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Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury

The home of the Naked Gardeners, so be prepared for a surprise! View their website for Clothes Optional Days. There are bulbs galore especially the 70,000 tulips in Spring and a massive range of 2,200 different roses, herbaceous borders, specimen trees and shrubs.

Open daily mid-March to end October 11-5.30.

01666 822212

Abbotswood, upper swell

A late C19 park with early C20 formal terraced and woodland gardens. A Manor established by the Cistercians pre-1257. House altered by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Extensive heather and stream gardens. Plantings of spring bulbs.

Open for National Gardens Scheme.

01451 830173

Batsford Arboretum & Wild Garden

These 56 acres of rare and beautiful trees are part of one of the largest private collections of

trees in Britain. Visitor Centre, cafe, garden and gift shop. Dogs welcome. Open daily all year from 9 (10 on Su & BHs). 01386 701441


Beverston Castle, Nr Tetbury

A substantial ruin incorporated into a C17 house. King Harold

stayed here in 1051. It was besieged by King Stephen in 1145. The Berkeleys lorded over it, and

added a gatehouse. The gardens have an impressive collection of orchids, and are open for the

National Gardens Scheme.

Bourton House Garden

3-acres of intense planting; topiary, knot garden, potager and a profusion of herbaceous borders and exotic plants. The wonderful C16 tithe barn is host to agallery of contemporary arts and crafts. Lunches and teas.

Open Apr-Oct, Tu-F from 10.


Cerney House Gardens, North Cerney

Just look around and you will surmise that this garden has been created by persons of immense enthusiasm, passion and experimentation. And as well you have a garden of maturity with old roses and herbaceous borders that sit well beside the walled kitchen-flower garden. You may purchase plants from their expansive plant collections.Teas.

Open daily 10-5 Jan to Nov, 10-5.

01285 831300

Hidcote Manor Garden

One of the finest gardens of the C20 designed by Major Lawrence Johnston in the 'Arts & Crafts' style. It is made up of garden rooms with rare trees, shrubs, herbaceous borders and ‘old' roses. The all-weather court has recently been restored. Barn café, plant sale and restaurant.

Open mid-Mar to Oct M Tu W & W/Es, 10-6.

For other (more complex) times phone 01386 438333
nationaltrust.org.uk       Copyright National Trust Images: Chris Lacey/Jonathan Buckley      

Kiftsgate Court Garden

Rare shrubs, plants, and an exceptional collection of roses in a magnificent situation. Water Garden. Plants for sale, and who hasn’t heard of the Kiftsgate Rose? Tearoom.

Open Days. Open Apr-Sept Su, M & W 2-6, May to July Sa-W 12-6.

01386 438777

Misarden Park Gardens, Miserden

The home of the Wills family, of tobacco fame, has shrubs, a traditional rose garden, perennial borders, extensive yew topiary, magnolia Goulangeana and spring bulbs amidst a picturesque woodland setting. Rill and Summerhouse. The Elizabethan mansion has mullion windows and was extended by Waterhouses in the C19 and by Lutyens who added a new wing between 1920-21.

The gardens are open all year Tu-Su 10-5.
Miserden Nursery open daily except M, from mid-March. New cafe.

01285 821638

Mill Dene Garden, Blockley

A beautiful, mature garden set around an historic water mill with rose terrace, grotto and trout stream. Lunches and teas.

Open Apr to Sept W-Sa (closed July/earlyAug).

01386 700457

Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath

The brainchild of C18 entrepreneur Ralph Allen. Within an enchanting and wild wood lies a Palladian bridge. The views of Bath from here are spectacular. Parking only for the disabled. Access is via a steep path from the railway station that passes by Widcombe’s shops.

Open daily except Tu, mid-Feb to 30 Oct and winter W/Es, 11-5.30
(dusk in winter).

01225 833422
nationaltrust.org.uk            Copyright National Trust Images: Philip Pierce/James Dobson  

Rococo Garden, Painswick

A beautiful C18 Rococo garden set in 6-acres dating from a period of flamboyant and romantic garden design nestles in a hidden Cotswold valley. Be sure you visit in early February for the display of magical snowdrops.

Open daily mid-Jan to end Oct, 10.30-5.
Restaurant and Gift Shop.

01452 813204

Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury

If you believe trees to be the most beautiful things in creation then a visit to this arboreal wonderland must be at the top of your agenda. Here, in this paradise garden, you will find 600-acres of magnificent trees and shrubs from around the world. With no less than 15,500 individual specimens of 3,000 different tree types, and a good 17-miles of footpaths ahead you will need comfy footwear. Needless to say, it is quite a sight in Spring and Autumn, and popular, too. Award-winning Canopy Treetop Walkway accessible for all leading into Silk Wood area. On arrival you are greeted by the beautiful timber-built Welcome Building and Visitor Centre. Westonbirt Restaurant is open every day with Courtyard Café open for snacks and hot drinks at busy times. Shop opens every day for books and gifts. See website for opening times and prices.


Photos supplied by Goldeneye Guides, National Trust & Subject

Photographers - William Fricker, David Sellman, Stephen Robson, Arnhel de Sera, Andreas Von Einsiedel, Chris Lacey, Derrick E. Witty, James Dobson, Paul Barker, James Dobson, John Hammond, Mark Bolton, Nadia Mackenzie, Andrew Butler, John Millar, Nick Meers, Stuart Cox, Rupert Truman