Gardens & parks

Over 200 wonderful gardens to explore and enjoy. Beautiful flower gardens, impressive landscape parks, places for children to play and space for you to relax.

Our best spring gardens

Narcissi in May at Acorn Bank, Cumbria © NTPL/Paul Harris

Some gardens are simply their best in springtime. Here are our top spring gardens for wonderful seasonal displays.

Daffodils

Daffodils at Cotehele, Cornwall © NTPL/Andrea Jones

The delightful daffodil is Britain’s quintessential spring flower, found blooming in our gardens from February through to May.

Magnolias

The lovely magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana ‘Alba’) is in bloom in April © NTPL/Stephen Robson

Magnolias are one of spring’s most glamorous beauties. Here's a magnificent Magnolia campbellii in full bloom in the walled garden at Trengwainton.

Top spots for tulips

Tulips in flower at The Courts Garden, Wiltshire, in April © NTPL/Mark Bolton

An informal mix of tulips add a splash of spring colour along the top terrace at Sizergh Castle in Cumbria.

Blossom

155325 Apple Orchard underplanted with cow parsley, Barrington Court, Somer © NTPL/Mark Bolton

Apple blossom in the fruit orchard at Cotehele in April. These clouds of pink and white tree blossom are a highlight of the gardening year.

Bluebells

English bluebell in the garden, Killerton, Devon © NTPL/Stephen Robson

The woodland garden at Dunham Massey is carpeted in bluebells every spring. The presence of bluebells often indicates you’re walking through ancient woodland.

Spring garden events

Bluebells in May © NTPL/Sue Prutton National Trust Images

Don’t miss out on some of the most beautiful displays of flowering plants which make spring so special.

Famous gardens

We care for hundreds of amazing gardens, like Sissinghurst Castle pictured here. These six famous gardens are the jewels in our crown. Why not plan a visit?

Kitchen gardens

When it comes to self sustainability, we're leading the way at many of our kitchen gardens. Our fully working kitchen gardens are great places to witness the 'plot to plate' revolution.

Our top parklands

Visit one of our parklands and enjoy the space to roam while keeping your eyes peeled for interesting parkland features in the ancient trees.

Gardens iPhone app

Garden enthusiasts and day trippers can now explore our gardens whenever you want with our free Gardens iPhone app, available to download from iTunes.

Garden events

Uncover our garden secrets, quiz our gardeners, let the children get their hands dirty with some seed planting, or even pick up a few tips to take home, at one of our many garden events.

Garden history

Delve into history and learn more about Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian and 20th-century gardens, and where you can see some of the finest examples.

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