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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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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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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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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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 a stroll within the tranquil gardens of Houghton Lodge

Enjoy a stroll within the tranquil gardens of Houghton Lodge

Pay three very special alpacas a friendly visit in the gardens of Houghton Lodge.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari 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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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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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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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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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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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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Explore the Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

Explore the 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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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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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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Westonbirt Aboretum

Westonbirt Aboretum

Enjoy this South Cotswolds gem of an arboretum.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Low cost
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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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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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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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A botanical treasure trove on the Jurassic Coast

A botanical treasure trove on the Jurassic Coast

Chelsea Flower Show winning Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

Picturesque places
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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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