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A seven acre site with ruin of C12 Norman keep and C19 neo Norman folly. Highlights inc spectacular snowdrops and spring bulbs; formal rose garden; walled kitchen garden with vegetables, bantams, and wildflower meadow; orchard with perennial meadow; lake; unspoilt panoramic views over surrounding parkland. Recent replanting of main border with plants resistant to climate change and wildlife friendly. Opens Tuesday 6th February and Sunday 26th May.
Impressive gardens and parkland with fine views over lower Wensleydale. Formal walks through the wooded ‘pleasure grounds’ feature bridges and follies, cascades and abundant wildflowers. The walled kitchen garden is similar to how it was set out in the C19. Recent wildflower meadows have been laid out with modern sculptures. Opens Sunday 7th April and Sunday 7th July.
Peaceful country garden in 2 acres with stunning views of surrounding countryside. High walls provide a backdrop for rambling roses, clematis, and honeysuckles. Organic garden with large variety of perennials, annuals, shrubs and specimen trees with year-round colour. Vegetable garden, wildlife and formal ponds. Rustic pergola planted with English climbing roses and willow arbour in gravel garden. Opens Sunday 14th April and Saturday 8th June.
Romantic double-moated castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, set in 150 acres of formal and natural landscape. Topiary, Tudor herb garden, magnificent Italian garden with classical statuary, sculpture and fountains. 38 acre lake, yew and water mazes. Spring is a wonderful time to view the gardens as spectacular carpets daffodils welcome visitors and tulips are in full bloom. Opens Monday 15th April.
Bishopscourt has been home to Bishops of Rochester since 1920 with the walled garden providing a secluded oasis. The garden has been continuously developed for over a decade with lawns, mature trees, hedging, rose garden, gravel garden, mixed herbaceous borders, meadow, glasshouse, vegetable garden and secret garden with a raised ‘lookout’ offering views of the castle and the river. Opens Saturday 27th April and Saturday 15th June.
Discover the romantic Temple and Folly Water Gardens, Glade, Arboretum, 100m long double herbaceous border walkway Lavinia Walk, ornamental woodland upon Tower Hill and the newly created Cholmondeley Rose Garden with 250 rose varieties. Opens Thursday 2nd May.
Mature 9 acre Pleasure Grounds created by Walter Godfrey in 1919, present an idyllic setting surrounding the former parish workhouse refurbished in Edwardian style. The formal gardens, enchanting nuttery, a spinney with many mature trees and a pond attract wildlife. Wonderful bluebells in spring. The woodland gardens and beautiful borders are full of colour and fragrance for year-round pleasure. Opens Sunday 5th and 12th May.
The Rock Walk, which stretches for half a mile above Bolesworth Castle has stunning views across to the Welsh Hills and Liverpool. It was originally planted up by Anthony Barbour in 1986. Many new camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and other spring plants have been added to the collection. New paths have been created and original stone features restored. Opens Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May.
The Walled Garden at Knepp has been transformed into a garden for biodiversity. With designers Tom Stuart-Smith and James Hitchmough, we have applied some of the principles we’ve learned from rewilding the wider landscape to this small, confined space to create a mosaic of dynamic habitats for wildlife. The croquet lawn is now a riot of humps and hollows, hosting almost 1000 species of plants. Opens Saturday 1st June, pre-booking essential.
The World Garden is located within the two acre, C18 Walled Garden in the stunning grounds of Lullingstone Castle, where heritage meets cutting-edge horticulture. The garden is laid out in the shape of a miniature map of the world. Thousands of species are represented, all planted out in their respective beds. Opens Sunday 16th June.
The terraced garden has stunning views over the Tyne Valley. Massive beech hedges give protection for herbaceous borders, lawns and shrubs. A box parterre is filled with fruit, vegetables and picking flowers. Paths lead through a wildflower meadow garden. The Castle (not open) is a C14 Pele tower with Jacobean manor house attached beside a charming chapel with Norman origins. Opens Sunday 16th June.
Queen Anne Cottage was the banqueting house of Whitehurst Gardens, the original walled garden of Chirk Castle. The Cottage was bought by a professional gardener who has made a beautiful garden around his unique home with a selection of unusual trees, shrubs, herbaceous, woodland, and old roses. Opens Sunday 16th June.
Unique historic garden of a keen plantsman, with far-reaching views across the River Severn. Gardens contain many rare plants which thrive in the warm microclimate against the stone walls of this medieval castle. Woodland, historic trees and stunning terraced borders. Opens Monday 17th June.
Beautifully situated on the River Darenth, beyond the old farmyard and C18 dovecote, are gardens evolved over 4 generations. Mature trees and an elegant lawn lead down to the river. Behind old yew hedges lie a secluded white garden, kitchen garden, a renovated rose walk, and bee loving mixed borders. There is a walled Italian Garden and also a wild bank to meander through. Opens Saturday 22nd June.
Set in the historic Exmoor village of Parracombe, with its Norman motte and bailey castle and an ancient C12 church. St Petrock’s Church is Grade I listed, and the churchyard, managed by volunteers, is set to become a County Wildlife Site. Teas/light lunches and WC at Pavilion Community Stores and Café. Opens Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June.
Rockingham Castle was built on the orders of William the Conqueror and offers a spectacular view over the Welland Valley. The original Motte and Bailey design still influences the sweeping formal gardens you see today. These inc a wealth of roses from hybrid teas to climbers covering every wall and features five key areas covering 13 acres, they are the terrace, the cross, rose garden, jewel borders and the dramatic wild garden. Opens Tuesday 25th June.
A newly restored C18 walled garden which was part of Cresswell Hall kitchen gardens, abandoned in the 1930’s when the main house was demolished. With a grant from Heritage Lottery in 2022, the garden has been restored to inc borders, orchard, gazebo, wildlife pond and greenhouse. Work to increase plantings is underway. Opens Sunday 30th June, 7th July and 14th July.
With far-reaching views over Ruthin, this nationally important part-walled garden, Grade ll listed on the Cadw Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, may once have been the kitchen garden for Ruthin Castle. Restoration is taking place with borders now displaying a variety of herbaceous plants and medieval herbs. Opens on Sunday 30th June with Bron y Gaer.
Large coastal garden next to Lulworth Castle with views to the sea. Pleasure grounds surround a walled garden filled with roses and perennials, behind which sits a working kitchen garden. In front of the house the scented walk leads to a wildflower meadow, lavender labyrinth and Islamic garden with rills and fountains. A new wild white garden has been created over the past winter. A limited number of tickets have been made available for this special one-day event, kindly hosted by the owners, James & Sara Weld, an introductory talk on the gardens, followed by a guided tour accompanied by Sara and her gardening team on Wednesday 10th July.
English Heritage in partnership with the National Garden Scheme is offering you the chance to visit gardens of Kenilworth Castle in the early evening when the site is closed to the public. At this exclusive event, you will meet a member of the garden team for a tour of the gardens, discover how the gardens are managed and experience the tranquillity and colourful planting of this historic garden. Opens Friday 12th July.
Castle Acre is an attractive historic Norman village with a bailey gate, castle, earthworks, parish church and priory. Set in the countryside of West Norfolk, there is a bookshop, pub, tearoom, shop and playground. The four delightful gardens that vary in planting, size, style and structure, will provide visitors with much interest and inspiration. Opens Sunday 21st July.
Several acres of garden, orchard and paddock surround the last gatehouse fragment of the medieval Bampton Castle, partially moated with walled kitchen garden, a productive greenhouse and farmyard with a variety of farm animals. This project begun by Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice is 12 years old so now ‘bearing fruit’ but will always be in a state of permanent change. Delicious teas and vintage tractors. Opens Sunday 8th September.
Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden. More than a garden, visitors can also find an Elizabethan tower, see changing exhibitions, enjoy estate walks and can picnic in the vegetable garden. Food and drink and animals are not allowed in the formal garden. Opens Sunday 8th September.
Sudeley Castle features 10 magnificent gardens, each with its own unique style and design. Surrounded by striking views of the Cotswold Hills, each garden reflects the fascinating 1000 yr history of the Castle. This series of elegant gardens is set among the Castle and atmospheric ruins and inc a knot garden, Queen’s garden and Tudor physic garden. Admission is for garden only. Opens Friday 20th September.
Outstanding and unusual 5 acre arboretum and water garden on edge of Dartmoor National Park. Beautiful National Collection of Betula species with lovely colourful peeling bark, from dark brown, reds, orange, pink and white. Interesting underplanting. Meadow walks and lovely views. Summer sculpture exhibition situated in the garden. Tripadvisor award winner. Near to NT Castle Drogo and garden. Opens Saturday 5th and 12th October.
A two acre plot consisting of a more formal cottage garden that wraps around the house. The remaining area is a tranquil wild garden with paths to a Medieval castle motte, part filled moat and Medieval fish and fowl ponds. A haven for wildlife and people alike. The garden contains some steep banks and deep water, with limited access to motte, moat and ponds. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to 7th October for groups of between 10 and 30.
Set within castle grounds and with a backdrop of an ancient monument, the 3½ acres of garden inc a potager with a hint of the Mediterranean, formal lawns and herbaceous beds, a wildlife pond with waterfall and a woodland garden with stumpery and sculpture. Over 90,000 spring bulbs have been planted inc snowdrops, Narcissi and tulips. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 8th February to 27th September for groups of between 10 and 40.
40+ acres. Grade I Capability Brown garden with magnificent vistas across surrounding landscape, inc lake and views to ruined castle. Herbaceous planting, notable trees, mixed ornamental planting and managed wilderness are linked together with lawn and pathways. Short and long walks available.
Infuse your senses with colour and scent in the unique sub-tropical gardens basking in the mild climate and salty breeze. Clinging to granite slopes the terraced beds tier steeply to the ocean’s edge, boasting tender exotics from places such as Mexico, the Canary Islands and South Africa. This year the St Aubyn Family will be opening the Gardens again but pre booking is essential. Please visit St Michael’s Mount website for details of pop-up opening and link to book.
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