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The 10 Best gardens to visit


1. Chartwell, Kent

Adult: £6.50, child: £3.20, nationaltrust.org.uk

Winston Churchill's place of inspiration and rest is now in the hands of the National Trust

2. Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Adult: £6.50, child: £3.25, coughtoncourt.co.uk

Forget traditional mazes, this has a labyrinth made from roses.


3. Castle Howard, York

Adult: £8.50, child: £8, castlehoward.co.uk

Be Charles and Sebastian for a day at the location for the 1980's adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.


4. Inveraray Castle Gardens, Argyll

Adult: £10, child: £6.50, inveraray-castle.com

Inveraray's gardens are a vault of horticultural history.


5. Arley Hall Gardens, Cheshire

Adult: £10, child: £4 arleyhallandgardens.com

This formal garden has been one of England's finest for 250 years.


6. Alnwick Gardens, Northumberland

Adult: £11, child: £9, alnwickgarden.com

The gardens here stood in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.


7. Bodnant Gardens, Snowdonia

Adult: £8.34, child: £4.07, nationaltrust.org.uk

There are terraced lawns, a romantic waterfall and great views.


8. Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim

Free, antrimcastlegardens.org

Antrim Castle burnt down in 1922, but the gardens remain, with a variety of original "rooms" to explore.


9. Biddulph Grange, Stoke on Trent

Adult: £6.68, child: £3.36, nationaltrust.org.uk

A high Victorian garden featuring many continents in miniature.


10. Hidcote, Gloucestershire

Adult: £9.05, child: £4.54, nationaltrust.org.uk

As fine an example of an Arts and Crafts garden as you're likely to see. It is split into different "rooms".