Historic Gardens
Brightly coloured flowers in an English Heritage garden in spring

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.

Brodsworth gardens in spring

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.

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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.

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How to Harvest Apples

Introducing Edgar Ashman, the third gardener at Audley End. Today Edgar is harvesting apples for the cook, Mrs Crocombe, who is making gateau de pomme. 

See what Edgar gets up to in the gardens under the close watch of head gardener, James Vert.

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.

Top 10 Gardens for Gardeners
  • Wrest Park

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

  • Audley End

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

  • Kenilworth Castle

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

  • Brodsworth Hall

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

  • Osborne House

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

  • Walmer Castle

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

  • Eltham Palace

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

  • Down House

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


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