Our top winter gardens

Embrace the season with a refreshing walk in a frosty winter garden. Stroll through tranquil landscapes glittering in the winter sun. Discover bright winter berries and late-flowering shrubs then cosy up in one of our tea-rooms with some delicious winter warmers.

The Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Anglesey Abbey, Garden and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire 

Designed specifically with plants that give winter colour, texture and fragrance, the garden at Anglesey Abbey is alive and vibrant during the cold months. Discover bright yellow and red dogwoods and the polished bark of the Tibetan Cherry. Enjoy the scent of winter flowering honeysuckle floating in the breeze and look out for the slender white trunks of the Himalayan Silver Birch Grove.

Crisp winter grasses at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

With colourful and fragrant plants, Bodnant’s winter garden brightens up even the coldest of winter days. Discover coloured-stemmed birches, bright bergenias and bulbs such as snowdrops, iris, cyclamen and crocus. Enjoy the scent of winter shrubs such as hamamelis, daphne and sarcococca.

China in Winter

Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire 

Biddulph Grange Garden showcases plants from all over the world amid rockwork, topiary and an extraordinary collection of eclectic garden buildings. Take a stroll through the Pinetum during the winter months where the path weaves its way between conifers, hollies, yews and monkey puzzle trees.

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.

Irises in bloom in the winter garden at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

The Dunham Massey winter garden is the largest of its kind in the UK. Take a winter stroll to see striking white-stemmed silver birches and bright dogwood barks as well as colourful berries and flowers. Beneath the trees, thousands of bulbs spring to life over the cold season, including snowdrops, white cyclamen and striking blue winter irises.

Dyffryn house in the snow

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan 

Discover Dyffryn Gardens’ enchanting series of intimate outdoor rooms. Wander through the arboretum past bright red holly berries and discover the winter roses on a winding walk down the paths. Warm up in the glasshouses where you’ll find a bright and airy vinery, a cacti house and a tropical-feeling rainforest blooming with orchids and banana trees.

Robin rests on a fence at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire 

Bright blue porcelain berries and vibrant red dogwood provide splashes of colour between the trees at Dyrham in winter. Take a wander through the crisp grasses in the perry pear orchard and enjoy picture perfect scenery as you look towards St Peter’s Church. Follow the serpent path alongside the ponds back towards the courtyard garden where you might even spot a few robins darting about.

A winter view of the Temple of Piety seen over the Canal and Half-Moon pond, at Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire 

See the magnificent ruins of the Cistercian abbey stark against the winter sky at this breath-taking World Heritage Site. The beautiful landscaped Georgian water gardens create mirror-like pools that reflect the planting around them. 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.

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Dorset 

The Winter Garden at Kingston Lacy is picture perfect during the cold months. The footbridge and twisty pathways from the Japanese garden lead through a tunnel of evergreen foliage for you to explore. The frosty temperature is no match for the early snowdrops either, peak into the Victorian fernery in December to catch Galanthus plicatus or 'Three Ships' sprouting next to the curled fronds of exotic ferns.

A frosty path winds through colourful shrubs in the winter garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Mottisfont’s winter garden has matured into a beautiful and unique landscape, full of horticultural treasures. Brilliantly coloured dogwood bark and silvery ornamental bramble provide splashes of colour alongside berries and fruit even on the shortest days of the year. As winter continues, the garden becomes a refuge for other late flowering shrubs such as mahonia, sweet-smelling winter honeysuckle and daphne.

The Temple of the Winds surrounded in snow at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart, County Down 

Mount Stewart’s gardens lie within a natural amphitheatre sheltered from strong winds, giving them a unique micro-climate. Discover white and pink winter-flowering rhododendrons, vibrant ‘Trewithen Blue’ flowers and bright yellow witch hazel. Magnolia and camellia come into flower early at Mount Stewart so visit from mid-January for an early taste of spring.

Winter berries by the American Border at Osterley, London

Osterley Park and House, Middlesex 

Meander through the ever-evolving Winter Garden at Osterley which provides bursts of coloured bark, fabulous leaf shapes and seed heads in abundance. Covered in a thick haw frost, every branch and berry is defined. A highlight at this time of year is the Clematis Urophylla ‘Winter Beauty’. Its fragrant, waxy, white bell-shaped flowers shoot through lush green foliage even in the depths of winter.

Tiny yellow acconite buds

Polesden Lacey, Surrey 

Polesden Lacey is home to one of the first ever winter gardens, designed by the late English botanist Graham Stuart Thomas. The garden is bright with colour in winter, with beds of yellow aconites beneath Persian ironwood trees, which produce blood red buds. Look out for the enchanting displays of snowdrops that bloom throughout the garden in late winter.

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

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

As other plants start to hibernate, a range of winter scented shrubs come to life at Rowallane Garden. Take a stroll among winter flowering viburnums, mahonia and the fragrant yellow flowers of witch hazel. Discover the Walled Garden, the electric blue bandstand in the Pleasure Grounds and enjoy a tranquil walk around the famous Rock Garden Wood.

Morning sunlight coming through the columns of the Temple of Apollo 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 swathes of 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.