10Best Visits England's Most Beautiful Gardens

  • Sudeley Castle Gardens, Gloucestershire

    The gardens of Sudeley Caste in Gloucestershire are known for their colorful roses that bloom mid-summer. In spring, tulips steal the show, while fall colors dominate in autumn. The gardens, set amid the Cotswold Hills, wind around the castle and its ruins, with a particularly scenic area within the ruins of the old tithe barn. Be sure to check out the collection of rare and endangered birds in the pheasantry.

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  • Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Kent

    Sissinghurst Castle, a ruin of an old Elizabethan manor, is surrounded by a series of small garden rooms, each displaying a distinctive mix of flora. The best displays include the White Garden and Rose Garden, filled with honeysuckle vines and figs, but the entire area remains colorful throughout the year.

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  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

    The 800 acres that make up Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompass beautiful English countryside, abbey ruins dating back to the twelfth century, Neo-classical statues and a nicely restored Gregorian water garden.

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  • Trelissick Garden, Cornwall

    Tucked within the wooded valleys of Cornwall, you'll find the Trellissick Garden, a colorful collection of exotic and tender plants featuring every variety of the Photinia and Azara families. Bird boxes scattered throughout the gardens practically ensure you'll spot Thrushers and waders during your visit.

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  • Stowe Landscape Gardens, Bucks

    The intricately landscaped gardens of the Stowe House have been welcoming visitors since the eighteenth century and remain one of the most impressive achievements of the Gregorian period. After the gardens fell under the control of the National Trust in the 1980s, the garden's many temples, statues and monuments were resorted to their original glory.

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  • Nymans Garden, West Sussex

    Located in High Weald, the twentieth century Nymans Garden is filled with intimate nooks and crannies, perfect for wandering hand in hand with the one you love. The ruins of the Gothic mansion, now filled with fresh flowers, complete the aura of romance. Even in the middle of winter, heathers, early daffodils and snowdrops make for a beautiful stroll.

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  • Painswick Rococo Garden, Glos

    Located just outside the town of Painswick in Cotswold, the Rococo Garden contains some rather unusual statues and architectural features harkening back to the flamboyant garden designs of the eighteenth century. An ambitious restoration project in the 1980s has yielded a charming oasis where you can easily lose yourself for a few hours.

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  • Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire

    The walled gardens of Burton Agnes Hall in East Yorkshire contain more than 4,000 species of plants, including the national collection of campanulas. This whimsical green space invites you to be a kid again by playing giant board games and solving the riddles contained within the giant yew hedge maze.

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  • Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire

    Gloucestershire's Hidcote Manor Garden is renowned for its divided garden rooms and stunning red borders in autumn. In spring, some 16,000 tulips spring up from the ground while the magnolia trees produce brilliant bunches of pink blossoms. Fragrant lavender takes over come summer, and in winter, the garden looks magical after a fresh fall of snow.

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  • RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

    The Royal Horticulture Society's flagship garden at Wisley features beautiful borders, a stunning rose garden, verdant lawns and one of the most impressive glasshouses in the country. Divided into three sections, the glasshouse displays plant collections from tropical, moist temperate and dry temperate regions.

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