Famous gardens to visit

We look after the greatest collection of historic gardens and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, if not the world. They encompass more than 500 years of history and the vast range of fascinating garden styles and fashions through the centuries. ​With so many gardens in our care, it's hard to pick out favourites, so instead we've chosen our most famous and significant gardens for you to enjoy.

Bridge over the pool at Biddulph Grange Garden

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire: The garden of gardens 

Discover Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire - an ambitious, global garden created by Victorian plant hunters.

The Laburnum Arch in full bloom at Bodnant Garden, Wales

Bodnant Garden, Conwy: Home to the famed laburnum arch 

Bodnant Garden in Conwy is famed for its plants from around the world. Discover 80 acres of gardens made up of grand Italianate terraces with rose gardens, lily pools and herbaceous beds and a dramatic dell. The famous 55m long laburnum arch is a shimmering tunnel of golden blooms in late spring and there’s always something to see from rhododendrons in spring to the inspiring new Winter Garden.

Bird topiary in the White Garden at Hidcote, Gloucestershire

Hidcote, Gloucestershire: A landmark 20th-century British garden 

Discover one of the most influential 20th-century British gardens. Hidcote Manor Garden is an Arts & Crafts masterpiece designed as a series of outdoor rooms separated by walls and hedges. Each garden is different in character and scale.

A white bench sits underneath a rose-laden arch in the walled gardens at Mottisfont, Hampshire

The rose garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Probably the most famous rose garden in England, Mottisfont's walled garden in June is full of beautiful, old-fashioned roses - the perfect place to spend a heavenly scented, early summer’s afternoon. Started by Graham Stuart Thomas, there are now over 500 varieties of roses at Mottisfont.

The fountain depicting Lady Mairi as a child in the Mairi Garden at Mount Stewart

The sub-tropical garden at Mount Stewart, County Down 

One of our most remarkable and idiosyncratic gardens with rare and exotic plants flourishing in a sub-tropical climate. This diverse garden features colourful borders and statuary in the Italian Garden, the Sunk Garden with its stone pergola and the Shamrock Garden complete with a topiary Irish Harp.

Colourful summer borders in the gardens at Nymans, West Sussex

Nymans, West Sussex: Home to a famed collection of magnolias 

Romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections against a backdrop of stunning Sussex woodland - Nymans is a garden lover's paradise.

The cottage garden in summer, Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The world-renowned garden at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent 

Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent is the world-renowned garden of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. The garden is famed for its vibrant planting schemes and architectural planning.

The Temple of Piety at Studley Royal water garden

Studley Royal Water Garden at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire: A World Heritage Site 

This wonderful 18th-century water garden justly deserves its status as a World Heritage Site. Studley is the least-altered Georgian landscape garden in England. There’s plenty to discover as you walk amongst its elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples, cascades and canals.

The Pantheon seen from across the lake in the winter at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Arcadian paradise at Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all of the great landscape gardens, Stourhead presents an English 18th-century view of Arcadian paradise. With hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, Stourhead was described as ‘a living work of art’ when first opened in the 1740s. Meandering paths offer vistas through trees to classical temples and surprises at every turn.