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.
Spring Garden Highlights
With longer, brighter days and the warmth gradually returning, it's time to get out and start exploring. Experience spring in all its glory with a visit to one of our expertly cared for historic gardens in England.
Enjoy delicate snowdrops, spring daffodils and vibrant blossoms as our gardens burst into colour. Here's our pick of some of the best spring gardens to visit this season.Find a garden
Blooming Gardens events
Enjoy our beautiful historic gardens at their blooming best with tours, demonstrations, stalls and expert advice throughout the day.
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Wrest ParkSat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019 Wrest Park
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Witley CourtSat 22 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 Witley Court and Gardens
Celebrating 10 Years of the Reopening of Princess Beatrice’s GardenSat 8 Jun Carisbrooke Castle
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Eltham PalaceSat 15 - Sun 16 Jun 2019 Eltham Palace and Gardens
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Walmer CastleSat 15 - Sun 16 Jun 2019 Walmer Castle and Gardens
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Audley EndSat 22 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 Audley End House and Gardens
Blooming Gardens Weekend at OsborneSat 22 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 Osborne
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Mount Grace PriorySat 22 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Belsay HallSat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019 Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Blooming Gardens Weekend at Brodsworth HallSat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019 Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
RE-DISCOVERING WALMER'S PLEASURE GROUNDS
In a £2.3m project at Walmer Castle, English Heritage is taking action to revive and reunite gardens begun by William Pitt the Younger, assisted by his niece, Lady Hester Stanhope.
Read on to find out how we are going to recover these lost features, re-unite them into the pleasure grounds, and re-present them for future generations to enjoy.Find out more
Gardens to Visit
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.Inspire me
Enjoy over 90 acres of beautiful gardens, including landscapes remodelled by Capability Brown.
Wander the tranquil gardens created by Capability Brown, and enjoy stunning views across the Essex countryside.
Walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in Kenilworth Castle’s restored 16th-century garden.
Explore this 15 acre garden connected by tunnels, bridges and pathways, including a fern dell built in the 1860s.
Enjoy the glorious terraces and stunning bedding made possible by the mild climate at Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight home.
Look out for spring blooms on Walmer’s woodland walk, and vist the tearoom to sample produce from the organic kitchen garden.
Explore a rare example of a 1930s Arts and Crafts garden during a visit to this stunning Art Deco home.
Visit the site of great scientific discovery at Down House, the home of Charles Darwin.
HISTORIC GARDEN BLOGS
HOW CHARLES DARWIN’S GARDEN INSPIRED THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
From playing music to earthworms to wandering up and down his own ‘thinking path’, Charles Darwin found plenty of inspiration for his theories at Down House in Kent.
MOUNT GRACE: HOW TO SPOT AN ARTS AND CRAFTS GARDEN
Simplicity of design, use of local materials and traditional craftsmanship were all central principles of the movement we now know as ‘Arts and Crafts’. Discover how this applies to gardens.
How to garden like a Medieval Monk
Discover how much attention monks paid to their gardens. We take a closer look at the history of Mount Grace Priory and the role gardens played in the daily life of its monks.
THE HISTORY OF OSBORNE MYRTLE IN ROYAL WEDDINGS
Myrtle, a delicate white flower that grows at Osborne, has been the flower of choice for royal brides since the 1850s. In this blog we investigate the royal tradition and it's popularity at weddings.
How to Make Soup
Watch as Mrs Crocombe, the Victorian cook, shows you how to make a light soup the Victorian way using rhubarb from the kitchen garden at Audley End House. You can discover more of her recipes by visiting our YouTube Channel.Visit our channel
More to explore
From an elegant new piece of furniture to decorative birdhouses, or even a practical caddie to hold all of your gardening tools. We've got just the thing to help you make the most of any outdoor space.
Days out with Dogs
Enjoy a great day out with your dog at an English Heritage property. There are plenty of dog-friendly sites across the whole of England for your furry friends to enjoy.
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