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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Take a trip through an inspiring chine

Take a trip through an inspiring chine

The leafy gorge of Shanklin Chine is lined with rare plants, wildlife and waterfalls and makes for a magical walk day or night.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Coastal towns
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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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See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

Rated by BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of England’s top 5 coastal gardens, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a garden lover’s paradise.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Escape to Croome and explore its Palladian Bath stone mansion house set in extensive parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Location: Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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 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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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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Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Gardens and Parks
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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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See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

Head down to Bournemouth to see the extensive collection of gardens and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

City parks
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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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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Free
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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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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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Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

You’d think you were in Jurassic Park, not at Belsay Hall. And you can explore this magnificent garden with your four-legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

Attractions
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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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Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

See how The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden enhances the beauty of an already breath-taking place, with its annual ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibition.

Location: Oadby, Leicestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Pack your picnic and plan a day out at Oxford’s Botanic Garden where there is always something interesting to see in the gardens.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Gardens and Parks
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Explore a palace of the Modern Magician at Cragside

Explore a palace of the Modern Magician at Cragside

Enter the world of Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties

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