London and the South East

From sprawling countryside and bracing coastline, to ancient castles and stately homes, the South East has it all.

Places to visit

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The White Garden in summer at Sissinghurst Castle

Where you can visit 

We're starting to reopen some National Trust gardens and parks, as well as car parks, in line with government guidance. You will need to book your visit in advance. In the South East, this week you can book visits to the Old Battery, Mottistone Gardens, Petworth House and Park, Claremont Landscape Garden, Ightham Mote, Greys Court, Emmetts Garden, Uppark House and Garden, Cliveden, Mottisfont, Polesden Lacey, Hinton Ampner, Sheffield Park and Garden, Standen, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Scotney Castle, The Vyne, Stowe, Waddesdon, Nymans, Chartwell, Knole, Hatchlands Park, Hughenden, Ascott, Bodiam Castle, Basildon Park, Winkworth Arboretum, Ham House and Garden, Bateman's, Osterley Park and House. We'll be opening new places when we can, so check back each week.


Dahlias at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner’s dahlia displays reach their peak in early autumn. Here, head gardener John Wood reveals how he planted over 500 of these exotic beauties on his own, during lockdown. Dahlias were a great passion of former owner Sir Ralph Dutton. On your visit you’ll find beautiful displays all around the 14 acre gardens.

Dahlias in front of a greenhouse at The Vyne

Late summer gardens 

As long summer nights give way to cooler days, the colours in our gardens in and around the South East slide gently into warming tones.

From the burgeoning dahlias at Polesden and Chartwell to knock out borders at Nymans, the holidays may be over but many shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials aren’t ready to pack up just yet.

Looking ahead

What's near you?

Green hills and blue sea entice the walkers on Ventonr Downs

Coast and countryside 

There's coast, downland, grassland, hills to climb, rivers and more for you to enjoy on a day out in the countryside in the South East.

To enjoy at home

Geese on water with the Palladian Bridge in the background at Stowe

Delve deeper with Trusted Source 

Created in partnership with the University of Oxford, Trusted Source is a knowledge bank of short and easily understood articles about history, culture and the natural environment. The articles look at the big ideas behind our special places and collections.