Take a breather

Amid the hustle and bustle of urban life, city parks and gardens offer welcome respite. Time slows down as you revel in the sound of birdsong, the smell of freshly cut grass and the sight of children playing happily. These well-tended green spaces are our pride and joy and often showcase exquisite pagodas, fragrant rose gardens and a huge array of often rare trees and shrubs. From Royal Parks, botanical gardens or simple municipal spaces, the chances to recharge are plentiful and picturesque. Take a picnic or grab a snack at a café or ice-cream stall.

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Treasured secret garden in the heart of a Medieval city

Treasured secret garden in the heart of a Medieval city

More than a quarter of a century ago, a Victorian secret garden lay undiscovered in the heart of Norwich, virtually in ruin.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

City 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

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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

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Get a taste for Tudor life at Charlecote Park

Get a taste for Tudor life at Charlecote Park

Join the Lucy family, at the grand home that’s been theirs since the 13th century.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

A three-and-a-half acre haven dedicated to the study of medicinal plants.

Location: London, Greater London

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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

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See spectacular deer in Richmond Park

See spectacular deer in Richmond Park

Don’t miss your chance to see the famous deer which have been roaming in the Royal Park since 1529.

Location: Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey

City parks
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Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Family
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Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

The Earthship Brighton was the first to be built in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Hidden gems
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Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Pack up a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the sea air on Southsea Common, the perfect place to spend a sunny Portsmouth afternoon.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Do you love to picnic? Visit NewcastleGateshead to experience the beautiful wildlife corridor that leads to the centre of Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

The Arboretum just outside Nottingham’s city centre is said to be the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale ‘Peter Pan’.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride in Hyde Park, once Henry VII's favourite hunting spot (when he wasn't ordering "Off with her head!").

Location: Hyde Park, Greater London

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Proms in the Park

Proms in the Park

Top class musical entertainment in Hyde Park.

Location: London, Greater London

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Spot deer in the city

Spot deer in the city

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Location: Richmond, Surrey

Free
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Kayak down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Kayak down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Amble or dash past some of Warwick’s most beautiful scenery.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Enjoy stunning views of the World Heritage City of Bath from the steep hill-top setting of Alexandra Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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