Gardens and Parks

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

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.

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Gardens and Parks

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.

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Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Enjoy an active family day out at this Grade 1 listed Georgian house and zoo set on dramatic cliffs with 50 acres of stunning parkland.

Location: Bridlington, East Yorkshire

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Discover Blagdon's Secret Yeo Valley Garden

Discover Blagdon's Secret Yeo Valley Garden

Tucked away in the beautiful Mendip Hills, overlooking a lake, is a lovingly created organic garden where you can refresh and revive yourself.

Location: Blagdon, Somerset

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Discover the National Trust Killerton Estate by bicycle

Discover the National Trust Killerton Estate by bicycle

Discover the enchanting and historical estate of National Trust Killerton by bicycle.

Location: Broadclyst, Devon

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Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Explore the magnificent gardens of this dog friendly attraction with your four legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

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Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Take a nature break at Westonbirt Arboretum

Take a nature break at Westonbirt Arboretum

Venture into Westonbirt’s leafy grounds for a touch of nature’s magic and see the English countryside at its verdant best.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucs

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Explore the rolling woodlands of Shorne Woods Country Park

Explore the rolling woodlands of Shorne Woods Country Park

Enjoy autumnal walks in Shorne Woods Country Park’s 292 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows via a variety of waymarked trails.

Location: Gravesend, Kent

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Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Tales of intrigue, love and war at Ripley Castle

Tales of intrigue, love and war at Ripley Castle

Discover over 700 years of English history through one of the country’s oldest families, and the fascinating castle that they call home.

Location: Ripley Village, North Yorkshire

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Get active at Summerhill Country Park

Get active at Summerhill Country Park

Summerhill is a 100-acre Country Park that has been transformed for conservation and outdoor sports – adventure-lovers, get stuck in!

Location: Hartlepool, North Yorkshire

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Explore Hawkstone Park Follies fantasy land

Explore Hawkstone Park Follies fantasy land

Spend the day exploring an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and towers built hundreds of years ago.

Location: Weston under Redcastle, Shropshire

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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Explore the lavish rooms of Pencarrow House

Explore the lavish rooms of Pencarrow House

Forget painfully preserved rooms cordoned off behind scarlet ropes, this is a bona fide family home.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

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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

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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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Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

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Flex your green fingers in Derbyshire’s Peak District

Flex your green fingers in Derbyshire’s Peak District

Celebrate the fabulous feats of two gardening giants, Joseph Paxton and Capability Brown on classic country estates and in secret green spaces.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Step back in time with a visit to one of Suffolk’s best-preserved stately homes and gardens, near the town of Lowestoft.

Location: Somerleyton, Suffolk

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