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, 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

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, 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

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, 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.

The rose garden in bloom at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

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, Hampshire

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

Rose arches at Nymans, West Sussex

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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.