There is certainly something sublime about English gardens and country parks. As a nation we are garden lovers, with more gardens open to the public than anywhere else in the world. Find serenity in an 18th century English landscape garden with lakes, sweeping lawns, an abundance of flowerbeds, and often classical-style temples and monuments. The latter-day addition of a café is a very welcome one. Or get back to nature in one of our treasured country parks with miles of marked woodland paths.
A selection of England's best gardens
Bateman's, East Sussex
England has some of the finest gardens in the world from dramatic historic landscapes designed by ‘Capability’ Brown to fragrant English rose gardens. Join us for a sensory experience as we hand pick some of the most spectacular.
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was the Shakespeare of English garden design. In the 18th century he was responsible for using a more ‘natural’ style and transformed stately home gardens and landscapes throughout England. He left behind the legacy of a quintessential English garden we are most famous for today.
Visit the lake where Pride and Prejudice's Mr Darcy took a famous dip, explore the gardens of Cliveden just like Disney's Cinderella, or wander the grand Versailles gardens of A Little Chaos. English gardens and houses have long been used as the backdrops for some of the world's favourite stories. You can immerse yourself in these beautiful locations, and merge fiction with reality.
Follow our hand-crafted itineraries to make the most of your trip. All the information you need for travel, local events, and attractions is alongside a short overview of your adventure. Travel through the majesty of Cambridge or explore the secret gardens of the Cotswolds. With itineraries spanning parks, houses, and castles across the UK, you'll never have a dull moment.
Take a look at the upcoming events in gardens. Royal Horticultural Society festivals, orchid festivals at Kew Gardens, and the Chelsea Flower Show are just a few of the spectacular events on the horizon for lovers of plants and nature. Each one is in a stunning location, and packed with events and guests to entertain and inspire. Fill your calendar with all the wonders that the natural world of England has to offer.
Whether it’s the brand new blooms of spring, summer's riotous colours, the golden falls of autumn, or winter's frosty majesty, England's gardens are always spectacular. Each season adds a unique charm. Find your perfect spot for every season using our seasonal gardens list.
We’ve handpicked some of England’s finest parks and gardens where the view will simply take your breath away. From far-reaching London views, sweeping ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes, to dramatic starry night skies.
We’ve located some wonderful gardens where the rich and famous found inspiration and creativity - from Jane Austen’s English cottage garden to the and the secret garden at Agatha Christie’s holiday hideaway.
There is certainly something sublime about English gardens and country parks. As a nation we are garden lovers, with more gardens open to the public than anywhere else in the world. Find serenity in an 18th century English landscape garden with lakes, sweeping lawns, and an abundance of flowerbeds, or get back to nature in one of our treasured country parks with miles of marked woodland paths.
After centuries of stiff, formal and enclosed gardens, ‘Capability’ Brown transformed landscapes across England in the 18th century using a new natural style, now considered quintessentially English. Discover the background and history of the great man of English gardens.