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Summer is officially on its way and what better way to spend a sunny day than wandering around a colourful garden? Luckily for us, here in the UK there are loads of gardens happy to welcome members of the public. Here’s our pick of some of our favourites.

Botanic Gardens – Glasgow

It can be difficult to believe that the tranquillity of Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens is right in the heart of the city. Here you’ll find formal gardens and woodland walks sure to keep the kids entertained. The Botanic Gardens are also home to the iconic Victorian glasshouses, which are full of tropical plants, making this garden a pleasure to walk around even on a typical Glasgow rainy day.

National Wildflower Centre – Merseyside

Nestled just five miles from Liverpool city centre, the National Wildflower Centre is a great place to visit to get inspiration for your own garden. The Visitor Centre is set in the 35-acre Victorian Court Hey Park; it’s a great place for kids to learn about wildlife as well as the plants and flowers that grow in their area.

Dyffryn Garden – Glamorgan

Gardens to visit this summerSet in the grounds of a Grade 1 listed Edwardian mansion, Dyffryn Garden covers over 55 acres and features a large glasshouse, beautiful lawns, ponds, an arboretum and plenty of hidden nooks and crannies to discover. At the height of summer, Dyffryn Garden is open late on Thursday evenings and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to share with friends and family. The garden also offers guided tours and ‘meet the gardener’ sessions.

Holland Park – London

Created by Lord Holland in the early 19th century, Holland Park covers 50 acres and is a lovely place to relax in the Kensington area of the capital. Formal borders and wilder areas offer various points of interest. There is also a charming pond, complete with waterfall and a Japanese garden. Kids are well catered for here with children’s play areas.

Easton Walled Garden – Lincolnshire

Gardens to visit this summerEaston Walled Garden dates back as far as 1592. However, the garden was ‘lost’ in 1951 when Easton hall was demolished. In 2001 work began on reviving the garden and staff have done an amazing job. The garden, which incorporates meadows, a vegetable garden, cottage garden and a pickery, has been designed for adults and kids to get equal enjoyment from them; activities include swings, a turf maze and a yew tunnel.

Florence Court Gardens – Fermanagh

Florence Court is an interesting 18th century property that was formerly the home of the Earls of Enniskillen. As well as guided tours of the house, visitors can enjoy the three-acre walled garden, which is bursting with colour. The attraction also boasts a play park as well as forestry trails for cyclists, making this the perfect option for families with young kids. Dogs are also welcome.

Castle Drogo and Garden – South Devon

Situated in Dartmoor National Park, Castle Drogo and its gardens are the highest gardens in the country at 1,000ft. This means the gardens have to be designed to withstand the elements of the Devon weather. There is plenty to explore here, including a Spotter Sheet for kids, a Wendy House, a sunken rose garden and a plant centre. The website also has clear routes with tips for stargazing and nature trailing in and around the grounds.

Alnwick Garden – Northumberland

Gardens to visit this summerAlnwick Garden is truly spectacular. The centerpiece is the Grand Cascade, a wonderful water feature that creates spellbinding displays every half hour. Kids will also be enthralled by the massive tree house, which features sky walkways and wobbly bridges for bouncing on as well as a unique restaurant. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, the Ornamental gardens provide the perfect place to relax and unwind.

 

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