Our top winter gardens

Blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a refreshing walk in a frosty garden. From tree-lined walkways to spectacular landscapes, we’ve tons of great places to explore during the cold winter months. See things from a new perspective and then cosy up in one of our tea-rooms after with some delicious winter warmers. Here are our top ten gardens to enjoy this winter.

The Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Anglesey Abbey, Garden and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire 

The Winter Garden has been designed specifically with over 150 species of plants that give winter colour, texture and fragrance. It’s now one of the very best winter gardens in the country. There are bright yellow and red dogwoods and the stunning white trunks of the Himalayan Silver Birch. There’s scent from winter flowering honeysuckle and texture from the polished bark of the Tibetan cherry. And thousands of snowdrops to enjoy, a sure sign that spring isn’t far away.

Crisp winter grasses at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

Open for just over two years, this now world-famous winter garden will brighten up even the coldest of winter days. Early bulbs, bergenias, irises, hellebores and the coloured stems of birch trees provide a splash of colour against winter skies.

A view of Clumber Park in winter

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire 

With nearly 4,000 acres of green open space and over 20 miles of cycle routes, Clumber is the perfect place for a winter adventure. Don’t miss a photo opportunity at the beautiful Clumber chapel, with its 180 foot spire and Gothic architecture. Take a stroll down Limetree Avenue and marvel at the majestic double lime trees that sparkle in the winter frost and sun.

A West Highland Terrier on a walk

Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

Enjoy the seven acre winter garden - the largest of its kind in the UK. With over 700 different plant species and a further 1,600 shrubs, there’s plenty of colour and scent to enjoy in this garden. In February, look out for the carpets of snowdrops, followed by the striking colours of the blue winter iris and swathes of early spring daffodils.

Frost on the ruins at Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire 

At this breath-taking World Heritage Site you can see the magnificent ruins of the Cistercian abbey, stark against the winter sky, combined with beautiful landscaped Georgian water gardens which create mirror-like pools that reflect the planting around them. Fountains Abbey has over 800 acres of beautiful parkland to enjoy, as well as a medieval deer park. Enjoy the gardens for longer in one of our 11 holiday cottages on the estate, from apartments in Fountains Hall to a large house in the deer park.

Front Park gate, Killerton

Killerton, Devon 

Winter is a great time to visit Killerton’s gardens, with fabulous views and vibrant colours rewarding visitors who brave the frosty air. Take a stroll and enjoy far-reaching views towards Dartmoor and Haldon Hill or discover the ice house and rustic summerhouse known as the ‘Bear's Hut’. Why not extend your stay and enjoy a holiday in Killerton Park Cottage?

The house at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in the winter

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Our newest winter garden sits in the grounds of the Mottisfont estate, displaying plants that are at their most beautiful and interesting when other plants are dormant. There are late-flowering shrubs and sweet-smelling winter honeysuckle, and gullies of unusual foliage plants appear to wind through the banks of willow and spill into the stream.

A little girl sitting on a stone seat at Rowallane Garden, County Down

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

Feel inspired by this enchanting garden’s dazzling array of exotic species from the four corners of the globe. There are secrets and delights around every corner at Rowallane. Discover the Walled Garden, the electric blue bandstand in the Pleasure Grounds and enjoy a tranquil walk around the famous Rock Garden Wood.

A winter scene at Stourhead

Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Stourhead is a beautiful, tranquil place to visit during winter. In this world famous landscape garden the magnificent lake reflects the classic temples, mystical grottos and the surrounding trees. The buildings and statues in the garden are a key part of Henry Hoare II’s carefully constructed views. They form focal points around the lake, as if in a living painting.

Visitors walking over the Oxford Bridge on a frosty day at Stowe Landscape Gardens

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Winter is the perfect time to see this monumental garden. There are more than 250 acres of garden to explore, with lakes, classical temples, winding paths and wooded valleys created by some of the greatest figures in garden design and architecture, including Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and William Kent.