Spring gardens in the South East

Leaves are unfurling and buds are bursting into colour in our gardens across London and the South East. From dramatic parterres and sweeping landscapes to walled gardens and orchards, you'll find gardens dotted with jewel-like cyclamens and tulips - the region is bursting into spring.

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Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We've started to open some gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland. To limit numbers and keep everyone safe, you can only visit by booking tickets in advance. A lot of places are now fully booked up to 14 June, but we release new tickets every Friday, and we’re also opening more gardens and parks every week. More than 200 coastal and countryside car parks are also open. All houses remain closed at the moment, and all places in Wales remain closed in line with Welsh government advice. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Pink tulips in a flower border with mushroom shaped topiary in background

Hampshire 

Spring sees Hampshire gardens full of beautiful blooms. Blowsy cherry blossom and brightly coloured tulips take centre stage at Hinton. Thousands of creamy yellow, pink and purple tulips have been planted at Mottisfont too, In late spring, the woods adjoining our gardens are littered with native bluebells.

Spring at Sissinghurst

East Sussex 

Spring is brightening up our gardens and woodlands around East Sussex. Don’t miss the carpets of bluebells at Bateman's, iconic daffodils at Smallhythe Place or Sissinghurst Castle Garden’s cottage garden ablaze with spring flowers.

Daffodils and scillas in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire

Buds are bursting into colour in Buckinghamshire. There's the dramatic parterre at Hughenden, the sweeping landscapes of Stowe or the bright colours of Waddesdon to enjoy.

Daffodils alongside the Parterre at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire.

Berkshire 

Leaves are unfurling in our Berkshire gardens. 22,000 bedding plants adorn the banks of Cliveden's parterre and at Basildon Park, the expansive lawn in front of the house is bright with yellow daffodils.

Nuffield Place house with spring flowers blooming in front of it

Oxfordshire 

Marvel at the striking colourblock bulbs at Greys Court, the intimate garden of Nuffield Place and the sweeping landscapes of Stowe with pockets of crocus and daffodils to enjoy.

The garden at Red House, Bexleyheath

London 

Welcome in spring at our London gardens, orchards and parks. Seek out spring bulbs and blossom at Red House, heritage tulips at Ham House and Garden and carpets of bluebells at Osterley Park and House.

Daffodils at Ightham Mote

Kent 

From early spring, our places are awash with swathes of daffodils, carpets of bluebells and pretty borders in the garden at places like Ightham Mote and Scotney Castle.

Tulips on the terrace at Standen

West Sussex 

Shake off those winter blues and lift your spirits in a fresh spring garden or the wild countryside. From the rich colours of the tulips at Standen to the cool ancient woodland of the Slindon Estate.

Front gardens of Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight in spring

Isle of Wight 

Mottistone Gardens on the Isle of Wight may be best known for its beautiful formal borders, but in spring, just as in nature, it’s the wilder areas of the gardens that really come to life. The warmer weather and sheltered location mean that across the gardens, bright and colourful petals unfurl. And with each new month, something different starts to bloom.

A family exploring the grounds of Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Surrey 

We've selected some of the very best places for you to enjoy the delights of spring including the Surrey Hills, Polesden Lacey and Winkworth Arboretum.

Looking across the daffodil filled orchard to the north side of the house on a sunny day

Daffodils in London and the South East 

After months of grey skies, vibrant bursts of yellow daffodils are popping up at our gardens and parks. We've picked the top places across the South East for you to enjoy their warming glow.

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