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Exterior of Rufford Old Hall in spring, Lancashire
Exterior of Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Gardens and parks in Liverpool and Lancashire

From a peaceful garden with canal walks at Rufford Old Hall to gardens filled with history and colour at Speke Hall, this corner of the North West is full of colourful blooms throughout summer.

Top gardens in Liverpool and Lancashire

Visitors in the garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool

Speke Hall 

From peaceful strolls through colourful borders, to adventures in the woodland and spotting wildlife in the secret garden, there's plenty of seasonal joy to find at Speke Hall.

Colourful rhododendrons in the garden in June at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Rufford Old Hall 

The gardens at Rufford Old Hall have lots of variety, from giant squirrel topiary and beehives, to picnic spots in the orchard and peaceful walks by the canal.

Visitors climbing steps in the south garden at Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire in summer

Gawthorpe Hall 

Take a leisurely stroll around the formal garden with its views of the River Calder. Relax in the ornamental terraced garden or find a wildflower in full bloom in the Walled Garden.

Summer garden highlights

The Liverpool and Lancashire gardens are full of vibrant colour and scents throughout summer. Here are some of the things to look out for…

Rhododendrons in spring in the garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool

Brilliant blooms

Find rhododendrons in every colour in the gardens at Speke Hall and Rufford Old Hall in June and July. Soon after, keep an eye out for hydrangeas brightening borders with their delicate flowers in shades of pink, white and blue.

The South Range of the house with black & white timberwork at Speke Hall, Merseyside. The Rose garden is in the foreground.

Radiant roses

Find roses that were popular in Victorian times at Speke Hall such as the fragrant Margaret Meryl white roses. Or head to Rufford Old Hall to find pastel-coloured roses dotted alongside the walls and side of the Tudor house.

A man clipping a topiary hedge at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire.

Tip-top topiary

Take a seat in the Squirrel Border at Rufford Old Hall. Here you can see the mischievous duo of giant squirrel-shaped topiary, which used to be cut in the shape of pheasants back in the 1900s. The gardeners work hard to keep the expertly manicured topiary tip-top all year round.

Close up of a butterfly on a wildflower on the Bath Skyline

Wonderful wildflowers

The newly refurbished Walled Garden at Gawthorpe Hall is in full bloom throughout the summer. Keep your eye out for butterflies and bees – and if you’re lucky you might catch the rare white letter hairstreak butterfly that feeds on the elm tree that sits here.

Gardens and parks further afield

Discover more seasonal blooms in the north of England and Wales with plenty of gardens and parks to visit.

Visitors walking through the garden in summer at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

Gardens and parks in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

From the glorious garden at Dunham Massey to the industrial garden landscape at Quarry Bank, this corner of the North West is full of colourful blooms throughout summer.

The exterior of Hill Top cottage surrounded by thick green shrubs and trees

Gardens in the Lake District 

The Lakes is known for its dramatic, wild landscapes, but it's home to some intriguing gardens too. Explore castle grounds, a cottage garden that inspired Beatrix Potter, and more.

Visitors in the Walled Garden at Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Gardens and parks in Yorkshire 

Enjoy Yorkshire's summer gardens and parks, from the landscaped views at Fountains Abbey, to the borders and pathways at Beningbrough and Wentworth Castle Gardens and hidden gems like Goddards.

Lilies in summer at Bodnant Garden, Colwyn Bay, Wales

Gardens and parks in Wales 

Visit an amazing collection of gardens and parks in Wales. From walled gardens to arboretums and countryside estates, there’s plenty to explore.

Visitors in the garden at Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire: a child stands on railings with the house in the background

Discover more in Liverpool and Lancashire

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