10 OF THE BEST GARDENS TO VISIT IN THE UK
The UK is full of manicured and thoughtfully designed gardens that look like something out of a children’s storybook. You’ll struggle to find anywhere in the world with such an array of beautiful horticulture to explore.
If you’re in for the vibrancy and peaceful allure of a UK garden, here are the best gardens to visit around the country, or you can get in touch with us to hear more about our garden tour vacations.
1. WIMPOLE ESTATE: CAMBRIDGESHIRE
This luxurious estate shows of the finer side of the British countryside. Surrounding the property’s mansion, 12-acres boasts tulips, lilies, and daisies in the thousands. Stroll the 18th century walled garden to peak at the vegetable plants before dining on them at the estate restaurant or wander into the woodlands.
2. GREENCOMBE GARDENS: SOMERSET
This organic garden looks like something out of a woodland fairy tale. It stretches for three and a half acres and is characterized by ferns, double Trillium grandiflorum, and erythroniums. Get lost in secret gardens and stumble upon rare plants that reside in them.
3. LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN: CORNWALL
Once abandoned, these gardens received restoration in the 1990s, making them one of the top botanical spots to visit in England. Throughout its 200 acres, guests can wander into grottoes, stroll by the lake, or take a jungle walk into a world of exotic plants. And if plants weren’t enough, you can also visit with the sheep, ducks, and cows.
4. CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN: LONDON
A lovely retreat from London’s bustle, this garden was established in the 1600s and was used to study plants. It’s about three acres and is full of local wanderers looking for a natural retreat full of art, herbs, and history.
5. PITMEDDEN GARDENS: NEAR ABERDEEN
This maze of a garden was meticulously designed to look picture perfect. The hedges are expertly formed and the colorful flowers make the whole thing look like a painting. Take a walk through the woodlands, visit the museum, or taste the harvest that comes right from the garden.
6. SINGLETON BOTANICAL GARDEN
Housing the most premier collection of plants in Wales, visitors can wander through glass houses and get a glimpse of over 200 different plants. It’s a colorful landscape that is full of surprises like waterfalls and ponds.
7. SISSINGHURST CASTLE GARDEN: KENT
This iconic garden is world renowned and has close to 460-acres of meadows, walking trails, and countryside. Get drunk on roses as you wander around the castle that looks like a landscape from Sleeping Beauty.
8. THE COURTS: WILTSHIRE
Framing an 18th century house, The Courts is a Hidcote-themed garden. The atmosphere is something reminiscent of Pinterest, with an artsy crafty vibe. View the cottage plantings, the water features, and the herbaceous borders.
9. INVEREWE GARDEN: SCOTLAND
Located in the Scottish highlands, this garden overlooks Loch Ewe and stretches for about 50 acres. It was built back in the 1800s and features a collection of exotic plants such as the Tasmanian eucalyptus, Himalayan rhododendrons, and the New Zealand native Olearia.
10. BIDDULPH GRANGE GARDEN: STAFFORDHIRE
Created by a wealthy landowner in Britain, this garden is unique in that it’s designed based off of landscapes from around the world. The mastermind behind the garden was an avid traveler, which inspired him to sprinkle the grounds with global sites. Visitors can walk through an Egyptian passageway, view sphinx, wander through Chinese gardens to see the pagodas, and stroll over wooden bridges lined with bamboo.
Visiting the lovely gardens that are dotted around the UK will give you a glimpse into why the countryside is so cared for by the locals. No matter where you are staying while in the UK, make sure to add one of these gardens to your itinerary.