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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. Buscot Old Parsonage

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    Historic House / Palace

    Faringdon

    An early 18thC house of Cotswold stone, set on the banks of the Thames and with a small garden.

  2. Basildon Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Reading

    Classical 18thC house by John Carr of York, with an unusual Octagon Room, fine plasterwork and the decorative Shell Room. Situated in 400 acres of parkland and woodland.

  3. 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.

  4. Ascott House and Gardens

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    Type:

    Historic House / Palace

    Ascott House is a half-timbered Jacobean farmhouse, transformed by the de Rothschild family towards the end of the 19th Century and is home to an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture and superb oriental porcelain. The extensive...

  5. Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

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    Garden

    Moreton In Marsh

  6. Slindon Estate - National Trust

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    Nature Reserve

    Arundel

    Enjoy wonderful woodland walks, a quintessential Sussex village and spectacular views of the South Downs and the coastline from the Slindon Estate.

  7. Houghton Lodge Gardens

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    Type:

    Garden

    Stockbridge

    A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. Grade II* Gardens with fine trees surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orne”.

  8. Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

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    Nature Reserve

    Arlington

    Enjoy vistas of bluebells in 23 acres of ancient woodland. Walks and trails through three farms. Countryside exhibition. One walk is wheelchair friendly.

  9. Birling Gap

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    Country / Royal Park

    Seaford

    Situated at the base of the chalk cliffs called the Seven Sisters. Shingle giving way to sand with areas of rock pools. A voluntary marine nature reserve. MCS Recommended, Encams Seaside Award. Sit of special scientific interest (SSSI)

  10. Bishop's Palace Gardens

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    Garden

    Chichester

    Bishop's Palace Gardens is situated within the City Walls, next to the Cathedral. And it has now been developed by the council to offer a peaceful retreat for all to enjoy.

  11. Borde Hill Garden

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    Type:

    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    Set within 200 acres of spectacular parkland, the garden is a series of 'rooms' - each with its own particular atmosphere, form and planting design. Glorious heritage and collectors' garden.

  12. Belmont House and Gardens

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    Type:

    Historic House / Palace

    Faversham

    A late 18thC country house designed by Samuel Wyatt, seat of the Harris family since 1801. Harris clock collection, mementos of connections with India. Gardens and pinetum.

  13. Chawton House

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    Type:

    Historic House / Palace

    Alton

    Chawton House Library is an internationally respected research library with a unique collection of early English women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the Library's collection is for the benefit of academics, scholars, students and the general

  14. Riverside Country Park

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    Type:

    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Riverside Country Park is an excellent site for Winter birdwatching.
    Situated alongside the Medway Estuary at Gillingham, the park is made up of many different habitats, including ponds, reedbed and grassland.

  15. Hinton Ampner House and Garden

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    Type:

    Garden

    Alresford

    Best known for its fine garden, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d'art.

  16. Yateley Common Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Yateley

    476 acres of heathland, woodland, grassland and ponds providing walking, cycling and fishing in natural surroundings.

  17. Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

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    Picnic Site

    Crawley

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

  18. Ashdown Forest

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    Country / Royal Park

    East Grinstead

    6,500 acres of beautiful countryside located between East Grinstead and Uckfield, West Hoathly and Tunbridge Wells. Ashdown Forest is so much more than a walk in the country. Visit our new website www.ashdownforest.com

  19. Walmer Castle & Gardens

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    Type:

    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.

  20. West Dean Gardens

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    Garden

    Chichester

    Nestled at the foot of the South Downs just 6 miles north of Chichester, West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored English gardens open to the public today.