Close up of purple and yellow flowers with a historic home in the background.

Historic Gardens

From sweeping vistas to organic vegetables, English Heritage cares for a number of historic gardens and landscapes around the country.

Find beautiful gardens to visit and learn more about the history of gardens through the ages, including those created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the 18th-century pioneer who radically changed the world of landscape gardening.

Summer garden highlights

Colourful bedding outside Osborne

This summer take a walk through our historic gardens as sweet smelling roses, royal myrtle and freshly clipped topiary tell a sensory story from the past. You can even pack a picnic and feast among the flowers like our ancestors might have done.

Here is our pick of the top gardens to visit this season.

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Gardens to Visit

Gardens at Walmer Castle with a grey sky above

From rolling parkland and stunning vistas to elegant parterres and working kitchen gardens, we look after some of the most magnificent gardens in the country. If you're looking for inspiration, we've picked out some of our favourites here.

Top 10 Gardens for Gardeners
  • Grounds of Wrest park with bridge in foreground

    Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

    Enjoy over 90 acres of beautiful gardens, including landscapes remodelled by Capability Brown.

  • View of Audley End gardens

    Audley End House, Essex

    Wander the tranquil gardens created by Capability Brown, and enjoy stunning views across the Essex countryside.

  • View of Elizabethan Garden with Kenilworth Castle in the background

    Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire

    Walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in Kenilworth Castle’s restored 16th-century garden.

  • View of fern dell, Brodsworth Hall

    Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire

    Explore this 15 acre garden connected by tunnels, bridges and pathways, including a fern dell built in the 1860s.

  • Man and child smelling tulips at Osborne House

    Osborne, Isle of Wight

    Enjoy the glorious terraces and stunning bedding made possible by the mild climate at Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight home.

  • View of kitchen garden, Walmer Castle

    Walmer Castle, Kent

    Look out for spring blooms on Walmer’s woodland walk, and vist the tearoom to sample produce from the organic kitchen garden.

  • View of gardens in the south moat, Eltham Palace

    Eltham Palace, London

    Explore a rare example of a 1930s Arts and Crafts garden during a visit to this stunning Art Deco home.

  • View of Down House and garden with bench

    Down House, Kent

    Visit the site of great scientific discovery at Down House, the home of Charles Darwin.

Historic garden blogs

Ornate metal garden chairs and table with tea set

Shop Gardens

From an elegant new piece of furniture to decorative birdhouses or even a caddie to hold all of your gardening tools, we’ve got just the thing to help you make the most of any outdoor space.

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Couple looking out from the terrace at Osborne

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