Great British Parks & Gardens

Herrington Country Park

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Filled with beautiful scenery, Herrington Country Park is rich in both spectacular views and a variety of wildlife.

Situated nearby Britain’s East Coast in Sunderland, Herrington Country Park is not only a fascinating place to visit in itself, but is surrounded by numerous other locations that could be incorporated into your visit.

At the centre of the park’s history is the Durham Coal Mine, now a museum open to visitors. Explore the mines and discover what life was once like for a Durham miner.

Chester Road, Penshaw, Sunderland, DH4 7EL
Tel: 0191 534 8526

Bodnant Garden

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Bodnant Garden is an enormous stretch of spectacular views that spans more than 80 acres. The gardens are situated alongside the River Conwy and play host to some of the most fascinating trees, plants and flowers to grow in the UK with many originating from as far off as China.

The Information Desk can provide you with activity sheets and explorer packs to kick start your adventure. The Tea Rooms provide a comfortable and relaxing retreat for parents with children’s activities to keep the kids happy too.

Stop off at the Garden Centre and pick up a few items while the kids explore the new adventure playground.

Tal-y-Cafn, nr Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL28 5RE
Tel: 01492 650460

Stowe Landscape Gardens

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A stunning arrangement of over 40 different monuments and temples across a vast landscape of countryside makes Stowe Gardens one of the best to explore.

Marvel at the dramatic Gothic Temple and stumble upon the hidden grottos that make up this magical garden experience.

Stop off at the café before heading back over the East Garden’s via the train or take one of the many trails and soak up the spectacular views on the way.

New Inn Farm, Stowe, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ
01280 817156

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Another spectacular British botanical garden. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of Britain’s most loved. After being abandoned for many years, local residents began to tend the gardens transforming them into the treasure we have today.

With more than 200 acres of land to discover and a magnificent array of wildlife, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a magical paradise to any nature lover.

A variety of different style gardens are kept, such as the walled garden, kitchen garden and the Italian gardens to name a few.

Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Tel:  +44 (0) 1726 845100

Baddesley Clinton Gardens

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Baddesley Clinton consists of a 16th century house and landscape garden both open to the public. Guests of the house can explore the rooms and view the numerous treasures to be found within.

The past occupants of the house remained Catholic during the reformation and around the house can be found a number of priest holes where priests were hidden during raids.

The gardens are spectacular and host a number of beautiful 18th century buildings. Benches allow for visitors to pack a picnic and during the summer you can take a break by the pond to enjoy the sunshine and the wildlife.

If the weather isn’t great for a picnic, you can stop off at the tea room for a bite to eat, serving food fresh off the farm, which you can also explore.

Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, B93 0DQ
Tel: +441564783294