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South East England showcases some of the finest landscape gardens and country parks in the UK with everything from stunning Capability Brown inspired floral displays to family and dog friendly parks with much to do and see.

Best gardens to visit in South East England

The climate in southern England means the South East is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in England. Two of the best from each county are featured, but find many more and gardens to visit near you using the map at the bottom of this page.

Kent, the garden of England

  • Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge
    Set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens complete with Italian sculptures, 35-acre lake and over 3,000 plants.
  • Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst
    On the Kent and Sussex border, delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens.

Sussex

  • Wakehurst, Haywards Heath
    Beautiful botanic gardens with four national collections; Betula, Skimmia, Nothofagus and Hypericum.
  • Sheffield Park Garden, East Sussex
    Vibrant with colour all year round, shimmering with waterfalls, cascades and four large lakes.

Hampshire

  • Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey
    A collction of more than 42,000 plants with superb seasonal colour any time of year.
  • Furzey Gardens, Minstead, Lyndhurst
    RHS Chelsea 2012 Show Garden Gold Medal Award winner

Surrey

  • RHS Garden Wisley, Woking
    240 acres of gardening perfection, home to some of the largest plant collections on earth.
  • Painshill Landscape Garden, Cobham
    A beautiful 18th century landscape garden with iconic crystal grotto and gothic temple.

Berkshire

  • The Savill Garden, Windsor
    One of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens, set in 35 acres.
  • Basildon Park, Reading
    Originally created as pleasure gardens, enjoy lovely grounds with fabulous woodland walks and a rose garden.

Oxfordshire

  • Waterperry Gardens, Oxford
    Spectacular 200 foot herbaceous border with rose and formal gardens, lily canal and riverside walk.
  • Grey's Court Garden, Henley-on-Thames
    Tranquil gardens in a peaceful setting.

Buckinghamshire

  • Stowe, Buckingham
    Over forty temples and monuments, gracing an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys.
  • Dorneywood Gardens
    1930s-style garden, with herbaceous borders, cottage garden and lily pond.

Gardens near me

Whether you're lucky enough to live in this part of the world surrounded by beautiful gardens or visiting for a holiday or short break, find something near you by selecting the 'map view' button below.

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  1. St John's Jerusalem

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    Garden

    Dartford

    A large garden moated by the River Darent around former 13thC chapel, Commandery of Hospitallers, a small part of which was converted to a billiard room.

  2. The Savill Garden

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    Formal Garden

    Egham

    The Savill Garden is a garden of beauty and colour where visitors journey through 35 acres of interconnecting gardens. It offers year-round interest, an iconic visitor centre with restaurant, gallery café, gift shop and plant sales.

  3. Highdown Gardens

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Worthing

    A unique and beautiful garden on downland countryside overlooking the sea. The Chalk Garden is the achievement of Sir Frederick and Lady Stern who worked for 50 years to prove that plants would grow on chalk. Green Flag Award winner.

  4. Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

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    Museum

    Alton

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

  5. Nymans

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    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    One of the great Gardens of the Sussex Weald with a collection of rare and beautiful plants from all over the world, including breathtaking spring colour in the walled garden, an old fashioned rose garden, summer borders and much more.

  6. Warnham Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Horsham

    A haven of peace and beauty within a mile of Horsham, this 92 acre site offers a 17 acre millpond, reedbeds and woodlands which are rich in flora, dragonflies and birdlife. Includes a visitor centre, cafe, two bird hides and free parking.

  7. RHS Garden Wisley

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    Garden

    Woking

    Enchanted Story Trail returns to the Garden this Christmas to entertain 4–10 year olds and their adult companions. Stories and songs await discovery in the magical landscape. Free with normal Garden entry. For more information visit the website...

  8. Lepe Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Beaulieu

    Lepe Country Park, with a mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs and historic D-day remains, has stunning views across the Solent from Hurst Castle to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.

  9. Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

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    Garden

    Moreton In Marsh

  10. Stansted Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Stansted Park is home to stunning weddings, forest walks, afternoon teas and some of the best events in the south! Visit the Mansion for a real sense of a bygone era.

  11. Walmer Castle & Gardens

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    Castle / Fort

    Deal

    This castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry Vlll's chain of coastal defences. See the Duke of Wellington's room, the reception rooms and magnificent commemorative gardens of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

  12. Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Crawley

    Beautiful parkland surrounds the Nature Centre with its rare animals, ornamental walled garden, Shire stables and craft units. A public golf centre adjoins.

  13. Ashridge Estate

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    Historic House / Palace

    Berkhamsted

    This magnificent and varied countryside estate criss-crosses the border between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.

    There are 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of woodlands, commons and chalk downland...

  14. Blackgang Chine

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Ventnor


    Overlooking the South coast of the Isle of Wight, Blackgang Chine offers an experience like no other. Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you'll find adventures around every corner!

  15. Seven Sisters Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Seaford

    Situated in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland.

  16. Sheffield Park Garden

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    Garden

    Lewes

    A magnificent landscaped garden laid out in the 18 century by 'capability' Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20 century by its owner, Arthur G Soames. The centrepiece is the original four lakes.

  17. Alexandra Park

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    Garden

    Hastings

    This 109 acre park was originally laid out by Robert Marnock, a renowned landscape gardener, in 1878. It was formally opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on June 26 1882.

  18. Itchen Valley Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Eastleigh

    Itchen Valley Country Park is an unspoilt area of water meadows, ancient woodland and grazing pasture situated beside the River Itchen, between Eastleigh and Southampton.

  19. Furzey Gardens

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    Garden

    Lyndhurst

    Set in Minstead this delightful, informal garden established in 1922 is renowned for its all year round beauty. The peaceful 10 acre woodland gardens include a lake, tea rooms, play area, bee and thatching display, cobb cottage and alpacas.

  20. Stowe

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    Garden

    Stowe, Buckingham

    Over forty temples and monuments, laid out against an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys. Onsite facilities include a Visitor Centre, gift shop and tea-room.

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