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2016 is a very special year for England's gardens...

Studley Royal Water Garden

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 (c)National Trust Images, Andrew Butler (rose garden and pond)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. 2016 is the year of the English garden so come and join us for a sensory experience as we hand pick some of the most spectacular. 

Find out more about some of England's best gardens

Capability Brown's must-see English gardens

The Beth Chatto Garden (c)VisitEngland, VisitEssex VE12379The Beth Chatto Garden

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.

Find out more about Capability Brown's English gardens

Gardens featured in Film & TV

Askham Hall, Cumbria (c)VisitEngland, Jonathan Marchant Askham Hall, Visit Peak DistrictAskham Hall, Cumbria

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. 

Find out more about Gardens from Film and TV

English garden itineraries

Adlington Hall and Gardens, Cheshire (c) VisitEnglandAdlington Hall and Gardens

Follow our hand-crafted intineraries 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. 

Find out more about our Garden Itineraries

Garden events for 2016

RHS Garden Hyde Hall - Essex (c)Adam Duckworth RHS 264x168.jpgRHS Garden Hyde Hall

Take a look at the upcoming events in gardens for 2016. 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. 

Find out more about Garden events for 2016

Seasonal gardens

RHS Garden Harlow CarrRHS Garden Harlow Carr

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.

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Parks and gardens with breathtaking views

Holker Hall & GardensHolker Hall & Gardens

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.

Find out more about Parks and gardens with breathtaking views

Gardens of the rich and famous

Brantwood CumbriaBrantwood Cumbria

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.

Find out more about Gardens of the rich and famous

More gardens and parks

The Beth Chatto Garden (c)VisitEngland, VisitEssex VE12379The Beth Chatto Garden

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.

Find more Gardens and Parks

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown - 300th Anniversary

Lancelot ‘Capability’ BrownLancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

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.

Find out more about Lancelot 'Capability' Brown 

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