Britain loves a Garden. As a nation, we enjoy our beloved gardens and often head to historical landmarks to spend time in their outdoor spaces. So, we’ve taken a look at Britain’s favourite gardens and found out when you can visit them. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just an interesting day out, here are the gardens for you:
Created in 1930 by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson, this is a truly iconic garden. Now owned by the National Trust there is plenty to see including the stunning Lime Walk (pictured) and is open all year round.
Sissinghurst Castle, Nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden
This special artist’s garden displays bold plants and sculptures created from 1949. Open from Monday – Sunday 10:00-17:20. This is a great chance to see some of the work of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists.
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden, Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG
This early 20th-century garden designed by Lawrence Johnson became a model for many other gardens and is highly influential in the gardening world. Johnson used his artist eye to create ‘a cottage garden on the most glorified scale.’ Owned by the National trust, the garden is closed throughout November and December but open 7 days a week for the remainder of the year.
Hidcote Manor, Hidcote Bartrim, Nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR.
Bury Court Gardens
Two separate gardens respectively by Piet Oudolf (1995) and Christopher Bradley-Hole (2001). One is bold and exuberant and one is formal and architectural, meaning there is something to please everyone. This is a unique venue often used for weddings!
Bury Court, Nr Bentley, Hampshire GU10 65LZ.
Famous garden of late plantsman Christopher Lloyd. The garden is unusual, with wonderful colour schemes as well as contrasting formal and informal areas. This fantastic garden was the focus of the late writer’s energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. The garden is open all year round with varying opening times dependant on the season.
Great Dixter, Dixter Road, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
This enchanting garden is complete with strong architectural features and surrounds an exquisite medieval house. The interesting formal layout, smothered with soft flowing plants attracts visitors from all around. Opening days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Cothay Manor, Greenham, Nr Wellington, Somerset TA2 10JR