10 Beautiful Gardens to Visit This Spring

Need some inspiration for a blooming lovely family day out this spring?

From woodland walks and nature trails to kitchen gardens and orchards, these are our picks of some of the best gardens to explore. Breathe in the sweet scents and enjoy the shades of colour while your little adventurers burn off some energy.

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1) Emmetts Garden, Kent

Emmetts garden is filled with wonderful colours and lots of marvellous flower species. Take a walk here in spring to spot bluebells, rhododendrons, tulips (with up to 7,000 bulbs planted every year!) and azaleas. Take pictures in the Rock Garden and see the Wedding Cake tree which gets its name from how the branches grow in horizontal tiers, resembling the structure of a wedding cake.

2) Pashley Manor, East Sussex

This breath-taking Tudor Manor is located on the border of Sussex and Kent. If you’d like to spend a wonderful day surrounded by roses, fountains, sculptures and tulips, this is a place for you! Take part in the Tulip Festival and admire the garden carpeted with over 43,000 tulips. Follow the paths down to the woodland, where the Bluebell Walk is often in flower around the same time as the tulips.

3) Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is not only home to azaleas, magnolias and many other flowers but also specialises in education and recreation. Visit the gardens with your little ones and explore the woodland walks and take in the breath taking views. Get pictures of the Himalayan Valley covered in azaleas, rhododendrons hydrangeas, pieris and many other lovely plants.

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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens | Photo by Jessica Burnett on Unsplash

4) Greencombe Gardens, Somerset

Greencombe Gardens located in Somerset is a small and lovely garden, started in 1946 and is filled with secrets, smells and wonderful colours. It’s open every day from April to July so don’t miss the opportunity to visit it this Spring.

5) Trewidden Garden, Cornwall

Trewidden Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Cornwall. It’s home to a collection of over 300 camellias and magnolias that lie beside a large tree fern dell. Your children will love the Trewidden Trail which is set round the garden encouraging them to explore the twisty paths and old burrows.

6) Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales

Discover the fantastic plant collections including bluebells, cherry blossom, rhododendrons and magnolias. Bodnant Garden is home to National Collections and Champion Trees and includes a huge number of plant species from all around the world. It’s said there’s a rhododendron in flower every month of the year at Bodnant Garden.

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Bodnant Gardens | Photo by Mike Cassidy on Unsplash

7) Audley End, Essex

This is the perfect place for a wonderful family day out. Explore the award-winning gardens, remodelled by Capability Brown with wonderful views and a serpentine lake. Wander through the acres of parkland and let your little adventurers wear themselves out exploring the grounds.

8) Fenton House and Garden, London

Fenton House is a wonderful 17th-century house with walled garden. If you live in London, you can feel the atmosphere of the countryside without leaving the city! Enjoy thousands of colourful plants throughout the season. Daffodils, apple and pear trees, crocus and many more will brighten up your day. Wander through the 300-year-old orchard and kitchen garden adorned with flowers.

9) Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex

Admire lovely daffodils, bluebells and azaleas (the garden is home to the national collection of Ghent Azaleas) and take pictures of the beautiful lakes and the Pulham Falls. Sheffield park is also home to many different tree and shrub species from around the world. Head over the parkland to Ringwood Toll to explore the natural play trail and enjoy a range of outdoor activities to keep little ones entertained.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

10) Sizergh Castle: Cumbria, England

The garden at Sizergh is a photogenic delight, filled with cherry blossom, hellebores and ferns in the 20th century rock garden. Take in the stunning views on the wildlife walk and keep a look out for the fritillary butterfly species while you enjoy stunning views of the Pennines, the Lakeland Fells and the coast at Morecambe Bay.