Blooming England

With the summer landscape bursting with blooms, there’s inspiration in spade-loads for flower lovers this season. If you’ve got a passion for petals, take a look at our suggestions of where to see summer flowers. We love to fall under the spell of a splash of crimson poppies or succumb to the profusion of perfume and life, the gentle refrain of bees and birdsong. From sun-kissed walks through wildflower meadows and cliff-top rambles scented by honey-sweet gorse to rambling cottages clad with voluminous roses and country gardens billowing with colour, now’s the time to get out and witness nature at its zenith.

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Discover plants at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Discover plants at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Don’t miss your chance to find out about plants from all over the world in the 40 acres of gardens and glasshouses.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

City parks
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Explore Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

Explore Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

The recreated beauty of Elizabethan Garden is one not to be missed when visiting Kenilworth Castle.

Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Gardens and Parks
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Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site within the grounds of the National Trust’s Morville Hall, near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Amazing azaleas, beautiful bluebells and magnificent magnolias – you will lose yourself within 180 acres of gardening wonderland.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Gardens and Parks
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Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites and the views and Roman remains are spectacular.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Westonbirt Aboretum

Westonbirt Aboretum

Enjoy this South Cotswolds gem of an arboretum.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Low cost
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Enjoy family fun among the flowers

Enjoy family fun among the flowers

The RHS Flower Show is the North’s greatest garden party. Get inspiration, listen to the bands and pick up a few plants for your own garden.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

July events
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Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

WWT Washington Wetland Centre shows the wonders of the wetlands, with stunning scenery and encounters with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Visit Lord Byron’s home at Newstead Abbey

Visit Lord Byron’s home at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey is nestled right in the heart of Nottinghamshire’s countryside, surrounded by sweeping gardens and picturesque parkland.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Visit the Dorothy Clive garden

Visit the Dorothy Clive garden

The Dorothy Clive Garden was created as a demonstration of love. Discover the intimacy and tranquillity of this special garden.

Location: Market Drayton, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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The Savill Garden

The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Gardens and Parks
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Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Pay a visit to Anne Hathaway’s family home - the place William Shakespeare courted his future wife.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Gardens and Parks
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Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

See the rare survivals of Victorian gardens, which were used by townsfolk who wanted to an escape from the busy town centre.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Gardens and Parks
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Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park Garden

The perfect place for relaxation and nature photography.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

Lakes and waterways
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Wander Lonely as a Cloud around Ullswater

Wander Lonely as a Cloud around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

Walking and hiking
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Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Explore Capability Brown’s first major commission incorporating over 40 historic monuments.

Location: Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Enjoy the sights and blooms of the Longleat Estate.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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An Italianate country house in the Chilterns

An Italianate country house in the Chilterns

West Wycombe Park is 45 acres of landscaped park in the Chilterns countryside and home to the Dashwood family for over 300 years.

Location: West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Walk among the mass of colours at Bowood's gardens

Walk among the mass of colours at Bowood's gardens

Bowood House offers vistas of colour and beauty covering over 60 acres.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

What’s better than a summer’s stroll amid ancient trees and rolling lawns? Enjoy the splendour of one of Hampshire’s greatest country houses –Mottisfont.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties

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