Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, West Dean Gardens include a Walled Kitchen Garden and 13 working Victorian glasshouses to explore.

West Dean Gardens

Chichester, West Sussex

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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.

The benefits of both exercising and spending time outdoors have been well publicised, helping to improve mental health and physical well-being.  Gardens offer the chance to enjoy space, fresh air and exercise with friends and family and now is a great time to visit with the roses and lupins in full bloom, the lakes and rivers glistening in the sunshine, and the smell of fresh flowers and grass filling the air.

Beautiful 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. Some 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.
  • Groombridge Place Gardens and Enchanted Forest, Tunbridge Wells
    A great family day out. Enjoy award winning gardens, adventure play areas, canal boat rides and a menagerie of park animals and birds of prey.

Sussex

  • Wakehurst, Haywards Heath
    Beautiful botanic gardens with four national collections; Betula, Skimmia, Nothofagus and Hypericum.
  • Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Horsham
    Grade 1 listed, 240 acres with outstanding displays of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and the beautiful ornamental rock garden.
  • West Dean Gardens, Chichester
    Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, this is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.

Hampshire

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.
  • The Savill Garden, Egham
    Resting in the heart of Windsor Great Park, The Savill Garden is one of Britain's greatest ornamental gardens

Oxfordshire

  • Waterperry Gardens, Oxford
    Spectacular 200 foot herbaceous border with rose and formal gardens, lily canal and riverside walk.
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
    This World Heritage Site has over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland, alongside the Grand Cascades, Formal Gardens and family friendly Pleasure Gardens.

Gardens near me

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

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  1. Cobtree Manor Park

    AYLESFORD

    Cobtree Manor Park has over 50 acres of parkland displaying a diverse and maturing collection of trees and shrubs. The Park features a themed play area, along with a sculpture trail, plenty of space for picnics, and a visitor centre and café serving…

  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. Blenheim Palace

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    Historic House / Palace

    Woodstock

    Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in England, is set in over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens

  4. Painshill Landscape Garden

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    Garden

    Cobham

    Painshill is a great family day out and a beautiful 18th century landscape garden to visit. The 158 acre wonderland has something for everyone.

  5. Houghton Lodge Gardens

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    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”.

  6. 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.

  7. South Hill Park

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    Type:

    Theatre

    BRACKNELL

    From within the grounds of an 18th century mansion house – South Hill Park hosts over 300 shows, events and films each year. We also provide a range of courses and workshops, inspiring exhibitions, and a stunning surrounding for corporate, community…

  8. West Dean Gardens

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    Garden

    Chichester

    Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, West Dean Gardens is brimming with features to enjoy. The gardens include a Walled Kitchen Garden and 13 working Victorian glasshouses, extensive and richly planted grounds including…

  9. Frogmore House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Windsor

    Late 17th-century royal residence, particularly associated with Queen Charlotte and Queen Victoria. Frogmore House will reopen to the public in 2023.

  10. Belmont House and Gardens

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    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.

  11. Leonardslee Gardens

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    Countryside, Parks & Gardens

    Horsham

    One of the finest gardens in Britain, Leonardslee will reopen to the public in March 2018. The Grade 2 listed Italianate style ropery will house dining facilities and become a local attraction for wedding groups and events.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Alexandra Park

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    Garden

    Hastings

    A 10 minute walk from Hastings town centre, this Grade II Listed Victorian park is one of the finest to be found anywhere in the country.

  15. Danebury Ring

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    Historic Site

    Stockbridge

    A fine example of an Iron Age hill fort and an excellent vantage point. Many finds shown in Iron Age Museum in Andover.

  16. Kelmscott Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    Lechlade

    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.

  17. Riverside Country Park

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    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.

  18. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

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    Garden

    Sevenoaks

    Beautiful hillside garden, privately owned by the Rogers family since 1840, extensive views across Weald of Kent. Spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas, fine specimen trees and roses. Bluebell and natural woodland walks. Children's play area.

  19. Queen Elizabeth Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Horndean

    With over 2,000 acres of downland and woodland, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is the ideal place to explore, keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors.

  20. Royal Victoria Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Southampton

    Rich in history, with a small beach and miles of open fields, Royal Victoria Country Park is a hidden gem on the south coast.

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