From manicured lawns and heavenly blooms to secluded woodland laced with enchanting pathways, England’s gardens are among the finest in the world. Check out our list of 6 of the most beautiful gardens you can find in England.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London
With tropical plants from across the globe, Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew is nothing short of a beautiful escape. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 50,000 livings plants on 300 acres of riverside gardens. A collection of 14,000 trees can be found in the Arboretum, stretching across two-thirds of the gardens and surrounding the glasshouses. Plants with towering exotic foliage fill the glasshouses and landscaped grounds are scattered with seasonal blooms, majestic trees, water features and pretty temples.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
As the backdrop to a diverse history, Sissinghurst Castle Garden is considered as one of the most – if not the most – famous garden in England. The Garden was transformed into what it is today in the 1930s, prior to this it had been a prison and a working farm. Now divided into a series of rooms, visitors can explore; the Rose Garden, featuring roses and honeysuckle, figs and vines; the Herb Garden, which doesn’t only look good but smells good too; and the White Garden, with white gladioli, white irises and white pompom dahlias.
Eden Project, Cornwall
Recognised by the British Travel Awards as the Best UK Leisure Attraction for 5 years in a row, the Eden Project is quite literally like no other garden in England. The Eden Project is a huge tropic garden housed inside two huge domes, known as biomes, that are nestled in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. Inside the two domes are plants collected from many diverse climates and environments – banana trees, bamboo, coffee, sunflowers and hemp. With both a tropical biome and a Mediterranean biome, visitors will feel like they have visited South Africa and California in the one day!
Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire, England
Tucked away in its own little valley in Wiltshire, Stourhead Gardens has been described as the best example of a garden inspired by landscape painters of the seventieth century. There are 2,650 acres of ancient woods and farmland to be explored at Stourhead estate, as well as the iconic Stourhead House, the majestic Palladian mansion. The gardens are complete with classical temples, grottoes, rare and exotic trees and a rock bridge, all set around a stunning lake.
Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Alnwick Garden was famously redeveloped by the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, in 1997, becoming the most ambitious new garden created in the UK since World War II. Since its redevelopment, Alnwick Garden has become a multi-award-winning visitor attraction and home to the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard and Treehouse Restaurant. The gardens feature a central water cascade, made up with 120 water jets, an ornamental garden and over 4,000 plant varieties waiting to be discovered.
Pashley Manor Gardens
Visitors can find a number of different gardens within the 11 acres of Pashley, each offering a mixture of romantic landscaping, imaginative planting and 500-year-old oak trees. With herbaceous borders, a rose walk and woodland that is often carpeted in bluebells, the gardens are laid out to celebrate the colour of nature. A programme of events often take place at Pashley Manor Gardens, like the Tulip Festival which usually takes place in April/May and a season long exhibition of sculpture and botanical art.
Experience the magic of some of these gardens through our English Gardens Package. This 7 night tour takes travellers from London to Cornwall, via the finest gardens in the country.
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