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Child Friendly Gardens in East Anglia

East Anglia is a region of great beauty and romantic landscapes, and not surprisingly is the spiritual heartland of England's famous painters, Gainsborough and Constable. From St Albans with its Roman remains to Cambridge the home of one of England's most famous universities, East Anglia is full of wonderful churches, cathedrals and stately homes. Combined with the amusement parks, cross country walks and watersports, and you'll find something of interest for all ages. Set out below are Child Friendly Gardens Gardens in the UK including Peckover House & Garden.
22 Results In Or Near East Anglia
in East Anglia
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...
in East Anglia
With something for everyone to enjoy, Hoveton Hall Gardens has been open for over 25 years. The gardens were likely first planted in the early 19th century and over the years much thought, love and skill has gone into what you see today.
in East Anglia
On a medieval site surrounding a moated Tudor house, there are many different planting opportunities - from a working walled vegetable garden to a bog garden, f
in East Anglia
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. Complimented by a wonderful balance of nature and the modern accents inspired by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medal Winner. There is a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the ...
in East Anglia
Discover the romantic moated manor house and gardens, Oxburgh Hall The Oxburgh Hall garden surrounds the wonderful moated Tudor manor house built in 1482 by the Bedingfeld family. Lawns fringed with fine trees, a Victorian parterre planted by Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld in the mid 19th century, lined with box and permanent plantings of Cineraria `Silver Dust´ and Ruta graveolens `Jackman´s Blue´. The dazzling summer bedding for the parterre included ageratums and French marigolds. The ...
in East Anglia
Formal gardens comprised of topiary, herbs, roses, box, fruit trees and wandering peacocks, guinea fowl and chickens nestle up to the Elizabethan manor house, with head-high yew hedges working as windbreaks, necessary in East Anglia which is a region known for its 'lazy winds'.
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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...
in East Anglia
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...
in East Anglia
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...
in East Anglia
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.
in East Anglia
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.
in East Anglia
Pensthorpe Natural Park has lots to delight and entertain for the whole family. There are five superb gardens that are a picture throughout the year, as well as 300 acres of parkland reserve. Visitors can observe the wildlife, and there are excellent play areas for the children, both indoors and out.
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Ickworth makes an exception day out, with plenty to see for all the family. The Rotunda was built in the 18th century to house the treasures and artefacts collected by the 4th Earl of Bristol on his grand tours of Europe, and is quite something. The rather eccentric Hervey family continued to add to the collection for the next 200 years, and also built one the very first Italianate gardens in this country. Having explored the gardens and parkland, visitors can travel back to the 1930s...
in East Anglia
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...
in East Anglia
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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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 graze and only fit to be a water garden. Setting out his plans on the back of a piece of wallpaper, Billy's imagination was fired and he set about getting the diggers to work on the meadow. By the age of 93, he had created a haven for garden lover...
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in East Anglia
As visitors walk through the wrought-iron gates at Holkham Walled Garden, they are transported to a calm and beautiful scene, filled with flowers, vegetables and fruits. The Victorian greenhouses are a delight, and there is also a vineyard, as well as resident chickens and bees.
in East Anglia
Discover one of Britain's best Landscape parks, with woodland walks and stunning coastal views 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 in May-June). There are stunning views of the north Norfolk coast and countryside from the viewing towers and many delightful waymarked walks through the park and matur...
in East Anglia
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.
in East Anglia
Discover the beautiful Felbrigg Hall in the heart of East Anglia The 17th century Felbrigg Hall has a delightful walled garden, combining productive and ornamental gardening. Fruit and vegetables abound and provide fresh produce for the restaurant. Espaliered fruit trees, vines and figs trained on the old brick walls while beds contain dahlias, roses and herbaceous plantings as well as herbs. The ornamental pond is surrounded by lavender `Hidcote´, very popular with bees from the hives...
in East Anglia
This 3.5 acre walled garden dates back to around 1700 but was probably extended around in the 1760s. It's huge walls, one heated on the north side, are in good condition. The walled garden has a dividing wall down the middle that separates the vast kitchen garden with a smaller ornamental pleasure garden. The kitchen garden is unusual for containing an internal walled area designed to maximise the south facing aspect, and used to contain exotic (for the time) fruit such as pineapples. T...
in East Anglia
Discover a fantastic day out at Blickling Estate A short drive from the sandy beaches of Norfolk, the Blickling estate has long been one of the county's top attractions. Once the home of the Boleyn family, the estate stretches across almost 5000 acres, its grand Jacobean house looming over sweeping parkland. Get hold of a map of the walks on the estate and set off to discover lost buildings or join up with the Weaver's Way which runs across parts of the estate. The garden has interes...
in Southern England
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...
in South East England
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...
in South East England
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...
in Southern England
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...
in Central England
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...
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97.7 miles from centre of East Anglia
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...
in Northern England
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.
in South East England
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.
87.6 miles from centre of East Anglia
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...
in South East England
Explore the beautiful Gardens at Sissinghurst Castle 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 frequently imitated White Garden, hot-coloured cottage garden and lime walk providing outstanding design and colour through the season. The creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husban...
in Central England
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....
in South East England
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.
93.7 miles from centre of East Anglia
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 ...
in South East England
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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in South East England
Leeds Castle is set in 500 acres of Kentish parkland and formal gardens, making it a sanctuary for wildlife and waterfowl. The Wood Garden is continually developed to build colour throughout the seasons, and the moat is inhabited by the Castle's famous and beautiful black swans. The Pavilion Garden, which used to contain two tennis courts, is planted with rhododendrons and azaleas. Transformed in 1980 by Russell Page, the Culpeper Garden has traditional box-edged beds filled with roses and co...
in South East England
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 ...
89.9 miles from centre of East Anglia
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...
in South East England
The privately-owned Mount Ephraim Country House & Gardens is a stunning family home, in the glorious Kent countryside. With 10 acres of stunning gardens, magnif
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in South East England
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...
in South East England
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...
in Central England
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.
in Southern England
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...
in South East England
Explore the wonders of Walmer Castle Gardens The Walmer Castle Gardens hold much horticultural and historical interest. The moat that once surrounded the fort has been grassed over since the 19th century and now hosts a wide variety of flowers and other greenery. Enjoy a commemorative lawn, woodland walk, croquet lawn and working kitchen garden, as well as a vast double herbaceous border flanked by mature yew hedges. See the delightful Queen Mother´s garden, which was designed by Pe...
in South East England
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 ...
in South East England
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...
in Southern England
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.
in Central England
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.
in Central England
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...
in Southern England
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...
78.2 miles from centre of East Anglia
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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in South East England
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.
95.4 miles from centre of East Anglia
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
in South East England
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.
in Southern England
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...
in Southern England
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...
in South East England
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.
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