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Explore the most famous gardens in our care

A couple walking in the formal gardens at Mount Stewart, County Down
A couple walking in the formal gardens at Mount Stewart, County Down | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

We look after the greatest collection of historic gardens and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, if not the world. They encompass more than 500 years of history and a vast range of garden styles and fashions. Here's a selection of the most famous and significant gardens you can visit.

Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire
This is an ambitious, global garden created by Victorian plant collectors. On a visit to Biddulph Grange Garden, you’ll go on a journey from an Italian terrace to an Egyptian pyramid, via a Himalayan glen and Chinese-inspired garden.Visit Biddulph Grange Garden
Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Blickling has one of the only remaining gardens where you can still see the influence of Norah Lindsay, a socialite garden designer in the 1920s and 30s who became a major influence on garden design. For some highlights, explore the Temple, the Orangery and the Walled Garden.Visit Blickling Estate
Bodnant Garden, Conwy
This Welsh garden is well known for its plants from around the world, and has over 80 acres of gardens to see. Discover the grand Italianate terraces with rose gardens, lily pools, herbaceous beds and a dramatic dell. There’s varied planting all year round, including the Winter Garden in the cooler months.Visit Bodnant Garden
Chartwell, Kent
The formal Rose Garden and the Walled Garden are horticultural highlights at Chartwell. The Rose Garden was designed by Lady Churchill and leads into the terrace lawn, which has views over the surrounding estate. The Walled Garden, also a working kitchen garden, has walls built by Sir Winston Churchill.Visit Chartwell
Cragside, Northumberland
Lord and Lady Armstrong engineered the landscape and experimented with plants to create a grand designer garden at Cragside. They added man-made lakes, towering North American conifers, one of the largest rock gardens in Europe and a flower-filled Formal Garden.Visit Cragside
Visitors at Cragside, Northumberland
Visitors at Cragside, Northumberland | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Hidcote, Gloucestershire
Discover one of the most influential 20th-century British gardens. Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece, nestled in a north Cotswolds hamlet. Designed as a series of outdoor rooms separated by walls and hedges, each garden is different in character and scale.Visit Hidcote
Mottisfont, Hampshire
Ancient trees, babbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this 18th-century house, which was once a priory. The Walled Garden contains a world-famous rose collection, with lavender hedges and herbaceous borders packed with colour from geraniums, pinks, sweet phlox and agapanthus.Visit Mottisfont
Mount Stewart, County Down
Mount Stewart is one of the most remarkable and distinctive gardens we care for, with rare and exotic plants flourishing in a sub-tropical climate. The garden features colourful borders and statues in the Italian Garden. The Sunk Garden has a stone pergola, and look out for the topiary Irish harp in the Shamrock Garden.Visit Mount Stewart
Nymans, West Sussex
See romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections at this Sussex garden. Set against a backdrop of woodland, you’ll find a mix of formal and informal planting.Visit Nymans
Powis Castle and Garden, Powys
With an Italianate terrace, lavish herbaceous borders, dancing statues and a garden that dates back 300 years, the garden at Powis Castle is considered to be one of Britain's best. The 17th-century terraced garden is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind, and you can see the garden in all its glory from higher up in the terraces.Visit Powis Castle and Garden
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
This world-renowned garden was created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. The garden is famed for its vibrant planting schemes and architectural planning. It’s set within the ruins of a great Elizabethan house and surrounded by a rich landscape of woods, streams and farmland.Visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden
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
The view of the gardens and lake at Stourhead, Wiltshire | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
Studley Royal Water Garden at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
This 18th-century water garden justly deserves its status as a World Heritage Site. Studley Royal Water Garden is the least-altered Georgian landscape garden in England. There’s a great variety of planting to see as you explore its elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples, cascades and canals.Visit Studley Royal
Stourhead, Wiltshire
Stourhead offers an English 18th-century view of Arcadian paradise. With hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a collection of trees and shrubs, it was described as ‘a living work of art’ when it first opened in the 1740s.Visit Stourhead
Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall
The garden at Trengwainton has a display of award-winning magnolias and rhododendrons. Subtropical species collected from around the world thrive in the shelter of the Walled Gardens, including a kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark.Visit Trengwainton Garden
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