The UK is a beautiful fusion of old and new, and nowhere is this more on show than the country’s stately homes and castles. While the buildings themselves are stunning, there’s nothing more iconic than a British garden. They are a great day out for the family and will inspire you in your own gardening pursuits.
Here are some of the most beautiful gardens you should visit with your family:
Hever Castle & Gardens
The Edwardian gardens at Hever Castle were designed by Joseph Cheal & Sons between 1904 and 1908. The Italian Garden is very popular, as it displays William Waldorf Astor’s collection of Italian sculptures. Your children can follow the trails along the castle grounds, or join in storytelling activities and workshops onsite while you enjoy a cup of coffee.
Sheringham Park Garden
This large woodland garden is famous for its wonderful display of rhododendrons and azaleas, which flower from May to June. Your family can also enjoy the stunning Norfolk coast and countryside from the viewing towers in the garden. You can encourage your kids to look out for wildlife, too. Three species of deer can be found in the area, along with a variety of birds and butterflies.
Take your kids to see this 17th-century garden, which features over five miles of box hedging arranged in intricate patterns. Britain’s Finest claim Pitmeddan Garden is a must-see because of the remarkable 40,000 colourful plants that bloom in the summer months. It’s a true summer feast for the eyes.
Kingston Lacy Garden
The first thing you’ll notice when you visit the Kingston Lacy house is its vast late-Victorian formal garden. It has astonishing bright bedding and a fern garden with 25 different varieties. The garden is also filled with gravel paths running between raised beds, roses, spring bulbs, shrubs, and Egyptian and Italian sculptures.
The Telegraph lists this magical place as one of the best family attractions your children need to see before they’re 16. It’s set in 50 acres of woodland, right on the outskirts of Wroxham. It’s not your typical UK garden, as it was designed by local children’s author Tom Blofeld. If you want something out of the ordinary, you should bring your children here. They can enjoy a lot of outdoor activities like “climbing trees, crossing rope bridges, building dens, and hiding in tree houses”.
RHS Garden Wisley
Words can’t do the RHS Garden Wisley justice. It is truly a work of art and a great day out all year round for the family. This Christmas, the garden will be lit up at night with light installations dotted around the garden, creating a magical wonderland for the whole family to enjoy.
If you have a large family garden at home, you’d be forgiven if Wisley inspired you to do more with your own garden. The beautifully cut lawn at this world-class destination has motivated many gardeners to pay more attention to how they cut their grass. If you want to recreate their neat lawns, you need to equip yourself with the right tools. Get a mower with an adjustable cutting height so you can take control of how much you want to cut off your lawn. The lengthy list of lawnmowers that are featured on Screwfix show how most machines come with more than one cutting height. Once you’ve mapped out the design and have secured yourself the right tools, you’ll be able to come up with your own version of a RHS Garden in no time.
The number of gardens in the UK is almost inexhaustible. Apart from the gardens listed above, you need to come back and check out the gardens featured on The Independent, which includes Minterne House in Dorset and the Bodnant Garden in Conwy.
When it comes to places to stay, child-friendly and family oriented accommodation is not hard to find in the UK. Places like the Greenwood Grange Luxury Holiday Cottages in Dorset spring to mind which we have covered here before. And there are plenty more bed and breakfasts and hotels that you can book throughout the entire year.