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Top parklands to explore

Family looking over the lake at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire with the eighteenth century classical bridge in the background.
Family looking over the lake at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Parklands are vital for wildlife and offer us time to wander, explore or reflect. Many of the parklands we look after have a long history. You can roam among ancient trees, acres of grassland and a variety of wildlife habitats. 

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Discover natural wonders every season throughout this 600-acre historic parkland. Guided walks take place three days a week, and you can explore the parkland on a cycle ride.Visit Calke Abbey
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Covering more than 3,800 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens, woodlands and an 83 acre serpentine lake, Clumber Park is great for walking, running and cycling.Visit Clumber Park
Croft Castle, Herefordshire
At Croft Castle, carpets of bluebells flower at the end of April until late May, which is great for photo opportunities. You can also indulge yourself in forest bathing when you explore trails surrounded by more than 300 veteran trees.Visit Croft Castle
Crom, County Fermanagh
Crom has an ancient parkland, with castle ruins and some of the UK's greatest trees. You can spot a wide range of wildlife throughout the year, from different bird species to insects in the meadows and sheep grazing on the parkland.Visit Crom
Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire
The parkland at Dinefwr is a remarkable man-made landscape filled with Welsh history and is home to fallow deer and rare wildlife. Stroll through the medieval deer park, spot the prehistoric White Park cattle and take in the beauty of the ancient woodland.Visit Dinefwr
Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Many layers of history make the park at Dunham Massey a fascinating place to visit. Enjoy the leafy avenues on accessible paths and spot the deer herd while getting a breath of fresh air.Visit Dunham Massey
Practising Tai chi in the parkland at Osterley Park, London
Practising Tai chi in the parkland at Osterley Park, London | © National Trust Images/John Miller
Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
Wander across rolling hills, through woodland and over an ancient battleground at Hinton Ampner.Visit Hinton Ampner
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Explore acres of parkland at Kingston Lacy, where you can spot the pedigree Red Ruby Devon cattle and rare Portland sheep grazing.Visit Kingston Lacy
Knole, Kent
Knole is a haven for wildlife, located in the middle of Sevenoaks. Spot some fallow deer and have a picnic under the shade of a tree in this parkland that spans 1,000 acres.Visit Knole
Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Explore a scenic park rich in wildlife at Lanhydrock, such as bats, butterflies and frogs. There's also hidden history for you to seek out – a Victorian swimming pool and the remains of an old tin works are just a couple of historic gems you can see on the estate.Visit Lanhydrock
Montacute House, Somerset
There are lots of veteran trees in the parkland surrounding Montacute House, including sweet chestnut, London plane and oak, and a highlight is the lime tree avenue running through the centre of the parkland.Visit Montacute
Visitor relaxing under a tree in the parkland at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire
Visitor laying under a tree in the parkland at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson
Osterley Park, Middlesex
Learn about Osterley Park, one of the last surviving country estates in London with woodland and an ancient meadow. You can spot some eye-catching wildlife on your visit, including kingfishers and owls.Visit Osterley
Petworth, Sussex
Discover Petworth, a 700-acre deer park with expansive views designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Look out for the different types of ancient trees and the herd of fallow deer that calls this parkland home.Visit Petworth
Sheringham Park, Norfolk
The finest example of a Humphry Repton landscape, featuring a main drive with sea views, rolling parkland and temple.Visit Sheringham Park
Stourhead, Wiltshire
Stourhead's parkland is expansive, and is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle. Explore the hay meadow in the warmer months to see rare, native orchids and other flora.Visit Stourhead
Studley Royal at Fountain's Abbey, Yorkshire
In 1986, Studley Royal became a World Heritage Site because of its buildings, gardens, and landscapes, which all represent over 800 years of human achievement. Discover the beauty of the parkland for yourself when you visit.Visit Studley Royal
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
You can join a weekly walk to hear from the volunteers at Wimpole, who will take you through the best parts of the parkland and countryside. Spot cattle grazing and take in the natural sights that surround the estate.Visit Wimpole
Visitors at the Christmas market at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

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