The jubilant colours framing the medieval ruin take on new tones over the fall. Don't miss the American sweetgum, down by the boathouse in the garden, or the yellow spindle-fruited oriental bittersweet vines over the doorway onto the bowling green lawn.
The exotic garden here is famed for its vibrant autumn colour. The bright red of the Winged Spindle and golden leaves on the Japanese maple are a wonder to see. Ripe, vibrant berries are abundant too, including regal purple berries on the prickly heath.
Admire autumn borders featuring a variety of seasonal species such as Yellow Wax Bells, Cyclamen, Brunnera and heathers. In particular, make sure not to miss the mahonia x media ‘charity’ border in the shade of the walnut tree.
Those with a sweet tooth will be enchanted by the Katsura toffee apple tree, which releases an intoxicating smell of burnt sugar from late September near the North Lake. Afterwards, take a delightful stroll through crunchy leaves on the wider estate.
As the sunshine starts to fade and the shorter nights draw in it may feel like a time for resting up and staying in. But for those willing to brave the elements autumn is a great time to visit. Discover fiery colour in the garden and a wealth of wildlife out on the estate.
This half-term our places take on a Halloween flavour, with ghoulishy entertaining goings-on for kids and adults alike. From eerie trails at Emmetts Garden and batty goings on at Ightham Mote, to simply playing in the crunchy autumn leaves, there’s something to give the whole family the jitters.
Now is a great time to get out and about into the fresh autumn air in Kent. Our downloadable walks will lead you to the very best in autumn colour at places like Ightham Mote, and wildlife highlights such as the deer rut in Knole Park.