Summer gardens near you

With vibrant displays of flowers and long, warm days to look forward to, summer is the time to make the most of nature – with a healthy serving of early sunshine if we’re lucky. And while you enjoy the sights and scents, you can be certain that your visit helps us care for these gardens for many more summers to come.

Dovecot at Felbrigg seen through the arch

Top summer gardens in the East of England 

Our gardens in the East of England are a riot of colour in the summer. Highlights include Anglesey Abbey’s Rose Garden, Sheringham Park’s vast collection of rhododendrons, and Oxburgh Hall’s Parterre with 7,000 blooming bedding plants.

Calke Abbey garden in summer

Top summer gardens in the Midlands 

Our summer gardens in the Midlands are packed full of character. Explore the eclectic international collection of plants at Biddulph Grange Garden or wander through the ancient and iconic Yew Garden of Packwood House.

Ornamental pond in the foregound with lawn and historic house on the left and Minster on the right

Top summer gardens in the North of England 

Discover the kitchen gardens once loved by Beatrix Potter at Hill Top in the Lake District. Or take a stroll around the serene Studley Royal Georgian water gardens in North Yorkshire. All over the North of England there are hidden gems just waiting to be explored.

Mount Stewart house overlooking the Italian Garden

Top summer gardens in Northern Ireland 

Stroll through the formal gardens at The Argory with dwarf rose bushes in box-edged beds. Or take in the aroma of the scented Camomile Lawn at Springhill. It’s hard to beat Mount Stewart’s exotic array of plants from all over the world.

The cottage garden in summer, Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Top summer gardens in the South East 

Take a step back in time and explore one of ‘Capability' Brown’s 18th-century landscapes at Petworth House and Park in West Sussex. Or discover the colourful gardens of Polesden Lacey in Surrey, blooming with roses and red hot pokers during the summer months.

South terrace border at Kingston Lacy

Top summer gardens in the South West 

Wander along the meandering paths through the trees at Stourhead, or take a trip to Kingston Lacy to relax on the expansive lawns. Enjoy the sweet scent of wildflowers at Trelissick, or explore the tropical gardens at Overbeck’s.

A view across the Lower Rose Terrace and Canal Terrace in summer, with roses beds flowering, against the Pin Mill and Canal Pond.

Top summer gardens in Wales 

Take a stroll around the aromatic rose beds and herbaceous borders which fill the Italianate terraces at Bodnant Garden. Or wander through the intimate garden rooms of the Edwardian Dyffryn Gardens. Find the secretive paths in Tredegar House’s Orchard Garden, surrounded by flourishing apple trees and buzzing wildlife.