Our top winter gardens

Frost sparkles in the morning sunlight, coating the trees, shrubs and flowers with a magical layer of white. Holly berries are all around, telling us that it’s finally winter. Get your walking boots on and explore a place made new by winter's spell. Find a garden that's local to you and enjoy the beauty that the season brings.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

We’re still working hard to keep our gardens looking their best. But with fewer staff and volunteers to help out, things may look a little different on your visit. Please bear with us as we adjust to these challenging times.

Winter gardens near me
The Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Winter gardens in the East of England 

There are plenty of gardens to visit this winter in the East of England right on your doorstep. Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland and check out the flowers in bloom for the season. Explore the outdoors on a crisp, refreshing day and see what gardens there are near you to make new memories this winter.

Visitors in the garden in January at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

Winter gardens in the Midlands 

Wind down with a visit to a local winter garden in the Midlands. Wrap up warm and have a look at what gardeners are up to this time of year. Winter days sprinkle our gardens with frost that glistens in the sunlight – explore a garden in the Midlands for a burst of energy this winter.

Visitors walking in the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Winter gardens in the North 

Find a garden near you in the North to make the most of the flowers that bloom during the winter. There’s plenty to see, like snowdrops carpeting the ground and shrubs full of berries. Explore magical landscape gardens, carpets of white snowdrops and sweeping views in winter gardens in the North.

Sunset in the world-class garden at Mount Stewart, County Down

Winter gardens in Northern Ireland 

Northern Ireland is home to some beautiful gardens, and in winter they’re even more special. See the ground covered in frost and take a look at some unique winter-flowering plant varieties at a garden that's just around the corner.

A frosty bridge at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

Winter gardens in the South East and London 

Discover a winter garden on your doorstep in the South East and London. See winter colours bursting through in the flowerbeds and find inspiration to keep your own garden flourishing throughout the colder months. There are lots of peaceful gardens to find your place of calm in the South East and London.

Autumn colour at Stourhead

Winter gardens in the South West 

The South West is great for finding a nearby garden that suits you all year round, including during the winter. It’s also home to the flower count which happens annually on Valentine’s Day.

Winter plants to see in the UK

What the gardeners are up to...

Winter is a time for pruning, planting, tree work, mulching, and getting excited about new seed catalogues as planning takes place for the coming year. 

Annual rose prunings happen at places like Mottisfont. If you visit the walled gardens in winter you'll see gardeners out in all weathers tackling this task. An intense period of work helps places to prepare for the spectacular displays in early summer.

Homemade compost is spread throughout the rose gardens and kitchen gardens. This will feed the soil, help with water retention, reduce outbreaks of disease and increase the natural production of beneficial fungi.

Gardening tips for the winter

Preparing your garden for the frostier season can be made easier with the right preparation. Megan Pearson, gardener at Dunham Massey, shares her thoughts:

  • In winter, trees can be planted and most shrubs and trees can be pruned to help define shape and height. 
  • Mulching beds and borders around plants is a productive early winter task to help insulate the soil and to improve the condition of the soil.
  • Don’t attempt to be too tidy in the garden in winter – there may be wildlife hibernating in piles of leaves.
  • If you have a greenhouse, seeds can be started off in trays in late winter/early spring to start initial growth ready for planting out in the coming seasons.
Glanville Fritillary butterfly

Give back to nature 

More than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort during difficult times. But climate change is accelerating the decline of these green spaces. Nature gives us so much, donate today and help us protect these precious places and the wildlife that live there.