Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
Country house mansions nestled into rolling hills, riverside meadows, grand gardens and mature woodland can all be found here. Discover what to see and do - there's something for all the family.
Gardening on the grandest scale in this Georgian landscape garden and park
Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli
An estate saved from almost certain demolition and lovingly revived
Glorious gardens and woodlands overlooking the River Thames
Spring is a wonderful time to visit the gardens we look after as they awaken into bloom. Every week there's a new flower peeping up through the soil.
Here's your guide to spring flowers in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire. If you love daffodils, head to Cliveden, Waddesdon and Ascott to see bobbing yellow heads as far as the eye can see. For fans of the more delicate yellow flower, the primrose, head to Hughenden. It was Disraeli's favourite flower and he planted lots. For cherry blossom, you can't beat Greys Court. New cherry trees have been planted in the last couple of years and we're hoping for a good showing of blossom this year. Also at Greys Court and Nuffield Place, the magnolia is magnificent (frost allowing). More formal mixed spring bulb displays can be seen in the parterres at Cliveden, Waddesdon and Hughenden. Greys Court also has a lovely patchwork display of spring bulbs which echoes Lady Brunner's patchwork quilt in the house. Snakeshead fritillaries are an intriguing flower and there's a whole meadow of them at Stowe in April. Waddesdon has a wonderful show of tulips in April/May in the Aviary Garden and appropriately enough, Ascott's Dutch Garden is another good place for tulips. Bluebells in late April / early May can be seen in carpets at Basildon Park, Cliveden and Hughenden.
Daffodils are at their best in March at Cliveden. There are more than 20 different varieties of naturalised narcissus across the estate, from the robust Narcissus 'Mount Hood' in the Water Garden to the delicate Narcissus minor near Blenheim Pavilion. This year the Long Garden is planted with more than 16,000 daffodils, making for an impressive colour block spectacle as you wander through the beds.
There are 10 National Trust Easter adventures to choose from across Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire. Or don't choose, just visit them all! They each have a very different theme, from mythical creatures at Hughenden to Basildon Park at the movies. And Stowe Gardens has a brand new spring festival - Feaster - with a book fair, colour run, wreath-making, storytelling and bingo.
Sitting in parkland on the edge of the Chilterns, this stunning Grade 1 listed hotel and spa is part-Jacobean mansion and part-Georgian house.
Views over the Thames from this half-timbered former ferryman’s cottage near the Cliveden estate.
Exploring Stowe Gardens on horseback is a great way to experience the landscape, sightlines and views designed to reveal the buildings, statues and monuments located across the grounds.
Discover all about the popular pastime of boating, links to Wind in the Willows, and how to hire a boat to enjoy the River Thames at Cliveden.
This year the internationally significant stained glass panes at Greys Court have been conserved for future generations to enjoy.
Enjoy a tour of the night sky on White Horse Hill and take in its wonders from this perfect stargazing location. Learn about the constellations, bright stars, planets and the deeper cosmos.
During National Lottery Open Week 2024, we extend a warm invitation to National Lottery players to enjoy complimentary admission to Hughenden.
Get ready to unleash your creativity in our crafting workshop, where we'll be diving into Mother's Day card making and paper flower crafting!