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Gardens to visit in Cumbria

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Here are some links to gardens to visit, either locally or whist on holiday in Cumbria. The sites we list include other sites recommending gardens as well as individual gardens.

The gardens listed include gardens which have limited access for people to visit, as well as other gardens open to the public all the year round - so check the opening times of particular gardens before going.


General Open Garden sites

National Gardens Scheme - The Charity behind The Yellow Book of gardens open to The public. Often small and usual gardens open just one or two days a year. The site includes The GardenFinder database for finding gardens to visit.

National Trust - Lists The gardens and property owned by The National Trust in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Garden History and Garden Tours - International guide to gardens to visit - includes large number of UK gardens.

British Red Cross Open Gardens programme offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of some hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public.

English Heritage - Lists The English Heritage gardens and properties open to The public.

Garden Shows - Diary of gardening shows around The UK.


Please check opening times by website or other contact detail as gardens have their own various opening times.

Gardens to visit in Cumbria

Ambleside,
Lake District,
LA22 9LU
Rydal Mount - Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden remains very much as he designed it.

It consists of fell -side terraces, including Dora's Terrace, rock pools and an ancient mound. There are rare shrubs and, in season, the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display of colour.
Cark-in-Cartmel,
Nr Grange-over-Sands,
Cumbria LA11 7PL
Holker Hall and Gardens The immaculately kept gardens (25 acres in all) are part woodland and part formal garden. These are complimented by the 200 -acre 'natural' parkland, which is the result of late 18th century planting by Lord George Cavendish. Over generations the family have continued to develop the gardens and they are constantly evolving as new plantings are made or new ideas are born and Lord and Lady Cavendish continue to make changes and additions to these gardens.
Coniston,
Cumbria,
LA21 8AD
Brantwood At the Estate's heart are eight unique and beautiful gardens which continue the many radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began. They are broadly divided into three areas - the northern and southern gardens, which involve some walking uphill, and the lower gardens which are suitable for all.
Kendal,
Cumbria,
LA8 0PD
Levens Hall - a fine Elizabethan house and world -famous gardens, also the Bellingham Buttery for home -made cooking. All ages will find much to discover and enjoy.
Temple Sowerby,
Penrith,
CA10 1SP
Acorn Bank Garden - Wander along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored watermill, enjoying wildlife in the woods on the way, and discover more about the history of gypsum mining on the estate. Enjoy the views across the Eden Valley to the Lake District from the magnificent backdrop of the sandstone house.
Sizergh,
near Kendal,
Cumbria,
LA8 8AE Sat Nav : LA8 8DZ
Sizergh Beautiful medieval house, with rich gardens and estate.

Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.
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