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Places that could be abroad

The grand house reflected in the lake and surrounded by trees at Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire
The ornamental gardens at Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Have you been craving sandy beaches, turquoise waters, Mediterranean landscapes or alpine forests? If you think you have to travel abroad to see these exotic settings, think again. You can find places of international beauty right here on your doorstep, at places in our care. Here’s our pick of the best.

International influence at Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire
A stroll around the garden at Biddulph takes you on a global journey. Wander from the Italian countryside to the pyramids of Egypt, then look out from the Chinese watchtower or visit a recreation of a Himalayan glen. There are plenty of exotic plants to discover too, thanks to the work of Victorian plant collectors.Visit Biddulph Grange Garden
Towering trees at The Pinetum, Cragside, Northumberland
Step into a shaded woodland at Cragside's pinetum. Its towering conifers and rugged landscape are reminiscent of the dramatic Rocky Mountains range in North America. Follow the weaving path alongside the babbling stream and spot birds swooping and diving across the water.Visit Cragside
Mediterranean planting at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
With climate change indicating a long-term rise in temperatures, the team at Felbrigg have chosen their planting scheme with warmer weather in mind. The Walled Garden is brimming with Mediterranean plants, including fragrant herbs like sage, lavender and mint. Have a visit on a warm day to feel instantly transported to sunnier shores.Visit Felbrigg Hall
German-inspired woodland at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
Delve into the evergreen woodland on the Hughenden estate. Inspired by Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli's visits to the Northern Bohemian forests on Germany's border, this 1.5 mile walk winds through woodland, valleys and fields that wouldn't be out of place in the German countryside.Visit Hughenden
Italianate garden at Ickworth, Suffolk
For a taste of Italy, head to the Italianate Garden at Ickworth with its corridors of manicured hedges and towering cypress trees. Encircling the Rotunda, the garden is inspired by the Hervey family’s travels in Europe.Visit Ickworth
A mansion house seen at a distance across parkland
The mansion is surrounded by beautiful gardens | © NTI/James Dobson
Explorer's paradise at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Explore the seven-acre Japanese garden which was created in the early 1900s at Kingston Lacy. You'll see bamboo plants, granite lanterns and an authentic Japanese tea house. Trees from Japan have been planted around the garden, which adds to the feeling that you're travelling abroad.Visit Kingston Lacy
Vibrant colour at Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight's warm maritime climate and Mottistone’s sheltered valley setting allow exotic plants to flourish here. Discover red spider flowers, palms and banana plants. Fragrant ginger lilies mingle with the feathery leaves of African grasses and there’s even a small olive grove.Visit Mottistone Gardens
Exotic blooms at Mount Stewart, County Down
Visit the Italian and Spanish gardens at Mount Stewart for a taste of Southern Europe. Lady Londonderry designed the gardens herself, inspired by her travels in Andalusia and the famous Renaissance gardens of Italy. Thanks to Mount Stewart’s mild microclimate, she was able to grow many exotic plants that provide vivid colour and sweet perfume to this day.Visit Mount Stewart
The inside of a glass house filled with pots of blooming purple and red flowers
The glasshouse at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk | © National Trust Images/Justin Minns
Golden sands at Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry
The beach at Portstewart Strand is known for its scenic sand dunes and dramatic cliffs. Take a leisurely afternoon stroll here, next to rippling waves, to feel like you're walking on a tropical island, even if you still have your coat on.Visit Portstewart Strand
Italianate influences at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys
Powis Castle and Garden still has many of its original features, including 17th-century Italianate terraces lined with vibrant herbaceous borders. They're considered to be the most well-preserved terraces of this kind. Venture up on them and you'll get sweeping views across the garden, deer park and mountains beyond.Visit Powis Castle and Garden
Dutch landscapes at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
With its flat, open landscapes and tranquil waterways, Wicken Fen could easily be confused for rural Holland. If you follow the boardwalk through the rushes, you’ll even come across a historic windpump. Keep an eye out for the Konik ponies too, the same breed used for conservation grazing along the River Meuse near Maastricht.Visit Wicken Fen
Walkers climbing rocks against a bright blue sky with the mountains in the distance at Sugarloaf, Monmouthshire

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