The 10 Best gardens to visit

What could be finer – now that the weather has improved – than a walk around some bucolic beds and borders?

Will Coldwell
Tuesday 22 November 2016 09:23

1. Helmsley Walled Garden, North Yorkshire

Built in the 18th century, this stunning garden features extensive flower borders as well as greenhouses and fruit trees. The garden is run as a charity that aims to help anyone with a disability benefit from the restorative qualities of gardening and they run weekly horticultural therapy sessions.

Adults, £5.50, concessions £4.50, children, free,

2. Threave Estate, Dumfries and Galloway

One of Scotland's most popular attractions, this National Trust property has hundreds of acres of beautiful landscaped gardens to explore. There is also a wetland nature reserve.

Admission for gardens only; adults, £7, concessions, £6, family, £16.50,

3. Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire

A vibrant garden, cultivated for over 250 years by generations of the same family. The Herbaceous Border – probably the first of its kind in England – draws green-fingered visitors from miles around.

Admission for gardens only; adults, £7.50, seniors £7, children aged 5-12, £3, family, £18,

4. RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

The springtime daffodil displays are just one of many things to enjoy at the Royal Horticultural Society's flagship garden. There is also a world-class plant collection in their glass house.

RHS members, free, adults, £10.75, children aged 5-16, £4.60, family, £27.60,

5. Trebah Garden, Cornwall

Set in the sub-tropical climate of the Cornish coast, this "paradise" is rated among the finest gardens in the world. As well as boasting diverse plant life, there is a secluded private beach.

Adults, £8.50, seniors, £7.50, children aged 5-15, £2.50, under 5s, free,

6. Minterne House, Dorset

This historic house boasts an 18th-century landscaped garden that features lakes, waterfalls, streams and rare trees. Take part in a themed trails, such as the Murder Mystery Trail or Spy Mission.

Admission for gardens only; adults, £5, under 12s, free,

7. Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Set around a spectacular 19th-century castle, the Belvoir gardens have been lovingly restored by a small team of dedicated gardeners. There is a woodland area, fresh water springs and specialist plants and roses on display.

Admission for gardens only; adults, £8, concessions, £7, children, £5, family £25,

8. Hestercombe, Somerset

With 50 acres of lakes, woodland and terraces built up over 300 years, Hestercombe is a fantastic place to witness contrasting styles of garden design.

Adults, £8.80, seniors, £8.10, children aged 5-15, £3.30, students £4.50, family, £22,

9. Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, Norfolk

This exquisite private garden is the work of Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, who have spent 40 years transforming the 32 acres of land into a floral feast.

Adults, £7.50, children aged 3-14, £1,

10. Bodnant Garden, Conwy

With spectacular views across Snowdonia, this garden includes plants from across the globe. The botanical collection, built up during Victorian plant-hunting expeditions, is world famous.

Adults, £8.45, children, £4.22,

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