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There are simply hundreds of beautiful gardens throughout the British Isles that are well worth visiting. We’ve picked 5 favourites here to tempt you for a day out or, if you have the time, a longer spell away. Why not plan a visit to enjoy the budding spring flowers?

Portmeirion, Gwynedd Wales

As the climate in Portmeirion is very mild, and winter frosts are also very rare, the gardens have been planted with an amazing array of tender and exotic plants more usually found in Cornish gardens. The first plantings were in the late 1850s by a Victorian gentleman, Henry Seymour Westcott, who was responsible for the large Douglas Firs, Coast Redwoods, Wellingtonia, Noble and Himalayan Firs, to name a few.

During the Edwardian period Caton Haigh managed a further phase of extensive planting creating ‘The Gwyllt’, a display woodland. Alongside a wide variety of trees, there’s a stunning concentration of Rhododenron, Azalea and Camellia plantings. You can enjoy the woodland gardens, subtropical plants, giant yuccas, palms and formal borders throughout the year.

Open: all year
Concessions: over 60s
01766 770000
Official website

Days out in Great British gardens mini-guide

Need more inspiration? Our partner, Silver Travel Advisor, has created a free mini-guide featuring 15 interesting and beautiful gardens which we know you will enjoy.

Follow the link below to read the guide online. To request a free printed version of the guide, visit the Silver Travel Advisor website.

Days out in Great British gardens mini-guide

Drummond Castle Gardens, Crieff Scotland

The gardens at Drummond Castle are simply spectacular, especially when viewed from the terrace. The approach to the castle is lined with beautiful, ancient beech trees and the garden layout has the characteristics of a Scottish Renaissance garden.

The gardens were first laid out in the early 17th century and then re-designed and terraced in the early 19th century. The gardens you visit today were in fact replanted in the 1950s, with careful preservation of the ancient yew hedges and the copper beech trees that commemorate Queen Victoria’s visit in 1842. When visiting the gardens, make sure you don’t miss the impressive 17th-century sundial.

Open: May to October
Concessions: over 60s
01764 681433
Official website

Florence Court, Enniskillen Northern Ireland

Florence Court was formerly the home of the Earls of Enniskillen, the Coles. It's surrounded by a large area of beautiful garden and woodland and has breathtaking views of Benaughlin Mountains. You can enjoy glorious walks throughout the grounds, which include a charming walled garden. Other places to explore include a sawmill, an ice house and a pretty thatched summerhouse.

There's the famous Florence Court Yew in the gardens which is reputedly the parent of all Irish yew trees. If you’re thinking of taking your grandchildren, there's also a children’s playground and picnic area. The house and gardens are open all year round.

Open: all year
028 66348249

Official website

Wimpole Hall, Royston England

The impressive Wimpole Hall is set in a classical 18th-century landscape.

Wimpole Garden flickr (c) david catchpole

The gardens feature a Victorian parterre with seasonal plantings, whith dahlias, fuschias and tomatoes in the walled garden at this time of year. The parterre uses over 20,000 plants to create its fantastic spectacle. As the source of vegetables for the restaurant, the working walled garden measures 1 hectare and includes a re-built glasshouse by Sir John Sloane.

There are many walks and trails through the woodland gardens, around the lakes, over the Chinese bridge - and the collection of walnut trees are not to be missed! The gardens are open to visitors throughout the year.

Open: all year
01223 206000
Official website

Helmsley Hall Walled Garden, Helmsley England

The delightful walled garden dates back to 1759 and is nestled between the beautiful landscape of Duncombe Park and Helmsley Castle. In 1984 it was abandoned and fell into dereliction until restoration began in 1994 to restore the garden to its original Victorian charm. It's also a productive garden, conserving old, rare and endangered plants and using organic techniques where possible.

The walls have been replanted with fruit trees, which include special collections of Yorkshire apples, over 34 varieties of Victorian vines and a beautiful array of clematis. The produce is served daily in the café and a wide variety of plants, including rare species are all for sale.

Open: April to October
01439 771427
Official website

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081