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 reopened many of our gardens and parks so you can see them blooming in their colourful glory.

Visitors in Cotehele's spring garden

Latest visiting update

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open to visit. Many houses in England and Wales have reopened, with houses in Northern Ireland expected to reopen from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

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A winding woodland path lined with bluebells

Bluebells near you 

As restrictions ease, more of our places are opening, and just in time for bluebells to be flowering. You can discover the best places near you to see these delicate blooms, find out why bees love bluebells, understand how we look after bluebells at places we care for and get planting tips from our gardeners.

Spring bulbs flowering at Tyntesfield

Best spring gardens 

From beds of colourful daffodils to delicate blossom, gardens across the country are starting to show their true colours for spring. Discover the delights of the season if you’re visiting a local spring garden.

Dixie Egerickx (Mary Lennox) on set at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

Explore The Secret Garden film locations 

Since it was published in 1910, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden has bewitched generations of children and adults alike. The star-studded film adaptation released on Sky Cinema in October 2020 breathed new life into the tale. Discover how places in our care proved the perfect settings for this retelling of the evergreen children’s classic.

Gardens through the ages

Bumblebee nectaring on pink cherry blossom

Give back to nature 

More than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort during difficult times. But climate change is accelerating the decline of these green spaces. Nature gives us so much, donate today and help us protect these precious places and the wildlife that live there.

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

Gardening tips

Looking after more than 200 gardens has taught us a thing or two. Here, our gardeners share some of their top tips so that you too can create your perfect garden.