You’ve got oodles of free time, the spring is in full flow and you fancy a day out – it’s time to hop in your car and hit some gorgeous gardens.
In dear old Blighty, we’ve always been a fan of a good garden. Even famous film director Derek Jarman loved nothing more than a day filled with his favourite horticultural haunts.
But where should you visit? Well, we’ve come up with a few of the finest.
Created in 1982 by John Carter and his wife Galen, the luscious gardens of Rowden House are home to a set of rare and wonderful plants that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in the British Isles.
This rural haven in Devon is ideal if you want to breathe in the countryside air and see a wide array of impressive colours. And if you don’t fancy wandering around the garden, don’t worry – homemade teas and a seating are available.
Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds
According to its website, over a million people come to visit the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds – and it’s easy to see why.
These gargantuan gardens give you the space to go for a quiet stroll, admire the grounds or enjoy the historical remnants of old buildings and ramshackle abbeys.
Previously owned by the Marquess of Bristol, these gardens are now free and open to the public all year round.
Antrim Castle Gardens
Is there anything more British than going to visit a big, bulking castle? Aside from petting a bulldog while wearing a bowler hat, we’d say there isn’t.
And what better way to enjoy this bastion of British heritage than visiting the Antrim Castle Gardens?
Located in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim, these rolling gardens contain more than four centuries of growth, designs and tributes to the previous owners, the Masereene family.
The castle itself is replete with fun things to do, including regular walking tours, a wide array of eateries and a variety of exhibitions. It’s not just a great day out – it could make for an entire holiday.
But if you want some ace grounds of your own, get in touch. We’ll make them a place that people will love to see.