Our most famous gardens

We look after the greatest collection of historic gardens and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, if not the world. They encompass more than 500 years of history and a vast range of garden styles and fashions. Here's a selection of our most famous and significant gardens.

Path lined with blossom trees and daffodils

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

Designed by Lord Fairhaven, the gardens at Anglesey Abbey have something to show no matter the season. Spring brings a rainbow of colour to the Monks Lawn, Spring Garden and Formal Garden. You can find displays of daffodils, hyacinths and the well-known 'Little Beauty' tulips.

Rhododendrons in flower

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire 

This is an ambitious, global garden created by Victorian plant-hunters. On a visit you will go on a journey from an Italian terrace to an Egyptian pyramid, via a Himalayan glen and Chinese-inspired garden.

The garden at Blickling in springtime

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

One of the only remaining gardens where you can still see the influence of Norah Lindsay. Lindsay was a socialite garden designer in the 1920s and 30s who became a major influence on garden design.

The parterre in spring at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

This Welsh garden is famed for its plants from around the world. There are 80 acres of gardens to see. Enjoy the grand Italianate terraces with rose gardens, lily pools, herbaceous beds and a dramatic dell. The famous 55m long laburnum arch is a shimmering tunnel of golden blooms in late spring. There's varied planting all year round, including the recently added Winter Garden.

A couple walk in the rock garden at Cragside

Cragside, Northumberland 

Lord and Lady Armstrong engineered the landscape and experimented with plants on a spectacular scale. Cragside is home to one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. A walk around the garden will take in rocky crags, towering North American conifers and formal gardens.

The view of the Old Garden in spring

Hidcote, Gloucestershire 

Discover one of the most influential 20th-century British gardens. This is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece, nestled in a north Cotswolds hamlet. Designed as a series of outdoor rooms separated by walls and hedges, each garden is different in character and scale.

The house at Mottisfont, Hampshire, viewed from across the river

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this 18th-century house, once a priory. The walled garden's deep herbaceous borders are packed with colour and scent from geraniums, pinks, sweet phlox, nepata and agapanthus. Herbs, salads, vegetables and pretty companion planting fill the adjoining kitchen garden, designed to reflect Mottisfont’s medieval past. Through the garden runs a crystal-clear chalk stream leading to meadows and beautiful vistas of the house.

The lake at Mount Stewart, County Down

Mount Stewart, County Down 

Mount Stewart is one of our most remarkable and idiosyncratic gardens. Its rare and exotic plants flourishing in a sub-tropical climate. The diverse garden features colourful borders and statuary in the Italian Garden. The Sunk Garden features a stone pergola and look out for the topiary Irish harp in the Shamrock Garden.

The Wild garden at Nymans in spring

Nymans, West Sussex 

Enjoy romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections at this Sussex garden. Set against a backdrop of woodland, you'll find a mix of formal and informal planting.

A view of the Top Terrace and castle at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales

Powis Castle and Garden, Wales 

Italianate terraces, lavish herbaceous borders and dancing statues – Powis Garden has it all. The garden dates back 300 years, and it's considered to be one of the finest in Britain. The 17th-century terraced garden is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind, and you can see the garden in all its glory from higher up in the terraces.

View from the Nuttery at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent 

This world-renowned garden was created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. The garden is famed for its vibrant planting schemes and architectural planning. It's set within the ruins of a great Elizabethan house and surrounded by a rich landscape of woods, streams and farmland.

Surprise view spring 2019 at Fountains Abbey

Studley Royal Water Garden at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire 

This 18th-century water garden justly deserves its status as a World Heritage Site. Studley is the least-altered Georgian landscape garden in England. There’s a great variety of planting to see as you walk around its elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples, cascades and canals.

A view across the lake towards the Pantheon in early spring

Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all the great landscape gardens, Stourhead offers an English 18th-century view of Arcadian paradise. With hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, it was described as ‘a living work of art’ when first opened in the 1740s. Meandering paths offer vistas through trees to classical temples and surprises at every turn.

The orchard and bookshop at Trengwainton in spring

Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall 

The warm and luxuriant gardens at Trengwainton are crammed with tender exotic species. There are also award-winning magnolias and rhododendrons. Subtropical species collected from around the world thrive in the shelter of the walled gardens, including a kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah's Ark.