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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.

Sussex

  • Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Horsham, West Sussex
    Grade 1 listed, 240 acres with outstanding displays of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and the beautiful ornamental rock garden.
  • Wakehurst, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
    Beautiful botanic gardens with four national collections; Betula, Skimmia, Nothofagus and Hypericum.
  • Bates Green Garden, Polegate, East Sussex
    Owned by the McCutchan family for over 100 years, this gardens journey started in 1968 and has been featured in many publications.  
  • West Dean Gardens, Chichester, West Sussex
    Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, this is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.
  • Arlington Bluebell Walk, Arlington, East Sussex
    Open for around 2 months a year (April - May) this walk has been raising money for charities since 1972.

Hampshire

Surrey

  • 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

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    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. 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”.

  3. 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.

  4. South Downs National Park

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    National Park

    The South Downs, now a newly designated National Park are accessible from Worthing. The South Downs Way runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and can be accessed at several points around Worthing or Adur.

  5. Deal Bandstand

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    Event Venue

    DEAL

    The Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust stages a series of 'free' public concerts on the Bandstand between May and September each year.

  6. Gilbert White's House & Gardens

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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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

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    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden is a beautiful, tranquil and historic garden of some 27 acres. It was begun more than 100 years ago and is full of rare and important plants and trees.

  12. Lakeside Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Eastleigh

    Sixty acres of lakes, meadow and young woodland situated between Eastleigh and Southampton with easy access.

  13. The Garth Pleasure Grounds

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    Garden

    (opposite Barge Tiles), Lingfield

    Visit The Garth in Surrey, an 18th-century Grade II* listed house with open days and seasonal events. Explore 9 acre of historical Godfrey's "Pleasure Grounds," and the Tea Room Gallery's exhibits. Learn about workhouse history and enjoy activities…

  14. Lepe Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Beaulieu

    Lepe Country Park has something for everyone. The long stretch of shingle beach is popular with kite surfers and wind surfers, families and holidaymakers. From the shoreline you can look across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Watch yachts, ferries…

  15. Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Edenbridge

    Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later of Lord Astor.

  16. Pashley Manor Gardens

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    Garden

    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.

  17. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

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    Garden

    Romsey

    Discover the beauty and inspiration at the Gardens, woodlands walks and breath-taking views.

  18. Borde Hill Garden

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    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.