From vast green spaces to carefully manicured lawns and colourful flowerbeds, you’ll find an array of beautiful blooms in gardens across Britain. Come and experience the fabulous flora in Britain’s most magnificent gardens, taking in historic landscape gardens full of fairy-tale follies, soothing Georgian water gardens and much more…
Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire, England
Prepare yourself for Georgian elegance at its finest. The water gardens of Studley Royal are full of tranquil water features, neo-classical statues and sweeping landscaped lawns that tie everything together. You’ll find follies tucked away within the thick foliage as though you’ve been transported to a magical place, full of mysterious structures. Explore at your leisure and enjoy the views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. You’ll find a medieval deer park here too, and if you keep exploring, you’ll discover the ruins of the 12th-century Fountain’s Abbey at the bottom of the valley, a World Heritage Site housing the largest monastic ruins in Britain.
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Wales
Unwind amid the natural beauty of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. It’s full of things to see and do, from Wales’ rarest tree to an atmospheric sculpture garden and the enormous dome of the Great Glasshouse. Kids will love looking for little creatures in the dipping ponds and running wild in the adventure zone, while the range of themed gardens — particularly the spectacular Ghost Forest — ensures there’s always something new to see. The gardens are also home to the British Bird of Prey Centre, which offers regular flying displays and experiences, as well as a tropical Butterfly House.
Kew Gardens, London, England
London’s Kew Gardens was established back in 1759, and today it’s one of the city’s most popular attractions and a World Heritage Site. From its grand Victorian glasshouses to its dazzling array of trees, plants and flowers from all over the world, it’s a real feast for the senses. Learn all about different plants and their uses in medicine, admire its collection of 40 listed buildings, and wander freely among trees and plants of all colours and kinds. The Japanese Garden, arboretum and treetop walkway are just a few of the highlights.
Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire, England
One of garden designer Capability Brown’s greatest works, Stowe Landscape Garden has a magical air to it. Full of water features, beautifully landscaped curves and long avenues, it’s brought to life by a collection of grand follies. Temples and monuments rise up out of wooded areas, or stand in isolation in grassy spaces, and give a mysterious atmosphere to a beautiful garden. In fact, they’re meant to tell a story about man’s path through life, but you’ll need to visit to discover more.
Eden Project, Cornwall, England
If you feel like a trip to a rainforest, you only need go as far as Cornwall. Stroll past waterfalls and gigantic plants as you explore the Eden Project’s tropical jungle, which grows beneath huge geodesic domes among the rolling Cornish hills. See olive groves and lemon trees in the Mediterranean biome, then explore the outdoor gardens to see gorgeous native blooms, and learn all about the uses of plants. Explore four of the world’s rainforest environments in the Rainforest Biome, which houses more than 1,000 varieties of tropical plants. The Canapy Walkway enables you to discover more about the unique diversity of the rainforest’s as you wander among the treetops. The Eden Project also hosts music and comedy events, so if you fancy an evening out among the flowers, this is the place to go.
Drumlanrig Castle Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Discover 40 acres of gorgeous gardens in the grounds of one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. Drumlanrig Castle Gardens bring together woodland walks, a grand Victorian glasshouse and formal gardens which date back to the 17th century. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Kingfishers, red squirrels, and Great Spotted Woodpeckers as you explore the Woodland Garden and the striking rhododendron collection.