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.

The gardens at Mount Stewart, voted one of the top 10 in the world

Latest visiting update

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

More details on visiting and booking >

Family in colourful summer garden at Morden Hall Park

Blooming summer gardens 

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 a garden near you, and soak up some summer colour?

Honey bee feeding on nectar rich plant

Our most bee-friendly gardens 

The variety of flowers on offer in summer is irresistible for bees, and they rely heavily on flower nectar in the early part of the season. Several of our places keep bees as they play a vital role in pollinating our beautiful garden flowers, fruit and vegetables. Read our list to find out where to see them.

Roses at our places

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Take a video tour of Mottisfont's rose garden

We're really excited about welcoming you back this summer, especially as we weren't able to open Mottisfont's famous rose garden in 2020. If you aren't able to visit during the rose season, enjoy this video tour we made last year when the gardens were closed. Former General Manager, Louise Govier, talks about her favourite blooms and reveals the rich history of this magical garden, which has roses dating back to before 1900.

Member of staff checking the records at the Plant Conservation Centre

Podcast episodes on gardens 

Delve into a world of tropical paradises and tranquil lakes as you explore episodes from the National Trust Podcast that explore our gardens. We'll shed light on the visionaries who designed these spectacular landscapes, and unearth the secrets of the Plant Conservation Centre.

Gardens through the ages

Honey bee feeding on a dahlia flower

Help protect pollinators 

Bees play a vital role in the natural world around us but they're under threat. By donating to support nature and wildlife at the places in our care, you'll be helping to protect these pollinators and the green spaces they call home. Now more than ever, we need your help to look after the nature and wildlife we all find comfort in.

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.