Painshill is a beautiful 18th century landscape garden to visit in Surrey. The 158 acre wonderland has something for everyone

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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.

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. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

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    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Kingston Bagpuize House & Garden

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    Historic House / Palace

    ABINGDON

    This lovely family home built in circa 1660 was remodelled in the early 1700’s for the Blandy family. With English and French furniture in the elegant panelled rooms the entrance hall is dominated by its handsome cantilevered staircase.

  5. 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.

  6. Parham House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Pulborough

    Set in the heart of an ancient deer park, Parham House and Gardens is situated below the South Downs. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored by the Pearson family who bought Parham in 1922.

  7. Wakehurst

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    HAYWARDS HEATH

    Wakehurst Place and the interactive Millennium Seed Bank exhibition are the perfect answer for visitors of all ages, whatever time of the year. Open all year.

  8. 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.

  9. West Green House Gardens

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    Hartley Wintney

    West Green House Gardens is an historic garden with a contemporary twist.

  10. 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.

  11. West Dean Gardens

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    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…

  12. Sandham Memorial Chapel

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    Church / Chapel

    Burghclere

    This red-brick chapel was built in the 1920s for the artist, Stanley Spencer to fill with murals inspired by his experiences in the First World War. Influenced by Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua, Spencer took five years to complete.

  13. Borde Hill Garden

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    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.

  14. Capstone Farm Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  15. Painshill Landscape Garden

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    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.

  16. King John’s Nursery & Garden

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    Formal Garden

    Etchingham

    This plant nursery, shop, garden and tearoom is a hidden gem in the High Weald.

  17. 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.

  18. Pashley Manor Gardens

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    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    Pashley Manor Gardens offer a blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds with an exciting programme of special events for garden and art lovers.

  19. Windsor Great Park

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    Windsor Great Park, Windsor

    Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, huge parts of which are open to the public. Windsor Great Park is the perfect place for picnics, eating, shopping, running, walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing. Families will love the children's play…

  20. Blenheim Palace

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    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

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