1. Sheffield Park Garden
Famous for lakes that mirror dazzling autumnal hues, Sheffield Park Garden could well be the most photographed landscape in the UK. Waterfalls and cascades unify the original lakes created in the 18th century by Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton while a mixture of Japanese acers and the best autumn foliage North America could offer (imported by Arthur Gilstrap Soames) will have you wondering whether your sat nav has misdirected you to Maine. Now under the stewardship of the National Trust, which has revitalised the gardens after a period of post-war degeneration, planting has been orchestrated further with autumn crocus and blue gentians complementing the fiery palette.
Open now to 31 December (closed 23-26 December), except Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am-4pm. Sheffield Park, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3QX (01825 790231; nationaltrust.org.uk)