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.

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Live like a Lord and Lady at Ugbrooke Park

Live like a Lord and Lady at Ugbrooke Park

Why not swap the usual hotel for this rather lovely stately home, and live like lords and ladies of the manor for the weekend?

Location: Newton Abbot, Devon

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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 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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Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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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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Enjoy a picnic at Colemere park

Enjoy a picnic at Colemere park

Colemere is the only one of North Shropshire’s glacial meres to have a full circular walk right by the water’s edge.

Location: Ellesmere, Shropshire

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Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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Take a tour of the grand Burton Agnes Hall

Take a tour of the grand Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home that has remained in the same family for over 400 years.

Location: Burton Agnes, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Cook, dine and sleep in luxury at Swinton Park

Cook, dine and sleep in luxury at Swinton Park

Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at Swinton Park, a luxury castle hotel with a stylish onsite cookery school in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

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Visit Killerton House and Gardens

Visit Killerton House and Gardens

Explore glorious landscape gardens surrounded by parkland and step inside a 18th-century house with a renowned historical fashion collection.

Location: Killerton, Devon

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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

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See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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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 the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

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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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Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Miles of tracks at Avon Heath Country Park offer an opportunity to explore Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.

Location: St Leonards, Dorset

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Admire sculptures under blue skies in Dorchester

Admire sculptures under blue skies in Dorchester

Get up close to beautiful works of art while exploring the glorious Dorset countryside at Sculpture by the Lakes.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

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Visit the enchanted forest of Ashridge Estate

Visit the enchanted forest of Ashridge Estate

Walk the magical woods of Ashridge, like fairies and witches before you.

Location: Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted

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Lose yourself in Chelsea Physic Garden

Lose yourself in Chelsea Physic Garden

There’s more to Chelsea than fancy boutiques and Premier League football clubs, you know.

Location: London, Greater London

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Sip Earl Grey where it was created: Howick Hall

Sip Earl Grey where it was created: Howick Hall

Earl Grey tea is enjoyed – usually at around 4pm – all over the world, but few know it was invented in Northumberland for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

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