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Best gardens by the sea

Visitors on the terrace, with views overlooking the Salcombe Estuary at Overbeck's, Devon
Visitors on the terrace, with views overlooking the Salcombe Estuary at Overbeck's, Devon | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

If you're looking to visit a garden by the sea, there are many in our care. Wander through some of the best coastal gardens, take in open views of the sea and discover tropical plant varieties.

Coleton Fishacre, Devon
Framed by coastal cliffs, the garden at Coleton Fishacre is full of rugged charm. Take a walk along paths that weave through glades and past tranquil ponds, and catch glimpses of the sea. The garden’s sheltered location and unusual microclimate means that an array of colourful exotic plants can flourish here.Visit the garden at Coleton Fishacre
Glendurgan, Cornwall
There are three different valleys of Glendurgan to lose yourself in. Big leaves and exotic flowers thrive in the jungle-like lower valley while sun-loving plants enjoy the upper banks. Wandering through the garden leads down to the unspoilt hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River, which is a great spot to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sandcastles.Visit the garden at Glendurgan
Visitors in the gardens in June at Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey, North Wales
Visitors in the gardens in June at Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey, North Wales | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Mottistone, Isle of Wight
This sheltered valley garden, surrounding an Elizabethan manor house on the Isle of Wight, is filled with colour in the warmer months. Look out for subtropical plants such as red spider flowers and fragrant five-foot ginger lilies interspersed with feathery African grasses. Mottistone’s double herbaceous borders are packed with African daisies in pale pinks, purples and creams, leading to vibrant reds, oranges and blues.Visit the garden at Mottistone
Mount Stewart, County Down
Mount Stewart is one of the most unusual gardens we care for due to its tapestry-like design. In early summer you can see formal displays of scented rhododendrons in the Italian, Spanish, Mairi and Shamrock gardens as well as the bright carpet of bluebells in the demesne. Due to the mild microclimate, summer also brings fresh new growth of ferns, with a large collection of subtropical ferns.Visit the garden at Mount Stewart
Overbeck's, Salcombe
Nestled in the cliffs overlooking the aquamarine waters of the estuary at Salcombe in Devon is the seaside home of scientist and inventor Otto Overbeck. The subtropical garden boasts towering palm trees and pops of colour from exotic and rare plants.Visit the garden at Overbeck’s
View of the castle from the walled garden, planned by Gertrude Jekyll, at Lindisfarne Castle
View of the castle from the walled garden, planned by Gertrude Jekyll, at Lindisfarne Castle | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor
Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey
Set on the shores of the Menai Strait with views of Snowdonia is the vast garden surrounding Plas Newydd House. Wander over to the Italianate Terrace, which during the warmer months is surrounded by flame-coloured plants such as canna, rudbeckia and dahlia, then walk through woodland areas home to towering Chilean beeches and aromatic eucalyptus.Visit that garden at Plas Newydd
Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd
Explore this ornamental garden with coastal views. Wander down grass paths surrounded by flowering trees and shrubs, then head to the tea-room afterwards for a light bite.Visit the garden at Plas yn Rhiw
The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lindisfarne
This garden was designed to be at its best in high summer, with fragrant blooms of all colours dotted around its borders. The team at Lindisfarne have restored the original vision of horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll, who wanted the tranquil garden to be a sheltered oasis all year round.Visit the Gertrude Jekyll Garden
Sheringham Park, Norfolk
Explore the Wild Garden at Sheringham Park, with its collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. Afterwards, you can wander through the parkland to enjoy a sea view. You can even climb viewing towers over the Wild Garden to take in the vista.Visit the garden at Sheringham Park
A view of the bridge and lake at Stourhead in autumn with red and green trees either side of the water and the domed Temple of Apollo in the background

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