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Let's face it Gardens are generally the last place toddlers want to go - they are best avoided! Just recently we visited a large garden open to the public and there was nothing for the children to do except jump over the borders and play hide and seek amongst the rare shrubs. There was plenty of screaming from both children and parents which I am sure spoilt the day for those seeking a quiet and peaceful afternoon. Do not blame the children though - did they ask to go - I doubt it!

There are however many lovely gardens for families to enjoy through-out the British Isles where there are plenty of activities for children, without spoiling it for everyone else. We have listed a selection where you can enjoy a day out with the family. Some of the Gardens will have childrens trails, others may have good play areas or perhaps animals. So good luck and enjoy yourselves!

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The Alnwick Garden

Alnwick Garden

Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden officially opened in April 2002.

Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale Gardens, near Oakham

Rutland, The gardens at Barnsdale were made famous by the late Geoff Hamilton of BBC Gardeners World.

Beech Court Gardens, Kent

Beech Court Garden, near Ashford

Kent, The ten acre informal garden at Beech Court is noted for its tranquillity and natural beauty.

Belton House Garden in Lincolnshire

Belton House and Garden, near Grantham

Lincolnshire, The Gardens at Belton House built in the late 1600s have been restored over recent years.

Bicton Park Garden, Devon

Bicton Park Botanical Garden, near Exeter

Devon, Bicton Park has lovely gardens set in 50 acres near the sea.

Birmingham Botanical Garden

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham, Fifteen acres of glorious gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens one mile form the city centre

Blenheim Palace Garden, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace Garden, near Woodstock

Oxfordshire, With changing colours throughout the seasons', from drifts of daffodils in spring, a profusion of roses in the summer, and a rich copper glow during autumn and winter.

Borde Hill Gardens in Sussex

Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath

Sussex, Borde Hill garden is a great place to visit at any time of the year see why

Bowood House Gardens

Bowood House and Gardens, near Chippenham

Wiltshire, Bowood House is the magnificent home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Landsdowne.

Capel Manor Garden

Capel Manor Garden, near Enfield

Middlesex, Capel Manor College Gardens is a great destination for a day out for Garden lovers

Castle Fraser and Garden

Castle Fraser Garden, Inverurie

Aberdeenshire, Castle Fraser is one of the grandest castles of Mar and was built between 1575 and 1636 and is a wonderful place to visit.

Chatsworth House and Garden by Charles Hawes©

Chatsworth House Gardens, Peak District

Derbyshire, Chatsworth House and Gardens. A must visit for everyone!

Claverton Manor Gardens at the American Museum

Claverton Manor Gardens, Bath

Somerset, At the American museum there is a garden which is based on the Mount Vernon Garden at George Washington's home.

The walled Garden at Clumber Park

Clumber Park Gardens, near Worksop

Nottinghamshire, Clumber Park is set in over 3,800 acres of parkland, peaceful woods and open heath including a superb Serpentine Lake.

Compton Acres Garden

Compton Acres Gardens,near Poole

Dorset, Compton Acres has 10 acres of gardens with lovely views over Poole Harbour and the distant Purbeck Hills.

The Eden Project is open all year

Eden Project, near St Austell

Cornwall, A stunning visitor attraction with must-see Biomes and dramatic outdoor landscaping.

Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens, New Forest

Hampshire, Exbury Garden is a wonderful place for early summer and autumn colours

Fairhaven Woodland Garden

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Norfolk, The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is a great place to visit with the family

Finlaystone Gardens

Finlaystone Garden, near Langback

Renfrewshire, Stroll through the Finlaystone gardens… pausing to appreciate the special plants and Finlaystone's renowned beauty.

Gardens at St Fagans & Museum of Welsh Life

Gardens at St Fagans & Museum of Welsh Life

This garden at St Fagans is situated at the Museum of Welsh Life.

The Japanes Garden at Gatton Park

Gatton Park, a garden near Reigate

Surrey, Gatton Park in Reigate is a spectacular, historic park landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown and situated at the foot of the North Downs in Surrey.

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle and Gardens, Forfar

Angus, Glamis Castle, Forfar was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret

Grimsthorpe Castle and Garden

Grimsthorpe Castle Gardens

Lincolnshire, The historic Grimsthorpe Castle has beautiful gardens and lovely views

Groombridge Place and Garden in Kent

Groombridge Place Garden, near Tunbridge Wells

Kent, Set in 200 acres, Groombridge Place features a series of magnificent, traditional walled gardens - set against the backdrop of a 17th century moated manor.

The pool garden at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall Gardens, near Chesterfield

Derbyshire, The delightful gardens at Hardwick Hall were once the garden of Bess of Hardwick but only the walls and gazebo remain.

Harewood House Gardens

Harewood House Gardens

Yorkshire, The garden landscape at Harewood House has been intimately bound to the House from its beginning.

Hever Castle Garden

Hever Castle and Gardens

Kent, Hever Castle, on the Kent border have lovingly tended gardens bringing colour and life all the year round surround.

The wonderful Kew Gardens in London

Kew Gardens

Surrey, Kew Gardens - The ultimate Botanical Garden in the World, and not to be missed.

Kingston Maurward Garden

Kingston Maurward Gardens

Dorset, Not well known the Kingston Maurward Garden is a real treat for Garden lovers.

Knebworth House and Gardens

Knebworth House and Gardens

Hertfordshire, The historic Knebworth House and Gardens cover 28 acres. See why it is so famous

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