Gardens and parks in Kent

Our places are brimming with blossom, dancing with daffodils and carpeted with crocuses for a show-stopping spring. Find stalwarts like delicate bluebells dotted around the Kentish woodlands, vivid magnolias to lift the spirits and exotic specials like regal crown imperials to delight and entertain. There's every reason to step outdoors at your local place for a wander through seasonal sights and scents. Remember to book your tickets to secure a slot.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside locations are open. Cafés are offering a takeaway service and some outdoor seating is available at cafés in England only. Some shops are open in England and Wales but remain closed in Northern Ireland. All houses are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

The orchard in April

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

The garden is an ever-changing show of colour in spring. Starting with daffodils and magnolia, fruit blossoms and Irises take centre stage as the season progresses. Those on the hunt for blossom will marvel at the 1,100 fruit trees in the top orchard.

Scotney spring view daffs

Scotney Castle 

Stroll around 30 acres of garden with colourful displays of flowers and the castle’s reflection in the still moat. The parkland estate trail takes you through Wealden countryside where the first lambs of the season play in the fields.

Looking across the daffodil filled orchard to the north side of the house on a sunny day

Ightham Mote 

In early spring delicate blossom hangs in the apple orchard and dots the cherry bank. Daffodils begin to emerge across the garden. In late spring, the cutting garden and stable courtyard will begin to flower providing reason to come back for a second helping of colour.

Spring daffodils in front of Chartwell house

Chartwell 

The 29,000 daffodil bulbs start to bloom from early spring, along with the crocuses on the front drive. Camellias can be seen springing up around the rose garden walls, before the bluebells start to flower in the woodland.

The bluebell bank in bloom at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden 

Special highlights from mid-March include the tulips, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. The bluebells too are a sight to behold. Almost 50 lollipop-shaped cherry trees blossom every spring over a sea of tulips.

A woodland filled with bluebells in the Spring

Mariners Hill 

Find tranquil walks and panoramic views of the Weald across Mariners Hill. A visit in spring is a delight as the woodland comes alive with a carpet of bluebells.