Best British Gardens - A Directory

The following is a list of gardens in the UK and Europe that I've visited personally since I started this blog in 2009. It's growing all the time as I continue to visit more gardens. The list is by no means exhaustive and I've visited many gardens that are not included - why? If a garden doesn't make the grade for me, I don't write about it! But that's not to say it won't appeal to other garden visitors.

Thank you for all your visits so far and I hope you'll continue to drop in as my list of gardens grows. Click on the link and it will take you to the garden review. If you're looking for places to stay when visiting gardens, click on the pages link under the header. Happy garden visiting!
Arley Hall, Cheshire

Abbey House, Wiltshire
Alfriston Clergy House, East Sussex
Apple Court, Hampshire
Arley Hall, Cheshire
Arundel Castle Gardens, West Sussex
Ascott, Buckinghamshire
Asthall Manor, Oxon
Athelhampton House, Dorset
Barnsley House - Rosemary Verey's former home and garden

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden
Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
Barrington Court, Somerset
Bateman's, East Sussex
Bekonscot Model Village
Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex
Bonython Garden, Cornwall
Borde Hill, West Sussex
Bourton House, Gloucestershire
Bowood, Wiltshire
Bramdean House, Hampshire
*Open for NGS and by appt                             
Brandy Mount House, Hampshire
*Open for NGS and by appt 
Bressingham Gardens, Norfolk                   
Brook Cottage, Oxon
Brook Farm, Worcestershire
Broughton Grange, Oxon
*Open for NGS and by appt
Bury Court, Hampshire
Buscot Park, Oxon
Chiffchaffs, Dorset
Caerhays Castle, Cornwall
Castle Drogo, Devon
Carwinion, Cornwall
Cerney House, Gloucestershire
Charts Edge, Kent
Chartwell, Kent
Charleston, East Sussex
Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Chenies Manor House, Buckinghamshire
Cherkley Court, Surrey
**Check website for details
Chiffchaffs, Dorset
Claydon House, Buckinghamshire
Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Coleton Fishacre, Devon
Colesbourne Park, Gloucestershire
Cothay Manor, Somerset
Coton Manor, Northamptonshire
Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Cranborne Manor, Dorset
Crossing House, Cambridgeshire
Denmans - John Brookes' garden near Chichester
Denmans Garden, West Sussex
Docton Mill, Devon
Docwra's Manor, Cambridgeshire
Doddington Place, Kent
Dorothy Clive Garden, Staffordshire
Driftwood, East Sussex
Dunsborough Park, Surrey
East Ruston Vicarage, Norfolk
East Lambrook Manor, Somerset
East Ruston Old Vicarage, Norfolk
Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire
Ecclesden Manor, West Sussex
Eden Project, Cornwall
Englefield House, Berkshire
Exotic Garden, Norfolk
Exbury, Hampshire
Forde Abbey, Dorset - an ancient priory garden
Forde Abbey, Dorset
Bluebells at Riverhill House, Kent
Furzey Gardens, Hampshire

Gibberd Garden, Essex
Gilbert White's House, Hampshire
Gipsy House, Buckinghamshire
(Roald Dahl's garden - open for NGS)
Glen Chantry, Essex                                                
** Check website for details
Glendurgan, Cornwall
Godinton House, Kent
Godolphin, Cornwall
Goodnestone Park, Kent

Gravetye Manor, West Sussex
Great Comp, Kent
Great Dixter, East Sussex
Great Fosters, Surrey
Marks Hall, Essex
Green Island Gardens, Essex
Gresgarth Hall, Lancashire
Greys Court, Oxon
Groombridge Place, Kent

Hampton Court, Herefordshire
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey
Heale House Garden, Wiltshire
Helmingham Hall, Suffolk
Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex
Hergest Croft, Herefordshire
Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset
Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire
High Beeches, West Sussex
Highdown Gardens, West Sussex
Hole Park, Kent
Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight
Holker Hall, Cumbria
Holt Farm Organic Garden, Somerset
Hospital of St Cross, Hampshire
Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Houghton Lodge, Wiltshire
How Caple Court, Herefordshire

Kelmscott Manor, Gloucestershire (William
Morris' country home)
Kew (Royal Botanical) Gardens, London
Kiftsgate Court, Gloucestershire
King John's Lodge, East Sussex
Knole Park, Kent

Lake House, Hampshire                              
Leonardslee Gardens, West Sussex
**Sold 2010
Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
Levens Hall, Cumbria
Little Malvern Court, Worcestershire
Lamorran House, Cornwall
Little Wantley, West Sussex
*NGS and by appointment
London Wetland Centre
Longstock Park, Wiltshire
*Limited opening - check website
Loseley Park, Surrey
Lowther Castle, Cumbria
Lullingstone Castle, Kent                                
*See The World Garden (below)
Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset

Manor House, Upton Grey, Hants
Mapperton House, Dorset
Marks Hall Arboretum, Essex
Michelham Priory, East Sussex
Mill Dene, Gloucestershire
Misarden Park, Gloucestershire
Monks House, East Sussex
Moors Meadow, Herefordshire
Mottistone Manor, Isle of Wight
Pashley Manor, East Sussex
Parham House, West Sussex
Pensthorpe, Norfolk
**Piet Oudolf's Millenium Garden
Polesden Lacey, Surrey
Prospect Cottage, Kent

Ramster, Surrey
Restoration House, Kent
Riverhill House, Kent
Rodmarton Manor, Gloucestershire
Roof Gardens, London
Rousham House, Oxon

Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire
Spencers, Essex
Spinners Garden, Hampshire
St Mary's House and Garden, West Sussex
Stoneacre, Kent
Torosay Castle on the island of Mull, Scotland
Stone House Cottage, Worcestershire
Stone House, Gloucestershire                
*Open by appt - check website
Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Sussex Prairies, West Sussex
Swiss Garden, Bedfordshire

The Courts, Wiltshire
The Laskett, Herefordshire
The Salutation, Kent
Tintinhull, Somerset
Titsey Place, Surrey
Toddington Manor, Bedfordshire
Town Place, West Sussex (NGS)
Trebah, Cornwall
Tremenheere, Cornwall
Trengwainton, Cornwall
Tylney Hall, Hampshire

Upton Wold, Gloucestershire

Vann, Surrey
Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight
West Green House, Hampshire

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Wakehurst Place, West Sussex

Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex
Wyken Hall, Suffolk

York Gate, Leeds, Yorkshire

Garden of Cosmic Speculation
*Only open one day a year 
Little Sparta, Scotland
Torosay Castle 
*Sold in 2012 - check web for openings

Le Bois des Moutiers, Normandy, France

Ambrass Schlosspark, Austria
Chateau du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France
Chateau le Boutemont, Normandy, France
Chateau Marqueyssac, Dordogne, France
Gourdon, France
Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam, Holland
Jardines de Alfabia, Mallorca, Spain
Le Bois des Moutiers, Normandy, France
Le Manoir d'Eryignac, Dordogne, France
Les Jardins Agapanthe, Normandy, France
Les Jardins de Sericourt, Picardy, France
Serre de la Madone, Menton, France
Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France
Swarovski Crystal Garden, Austria 
Val Rahmeh, Menton, France
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Cap Ferrat, 
Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France


  1. Pretty amazing collection and quite a task to organize it all... Larry

  2. Thank your for your list! I will use them.


  3. Charlotte,
    I love when you do this. It is an invaluable resource. Thanks!

  4. Oh, you have never been to Sweden? :-)
    Lovely pictures, and the links are really helpful.

  5. Thanks!!! very interesting information!!!!

  6. I am suffering from acute garden-visiting envy.

  7. Takk for å dele denne fin blogg. Din vanskelig jobb er lønner seg. Disse er svært ultimate post og gi denne informasjonen om huskatalog

  8. This is very helpful to have the directory all in one place! Thanks for providing such a wonderful resource, Charlotte. (I love the Bluebells at Kent photo.)


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