Our most famous gardens

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 a vast range of garden styles and fashions. Here's a selection of our most famous and significant gardens.

View over the compartmentalised hedging of the Dahlia Walk towards the Shelter House at Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire.

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire 

This is an ambitious, global garden created by Victorian plant-hunters. On a visit you will go on a journey from an Italian terrace to an Egyptian pyramid, via a Himalayan glen and Chinese-inspired garden.

Gill Norris in the Parterre Garden at at Blickling Estate, Norfolk.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

One of the only remaining gardens where you can still see the influence of Norah Lindsay. Lindsay was a socialite garden designer in the 1920s and 30s who became a major influence on garden design.

The Boat House at the Far End, Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

This Welsh garden is famed for its plants from around the world. There are 80 acres of gardens to see. Enjoy the grand Italianate terraces with rose gardens, lily pools, herbaceous beds and a dramatic dell. The famous 55m long laburnum arch is a shimmering tunnel of golden blooms in late spring. There's varied planting all year round, including the new Winter Garden.

Carpet bedding beside the Orchard House at Cragside, Northumberland

Cragside, Northumberland 

Lord and Lady Armstrong engineered the landscape and experimented with plants on a spectacular scale. Cragside is home to one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. A walk around the garden will take in rocky crags, towering North American conifers and formal gardens.

Bird topiary in the White Garden at Hidcote, Gloucestershire

Hidcote, Gloucestershire 

Discover one of the most influential 20th-century British gardens. This is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece, nestled in a north Cotswolds hamlet. Designed as a series of outdoor rooms separated by walls and hedges, each garden is different in character and scale.

The south-facing front of Mottisfont house, Hampshire, bathed in sunshine

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Probably the most famous rose garden in England, Mottisfont's walled garden is full of beautiful, old-fashioned roses. Started by Graham Stuart Thomas, there are now over 500 varieties. Visit Mottisfont year round and enjoy extensive spring bulbs, varied autumn colour and winter planting. There are also interesting ancient trees and rolling lawns.

The formal gardens at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart, County Down 

Mount Stewart is one of our most remarkable and idiosyncratic gardens. Its rare and exotic plants flourishing in a sub-tropical climate. The diverse garden features colourful borders and statuary in the Italian Garden. The Sunk Garden features a stone pergola and look out for the topiary Irish harp in the Shamrock Garden.

Topiary yew hedge at Nymans, Sussex

Nymans, West Sussex 

Enjoy romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections at this Sussex garden. Set against a backdrop of woodland, you'll find a mix of formal and informal planting.

An autumnal view of the tower

Sissinghurst Castle, Kent 

This world-renowned garden was created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. The garden is famed for its vibrant planting schemes and architectural planning. It is set within the ruins of a great Elizabethan house and surrounded by a rich landscape of woods, streams and farmland.

Late autumn colours reflected in water at Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Studley Royal Water Garden at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire 

This 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 a great variety of planting to see as you walk around its elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples, cascades and canals.

A view across the lake at Stourhead in autumn

Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all the great landscape gardens. This offers an English 18th-century view of Arcadian paradise. With hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, it 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.

Walled kitchen garden at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

The warm and luxuriant gardens at Trengwainton are crammed with tender exotic species. There are also award-winning magnolias and rhododendrons. Subtropical species collected from around the world thrive in the shelter of the walled gardens, including a kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah's Ark.