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Water Gardens to visit

water gardenThere are many water gardens in the Britain, many where water is a natural feature of the garden and others manmade. Very often water was diverted from rivers to ponds and lakes. We feature gardens where water is used to enhance the design.

Many of the early water gardens featured canals rather than lakes, Westbury Court a formal Dutch Garden escaped from the grip of landscape designers like Capability Brown. Forde Abbey also has a long canal behind the Abbey which looks beautiful throughout the year.

Perhaps one of the best examples of a landscape garden with lake was not by Capability Brown but by Henry Hoare at Stourhead. This is a stunning example which is difficult to surpass.

Harold Peto was a great designer of Water Gardens and one of his best examples is at Buscot House, with a long canal with bridges leading through an avenue of trees to a lake.

Cascades were also a feature and the one at Chatsworth House is a great example. More recently the cascade at Alnwick is a modern take and well worth visiting.

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Aberglasney Gardens

Aberglasney Gardens, near Llangathen

Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series ‘A Garden Lost in Time’ which followed its restoration.

Adlington Hall Gardens

Adlington Hall and Gardens, near Macclesfield

Cheshire, Adlington Hall and Garden is situated in the heart of Cheshire home to the same family, the Leghs for over 600 years

Alnwick Garden

Alnwick Garden

Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden is one of the most popular gardens to visit in Britain with its superb water features and fountains.

The Gardens at Ardmaddy Castle

Ardmaddy Castle Garden near Oban

Argyll, Ardmaddy Castle Garden surrounds a 15th century castle with lovely views to the sea.

Attadale Gardens

Attadale Garden

Ross-shire, Attadale Gardens are an ideal place to visit whether it's Spring, Summer or Autumn.

Bennetts Water Garden, Weymouth

Bennetts Water Garden, near Weymouth

Dorset, This 8 acre site known as Bennetts Water Gardens has been landscaped to create a tranquil walk around numerous lakes with many places to sit and unwind.

Bicton Park Garden, Devon

Bicton Park Botanical Garden, near Exeter

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

Bishop's Palace Garden, Wells

Bishop's Palace & Gardens, in Wells

Somerset, 14 acres of stunning RHS partner gardens around a medieval Palace.

Bowood House Gardens

Bowood House and Gardens, near Chippenham

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

Bramham Park Landscape Garden

Bramham Park and Garden, near Wetherby

Yorkshire, Bramham Park is a great garden near Wetherby and has a French infuence, a great day out.

Gardens in Ayrshire - Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle and Gardens, Isle of Arran

Ayrshire, Nestling in the shadow of the impressive Goatfell mountain, Brodick Castle boasts a particular fine example of a woodland garden.

Buscot House Gardens

Buscot Park and Gardens, near Lechlade

Oxfordshire, To enjoy Buscot Park to the full, you should take time to explore the extensive gardens that surround this late 18th century house.

Cambridge Botanic Garden

Cambridge Botanic Garden, in Cambridge

Cambridgeshire, Landscape highlights at Cambridge Botanic Garden include the Winter Garden, the richly-fragranced Scented Garden, the buzzing Bee Borders.

Capel Manor Garden

Capel Manor Garden, near Enfield

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

Gardens in Cheshire at Capesthorne Hall

Capesthorne Hall Garden

Cheshire, The Capesthorne Garden surround the Hall with woodland, parkland, and lakes.

Chatsworth House and Garden by Charles Hawes©

Chatsworth House Gardens, Peak District

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

Chiswick House Gardens

Chiswick House Gardens, London

London, Beautiful gardens surround the historic Chiswick House

The beautiful Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, near Malpas

Cheshire, Chomondeley Castle is one of Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction. see why!

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 gardens at Constable Burton Hall

Constable Burton Hall Garden, near Leyburn

Yorkshire, Constable Burton Hall and its gardens are set in beautiful countryside at the entrance to Wensleydale

Crarae Gardens

Crarae Garden,near Inveraray

Argyll and Bute, Crarae Gardens on the banks of Loch Fyne, on the west coast of Scotland.

Croome Court

Croome Court Park and Gardens, Worcs.

Worcestershire, Croome Court in Worcestershire is another wonderful landscape from Capability Brown and was one of his first creations.

The wonderful quirky Dewstow Gardens

Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes, near Chepstow

Monmouthshire, Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes is one of the least known of all the attractions in South Wales, but also one of the most interesting.

Dyffryn Fernant Garden

Dyffryn Fernant Garden, near Fishguard

Pembrokeshire, An exceptionally interesting and enjoyable garden' (Noel Kingsbury, The Garden).

Dyrham Park Winter Garden

Dyrham Park House and Gardens, near Bath

Gloucestershire, Dyrham Park near Bath is a wonderful place to visit any time of year with a colourful winter garden

Fairhaven Woodland Garden

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

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

Gardens to visit Dartmouth

Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Devon, A lovely informal garden covering 43 acres, great for wildlife with lakes and streams.

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Somerset, The fantastic abbey dates from the 12th century and is a must see.

Glendoick Garden

Glendoick Gardens near Perth

Perthshire, At Glendoick Garden in Perthshire you will see one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, primula, meconopsis, kalmia and sorbus in this great woodland garden.

Glenwhan Garden

Glenwhan Gardens, Stranraer

Wigtownshire, Glenwhan has been described as one of the best newly created gardens in recent times and is regarded as one of Scotland’s important gardens.

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