This Saturday (14th March) sees the start of English Tourism Week. A week-long celebration to help showcase everything that’s great about English tourist attractions.
With the weather starting to improve as we head into early Spring, it’s definitely a good time to start getting out and about this year. So, here’s our guide to the 10 English gardens you should try and visit during the next few weeks.
Situated in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, Pensthorpe is a beautiful, 700 acre award winning natural park. Not only does it incorporate a fantastic mix of woodland trails, conservation sites and breathtaking scenery, it’s also one of the region’s best tourist attractions. A great way to spend the day!
Howick Hall, Northumberland
The perfect place for garden lovers to meet during English Tourism Week. The extensive grounds of Northumberland’s, Howick Hall are a delight to explore. Although you may be a little too late for the Snowdrop walks, there’s still plenty to see and do. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by and have a cup of Earl Grey. Well, it was his former home, so it’ll be rude not to.
Lowther Castle, Cumbria
If you’re off to the glorious Lake District any time soon, then how about a visit to Lowther Castle? Recently restored and imposed by the remaining castle ruins, these historic gardens will have you awe from the moment you step inside. With over 130 acres to navigate, including a Japanese garden, a scented garden and even an iris garden, there’s clearly something for everyone here.
If you’ve ever been to visit the grade II listed Somerleyton Hall, then you’ll know how magical this place really is. Steeped in history, and one of England’s finest country houses, make sure you take the time out to navigate through the maze, visit the walled garden and see the terrific 70ft high pergola.
Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset
Just a few minutes from Taunton town centre, Hestercombe Gardens is home to some of the most beautiful temples, lakes and Victorian terracing that you’re ever likely to see. If that’s not enough, you can always explore the Edwardian garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Oh, and we even have the famous Lutyens garden bench on sale through our website.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset are set to celebrate their 250th anniversary this year, so there’s no better time to take a visit than during English Tourism Week. Peaceful, calming and packed full of exotic plants, trees and shrubs, there’s little wonder why Alan Titchmarsh proclaimed this to be one of the finest gardens he had ever visited. We suggest you should take a look for yourself.
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
For many folk, Knebworth House is probably more famous for its rock concerts than gardens. However, the 28 acre site is actually the perfect day out for all the family. If you’re seeking dinosaurs, then it’s good news as there’s 72 life-sized dinosaurs to be found grazing the grounds. For garden lovers, it’s also great news as the gardens were indeed designed by Gertrude Jekyll & Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire
The tranquil and colourful setting of Melbourne Hall & Gardens have been a tourist trap for many years. Claimed to be the best surviving example of a garden in the style of the famous designer, Le Notre to be seen in England, we wonder if you require any other reason why you should take a visit this Spring.
Arley Arboretum, Worcestershire
One of the oldest surviving arboretums in Great Britain, Arley Arboretum is an idyllic slice of beauty nestled between the Worcestershire and Shropshire border. Complete with rare and exotic tress, a carefully restored Italian garden and even a tea room.
Walmer Castle & Garden, Kent
Set to re-open from April 2015 to help mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, Walmer castle & gardens are one of the most fascinating and picturesque tourist attractions in the South East. With the recently redesigned gardens to celebrate the late Queen Mother’s 95th birthday, we’re confident that you’ll have a fabulous day out on the Kent coastline.