The gardens occupy fourteen acres, with a sequence of water features running throughout. In spring, the variety of bulbs in the long herbaceous border start to bloom and the orchard is coated in a carpet of daffodils.
Special highlights from mid-March include the tulips, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. The bluebells too are a sight to behold. Pick up a spring colour map on arrival to seek out the best of the blooms.
The 15,000 daffodil bulbs start to 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.
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.
Pay a visit to this secret chapel and garden, close to bustling Dartford. A variety of spring blooms can be found on the wide herbaceous borders and across the meadow. Garden open on Wednesday afternoons from April.
Lord Sackville’s private garden is a magical space. In spring, visitors are treated to a glorious display of purple wisteria - the country's longest - along the garden’s western wall. Garden open on Tuesdays from April.
Gather up your family and friends, pack your favourite summer lunch and seek out the perfect spot to unroll your picnic blanket on a visit to our countryside and gardens in the South East. Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s Emma, who famously picnicked at Box Hill, or set up on top of Devil’s Dyke for glorious views of the rolling South Downs.
Do you want to walk along cliff tops and view the English Channel? Or climb hills for stunning views across the countryside? There's something for everyone to enjoy in the coast and countryside sites we look after in Kent.