Rose gardens

Roses are as evocative of a British summer as strawberries and cream. And it’s easy to see why the rose remains the nation’s favourite flower; for beauty and scent it’s hard to beat. Many of our rose gardens were created in the Victorian and Edwardian period. At that time, a separate garden room full of roses would have been a popular place to sit on a warm summer's day. We work hard to preserve and maintain the rose gardens in our care. Here are a few of our favourites.

 Pink roses in August at Barrington Court, Somerset
Barrington Court is one of our quintessential English gardens National Trust Images / John Millar

Barrington Court, Somerset

Enjoy a beautiful variety of roses, set amid the charm of the traditional English gardens at Barrington Court.

Volunteer gardener tending the roses in the garden at Bateman's, Burwash, East Sussex
The rose garden at Bateman's was designed by Rudyard Kipling National Trust Images / David Levenson

Bateman's, Sussex

Rudyard Kipling designed the Rose Garden for his beloved family home. Take a stroll through the formal garden filled with long-flowering varieties.

The Lower Rose Terrace at Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden is a delight of scent and colour in summer National Trust Images / John Millar

Bodnant Garden, Wales

Discover an abundance of roses planted in Italianate terraces, where you can look out across the Carneddau mountains.

Lady Churchill's Pink Rose Garden at Chartwell
Follow in Winston Churchill's footsteps as you enjoy the rose garden at Chartwell National Trust Images / Ian Shaw

Chartwell, Kent

Chartwell in Kent was the family home and garden of Winston Churchill. The rose gardens, planted with banks of delicate pink and yellow blooms, have their own story to tell.

Visitor smelling a rose at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Cliveden National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

Cliveden, Berkshire

At Cliveden, the rose garden was created as a tranquil retreat for the Astor family away from their busy public lives. Hundreds of roses bloom here throughout the summer, creating a haven of colour and scent.

Pink rose growing in July
Relax in the tranquility of the Rose Garden at Cliveden National Trust Images / John Millar

Emmetts Garden

Banks of delicate roses create a beautiful border for this tranquil garden.

View towards fountain and bench in the rose garden in June at Mottisfont, Hampshire. Rosa 'Adélaïde d'Orléans' on the arches
Mottisfont Abbey is home to over 500 different varieties of rose National Trust Images / Jonathan Buckley

Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire

The Rose Garden at Mottisfont is renowned for its vast collection of old fashioned roses.

Rose arches at Nymans, West Sussex
Nymans is a flower lover's delight National Trust Images / Stephen Robson

Nymans, West Sussex

A heady collection of colours and scents make up the rose collection at Nyman's, which began in the 1920s.

Alexa's Rose Garden, Peckover House
There are acres of wonderful gardens to explore at Peckover National Trust Images/ Andrea Jones

Peckover House and Garden, Cambridgeshire

An elegant rose garden full varieties with plenty of old fashioned scented roses to enjoy.

A view along the Rose Garden on a summer's evening looking towards the Well Head
With masses of rambling roses, Polesden Lacey's pergolas are a joy in summer National Trust Images / Nick Meers

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

The pergola rose walk at Polesden Lacey surrounds you with rambling roses. Their fragrance mixes with the nearby lavender for a heavenly English garden scent.

Child running in the garden at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
Chidren will enjoy a day out Seaton Delaval Hall just as much as adults National Trust Images / John Millar

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

In the formal Rose Garden, fragrant rambling roses are framed by box hedges, providing a delightful route for a summer walk.

The White Garden in summer at Sissinghurst Castle
Vita Sackville West created this stunning garden at Sissinghurst Castle National Trust Images / Jonathan Buckley

Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

Roses were a favourite flower of Vita Sackville West, who created this world-famous garden with her husband. Wander through the glorious gardens in the summer to find roses blooming throughout.

Roses climbing the house at Smallhythe Place
Smallhythe Place is a heavenly summer spot for rose lovers National Trust Images / John Miller

Smallhythe Place, Kent

Once the home of actress Ellen Terry, Smallhythe is a 16th-century cottage with idyllic gardens and an abundance of summer roses.

The pergola in the Rose Garden at Wightwick Manor
The Rose Garden pergola at Wightwick Manor is a blaze of summer colour National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Wightwick Manor, West Midlands

The old fashioned rose blooms throughout the gardens. Like the house itself, this classical flower pays homage to the Arts and Crafts movement.