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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.

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Top places to visit in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

A blanket of snowdrops in front of a rotunda which is surrounded by trees at Stowe, Buckinghamshire.
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Stowe Gardens 

Gardening on the grandest scale in this Georgian landscape garden and park

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Fully open today
The parterre in spring with Hughenden Manor in the background, Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
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Hughenden 

Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Partially open today
Cattle grazing on the estate at Basildon Park, Berkshire.
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Basildon Park 

An estate saved from almost certain demolition and lovingly revived

Reading, Berkshire

Fully open today
View of the Parterre in Spring at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
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Cliveden 

Glorious gardens and woodlands overlooking the River Thames

Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire

Partially open today

Spring gardens in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

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.

Daffodils in the Walled Garden at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

Gardens in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire 

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.

What's on in March in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Daffodils along Grand Avenue towards Cliveden house

Dazzling daffodils at Cliveden 

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.

An adult and two children look about large Easter egg signs doing the Easter trail at Osterley Park and House, West London

Easter 2024 

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.

Places to stay in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Hartwell House and Spa from the front, Aylesbury
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Hartwell House Hotel and Spa 

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.

The exterior of Cliveden Ferry Cottage

Cliveden Ferry Cottage 

Views over the Thames from this half-timbered former ferryman’s cottage near the Cliveden estate.

The exterior of Lock Cottage, Oxfordshire

Lock Cottage 

A charming and cosy Thames-side cottage with a pretty garden close to the Thames Path.

Outdoor activities in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Two people riding horses across a field surrounded by trees
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Horse riding at Stowe Gardens 

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.

view of boats moored on the River Thames in front of the Boat House at Cliveden
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Boating at Cliveden 

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.

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Daffodils at Cliveden 

Cliveden, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire

Visit Cliveden this spring and see the golden carpet of daffodils stretching throughout the formal gardens and into the wider estate.

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29 Feb to 7 Apr 2024
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Snowdrop Season at Stowe Gardens 

Stowe Gardens, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Spreading throughout the garden at Stowe, snowdrops can last until the end of February (weather dependant).

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29 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Stained glass conservation exhibition at Greys Court 

Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

This year the internationally significant stained glass panes at Greys Court have been conserved for future generations to enjoy.

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29 Feb to 22 Mar 2024
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White Horse Hill Evening Stargazing Walk 

White Horse Hill, Uffington, Oxfordshire

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.

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6 Mar to 20 Mar 2024
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19:30 to 21:00
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National Lottery Week 

Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

During National Lottery Open Week 2024, we extend a warm invitation to National Lottery players to enjoy complimentary admission to Hughenden.

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9 Mar to 17 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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National Lottery Open Week 

Stowe Gardens, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Visitors can benefit from free entry with a National Lottery ticket, Instant Win Game or scratch card.

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9 Mar to 17 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Mother's Day Card Making and Paper Flowers Workshop 

Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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!

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9 Mar 2024
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11:00 to 13:00
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Willow Obelisk Making 

Heritage and Rural Skills Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire

Sorry, this event is now sold out.

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16 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 13:00
Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.