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The best parks and gardens

Relax and unwind in these recommended green spaces

Stop and smell the roses

Bank Holidays are made for enjoying a slower pace, and what better way to do this than by getting outside. Here’s our pick of top-rated green spaces to help you relax and unwind over the upcoming long weekend.

Please note that for some of these destinations, prebooking may be required.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

First established by the Apothecaries in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden offers a taste of tranquility in the heart of central London. Its proximity to the River Thames creates a unique microclimate, allowing gardeners to grow plants not frequently found outside in the UK – including the world’s largest fruiting olive tree.

Picton Castle and Gardens, Pembrokeshire

A feature of the Pembrokeshire countryside since the 13th century, Picton Castle is set amongst 40 acres of enchanting grounds and gardens. Walk between the flowerbeds of the recently-restored Walled Garden and discover the delights of the Welsh Owl Garden.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Gloucestershire

The creation of three generations of women gardeners, Kiftsgate Court Gardens are every bit as special as they sound. The gardens are recognised as some of England’s most romantic – helped by the world-famous Kiftsgate rose and the gardens’ sweeping views over the Malvern Hills.

Paradise Park, East Sussex

Looking for a family-friendly day out? Paradise Park could be just the ticket. From the charming peace of the Paradise, Caribbean and Oriental Gardens, to the Planthouses, Sussex History Trail and Dinosaur Safari, there's truly something for everyone.

Birkenhead Park, Liverpool

Since its opening in 1847, Birkenhead Park has provided a much-loved pocket of green space for people to escape the city. A real pioneer in the development of public parks across the world, the Park hosts a number of listed buildings and structures, as well being a designated conservation area.

Dalby Forest Park, North Yorkshire

With glacial valleys to the south and an upland plateau to the north, Dalby Forest Park is abundant with breath-taking scenery to be enjoyed either on foot or by bike. And if your trip extends into the evening, don’t forget to look up – the Forest is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

A Scottish national treasure, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is set in over 70 acres of striking landscape offering superb panoramic views of the city. Experience a plethora of plants from around the world, with highlights including the Rock Garden, Chinese Hillside, and Alpine Houses.

Plas Brondanw Gardens, North Wales

Nestled within Snowdonia National Park, the gardens at Plas Brondanw are the finest examples of Sir Clough Wiliams-Ellis’s talent for creative landscape design. Take in the topiary and amble along the avenues of trees in this unique setting that’s inspired by the gardens of Renaissance Italy.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall

Overlooking St Michael’s Mount in a beautiful sheltered valley, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are much more than a sub-tropical garden. The woods, stream and dramatic vistas are interwoven with a programme of contemporary artwork and magical installation, cementing the Gardens’ status as one of the most unique and atmospheric Cornish attractions.

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