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Garden holidays

Enjoying the UK’s vast array of beautiful parks and gardens has long been a national tradition – and today it’s more popular than ever.

Over 20 million visitors are attracted to our islands’ 4,000-plus public gardens, parks, stately homes and flower shows every year – making us truly a breed of garden lovers.

Many public gardens are also disabled-friendly and are great places to visit during your accessible holiday. To help you decide where to go, we’ve selected some of the best regions in the UK and abroad in which to base your perfect garden getaway.

To book your perfect accessible garden holiday, call us on 0161 804 9898 or submit an enquiry.

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UK garden holidays

Eden Project, Cornwall

Cornwall
Cornwall’s mild climate makes it home to some of Britain’s best parks and gardens, including Caerhays Castle, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the sub-tropical Trebah Garden. There’s also the iconic Eden Project, with its domed greenhouses full of exotic plants.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Derbyshire
Chatsworth House, on the edge of the Peak District, has one of the most stunning gardens in the UK. Elsewhere Haddon Hall, Cascades Gardens, Burrows Gardens and the Bluebell Nursery are all accessible and perfect for a day trip while on holiday.

Abbotsbury gardens, Dorset

Dorset
Spend a week in Dorset and it still wouldn’t be long enough to visit all its splendid green spaces. A particular highlight is Abbotsbury, an 18th-century sub-tropical garden blooming with Asiatic plants and trees.

Rural scene in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire is blessed with some amazing parks and gardens, from the 18th-century pleasure grounds of Painswick Rococo Garden, to the stately Winchcombe, the burial place of Katherine Parr.

Daffodils at Leeds Castle, Kent

Kent
Known as the Garden of England, Kent boasts over 180 public gardens, including beautifully landscaped offerings at Hever Castle, Sissinghurst, Leeds Castle, and Goodnestone, a favourite of Jane Austen.

Hutton-in-the-Forest house and gardens, Cumbria

Lake District and Cumbria
As well as its stunning lakes and mountains, Cumbria also has a wonderful array of gardens. Visit the oldest topiary garden in the world at Levens Hall, or wander lonely as a cloud at the Wordsworth Daffodil garden.

Statue and clematis in Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

Northumberland
The birthplace of Capability Brown, Northumberland has a strong tradition of producing fantastic landscaped gardens. Today, pride of place goes to Alnwick Garden, which has become one of the country's fastest-growing tourist attractions.

Pond and gardens in Quarry Park, Shrewsbury

Shropshire
Shropshire has a rich heritage of parks and gardens considered of special significance both nationally and locally. Standouts include Hodent Hall, the regal Weston Park Garden, and the 17th-century Dudmaston House and Garden.

Flowers by Arundel Castle, Sussex

Sussex
One of the sunniest places in England, Sussex is an ideal destination for a garden holiday. Some of the best are at Arundel Castle, Sheffield Park and Garden, and the Kew botanic garden at Wakehurst, which also houses the Millennium Seed Bank.

Garden holidays abroad

Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands

Amsterdam
The world’s most beautiful spring gardens, accessible Keukenhof showcases a staggering seven million flowers, including 800 varieties of tulips. It also boasts spectacular flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique art and events.

Pink tulips at Monet's Giverny, Normandy

Normandy
Stay in Normandy and you’ll be able to visit the home of Impressionist master Claude Monet. His former house and gardens in Giverny feature the Japanese bridge and water lilies rendered so beautifully in his series of paintings.

Botanical gardens, Funchal, Madeira

Madeira
Known as the Floating Garden, Madeira celebrates its reputation every spring with a flower festival. Its botanical garden, three miles above the capital Funchal, contains over 3,000 exotic plants, some of them unique to the island.

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