Secret gardens to explore
Follow a twisting path, open the gate and step through the door. Find out which of the gardens we care for have their own 'secret' gardens hidden within them. Seek out a bear's hut, discover interesting statues and walk along re-discovered paths as you explore.
- Bishop's Gate Gardens at Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry
- Created in the 18th century for the ‘Earl Bishop’ Frederick Hervey, Downhill’s ‘secret garden’ has only been unearthed in recent years. The semi-woodland glade is a perfect hideaway for curious explorers – its mini walled garden feels like a new world.Step into a new world at Downhill Demesne
- Blickling Estate, Norfolk
- You're going to have to look hard to find the secret garden among Blickling's 55 acres. We'll give you some clues though – it's in the wilderness area and is surrounded on three sides by a beech hedge. You'll know you've found the right spot when you see the little summer house.Search for secrets at Blickling
- Bodnant Garden, Conwy
- Bodnant's remote setting was used for the filming of The Secret Garden (2020), so if you're looking for secret gardens to visit, Bodnant may just be the ideal place for you.Visit Bodnant Garden
- Croft Castle, Herefordshire
- Be enchanted by the walled garden and working vineyard at Croft Castle. Follow the sweeping border and look out for bees at work, and you’ll find accessible paths and dogs welcome too. In the walled garden look for the 1914 'J.Weeks and Co' glasshouse and vegetable, fruit and salad borders.Explore the garden at Croft Castle
- Killerton, Devon
- The garden at Killerton is full of hidden features. There’s a secret rock garden, a bear's hut that once contained a real bear cub and an old ice house. Discover secret paths that lead to historic ruins, clamber over fallen veteran trees and test your den building skills in a secluded den building site called Park Wood.Go for an adventure at Killerton
- Mottistone, Isle of Wight
- Mottistone Gardens has a feeling of intimacy from the moment you wander through its old stone archway. Winding paths take you to Oak Corner at the top of the garden with a weeping lime tree whose branches droop to the ground and pruned archways that children can walk right into. It’s the hiding place for one of Mottistone’s flowerpot characters too – there are nine for children to find.Discover Mottistone's magic
- Nymans, West Sussex
- With its walled gardens, hidden statues and romantic flowers, Nymans is just how you would imagine a secret garden to look. Children love to search for Nymans’ giant redwood tree, play hide and seek in the topiary and test their balancing skills on the wooden stepping stones. Have your own secret garden adventure when you visit.Explore garden treasures at Nymans
- Overbeck's Garden, Devon
- The secret garden at Overbeck's Garden has a parterre that looks a bit like a maze. You can view this from above because the secret garden is built on terraces. The whole garden at Overbeck’s Garden is full of twists, turns and unexpected views - it's a fabulous place to explore.Twists and turns at Overbeck's Garden
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
- Sissinghurst is a garden of secrets, with hidden spaces and clever design that encourages you to explore further. Garden rooms open onto one another through gaps in hedges and doorways in old stone walls. See if you can find fountains, statues, urns and ponds hidden amongst the plants and trees.Secrets in the garden at Sissinghurst
- Speke Hall, Liverpool
- This garden is a hidden oasis in the north-west corner of Speke Hall's grounds. It's accessed via an enticing narrow tunnel at one end and a winding path at the other. The gentle stream running through it makes the secret garden a haven for some of Speke's wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for birds and frogs in particular. One of the highlights is a rare Wollemi pine or 'dinosaur tree', which was previously thought to be extinct.Visit Speke's secret garden
- Stowe, Buckinghamshire
- The Lamport Garden at Stowe had been untouched for almost 200 years until it was reopened in 2013. It’s more like an overgrown woodland or a wilderness than a garden, with huge gnarled trees, mossy areas, cascades and rock pools. Enter through an old wooden door in a wall and imagine you’ve walked into a fairy tale.A fairy-tale garden at Stowe
- Wallington, Northumberland
- The walled garden at Wallington is hidden at the edge of the woods, behind Neptune’s Gate. This unexpected gem often surprises visitors. Surrounded by a high wall, it's a very unusual size and shape for a walled garden. You can't see it all in one go and it seems to unfold as you walk through it.Explore Wallington's walled garden
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