Understandably the Royal Horticultural Society features quite heavily in this list, which brings us nicely on to Wisley Gardens. Located in Woking, Surrey, it’s a popular attraction for visitors of all ages. Featuring vast flower beds, a large pond and wide open spaces, Wisley is a haven for wildlife and is set in the grounds of a beautiful country house. It’s also well known for its vast glasshouse which contains a wealth of plant life from all around the world, providing a stunning experience for your senses.
No list of British gardens would be complete without a mention of Kew, one of the most widely known and popular attractions for visitors. Located in South West London and spread across just over 120 hectares, it offers a diverse range of sights, sounds and smells for millions of people each year. Kew’s place in history and worldwide botanical status is affirmed by its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as exploring the many examples of rare trees, flowers and shrubs, it also features a museum and a range of other areas to learn and explore.
If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics in Cornwall, then you need to head to Trebah Gardens. Featuring stunning landscaping and fauna from around the world, you will be transported from the West Country into a lush foreign land. You’ll uncover beautiful hydrangeas, palm trees and even a bamboo forest. This really is a one of a kind and well worth a visit for garden lovers everywhere.
Staying in the South West of England and in-keeping with the unusual theme, we get to the Eden Project. Only opened in 2001, it’s already one of the newest and most recognisable attractions in the UK. With its large dome structures, the Eden project offers a unique habitat to a wide array of tropical flora and fauna. It also offers a fascinating learning experience for all visitors, with an array of insightful exhibitions and interactive displays. So if you’re heading down towards St Austell, do pay a visit to the Eden Project.
Heading north into Wiltshire we stumble across a gem of a garden at Stourhead. While noticeably more traditional in appearance and plant life, it is no less stunning. Set within the grounds of an 18th Century manor house, this 2,650 acre plot is home to gorgeous gardens complete with a lake as the centrepiece. With its rolling lawns, Stourhead is a perfect destination for families looking to have a day out and enjoy a quintessentially British garden. With Longleat just around the corner, you’ve already got the makings of a fantastic weekend away.
Another RHS garden, Rosemoor can be found in rural Devon. As you would expect it features acres (65 of them in fact) of perfectly manicured lawns, shrubberies and flowerbeds. While not as grand as some of the settings on this list, like Kew or Stourhead, it is no less impressive. There’s plenty to see and do, with on-site learning centres and an abundance of unique gardens to explore. It would be almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, so it’s well worth giving yourself extra time to immerse yourself in the sights and aromas of this glorious patch of Devon countryside.