Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Aside from the gardens themselves, though they are spectacular in their own right, to my mind the main draw to Alnwick is the Treehouse. Nestled in mature lime trees the Treehouse is built from sustainably sourced materials. Located in the heart of the Treehouse is one of the most unique restaurants to be found anywhere in the world.
Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
Sissinghurst Castle enjoys a rich and diverse history; it was a prison in the 1700s, a home to the Women’s Land Army and has served as a family home. During the 1930s, the poet and garden writer Vita Sackville-West, created a world-renowned garden still accessible today. Climbing the Castle Tower will give you a spectacular vantage point which provides panoramic views of the working farm and the 450 acre wider estate.
Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden Rd, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB
Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire
Set in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside Belvoir Castle offers visitors the opportunity to walk around gardens designed by Capability Brown and Harold Peto. With different themed gardens you can easily spend the whole day wondering these grounds.
Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE
Eltham Palace and Gardens, Greenwich, London
The gardens are set in and amongst beautiful medieval buildings. You can also explore the footings of other excavated buildings, including 15th-century Tudor royal apartments. The gardens around the site are laid out in different styles and characters, which makes the most of the space and ensures an interesting and varied visit.
Eltham Palace and Gardens Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5QE
0370 333 1181
RHS Garden Wisley, Surry
One of the truly great gardens of the world, with one of the largest collections of plants found anywhere in the world. Throughout the garden the planting scheme varies enormously from the mingling of herbaceous perennials and shrubs in the famous mixed borders to the lower-maintenance, prairie-style planting in the glasshouse borders.
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB
0845 260 9000
Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, Norfolk
The current occupiers of the Old Vicarage have developed this garden from scratch, and every garden has been lovingly created by the residence. For a small independent garden the Ruston Old Vicarage is well worth a visit.
East Ruston Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norwich NR12 9HN
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, South Yorkshire
This grand country house was built in the 1860s with English Heritage restoring the gardens to its Victorian heyday in the 1990s. Do take in the views of the formal gardens and pleasure grounds from the restored summerhouse.
Brodsworth Hall, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XJ
0370 333 1181
Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent
Go and see the original wellington boots in this 200th anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo. If not for wellington boots perhaps for the spectacular eight acres of gardens. This Tudor castle offers charming views of the Kent coastline.
Walmer Castle, Kingsdown Road, Walmer, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ
With over 4 miles of footpath set in a Cornish valley, this garden is certainly one for the walkers amongst us. Though it is open every day of the year the garden comes alive in spring. Every member of the family can enjoy this garden with adventure play areas and children’s trails.
Trebah Garden Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ
Veddw House Garden, Wales
Set in the Welsh countryside, above Tintern, there are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland to explore. Much of the garden has been built on ancient grasslands, which have been conserved and incorporated in the current garden scheme.
Veddw, Devauden NP16 6PH
This article was written by Leigh