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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Explore the Secret Valley

Explore the Secret Valley

Rannerdale lies between the smaller lakes of Buttermere and Loweswater, a true hidden gem in a place brimming with atmosphere and local legend.

Location: Buttermere, Cumbria

Walking and hiking
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See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

Jessamine Garden is a taste of New Zealand country gardens brought right to the heart of rural Shropshire.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Gardens and Parks
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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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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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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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Uncover the lives of the explorers of the natural world

Uncover the lives of the explorers of the natural world

Discover three fascinating stories about pioneering explorers at Gilbert White's House in Selborne.

Location: Selborne, Hampshire

Tours and trails
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Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Embrace the colours of summer at the historic Borde Hill Garden.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Gardens and Parks
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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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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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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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Discover green Birmingham

Discover green Birmingham

Birmingham has more than 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parks – more than any other European city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

City
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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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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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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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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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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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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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