Discover autumn colours in gardens and parks

Jumping in crunchy leaves, discovering shiny conkers and enjoying invigorating fresh air with all the family — autumn is here for us all to embrace. Take a local walk through the seasonal spectacle of oranges, reds and golds at some of the beautiful parks and gardens we care for, and get planting ideas for your own autumn colours at home.

Dahlias in bloom at Cragside

Find an autumn garden to feel calm in

If you're needing to step away from it all and reach a sense of calm, we've got an autumn garden for you. Admire the beauty of the golden tones of the trees, and take a moment to notice how the water of a lake is still and peaceful. Listen to autumn wildlife in the trees or take a stroll down a path surrounded by colour in an autumn garden.

In England, we're pleased to have been able to keep our gardens, parks and outdoor spaces open through the current lockdown. From 2 December, we'll be able to reopen some houses and welcome you to sit in our cafés again. In tier 3, indoor areas will remain closed and cafés will be takeaway only. Please follow your area's tiering system and government guidance when planning a visit.

Following Welsh government guidance, all places in Wales are now open for Wales residents, and we're pleased to be welcoming many of you again.

In line with Northern Ireland Executive circuit break restrictions, our gardens and parks in Northern Ireland will open from 28 November. All houses, shops and visitor centres will stay closed during the circuit break until 11 December, and cafés will be takeaway only.

Before visiting, please always check local and national government guidance on travelling. You can check the property webpage in case of local restrictions. We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can. 

Autumn colour of bright orange and yellow on the trees reflects upon the Octogan Lake at Stowe

Keep a lookout for a spectacular autumn

This year, thanks to a long, sunny summer, we're expecting vibrant autumn colours at many places we care for – the intensity of these colours depends on the amount of sunshine trees have basked in before autumn comes around. We care for lots of trees at many places, like the ancient trees at Petworth, with many thought to be more than 600 years old. We also look after around 100 champion trees at Winkworth, where all of them are either the tallest or the widest trunked trees of their species in the county or nationally. Find out where to see a show of autumn colour in a garden or park near you.

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We’re still working hard to keep our gardens looking their best. But with fewer staff and volunteers to help out, things may look a little different on your visit. Please bear with us as we adjust to these challenging times.

Find your nearest autumn colour garden

Overbeck's Banana garden

Autumn colour gardens in the South West 

You can take in tropical delights at an autumn garden in the South West, from the gold and ruby tones of the trees above at Overbeck's, to the idyllic rainbow of colour offered by autumn flora in special pockets of the country like Ashclyst Forest. Find your haven in a garden near you.

A family day out at Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

Autumn colour gardens in the Midlands 

Take in the views that the Midlands have to offer, from tranquil trees to idyllic Victorian landscapes. In our autumn parks, survey the flowers, catch a falling leaf, or feel exhilarated after running up a hill surrounded by autumn colours.

Autumn plants to look out for

Wondering what makes up the spectrum in our colourful gardens and autumn parks? Here's a showcase of the best and brightest of autumn colour.

Make your garden wildlife-friendly

From hedgehogs rustling in the crispy leaves to chattering birds sitting on a branch up above, wildlife can be found right on your doorstep. There's loads you can do for nature in your garden to make it a haven for all sorts of creatures. Find inspiration on how to help the creatures who love to visit your garden, and make a promise for nature to create a home for wildlife. 

Want to know more about how you can help wildlife? Make a promise to nature

A red squirrel in trees.

Nature needs you 

You can support our work in making these autumn parks and gardens thrive for ever. The coronavirus crisis has meant that many of our conservation projects have been put on hold. Nature and wildlife need you more than ever to look after these places of calm for generations to come.