Southern England is home to some of the most stunning gardens in the world, packed full of colourful flowers, plants and woodland. Whether you’re a local nature lover looking for ideas for a day out, or a tourist keen to explore some of the most picturesque destinations in the area, you’re in the right place.
Here, we look at five of the best gardens to visit in southern England that are sure to impress.
- Kew Gardens
World-famous for good reason, Kew Gardens is a nature lover’s paradise, with a whole host of beautiful landscapes and gardens to enjoy. Head to the Temperate House to discover rare species, wander through the Woodland Garden to admire the oaks, or visit the Rhododendron Dell to admire colourful bushes in bloom. Located just outside central London, it’s easy to reach by tube, train, bus or boat.
- Clandon Park
Travel to Guildford in Surrey to discover the beautiful Clandon Park. This National Trust spot is home to a Palladian mansion built in the 1730s, which can be explored on a guided tour during the summer. During your visit, take a stroll around the peaceful garden where you can enjoy gazing at the lily pond and a relaxing picnic in the sunshine.
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Located near Cranbrook in Kent, Sissinghurst Castle Garden is a fantastic place to spend a warm summer’s day. The Formal Garden is a must-see, which features a series of garden rooms packed full of delightful plants and flowers. Don’t miss the stunning Rose Garden during your trip, which is home to around 150 varieties that not only look beautiful – but smell incredible too.
- Wisley Gardens
Renowned as one of the greatest gardens in the world, the RHS Garden Wisley is home to a huge variety of plants and flowers, offering something to admire throughout the year. Highlights include the sprawling Seven Acres, the Exotic Garden, The Glasshouse Landscape and Battleston Hill. As you explore, why not treat yourself to afternoon tea or a tasty lunch at one of the fantastic restaurants or cafes in the gardens?
- Exbury Gardens
Nestled just outside of Southampton, Exbury Gardens is a truly picturesque place with a huge amount to see. Wander through the Witcher’s Wood to appreciate many ornamental trees, stroll down the Hydrangea Walk in late summer to admire the colourful blooms, or head to the Daffodil Meadow in spring to see thousands of bright yellow buds. There’s also a steam railway where you can sit back and relax as you admire views over the gardens.
With so many fantastic gardens to visit in southern England, which will you choose to visit first?
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