9 Beautiful Gardens in the UK That You Need to Visit!
The nice weather is finally here! There is no better way to spend your day than by taking a nice stroll through some beautiful gardens with your loved ones. To help you plan your warm-weather adventure we’ve gathered 9 beautiful gardens in the UK that you need to visit!
After you’ve finished touring your favourite UK gardens, why not update your own? A landscape designer can help you optimise its layout then a gardener can help you keep everything looking vibrant and green. Before you know it you’ll be relaxing in your very own stunning garden.
1. Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Blickling Estate has a rich history from medieval to modern history. In the middle ages, Geoffrey Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s grandfather owned it. More recently it was owned by Lord Lothian, one of Churchill’s key advisors during World War Two.
Today, its gardens are famed for their beauty. Bursting with flowers like bluebells, hyacinths and tulips Blickling Estate is a must see.
2. Nymans, West Sussex
Do you like wandering through old ruins? How about surrounding yourself with enchanting floral masterpieces? Then Nymans Estate is the ideal day trip for you. This 13-hectare estate grows around 7000 plants each year!
It also boasts the second largest collection of South American plants in the UK. Its features include flower-covered meadows, manicured lawns and luscious topiary.
3. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset
The Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are an excellent family adventure. The Gardens show off plants and flowers from a variety of ecological environments. Stroll through a tropical jungle or a glade of plants from the Himalayas. This is undoubtedly a top place to visit if you enjoy tropical flowers!
As well as its gardens, this Abbotsbury attraction also hosts a children’s farm and a swannery. Visit all three for a fun-filled family excursion!
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4. Studley Royal Water Gardens at Sussex Abbey, Yorkshire
Studley Royal Water Gardens is a stunning garden dating back to the 18th-century. Today, it is even recognised as a World Heritage Site. Tour the elegant water gardens and historic abbey ruins.
Remember to keep your eyes out for deer here as well. The Studley Royal Water Gardens is home to a medieval deer park. In fact, over 500 wild deer roam freely here.
Is deer-watching the main attraction drawing you to the Abbey? Then, you should partake in John’s deer park walk, a special trail designed especially for viewing deer.
5. Hidcote, Gloucestershire
Visiting Hidcote in Gloucestershire is like touring a 20th century home built outdoors. At Hidcote, each area of the garden walls and hedges. The walls and hedges then create ‘outdoor rooms’ to reflect the character of different rooms throughout the house.
Would you like a preview of Hidcote gardens before you visit? Why not take a peek at their virtual tour? The tour explores the old gardens, the plant house and the room of Red Borders which is lined with poppies.
6. Cragside, Northumberland
The in gardens in Cragside, Northumberland are a testament to the beauty of Victorian gardening. Plus, this estate is full of fun attractions. During the summer, the estate hosts kayaking and canoe tours. Imagine exploring the beauty of the Northumberland landscape by water!
Then pop by the historic house for some family fun. The Cragside house was the first house in the world to run on hydroelectricity. Today it features a fun exhibit for the whole family on the scientific experiments of its former owner, Lord Armstrong, explaining this heritage.
7. Boughton House, Northamptonshire
Boughton House is commonly known as ‘The English Versailles’. It is one of Britain’s most stately homes. The landscape is divided into three principle areas, the gardens, the woodland and a grand country park.
Some of the main areas to visit on the property include:
- Broadwater Lake
- Orpheus (an inverted green pyramid with a pond at its centre)
- The Walled Garden
- The Rose Garden
- The Lilly Pond
- Dead Reach (a grand water feature inspired by Versailles)
No matter which parts of this extensive property you choose to visit, you are sure to discover some breathtaking wonders.
8. Stone House Cottage Nurseries, Kidderminster
The Stone House Cottage Nurseries present a delightful opportunity for a gardening outing. In comparison to some of the other gardens, Stone House may seem humble at first. It is much smaller than the other gardens featured in this list. Its gardeners cultivate this botanical masterpiece on only a single acre of land.
However, this botanical gardens uses its petite plot of land effectively. It creates a cosy and enchanting landscape. Simply look at how enchantingly the wisterias pictured above fit with the cottage’s architecture!
9. Mount Stewart, County Down
The gardens at Mount Stewart in Country Down are like Abbotsbury’s subtropical gardens. This is because they also feature a variety of warm-weather or tropical plants, these are planted in the Italian and Spanish garden sections. Plus, Mount Stewart also features a Victorian themed garden, known as the Sunk Garden. Mount Stewart is a perfect garden space to visit if you want to explore a variety of floral environments.
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