Gardens & parks

We care for more than 200 gardens and parks. From small secret hideaways and kitchen gardens to landscaped lawns, beautiful borders and acres of parkland. We’ve now reopened some of our gardens and parks so you can see them blooming in their colourful glory.

Arbour covered in white roses in foreground, white bench in background
You've helped us open more than 135 gardens and parklands

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We’ve opened more than 135 gardens and parks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland through advanced booking. Tickets are released on Friday for the following week. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit. ​

Wildflower in the garden at Polesden Lacey, Surrey.

Summer gardens near you 

With vibrant displays of flowers and long, warm days, summer is the perfect time to get outside and explore some beautiful gardens. Why not pay a visit to blooming gardens near you, and pick up some tips to use at home?


Take a lockdown tour of Chastleton House's gardens

We love to share our gardens with everyone but in the current circumstances that's not always possible. Chastleton House is one of the National Trust's smaller properties and access is tricky so the property team have created this video - recorded earlier this spring - to give you a tour of the gardens while the property is closed.


Eight things to spot in a summer meadow 

Summer meadows are home to a rich variety of wildlife, from courting butterflies to rare orchids. Our specialist butterfly volunteer and former nature expert, Matthew Oates, shares eight wonderful things to look out for in a meadow.

Summer blooms to look out for

Kate Nicoll demonstrating pear pruning in the walled garden at Attingham

Gardeners' tips 

During the Covid-19 lock-down period, we'll be bringing our garden to yours with the help of our members questions and answers from our experts.

Tall lush foliage and exotic blooms frame a statue overlooking the pond inside the Orangery at Belton House, Lincolnshire

A history of glasshouses, orangeries and potting sheds 

From the 17th-century orangery at Ham House in Surrey to the 1920s greenhouse at Mr Straw's House in Nottinghamshire, the desire to cultivate rare and tender plants is an integral part of our horticultural history. Uncover the fascinating story of these garden structures at our places.

Gardens through the ages

Our gardeners will continue caring for our green spaces

Keep gardens growing 

Now more than ever, we all need gardens, parklands and other outdoor spaces to help us breathe. Give today and together, we can help nature recover, bring people closer to it, and ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all. Thank you for your continued support.

Garden conservation

Find out more about the work that goes on behind the scenes by our talented garden teams to restore and conserve the gardens you love to visit

Gardener's tips

Looking after more than 200 gardens has taught us a thing or two, so here our gardeners share some of their tips for a blooming beautiful garden