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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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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Summer’s in the air at Castle Howard

Summer’s in the air at Castle Howard

Intoxicating roses, ornamental vegetables and wild hydrangeas – it’s a riot of colour and fragrance at one of England’s most imposing stately homes.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Stimulate your senses at Myddelton House Gardens

Stimulate your senses at Myddelton House Gardens

Myddelton House was once owned by the one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists – Edward Augustus Bowles.

Location: Enfield, London

Gardens and Parks
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Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Pay a summer visit to the famous Wistow Maze, shops, gallery and model village at the Rural Centre and explore the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

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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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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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Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

Free
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Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Pay a visit to the stately home in Buckinghamshire where John Profumo met Christine Keeler.

Location: Taplow, Buckinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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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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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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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

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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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Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Built in the 17th century, the classic setting of Dudmaston Hall also provides a contrast to its unique collection of art.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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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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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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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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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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