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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See Quantum Leap, unveiled to mark Darwin’s bicentenary

See Quantum Leap, unveiled to mark Darwin’s bicentenary

Quantum Leap was unveiled in Mardol Quay Gardens, Shrewsbury to mark Charles Darwin’s bicentenary in 2009.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 
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

 
Follow in Capability Brown’s footsteps at the Trentham Estate

Follow in Capability Brown’s footsteps at the Trentham Estate

Visit the Trentham Estate in Stoke-on-Trent and discover one of Capability Brown’s most celebrated gardens, with plenty of fun and games to be had.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 
Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Discover why notorious romantic poet Lord Byron was 'mad, bad and dangerous to know', with a sumptuous stay at his former home.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Walk through Cumbria’s history and gardens

Walk through Cumbria’s history and gardens

Be dazzled by the beauty of the Lake District’s historic houses and gardens, and gain a sense of the area’s fascinating past and present.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore hidden paths and bamboo tunnels on this aristocratic Cornwall estate.

Location: Heligan, Cornwall

 
Rainy Day Activities: Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Rainy Day Activities: Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Five biomes nestled under five giant bubbles in the hills of Cornwall make for one of Britain's most impressive indoor eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 
Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Enjoy the sights and blooms of the Longleat Estate.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

 
Romance by a Royal Lake in a Royal Park

Romance by a Royal Lake in a Royal Park

Surprise your loved one by popping the question whilst on a horse drawn carriage ride of Windsor Great Park.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

 
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

 
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

 
Unwind in a contemporary English garden with history

Unwind in a contemporary English garden with history

Designer Piet Oudolf complements Capability Brown’s 18th century endeavours at Scampston Walled Garden, North Yorkshire.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 
Visit a stunning Garden of Distinction in Cheshire today

Visit a stunning Garden of Distinction in Cheshire today

Spend the day visiting the beautiful landscapes of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction. With so many to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Location: Cheshire

 
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

 
Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor is the very essence of an English garden, and is set in a well-wooded park with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wadhurst, East Sussex

 
Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Amazing azaleas, beautiful bluebells and magnificent magnolias – you will lose yourself within 180 acres of gardening wonderland.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

 
Be enchanted on a tour of Witley Court & Gardens

Be enchanted on a tour of Witley Court & Gardens

Enjoy a great day out in Worcestershire at Witley Court and Gardens with its interesting history and landscaped gardens.

Location: Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

 
Magical family holidays in The Alnwick Garden

Magical family holidays in The Alnwick Garden

Help the fairy tale characters hidden within the walls of The Alnwick Garden save Beauty from the Wicked Queen.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
Discover the Hidden Gardens of Bath

Discover the Hidden Gardens of Bath

Discover some of the beautiful gardens hidden behind Bath's private houses and hotels.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

There’s no better time to visit Kent than in the spring so why not follow your nose and discover the county’s fragrant countryside and gardens?

Location: Maidstone, Kent

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