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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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Knebworth House and Gardens

Knebworth House and Gardens

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

Leeds Castle and Gardens

Leeds Castle Gardens, near Maidstone

Kent, Leeds Castle is set amongst 500 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens

National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthe

Carmarthenshire, Deep in the beautiful Towy Valley of South and South West Wales lies a world class garden for the Millennium.

Newby Hall Gardens

Newby Hall Gardens, Ripon

Yorkshire, Today the gardens at Newby Hall have been totally restored and replanted over a ten year period by Mr and Mrs Robin Compton.

Norton Priory

Norton Priory and Gardens, Runcorn

Cheshire, Norton Priory has a great garden and is home to much wildlife.

Osborne House and Gardens on the Isle of Wight

Osborne House Gardens

Isle of Wight, Osborne House and Gardens once the retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Penshurst Place and Gardens near Tonbridge

Penshurst Place Gardens

Kent, A splendid 14th century Manor House, Penshurst Place is set in magnificent Tudor Gardens surrounded by gentle English Parkland.

Pensthorpe Gardens

Pensthorpe Gardens near Fakenham

Norfolk, The Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Wildfowl Park is a great place to visit for ideas

Polesden Lacy Gardens

Polesden Lacey House and Gardens

Surrey, The gardens at Polesden Lacey are the creation of Mrs Greville, the renowned society hostess.

Port Lympne Mansion and Gardens

Port Lympne Mansion and Gardens

Kent, The Port Lympne Mansion was built in 1912 for the Right Honourable Philip Sassoon, it is surrounded by 15 acres of landscaped gardens.

Portmeirion and Gardens

Portmeirion and Gardens

Gwynedd, The climate at Portmeirion is very mild , winter frosts are rare and this has allowed plantings of tender exotic genera and species in common with many Cornish gardens.

Relaxing in Regents Park

Regents Park

Probably the best known London Park, with lakes, formal borders including roses.

RHS Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr , near Harrogate

North Yorkshire, The wonderful RHS Harlow Carr Gardens worth visiting any time of year

Ryton Organic Garden

Ryton Organic Gardens

Coventry, Ryton Organic Garden is an internationally famous tourist attraction as well as being the site of Garden Organics headquarters.

Seaforde Gardens in Northern Ireland

Seaforde Gardens

County Down, The walled garden at Seaforde most probably dates from the early eighteenth century. The exact age of the walled garden is unknown but it is recorded in an estate map of 1750.

Standen House and Garden

Standen House Gardens

Sussex, Standen House is an Arts and Crafts family home, complemented by a beautiful 13 acre hillside garden.

The Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park

Tatton Park Gardens

Cheshire, These delightful Gardens at Tatton Park cover 50 acres. Much of the gardens were designed by Lewis Wyatt in the 1800s and are a collection of gardens within a garden.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

North Yorkshire, Thorp Perrow is situated at the base of the Yorkshire Dales - come and explore the 100 acres of woodland with trees from around the world, some trees dating back to Medieval times.

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens, an attraction near Falmouth

Cornwall, Trebah Gardens, near Falmouth are one of our favourites in Cornwall

Waddesdon Manor and Garden showing the house, and formal red bedding plants on a sunny day

Waddesdon Manor Gardens, near Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire, The Gardens at Waddesdon Manor were created by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1880s from a bare hilltop site.

The gardens at Weston Park

Weston Park Garden

Shropshire, The gardens at Weston Park are a good example of an 18th century landscape garden where Capability Brown once worked.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum and places to stay near Tetbury

Gloucestershire, Westonbirt Arboretum, the National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is one of the finest arboretums in the world.

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