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Top kitchen gardens

An elderly couple explore the walled garden at Felbrigg, with one of the visitors in a mobility vehicle. To the left are garden beds full of vegetables and on the right are garden borders full of flowers.
Visitors exploring the Walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

The historic kitchen gardens in our care have fed people for centuries, with many still providing produce for use in selected cafés. Look out for rare breeds of chickens, period features and even some brickwork by Sir Winston Churchill in our pick of the best kitchen gardens.

The Kitchen Garden at Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire
As one of the first kitchen gardens in our care to be renovated back in 1995, the Victorian Walled Garden at Beningbrough Hall is home to a large variety of produce. Look out for plants like liquorice, grapes, figs and more than 50 varieties of apple.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Beningbrough Hall
The Walled Garden at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire
The main Walled Garden at Berrington is part of a design by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a prolific 18th-century landscape architect. It features an orchard, plenty of flowers and large vegetable beds which supply the tea-room.Visit the Walled Garden at Berrington Hall
The Walled Garden at Blickling Estate, Norfolk
For more than four centuries, the Walled Garden at Blickling supplied enough produce to feed the many families that lived and worked on the 5,000-acre estate. The garden has now been restored to its former 17th-century glory, and plenty of fruit, vegetables and herbs are once again growing here. Head to the café to see which seasonal ingredients have come from this part of the garden.Visit the Walled Garden at Blickling
The Kitchen Garden at Chartwell, Kent
Wander through beds full of seasonal fruit and veg in Chartwell's Kitchen Garden. You can even find a cut flower area full of colourful blooms and clucking chickens too. Keep an eye out for the wall that was built by Sir Winston Churchill himself.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Chartwell
The Kitchen Garden at Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Dating back to 1653, the gardens at Chirk Castle still include many historical features, such as a hawk house and a long curved border that was originally planted after the Second World War. Behind the squash court you'll find the Kitchen Garden, which has a small orchard along with vegetable plots. Head to the shop to see what seasonal produce you can buy.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Chirk Castle
The Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Beside the house that was originally home to the Dukes of Newcastle, the Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park has the longest glasshouse in our care. Spot more than 100 varieties of rhubarb growing in the National Collection as well as rocambole garlic and scorzonera.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park
Two gardeners harvest rhubarb from a large garden border in the walled kitchen garden at Clumber Park.
Gardeners harvesting rhubarb in the Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire | © National Trust Images/William Shaw
The Walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
Felbrigg's Walled Garden dates back to the 1700s. It might be an old garden, but it's got a modern twist, with Mediterranean planting schemes designed to be resilient to climate change. Breathe in the scent of sage and mint while spotting one of the few octagonal working dovecotes in the country.Visit the Walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall
The Kitchen Garden at Florence Court, County Fermanagh
The restored Kitchen Garden at Florence Court produces a wide range of common seasonal vegetables as well as more unusual ones, such as yacon. There are also many varieties of rhubarb and an assortment of soft fruits such as jostaberry and boysenberry. Look out for the herb circle growing culinary herbs, medicinal herbs and herbal teas.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court
The Kitchen Garden at Greys Court, Oxfordshire
Hear the buzz of pollinators in the Kitchen Garden at Greys Court. The gardeners use the Three Sisters method – an ancient sustainable gardening technique of companion planting. They plant sweetcorn and then climbing French beans, which use the sweetcorn for support. Underneath, gardeners plant courgettes for ground cover to keep the moisture in the soil. A fourth ‘sister’ in the same bed are sunflowers to attract bees and butterflies.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Greys Court
The Walled Garden at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
Hughenden's sheltered Walled Garden is ideal for growing apricots, figs, pears and an old traditional English damson plum – the Aylesbury prune. It's on a gentle incline, so even in cooler seasons the heat rises up the slope and creates a warmer climate, while a ‘frost gate’ in the bottom corner allows the cold air to escape.Visit the Walled Garden at Hughenden
The Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Kingston Lacy's Kitchen Garden is being conserved to reflect the garden's Victorian roots. Stroll among the vines and peaches in the glasshouses, walk along the blooming orchards and look inside the buildings used by the garden team more than 100 years ago. There may even be a few seasonal products to take home, in exchange for a small donation.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy
The Kitchen Garden at Knightshayes, Devon
There’s always plenty of fruit and vegetables growing in this turreted Kitchen Garden. It’s home to a vast collection of crops, including more than 100 varieties of heritage tomatoes.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Knightshayes
The Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion
Built in the late 18th century, the Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron has been producing fruit and vegetables for more than 200 years. In an experimental corner of the garden, you'll find crops that would normally grow in hotter climates, including cape gooseberries and red peppers.Visit the Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron
The kitchen garden showing rows of growing vegetables and green foliage
The kitchen garden in May at Chartwell, Kent | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
The Kitchen Garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire
Reflect on Mottisfont's medieval history in the Kitchen Garden, which was restored in 2018. Everything planted here is culinary, medicinal or edible – designed to educate and inspire.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Mottisfont
The Kitchen Garden at Oxburgh Estate, Norfolk
Discover a wide variety of heritage vegetables in the Kitchen Garden at Oxburgh, including skirret – a forgotten Tudor vegetable once added to salads. There’s even a greenhouse with a semi-tropical display of plants and an old potting shed, now used as a second-hand bookshop.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Oxburgh Estate
The Vegetable Garden at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson created the world-famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in the early 1930s, and the vegetable patch has been thriving since 2008. In 2023, the Vegetable Garden gained Organic accreditation from the Soil Association, thanks to the team's use of companion plants and cultural control in place of chemicals.Visit the Vegetable Garden at Sissinghurst
The Kitchen Garden at Sizergh, Lake District
Discover the Kitchen Garden at Sizergh, where self-sufficiency has always been important. The organic Kitchen Garden provides fresh produce daily to the café, with all plants grown from seed on site and planted in patterns mixed with flowers for a striking effect.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Sizergh
The Kitchen Garden at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall
Trengwainton is home to five different walled gardens, including the Kitchen Garden. It was reputedly built to the same dimensions as Noah's Ark.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Trengwainton
The Kitchen Garden at Tyntesfield, near Bristol
Since the 1860s, the Kitchen Garden at Tynesfield has provided fruit and vegetables for the estate. Sample the produce in fresh meals cooked in the Cow Barn Restaurant or take some home in exchange for a donation from the produce table.Visit the Kitchen Garden at Tyntesfield
The Walled Garden at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
With an impressive orchard full of apple, pear, plum and medlar trees, the Walled Garden at Wimpole has many rare varieties and period features. Look out for 50 types of tomatoes growing here, including Green Zebra and Banana Cream.Visit the Walled Garden at Wimpole
Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

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