There’s no denying that Britain is home to some truly spectacular gardens. All over the country there are a number of both old and new open gardens which are open to visitors and are the perfect excuse to take a holiday or a mini break to visit. Next week is National Gardening Week and so to celebrate, we’re bringing you our selection of Britain’s greatest and greenest gardens, which are a must see when holidaying in the UK.
Kew Gardens (London, England)
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are located in the Richmond, London, providing over 121 hectares of space which features open spaces and greenhouses and is home to the largest collections in the world. The gardens originally opened in 1759 and are also home to a number of historic buildings. Some of Kew Gardens’ main attractions include Alpine House, featuring a striking apex roof, Chokushi-Mon which was designed to look like a traditional Japanese Garden and located near to the Pagoda, as well as Kew Palace and others. Kew Gardens offers the perfect opportunity to get out of the busy city and enjoy some spectacular greenery.
The Eden Project (Cornwall, England)
The Eden Project in Cornwall is a uniquely designed attraction featuring striking domes which are home to plant collections made up of specimens from all over the world. An ideal option for rainy British days, the Eden Project gives you the chance to stay dry whilst exploring the exhibitions as well as get a taste of both tropical and Mediterranean environments. The Eden Project opened in 2001 and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Some of the must-see attractions include the Biomes, The Core and The Seed. Visitors can also take the opportunity to find out about the charitable and environmental projects undertaken by the Eden Project, whilst there are also plenty of fun activities for children.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales (Carmarthen, Wales)
Located near Llanarthney, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is one of the most popular attractions in the area, and within easy distance of popular holiday destinations such as Tenby and Saundersfoot. As well as being open for visitors, the gardens are also an important area for botanical research, and visitors will be able to take the opportunity to discover the work that takes place within the gardens. Whilst the gardens only opened in 2000, their history dates back to the 17th century and the Middleton family of Oswestry who resided there. Explore the gardens or enjoy attractions such as the meerkats, the Gallery, the Ghost Forest and many others, providing a fantastic day out for all of the family to enjoy.
Drummond Gardens (Perthshire, Scotland)
Located in Drummond Castle, Perthshire the gardens and the grounds have existed since the days of James VI and Charles I. Since then the gardens have seen renovations to maintain the original features, most notably in the 19th and 20th centuries. The grounds are truly beautiful, designed in traditional Italian style as well as featuring French influences. Whilst visitors are not able to access the castle itself, the gardens have plenty to offer and are a fine example of historic formal gardens, with plenty of events taking place throughout the year. One of the finest gardens in Scotland, Drummond Castle Gardens are a must-see.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Cornwall, England)
One of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, the Lost Gardens of Heligan have plenty to offer for those who enjoy these types of attractions, as well as providing a great family day out. Built in the 18th century through to the 20th century by the Tremayne family, they are a larger part of the family’s estate. Whilst the gardens were neglected following the First World War, they underwent restoration in the 1990s and now feature a number of plants from all over the world, including aged plants. Some of the most popular attractions within the gardens include The Jungle, the pineapple pit (the last in Europe), the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head. If you’re in the Cornwall area or are looking for somewhere interesting to visit, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is ideal.
With plenty of sights to see, you’ll be amazed at the range and beauty of Britain’s best gardens featuring plants and flowers from all over the world and a number of conservation projects aimed at helping the environment. Pay a visit to any of the gardens listed above or any other in the UK and enjoy celebrating National Gardening Week. For more information about National Gardening Week activities taking place near you, visit the website.