Gardens and Parks

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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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Discover the walled gardens at medieval Raby Castle

Discover the walled gardens at medieval Raby Castle

Visit one of England’s finest medieval castles, and explore the medieval walled gardens and 200 acre deer park.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Explore the UK's first safari park, Longleat

Explore the UK's first safari park, Longleat

Feed giraffes by hand and walk on the wildside with lemurs at Longleat.

Location: Longleat, Wiltshire

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Explore beautiful gardens in Northumberland

Explore beautiful gardens in Northumberland

Northeast England, the birthplace of famous landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, is a paradise of gorgeous gardens and lovely landscapes.

Location: Kirkharle, Northumberland

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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

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Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site within the grounds of the National Trust’s Morville Hall, near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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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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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Audley End House

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

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Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Colchester's distinctive heritage comes to life at Castle Park. This site of national importance contains evidence of 2000 years of history.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Discover Capability Brown landscapes in Coventry

Discover Capability Brown landscapes in Coventry

Stay at Coombe Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian abbey turned luxury hotel with formal gardens and tranquil lake in a parkland setting.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

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Make yourself at home at Harewood House

Make yourself at home at Harewood House

This 18th century home is filled with fine art and surrounded by gardens and parkland that is home to many animals including flamingos and penguins.

Location: Harewood, West Yorkshire

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Delightful hidden gardens at Parcevall Hall

Delightful hidden gardens at Parcevall Hall

These beautiful gardens are a pleasure to visit from spring through to autumn nestling in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

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A stately experience at Weston Park

A stately experience at Weston Park

See what it is like to live like an Earl in this beautiful stately home.

Location: Weston under Lizard, Shropshire

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Let the kids run loose at WildRootz

Let the kids run loose at WildRootz

Kids can up close and personal with nature in all its muddy glory at WildRootz at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens.

Location: Fakenham, Norfolk

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Fall in love with historic houses and gardens

Fall in love with historic houses and gardens

Be warned! After a visit to the splendid historic houses and gardens around Barnsley, you may wish to move in and live the life of a lord or lady.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

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Encounter an Elizabethan legacy in Warwickshire

Encounter an Elizabethan legacy in Warwickshire

Discover 900 years of English history at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, a vast medieval fortress and spectacular castle ruins.

Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire

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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

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Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Shrewsbury is a pretty floral place most of the time, as you might expect for a town where Percy Thrower was Parks Superintendent for 28 years.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

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Trip the light fantastic at The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

Trip the light fantastic at The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

For a Christmas market with a difference, wrap up in your cosiest festive jumper and join in the festive fun at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.

Location: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

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