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Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury sn16 9AS

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
abbeyhousegardens.co.uk         Photography: Supplied By Subject

Abbotswood, TEWKESBURY ROAD, upper swell, CHELTENHAM GL54 1LE

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
ngs.org.uk        Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography


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

batsarb.co.uk      Photography: Supplied By Subject

Beverston Castle, Nr Tetbury GL8 8TU

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, BOURTON-ON-THE-HILL GL56 9AE

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.

bourtonhouse.com          Photography: Supplied By Subject        

Cerney House Gardens, North Cerney, CIRENCESTER GL7 7BX

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
cerneygardens.com            Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography


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       Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey/Jonathan Buckley    & William Fricker Photography  

Kiftsgate Court GardenS, CHIPPING CAMPDEN GL55 6LN

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
kiftsgate.co.uk          Photography: Supplied By Subject

Misarden Park Gardens, Miserden, STROUD GL6 7JA

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, SCHOOL LANE, Blockley, MORETON-IN-MARSH GL56 9HU

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
milldenegarden.co.uk                 Photography: Supplied By Subject

Prior Park Landscape Garden, RALPH ALLEN DRIVE, Bath BA2 5AH

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            Photography: Copyright ©National Trust Images/Philip Pierce/James Dobson  

Rococo Garden, GLOUCESTER ROAD, Painswick GL6 6TH

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
rococogarden.org.uk           Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography & Supplied By Subject

Westonbirt Arboretum, WESTONBIRT, Tetbury GL8 8QS

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.


Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides