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Beautiful Cotswold gardens you need to visit

17:04 07 April 2016

Sudeley Castle © Gordon Robertson CC BY 2.0

Sudeley Castle © Gordon Robertson CC BY 2.0


Whether you're an avid gardener or a lover of all things outdoors, we pick some of the most beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds we think are definitely worth a visit.

Take a stroll through some of the prettiest gardens in the region...


Painswick Rococo Garden

Built in the 1730s, Painswick Rococo Garden is the last rococo garden left in the country. It’s densely packed with colourful flower gardens and wilderness shrubberies and its appearance has been described as ‘the beginnings of a landscape garden style’. It’s also a fantastic place to find snowdrops in the winter.

After a relaxing stroll through the rococo garden, you can enjoy a light lunch and tea in the onsite café. The gardens are open throughout the year between 10.30am – 5pm and admission is £7 for adults and £3.30 for children. Over 60’s pay £6.


Hidcote Manor

Hidcote is renowned for its impressive and tranquil outdoor space, with gardens that are tastefully divided into different ‘rooms’. The garden was created in 1907 by an American ex-soldier who was passionate for both plants and travel. As a result, the garden features an exceptional variation of flowers and plants from Japan, Australia, South Africa and China (to name a few).

The garden changes with the seasons and it’s a pretty place to visit at anytime of the year. It is open 10am – 6pm everyday with admission costing £12 for adults and £6 for children. There are two cafés selling home cooked food as well as a plant centre where you can take some of Hidcote’s magic home with you.




Sudeley Castle

The magnificent gardens that surround Sudeley Castle were landscaped by talented designers such as Lanning Roper, Rosemary Verey, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall and Charles Chesshire. The Queens garden is the centre piece of Sudeley, with hundreds of varieties of delicate roses on show. There is also a magical knot garden with a mosaic fountain at the centre and carp pond.

With over ten gardens to explore, the £14.50 admission price for adults and £5.50 for children is well worth the money (and it includes access to the castle). Sudeley Castle is open until 30 October 2016, between 10am and 5pm.




Kiftsgate Court

Three generations of green-fingered ladies have contributed to the upkeep and intricate design of this beautiful and renowned garden. Some of the most notable features of Kiftsgate Court include a garden terrace with spectacular views over to the Malvern Hills, a resplendent rose border and a tranquil water garden.

Kiftsgate can be found only a stone’s throw from the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden and opening hours vary throughout the year so make sure you check out the website before arriving. Admission is £8 for adults and £2.50 for children.




Sezincote Gardens

Following its neglect during the Second World War, Sezincote Garden was restored back to its former glory in 1968 by Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort. Water features heavily in this spectacular outdoor space, with streams and pools covered by luscious bog plants found throughout the garden. The gardens also uphold the Indian style décor that characterises the stately home.

The gardens are open until November 2016, on Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays between 2 and 6pm. Admission is a very reasonable £5 for adults and £1.50 for children.




Barnsley House

This Cotswold countryside retreat is on the doorstep of the quaint little town of Cirencester. It predominantly serves as a hotel and restaurant where the menu is packed with home-grown produce from the kitchen garden. 

Designed by the prolific and very talented Rosemary Verey, features of this enchanting outdoor space include a vibrant knot garden and statues by Simon Verity. You can wander around the gardens for £10 per person, and this includes tea and coffee and homemade biscuits. 




Don’t leave us just yet! Sit back and relax because there’s lots more to read...

Perhaps you’d like to learn about the enchanting stately homes in the Cotswolds? Or where the best real ale pubs are? Maybe you’d just like to look at some really lovely pictures from around the region, we can accommodate that too.


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