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.

Apollo sculpture at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

Designed by Lord Fairhaven, the gardens at Anglesey Abbey have something to show no matter the season. Keep an eye out for details that have stood the test of time, such as tree-line avenues and the use of symmetry in the Formal and Dahlia Gardens.

The Dahlia walk from the Shelter House at Biddulph Grange Gardens with the yew hedges and butresses

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.

Blickling in summer

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.

Visitors in the Laburnam Arch in June at Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales

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 recently added Winter Garden.

A birds-eye view of the Rock Garden showing purple and white flowers along the stone paths.

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.

The gothic gate lodge at Bishops Gate Garden, Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry

Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry 

Over 250 years ago, Earl Bishop created Downhill Demesne and the Mussenden Temple to use as his country retreat. Today, the temple is a popular attraction, and the demesne has historic gardens for you to explore. Spot a variety of flowers and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Planting in the Red Border 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 house at Mottisfont, Hampshire, viewed from across the river

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this 18th-century house, once a priory. The walled garden's deep herbaceous borders are packed with colour and scent from geraniums, pinks, sweet phlox, nepata and agapanthus. Herbs, salads, vegetables and pretty companion planting fill the adjoining kitchen garden, designed to reflect Mottisfont’s medieval past. Through the garden runs a crystal-clear chalk stream leading to meadows and beautiful vistas of the house.

Colourful summer borders in the gardens at Nymans, West 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.

A view of the Top Terrace and castle at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

Powis Castle and Garden, Wales 

Italianate terraces, lavish herbaceous borders and dancing statues – Powis Garden has it all. The garden dates back 300 years, and it's considered to be one of the finest in Britain. The 17th-century terraced garden is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind, and you can see the garden in all its glory from higher up in the terraces.

View from the Nuttery at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, 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's set within the ruins of a great Elizabethan house and surrounded by a rich landscape of woods, streams and farmland.

Surprise view spring 2019 at Fountains Abbey

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 towards the Pantheon in early spring

Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all the great landscape gardens, Stourhead 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.

Azaleas and rhododendron with the wooden bridge near the pond 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.