloriou...
Hughenden Manor has a rich and varied history. Once the home of Benjamin Disraeli, it was also a covert WWII base that produced maps. Both of these stories are fascinating, and the house and gardens bring them to life.
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 earlier phases of activity, most notably an Iron Age hillfort and associated prehistoric field system. The classically-inspired park itself, comprises formal drives, vistas, walks and woodland areas, as well as a wide range of garden statuary and ornamental l...
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 'rooms' within the garden has its own identity, colour and flowering time, including: sunken lawn; rose garden; green garden; gold garden; malus walk; brick garden; the maze; ornamental ponds; wilderness and dinosaur trail; the walled garden with culin...
Little Malvern Court, a 10 acre garden, attached to a former Benedictine Priory, offers magnificent views over the Severn valley. Laid out as garden rooms aroun
Explore the beautiful Hardwick Hall The four quadrants of Hardwick Hall gardens, are the herb garden, lawns, nuttery and orchards, conveying the spirit of an Elizabethan garden. Lead statues in yew alcoves; grass alleys flanked by yew and tall hedges of hornbeam hedges; holly domes to the western entrance to the herb garden, planted with chamomile, lavender, laurel and rue; mulberry walk and extensive herbaceous borders in the West Courtyard; sunken pond in the East Court; double avenue...
Discover the beautiful Greys Court and surrounding gardens Greys Court is a picturesque house mainly Tudor in style set in a beautiful courtyard. A series of walled gardens are set out as outdoor rooms with a fine collection of old fashioned roses, paeonies, an ornamental vegetable garden, maze, and 19th century wisteria walk. The garden also has wonderful historical features including a Tudor wheelhouse, a maze, ice house and a WW2 Dig for Victory kitchen garden.
Explore the fantastic gardens of Cliveden Set high above the River Thames with far-reaching views, these beautiful gardens at Cliveden in Berkshire capture the grandeur of a bygone age. Stroll through a series of impressive gardens, each with their own special charm. From the iconic parterre with its ever-changing floral displays to the statuary and topiary in the Long Garden, the gardens delight in every season. Formal gardens give way to open glades, majestic woodland and picturesque...
Explore a beautiful seasonal Garden at Benthall Hall This charming 19th century terraced garden is small but having once been the domain of botanist George Maw, is stuffed with fabulous items of horticultural interest. Highlights include a gorgeous rose garden, fruit trees, oceans of clematis and peonies and freely naturalised crocuses and daffodils. If you possibly can, get on the tour led by the head gardener who will lead you around the site and give you a wonderful potted history o...
Explore the beautiful gardens of Peckover House Peckover House & Garden is a charming 2-acre Victorian garden at the rear of a Georgian house on the North Brink in the middle of Wisbech, described as `The National Trust´s best town garden´. A spacious lawn is shaded by specimen trees including a ginko and tulip tree. The eastern edge of the garden is planted with laurels, hollies, box and yew, forming a wilderness area. There is colourful border planting, cutting flowers, a wonderful c...
Discover the facinating History of Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill Thousands of people flock to Anglesey Abbey, Garden and Lode Mill each January to March to witness the wonderful Snowdrop Festival that takes place annually in the Winter Garden and on the Woodland Walk. But there is plenty more to see here through the year. This hundred-acre garden, created from 1926 onwards by the first Lord Fairhaven, is a lovely and rather grand blend of 17th century French style and 18th cen...
Explore the Gardens of Haddon Hall The gardens at Haddon Hall were cleared and replanted at the beginning of the 20th century, returning them to their former glory. Yew trees were planted as well as herbaceous borders; climbing ivy was stripped from balustrades and climbing roses planted in their place. Haddon Hall is considered to have one of the most romantic gardens in Britain. Haddon Hall's garden is one of the country's earliest examples of a garden designed in conjunction with ...
This 9 acre garden at Englefield House falls from the woodland area with magnolia, rhododendron, azalea, acer, camellia and many other species. Below are the two terraces enclosed in grey stone balustrades, built in 1860 with wide staircases, mixed borders, fountains and rill. In modern times there has been a steady programme of planting with many features and areas developed to give interest all through the year. Plants for sale in the neighbouring Englefield Garden Centre, and te...
Explore the stunning Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire Once the playground of the Pelham Clintons, the Dukes of Newcastle, Clumber Park near Worksop is now a stunning 3,800 acre expanse of heathland, woods and farmland including a vast lake and the longest double avenue of lime trees in Europe, stretching for two miles. Several miles of walks and cycle tracks encompass the lake and it's a popular spot for locals in need of some country air. The park's grand house was demolished in the 1930...
Explore One of Britain's Finest Jacobean Mansions English Heritage makes the most of the house's story and its successive owners (including Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, earls, kings and the Neville family in the 19th and 20th century) by offering up a whole host of activities such as meeting the horses and costumed characters in the stables, hearing about what cook used to make in the kitchen and tours led by dressed up staff detailing what life was like above and bel...
Explore the stunning grounds at Berrington Hall The gardens at Berrington Hall near Leominster in Herefordshire are classic Capability Brown design. Think 456 acres of sweeping parklands and walkways leading to fabulous viewpoints that show off the landscape at its very best vantage point. There are three marked routes to take which ensure you get fabulous vistas en route. There are Victorian pleasure gardens here an amble through which will take you past glowing yews and along laurel ...
Renishaw Hall and Gardens has been the home of the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years. Each generation has left their mark on the estate, from Sir Sitwell Sitwell's additions to the hall, including the Ballroom and Drawing Room, to Sir George Sitwell laying out the Italianate gardens. Renishaw makes a relaxing day out for all the family.
Myddelton House Gardens were once home to Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain's most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists. In 2011, Myddelton House Garden reopened to the public for everyone to enjoy the wonders that Mr Bowles collected.
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Explore the beautiful Attingham Park Gardens Just four miles south-east of the pretty market town of Shrewsbury, Repton-designed Attingham Park Gardens is a gorgeous place to take a stroll whatever the season, with its groves of Lebanon cedars, towering trees and copious shrub land. take a stroll through the stunning deer park where 200 fallow deer roam freely (in the winter, the animals are fed at 2pm on weekends and daily in the Christmas and half term holidays, except Dec 25) or h...
Explore the Beautiful Biddulph Grange Gardens James Bateman's Victorian Biddulph Grange Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent was beautifully restored by the National Trust and the result is a day out that allows you to journey the world via its plants. The garden has a number of themed areas so you will find yourself wandering from the Chinese Temple to the Egyptian Court and onto the Pinetum, the Dahlia Walk and the Himalayan Glen. There are tunnels, passageways and undulating paths that wea...
Explore Waltham Abbey Gardens Waltham Abbey Gardens is an award-winning site steeped in history and set in the grounds of the Abbey, the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII and thought to be the site of King Harold's grave. The remains of some of the Abbey buildings can still be seen today, including the gate house and the passage from the cloisters to the sleeping quarters.
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 rooms, each with its own character. The glades, pools and alleys provide a setting for some fifty sculptures, large ceramic pots, architectural salvage, a gazebo and even a moated children´s castle with a drawbridge. The garden has been described...
Explore a eautiful Edwardian Garden at Fenton House Fenton House and Garden, a 17th century merchant's house with walled garden in the London's Hampstead, has wonderful kerb appeal with pretty flowering borders, smartly-clipped hedges of box and yew, roses everywhere and topiary hollies. This lovely Edwardian garden is a real unexpected delight in the middle of the capital and the orchard, underplanted with narcissi and bluebells, is a captivating sight. It has remained virtually uncha...
Copped Hall: This is a garden under restoration with touches of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian. It is a garden of varying levels, lawns, trees and 'garden theatre'. It is a garden to visit repeatedly over the years to follow the restoration. We have a 4 acre Walled Garden, an exuberantly planted 450 feet x 16 feet mixed border, a Rock Garden in the old Tudor cellars. All in a garden spanning five centuries. Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion and gardens on the third Sunday of each month (excep...
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Sitting in 50 acres of gardens and parkland, Great Fosters was designed by Gilbert jenkins and W H Romaine Walker. One of the very best Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe, Great Fosters has undergone recent restoration works by Kim Wilkie.
Syon House sits within an extensive historical estate in West London. The gardens are renowned for their extensive collection of rare trees and plants. The 100
Set within a Capability Brown inspired park, Highclere Castle gardens are hidden from view. Gravel paths lead to the Monks Garden with plantings of roses,lavender, penstemons and a summer wild flower bed. Espaliered medlar, quince and fig trees line its walls. Behind the towering yew hedge lies the White Garden and a gate into the exquisite Secret Garden with its colourful curving herbaceous borders. Beyond the formal area an arboretum is in its early stages and by 2010 a meadow of wild flowe...
Discover the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement One of West Londons hidden gems, Chiswick house is a classic example of beautiful 18th century British architecture. The Londoners have been seeking sanctuary in these lovely grounds for years and it's not hard to see why. Known to be to be the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement; the wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa was inspired by the Earl of Burlington's grand tour of Italy who wanted the grounds to have the ...
Explore a beautiful riverside garden at The Weir Used for many years as a spot for swimming, fishing and boating, The Weir in Herefordshire is a riverside garden worth visiting in any season. Carpets of snowdrops then daffodils then bluebells run between ancient trees throughout the spring while summer's warm days are spent by visitors sitting and picnicking by the Wye amidst wild flowers and wild life. In autumn a visit to the walled garden is a must, its ripe seasonal produce burstin...
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 borders, a wild garden with woodland walks, a lake, and a newly developed wetlands area. Much like the house itself the garden is filled with history, keep an eye out for the six hundred year old oak tree and second world war storage sites.
Ham House is one of the great Stuart houses situated only 10 miles from central London on the rural banks of the river Thames. Explore the rich history of this rare and atmospheric Stuart house with examples of 17th-century life, treasures and architecture with beautiful formal gardens surrounding the house.
Explore the celebrated West Green House Garden West Green House Garden demonstrates how creative energy is poured into gardening. It is a garden with a special and distinctive sense of place, made by Marylyn Abbott. It has a delightful series of vibrantly-planted walled gardens, surrounding a charming 18th century house. The largest features herbaceous beds with wonderful colour combinations and a superb ornamental kitchen garden. The Nymphaeum is fully restored with water staircase a...
Experience Stunning Gardens at Hampton Court Palace Purchase a ticket for the Formal Gardens only at Hampton Court and you've still a full day's activity on your hands. There are more than 60 acres of formal garden to explore here in south west London, with glorious fountains, stunning flower displays (over 200,000 flowering bulbs) and pretty spots to sit and take stock plus 750 acres of rolling royal parkland (look out for deer) which attracts all manner of birdlife. Of course, the wo...
Capesthorne Hall and Gardens are open Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays to the public between April and October. With formal gardens, lakes and woodland walk.
Explore the serene Claremont Landscape Garden Claremont Landscape Garden's creation and development involved some of the great names in garden history. The first garden was begun in 1715 and later that century their delights were famed throughout Europe. The many features include a lake, island with pavilion, camellia terrace, grotto, turf amphitheatre, which feels remarkably modern in style, together with ever changing view-points and vistas.
Hop along to Hare Hill Garden Hare Hill Garden is a charming wooded and walled garden set amid rolling parkland.
Sandringham House, Her Majesty The Queen's private home, is set in 60 acres of beautiful gardens. All the main ground-floor rooms used by The Royal Family, containing absorbing collections of porcelain, jade and family portraits, are open to the public, as well as the fascinating Museum and the charming parish church.
Explore the magnificent Lyme Park, Surrounded by stunning Parkland Lyme Park is a 17 acre high-Victorian garden boasting impressive, colourful bedding schemes, an Edwardian rose garden, Jekyll-style herbaceous border of hot colours, a ravine garden with a stream, rhododendrons, azaleas, ferns, and a reflection lake, There is a fine orangery with two ancient camellias, a spectacular sunken Dutch garden with clipped box and ivy. The garden is surrounded by a medieval deer park of almost 1...
Explore the grandeur of Dyrham Park 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 Harcourt Masters. However, it is a joy to travel down the winding drive through the deer park until the house appears, wedged across the valley and facing out to the plain below. A bold formal terrace with ...
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 at Skegness until land was sold to the earl of Scarborough. There's still plenty to enjoy here – grounds laid out in an informal style with Victorian walled and kitchen gardens, arboretum and carp pond. The story goes that the pond is haunted by the servant w...
Explore the wonderful gardens of Clandon Park Explore the National Trusts effotts to save this beautiful property after the fire of 2015. Thankfully the garden remains unscathed by the fire offering you the chance to ramble up and down this lush hillside space (enjoy the view down to the shimmering lake) featuring a sunken Dutch garden full to the brim with brightly coloured flowers, small parterre garden, herbaceous border, grotto, and century-old Maori meeting house – the jewel in C...
Hatchlands Park Garden is full of interest throughout the year, from the very first snowdrops to the summer wildflowers and the charming autumn colour. The house is open from April to October, but the park, shop and cafe are open for 363 days each year.
Discover the glamour of the 1930's at Eltham Palace Eltham Palace is one of London's most intriguing hidden gems, it embodies an eccentric mix of Art Deco design and a medieval royal palace. First recorded in the Domesday book, Eltham estate was presented to King Edward II in 1305. It developed into one of the most favoured royal palace with 1,000 acres of deer park on its doorstep. In the 1930's it became the glamourous location for celebrity cocktail parties, and displays some fanta...
Explore a beautiful English country garden at The Courts Garden The Courts Garden is a delightful English country garden showcasing some of the UK'S best gardening. Take a stroll through the beautiful colour-coordinated flower bed and admire the wonderful variety of trees, shrubs and naturally planted spring bulbs. The water garden contains a rectangular lily pond surrounded by pale Iris Sibirica and an earlier creation of a dye pond. Borders are enclosed with Yew, Beech and Holly. T...
Step back in time and explore the history of Brodsworth Hall Brodsworth Hall, once an opulent Victorian Hall, offers a fascinating insight into the changing fortunes of a previously wealthy family, with many of the original fixtures and fittings still in place. Crimson silk, chandeliers and vast gilt-framed mirrors are among the many lavish features of Brodsworth Hall, but this is no pristine showcase. Brodsworth has been preserved with the patina of wear, showing how the family and th...
Explore the stunning grounds at Polesden Lacey Polesden Lacey has a 30 acre garden spanning several centuries, with a long terrace walk offering fine views across the valley. The Edwardian walled garden is formally planted including yew hedges. The walled rose garden is divided into four squares sectioned by paths, sumptuous rambler roses smother the pergola and the eye-catching water tower is covered with an ancient Chinese wisteria. Paeonies, bearded irises and lavender beds lead to ...
Tatton Park is one of the UK's most complete historic estates. It is home to a Medieval Old Hall, Neo-Classical Mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a rare-breed farm and 1,000 acres of deer park. Speciality shops, restaurant, adventure playground, events and educational programmes combine to make Tatton one of the most popular family days out in the North West.
Prior Park is a stunning landscaped garden in Bath, which dates back to the 18th century. Originally created by Ralph Allen, a local entrepreneur, the garden design was also influence by ‘Capability' Brown and also the poet, Alexander Pope. It contains one of only four Palladian bridges of this particular design in the world.
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 tranquil spot makes for a lovely day out. Do the 2km wildlife walk incorporating 27 acres of mature and newly-planted woodland, take in the spectacular views of the Utkinton Hills, take the children to the outdoor play area or just sit and have a relaxed...
Winkworth is a natural spectacle of kaleidoscope colour all year round. Spring brings a pastel palette of azaleas above carpets of bluebells. Summer dazzles with blooms at their peak and a canopy of lush leaves. During Autumn trees glow with reds, and oranges, painting a picture. Winter contrasts the dramatic beauty of bare trees with the icy sparkle of frost.
Arley Hall & Gardens is home to one of the finest gardens in Britain. Renowned for their vitality, variety and historical interest, The Gardens are celebrated for the wonderful double herbaceous border.
Discover the beautiful gardens of Dunham Massey Dunham Massey, one of the North West´s great plantsman´s gardens with richly planted borders and majestic trees, as well as an 18th century orangery, Victorian bark-house and an old well-house. There is an unusual moss garden, bog gardens, winding shrubberies, azaleas, hydrangeas, blue poppies, hostas, rhums, giant lilies and rodgersias. A wide range of shade and moisture loving plants are set amongst the lawns, mixed borders and woodla...
Built in 1793, Houghton Lodge is the UK's best surviving example of an 18th Century Cottage Orné. Idyllically set above the waters of the River Test.
Experience nature come to life in the Gardens of Down House, Home to Charles Darwin Just outside central London stands the family home of world-renowned Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, Down House, a unique building laden with historical and scientific significance. Down House remains much as it was when Darwin lived there. English Heritage have recreated the gardens at Down House as the Darwin's would have seen them. The gardens were Darwin's ‘outdoor laboratory' and he spent ma...
Nostell is an 18th-century treasure house with a landscaped garden and parkland, stretching over 300 acres and taking in wildflower meadows, lakes and woodland. It boasts Robert Adam interiors, John Harrison's longcase clock, and one of the best collections of Thomas Chippendale furniture in the country.
Explore the highly distinctive gardens of Hinton Ampner House The gardens of Hinton Ampner House were laid out by the scholarly Ralph Dutton in the middle of the 20th century with great regard to line, landscape and historical propriety. Statues, buildings, axes and views have been placed with exquisite judgement to lead you subtly along the exact route that Dutton intended. He was also careful to choose plants which would do well on chalk, and then plant lots of them - using always t...
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been exhibiting contemporary sculpture in a magical setting for 35 years. Nestled in a woodland valley with ponds and a large stream, an ever-changing collection of sculpture is thoughtfully presented through the landscaped gardens.
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Explore the stunning Gardens of Tyntesfield 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 parks and gardens in England. Divided into three ballustraded terraces and separated from the park by a ha-ha, originally surrounded by an impressive pleasure garden planted with trees and shr...
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 work of several well-known garden designers. In 1971 the kitchen garden was developed and holds a collection of roses from rosarian Graham Stuart Thomas, the National Trust´s gardens consultant. Visit in June for the best display. The grounds have a wonderful...
The grounds and gardens at Longleat cover 900 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown, as well as formal gardens by George London. The stables and Orangery were designed by renowned architect, Wyatville, and the Secret Garden is the work of Russell Page.
Discover the Life and Times of Winston Churchill at Chartwell The family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell in Westerham, Kent, is not only a must-visit for history buffs and architecture fans but also those who love tranquil, well-thought-out gardens. Once you have explored the picture, books and mementos dotted around his home, step outside and discover the hillside gardens that inspired Britain's wartime leader from 1924 until the end of his life. Sir Winston adored...
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is home to one of the most important modern plant collections in the world. Established in 1953 by the distinguished plantsman Sir H
Emmetts Garden sits on one of Kent's highest points, and it enjoys exceptional views across the Weald. Once owned by Frederic Lubbock, the estate is still a family home, as well as a plant lover's dream, with many rare and exotic plants and trees from around the world.
Nestled in a quiet corner of West Sussex lies a true horticultural haven bursting with colourful planting and sensational views. Woolbeding Gardens delights at every turn with distinctive garden rooms set against thoughtfully composed borders. Formal gardens merge into the far reaching rural landscape of the River Rother, a perfect backdrop for the many sculptures and follies you'll come across.
Explore the beautiful parklands of Petworth Petworth House is a 705 acre parkland that has evolved from just a small garden containing fruit and vegetables in the 16th century. Enclosed by a 5 mile long stone wall, throughout the centuries well know designers such as George London and Capability Brown were commissioned to plant and construct the garden as we find it today. With glorious Autumn and Spring colours of daffodils and bluebells, fine shrubs and trees in particular the Japan...
Explore the beautiful Uppark House and Gardens The tale behind Uppark House and Garden near Petersfield in the South Downs is a dramatic one, its having gone down in flames a couple of decades ago thanks to a spark from a workman's tool. The National Trust has surpassed itself in restoring the house and gardens and the result is a classic stately home in surely one of the most beautiful spots in England. Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton inspired the glorious grounds here which hav...
Discover the gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn The spectacular Edwardian gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son. One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor´s collection of Italian sculpture. The garden is only now reaching its full maturity and includes the colourful walled Rose Garden which contains over 3000 roses. There are many water fea...
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 through the grounds feeding the North lake. It then cascades into the moat before emptying into the South lake. A woodland walk, orchard, long border and cottage planting all evokes gardening styles that may have been in place over the last 700 years. A plan f...
Explore Speke Hall and Gardens 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 rose garden with many modern varieties, a summer borders and Stream garden. There are woodland walks and magnificent views of the Mersey basin and North Wales hills from The Bund. The National Trust is continu...
High Beeches Garden is a woodland garden of many glades which has been sensitively planted with many beautiful rare trees and shrubs to enhance the natural High Weald landscape. The ancient wildflower meadow is one of the best in the country, attracting vast numbers of butterflies and pollinators. The autumn colour is spectacular.
Explore Stourhead House and Gardens Stourhead is a fine example of English landscape gardens from the 18th century, re-planted in the 19th century with Conifers, flowering trees and shrubs. Follow a route anti-clockwise around the lake to gradually experience the sequence of arcadian images. There is always another vision to attract the eye: the Temple of Flora, Temple of Apollo, rock bridge or a Gothic rustic cottage and grotto to name but a few. From the late 1700s new plants were i...
Roger Saul, the founder of Mulberry, is the creative talent behind the gardens at Kilver Court, in Somerset. With a 100 metre herbaceous border, a subtropical island and a formal parterre, there is much to be admired and explored.
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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 worldwide. Indulge the senses with a spring visit to enjoy the blossom and carpets of delicate flowers, then return for the summer borders - a riot of colours and scents. The walled garden contains yellow and blue herbaceous borders, a huge wisteria pergola, a colle...
Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens Standen House and Gardens are a love song to the Arts and Crafts movement and tell the tale of 1920s family life through all manner of artefacts and furniture. The hillside gardens that surround the house are under restoration to return to the design created by Mrs Beale, the owner of Standen. Staff use her diaries to recreate the lost garden features and historic plant collections of the past, the result being a garden that is brought ...
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is considered to be 'The Finest Woodland Gardens in England'. First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre
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Wakehurst Place gardens, in the beautiful High Weald of Sussex, is an outstanding botanic garden and conservation area, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens. A mild, friendly climate, a high rainfall and moisture-retentive soils, allows many important groups of plants, unable to be grown successfully at Kew, to flourish here. In the woodlands, there are trees from the temperate zones of the world. The planting styles range from formal walled gardens by the Mansion, through expansive specimen ...
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The Priest House Gardens, in the grounds of Priest House, is a formal herb garden with over 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs. Visit the Priest House for a wonderful collection of historical curiosities, showcasing farm heritage and fascinating historical household items.
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 in
Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed garden set in 200 acres of parkland with magnificent views in the High Weald. Created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke from seeds gathered by the great plant hunters of the early 1900's, it is renowned for its rare shrubs and trees.
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
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens are a wildlife friendly traditional cottage garden just outside York. There is also a well stocked plant nursery and a tea room
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Explore fantastic displays at Sheffield Park Sheffield Park´s magnificent, informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner Arthur G Soames. The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons, Ghent azaleas and the stream garden are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many...
“The Ridges”, built in the late 1700' s by local landowners the Standish-Langtree family, has had only a handful of owners since then. In1880 the house and land was bought by John Haslem Gillett, a wealthy cotton mill owner with many mills around Lancashire. The surrounding six acres of land was developed into a walled kitchen garden planted with fruit trees, and the rest was developed into landscaped gardens, lawns, glades,including many different species of rhododendrons, and woodlands. Th...
Discover the beautiful gardens at Harewood House 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 over the beautiful parkland. In the 1840s Sir Charles Barry was commissioned to design grand improvements, the Terrace Garden being one of these. In the Lower Terrace the Herbaceous Border wit...
Scotney offers a 14th century castle, complete with a moat, along with a charming country house and a romantic garden, all surrounded by a stunning woodland estate. Visitors can relax in the gorgeous gardens, with the fairytale castle behind, or stroll out in the 770 acres of parkland and woodland.
Discover the beautiful Lytes Cary Manor and Gardens The impeccable topiary that lines the path leading to Lytes Cary Manor in Somerton, Somerset, says it all about this simple, beautiful Arts and Crafts garden. The house was once the home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte who used the Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies as inspiration for his plantings and is now a delightful mix of shrubs, roses and perennials, thanks to a restoration project by Sir Walter Jenner. The herbaceous bo...
More than 500 years old, this family home has many stories to tell about the intriguing Heskeths. The Victorian garden is a relaxing and enjoyable space, with colour throughout the season.
Explore the beautiful gardens of Kingston Lacy Beside the Kingston Lacy house is the late-Victorian formal garden. Bright bedding, a fern garden containing 25 different varieties of ferns with gravel paths running between irregular raised beds, roses and spring bulbs, with meandering shrubberies and some fine Egyptian and Italian sculpture. This garden contains the National Collections of Anemone Memorosa and Convallarias. Good specimen trees, some planted by visiting royalty, avenues ...
Discover 11 acres of beautiful vistas - the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening. Special Events; Tulip Festival; Café with Terrace; Sculpture.
That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling described Bateman's when he first saw it. Surrounded by the Sussex Weald, this Jacobean house provided a much-needed sanctuary for this world-famous writer. The rooms remain much as he left them, including the study where he wrote many of his major works.
Explore the enchanting Tintinhull Garden Tintinhull Garden is a classic 20th century English garden surrounding a 17th century manor house, of high formality overlaid with an opulent yet carefully contrived planting. With varied borders, attractive kitchen garden and secluded lawns all neatly enclosed within walls and clipped hedges. The long vista down from the house is famous, as is the pool and cedar court with its ancient Yew tree. There is a white garden, and a fine pair of oppos...
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 sunken lawn beside the house, fringed with borders of rich pinks and purples and backed by balustraded, pinnacled walls and fine pavilions.
Explore the gardens of Michelham Priory A turn around the gardens at Michelham Priory is a further education in the history of this beautiful site, such is the care that has been taken to ensure many plantings are authentic and true to a medieval garden. Expect plenty of fruit, vegetables and herbs as these would have been essential daily ingredients for the priory's original inhabitants. The rows of apple and pear trees underplanted with wild daffodils make a dreamy, contemplative sigh...
Explore the stunning Barrington Court Gardens Created by influential horticulturalist, artist and writer Gertrude Jekyll, Barrington Court Gardens near Ilminster in Somerset is a beauty to behold, whatever the weather. Jekyll designed Barrington Court towards the end of her career in 1917 (she created over 400 gardens in the UK) and it is a garden of different character rooms. Wander through the hot room which is a blissful mix of lilies, dahlias and vibrant orange, red and yellow ann...
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