Top UK Gardens To Visit This Spring

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With spring just around the corner, here are five of the best UK gardens where visitors can enjoy vibrant daffodils, blooming bluebells and armies of dainty snowdrops.

Pensthorpe, Norfolk

Located in the Wensum Valley, this expansive 280-hectare (700-acre) nature reserve is teeming with wildlife. Visitors can explore a captivating sculpture trail winding through wetlands, wildflower meadows, and bird hides.

The Millennium Garden, designed by Piet Oudolf is well worth a visit. Established in 1999, it showcases a stunning array of winter seedheads and ornamental grasses, including striking purplish feather reeds and spiky sea holly, which bloom throughout the spring season.

Pensthorpe opening times and ticket prices

Seaton Deleval Hall, Northumberland

Situated just 10 miles north of Newcastle, the gardens of this National Trust property have undergone recent restoration to complement the striking design of architect John Vanbrugh’s crowning achievement.

Deep in the woods, snowdrops bloom, while borders showcase vibrant aconites. Nearby, visitors can enjoy superb coastal walks, with convenient access via a direct bus route from Newcastle.

Seaton Deleval Hall opening times and ticket prices

Winterbourne House, Birmingham

Nestled in Birmingham’s charming Edgbaston suburb, this Edwardian villa is typically elegant. Highlights include a picturesque walled garden, a scenic nut walk lined with narcissus, a quaint bridge spanning a gentle stream, and a delightful pergola.

From February to April, the grounds burst into bloom, showcasing magnificent magnolias, vibrant rhododendrons, and a newly established winter garden, where visitors can delight in the honeysuckle, hazel, and the early emergence of spring bulbs.

Winterbourne House opening times and ticket prices

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

During the spring months, the landscape of the Lost Gardens of Heligan is a riot of pastel camellias and vivid rhododendrons. Sunshine-yellow primroses and daffodils carpet the woodland beneath gently swaying catkins, while around the ornamental pond, clusters of delicate purple crocuses add splashes of colour.

Make sure you linger amongst the pretty pink-and-cream magnolia blossoms that adorn the garden, traditionally marking the onset of Cornish spring.

Lost Gardens of Heligan opening times and ticket prices

Glenarm Castle, County Antrim

Glenarm Castle, recipient of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year award for 2023, has impressive grounds that boast successive waves of spring blossoms, culminating in a spectacular tulip festival in early May.

Dating back to the 1820s, the four-acre walled garden, pineapple-producing glasshouse, and imposing circular yew hedge were masterfully crafted by the Countess of Antrim.

Visitors can enjoy panoramic coastal views and explore a tranquil woodland walk, where red squirrels scamper among the towering rhododendrons and camellias.

Glenarm Castle opening times and ticket prices