Gardens and parks in Surrey

September is the time of year when many of our gardens are at their peak. The herbaceous borders at Polesden Lacey are full of spectacular displays of flowers - from late summer right through to the first frosts of autumn. Enjoy swathes of lavender bushes that release a heady scent as you brush past and the first bright reds and ambers of the acer and maple leaves.

Don't miss the September highlights at Polesden Lacey, Claremont Landscape Garden, Winkworth Arboretum and Hatchlands Park.

Every time you wind along the garden paths you help us look after these places for seasons to come.

At Winkworth Arboretum during our busy autumn season (27 Sept to 21 Nov) advanced booking is needed to guarantee entry.

Autumn colour at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Visiting this autumn 

Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel, to see where is open and where you may need to book, as well as the most up to date information about visiting.

A section of the herbaceous border at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey's glorious double herbaceous border is at its best in September. Take inspiration from the kitchen garden and the cutting garden where flowers are grown for vases in the house.

A path winding past a red acer tree in autumn splendour

Winkworth Arboretum 

Winkworth is the National Trust’s only arboretum and it is famed for its autumn colour. During our busy autumn season (27 Sept to 21 Nov) advanced booking is needed to guarantee entry. The whole hillside at Winkworth Arboretum lights up in a kaleidoscope of colours in autumn. Acers, katsuas and maples are the stars of the show, while the liquidambar leaves turn crimson, orange and purple. The Dr Fox Autumn Amble is a winding walking route that takes in 10 colour bursts of the most technicoloured corners of the arboretum at this time of year.

A family at Claremont Landscape Garden in autumn

Claremont Landscape Garden 

Autumn brings beautiful and varied colours to Claremont with spectacular views from all around the lake, from high on Stoney Hill and from Camellia Terrace. Look out for the 300-year-old sweet chestnuts and lime-lined avenues, which light up in yellow. Duck under the canopy of the lakeside tulip tree and you’ll find yourself in a world of bright, beautiful yellow foliage.

A walker on a path in autumn at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

Hatchlands Park 

With waymarked walks to suit all abilities, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the parkland at Hatchlands this autumn. Delight in the vibrant red of the native wild service trees and the glorious mass of gold and yellow foliage of the beech woodland. Hatchlands has many ancient and notable trees including the boundary oak and twisted sweet chestnut. Later in autumn, the majestic oaks in the parkland turn to shades of amber, cinnamon and burnt umber.

Father and son enjoying an autumn walk at Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey 

Polesden Lacey’s 1400 acre estate is home to 200 acres of ancient woodland, framing breath-taking views. The trees knit tunnels of yellows, browns and reds, casting an autumnal glow along the route. The views from the South Lawn at Polesden Lacey, are particularly stunning in autumn. While in the the orchard, just beyond the formal garden, branches are laden with apples. A little known part of Polesden is the pleasure ground. With its amazing views over Ranmore Common and secluded walks through the Upper Sunken Garden or Preserve Copse, it’s a perfect place to enjoy the variety of colour in autumn.

Visitors enjoying the autumn leaves at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Six things to see on an autumn woodland walk 

An autumn woodland glowing with colour and rich with the smell of damp earth is a wonderful place to be. National Trust Ranger Chloe Bradbrooke suggests six mini wonders of nature to look out for on an autumn woodland walk.

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