10 Best Cotswolds Gardens To Visit (2023)

The Cotswolds are a haven for garden lovers, where nature and tranquility come together in delightful harmony.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect spot to unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, then a visit to one of the ten best Cotswolds gardens is just what you need.

From the picturesque beauty of Hidcote Manor Gardens to the colorful blooms of Painswick Rococo Garden, each garden offers something unique that will capture your heart and soothe your soul.

Take a stroll through the maze at Bourton House Garden or marvel at the stunning topiary of Kiftsgate Court Gardens.

Whatever your preference, there’s a Cotswolds garden that’s perfect for you. So pack a picnic lunch, slip on your walking shoes and come explore the beauty of these stunning gardens!

10 Best Cotswolds Gardens

Here’s our pick of the top ten must visit Cotswolds gardens.

Garden NameLocationQuirky FactOpening Times and Entry CostNearby Attractions
Hidcote Manor GardensChipping CampdenCreator was an American horticulturistCheck website for opening times, £15.50 for adults, £7.75 for childrenKiftsgate Court Gardens, Cotswold villages, Stratford-upon-Avon
Kiftsgate Court GardensMickletonHome to the world’s largest roseCheck website for opening times, £10 for adults, free for children under 16Chipping Campden
Painswick Rococo GardenPainswickUK’s only complete surviving rococo gardenCheck website for opening times, £8 for adults, £3.80 for childrenPainswick Beacon, Slad
Highgrove Royal GardensTetburyPrivate gardens of HRH The Prince of WalesPre-booked tickets only, check website, around £27.50Tetbury, Market House
Sudeley Castle GardensWinchcombePart of the only private castle in England where a queen is buriedCheck website for opening times, around £16.75 for adults, £7.75 for childrenSaxon town of Winchcombe
Batsford ArboretumMoreton-in-MarshOne of the largest private tree collections in the countryCheck website for opening times and entry costsCotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh
Bourton House GardenBourton-on-the-HillVoted ‘Garden of the Year’, 18th-century dovecote with white dovesCheck website for detailsBourton-on-the-Water
Snowshill ManorSnowshillEclectic collection of objects amassed by Charles WadeCheck website for entry costs and opening timesBroadway village, Broadway Tower
Cerney House GardensNorth CerneyKnown as a ‘gardener’s garden’, quirky ‘Witch’s Hat’ summerhouseCheck website for detailsCirencester, one of the largest towns in the Cotswolds
Abbey House GardensMalmesburyPrevious owners were known as ‘The Naked Gardeners’ and held clothing optional open days.Check website for opening times and entry costsMalmesbury Abbey, Athelstan Museum
Sezincote House and Garden
Moreton-in-MarshUnique blend of Indian and English style, inspired the Brighton PavilionCheck website for opening times and entry costsStow-on-the-Wold, Cotswold Motoring Museum
Some gardens may be closed or have different opening times during winter. Prices are subject to change.

Cotswolds Gardens Overview

Hidcote Manor Gardens

A lawnmower found at Hidcote and in our list of top ten Cotswolds gardens to visit

Hidcote Manor Gardens is a quintessentially English garden loved for its intricate design of outdoor ‘rooms’. Quirky fact: the garden’s creator, Lawrence Johnston, was an American horticulturist.

The garden is in Chipping Campden, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Kiftsgate Court Gardens. After visiting, consider exploring the surrounding Cotswold villages or the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

There’s more fascinating information we found on this Pinterest pin.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

There’s a real treat in this list of Cotswolds gardens because this is home to the world’s largest rose, the ‘Kiftsgate Rose’, which can climb up to 50 feet. The gardens are managed by three generations of women since 1920. While you’re there, the beautiful village of Chipping Campden is worth a visit.

Painswick Rococo Garden

The Painswick Rococo Garden, in Painswick, is the UK’s only complete surviving rococo garden and known for its flamboyant design and theatrical ‘flights of fancy’ structures. An interesting feature is its maze made of maize. Nearby attractions include the Painswick Beacon and the quaint village of Slad. Watch a video tour (music only) here.

Highgrove Royal Gardens

Highgrove Royal Gardens in Tetbury are the private gardens of King Charles II. Apart from the lovely gardens, there is a stunning meadow filled with wildflowers. Entry is by pre-booked ticket only, available on their website. Tetbury, with its independent shops and the Market House, is a short drive away.

Sudeley Castle Gardens

Located in Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle Gardens are part of the only private castle in England where a queen is buried – Queen Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. Don’t forget to explore the ancient Saxon town of Winchcombe, nearby. This is my favorite castle in the Cotswolds. There are gardens, mysterious art pieces, plenty of places to enjoy peace, and just an enjoyable place to go.

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, is home to one of the largest private tree collections in the country. Interestingly, it was also a filming location for the movie ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’. The Cotswold Falconry Centre and the town of Moreton-in-Marsh are nearby attractions.

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Bourton House Garden

The Bourton House Garden in Bourton-on-the-Hill was once voted ‘Garden of the Year’. It is renowned for its innovative color combinations. A quirky feature is the 18th-century dovecote that still houses a flock of white doves. Visit their website for details. The popular village of Bourton-on-the-Water is nearby.

Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor, in Snowshill, is known for its eclectic collection of objects amassed by Charles Wade, who believed in the motto ‘Let nothing perish’. Broadway village and the Broadway Tower are worth a visit while in the area.

Cerney House Gardens

Cerney House Gardens in North Cerney is a romantic secret garden known as a ‘gardener’s garden’. The garden’s quirky ‘Witch’s Hat’ summerhouse is a must-see. Cirencester, one of the largest towns in the Cotswolds, is nearby.

Abbey House Gardens

In Malmesbury, Abbey House Gardens are famously known as the ‘Naked Gardeners’ garden’ because of the owners’ preference for gardening in the nude. There were also various family feuds, allegations of witchcraft over the years. The gardens are being rejuvenated and this will impact the opening times. Malmesbury Abbey and the Athelstan Museum are popular local attractions.

Sezincote House and Garden

Sezincote House and Garden is a beautiful hidden gem near Moreton-in-Marsh, for its unique blend of Indian and English style. The garden’s design is said to have inspired the Brighton Pavilion. In fact, it’s the only estate of its kind in the country. Nearby attractions include the town of Stow-on-the-Wold and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

The Best Time To Visit The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds offer a magical experience year-round with spring, summer, fall and winter, each having a particular charm and appeal with March to May and September to November, ideal times to visit.

Traditionally, June, July and August see a steady influx of local and international tourists visiting the region and many make a beeline for the many Cotswolds gardens found in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Spring is a good time to visit if you prefer mild to warm weather and want to witness the blooming flowers and baby lambs.

It is at this time the Cotswolds gardens are at their most beautiful, and you can see colorful cherry tree blossoms at Batsford Arboretum or on the Evesham Blossom trail.

Fall is another great time to visit with rust-colored leaves lining walking paths, autumnal scenery, and the feeling of nature resting after the busy summer months.

Summer in the Cotswolds brings the best weather and a chance to experience lush green fields, enjoy food and drink in outdoor settings, and see the very best the region has to offer.

Cotswolds Weather

This being England, you may know the weather can be unpredictable and the subject is used as a greeting, conversation starter, and casual commentary. When the weather is good, then the Cotswolds may be enjoyed in all their glory.

I visited in December one year and there was snow in places turning the landscape into a winter wonderland and there was nothing like finding a traditional Cotswold pub and cozying up next to a real log fire.

Temperatures and Rainfall

All temperatures in the table below are in Fahrenheit, and rainfall is in inches.

The warm season lasts from June 15 to September 9, while the cool season lasts from November 16 to March 16. The weather is unpredictable, so be prepared.

Below is a table showing the average rainfall and temperature year round in the Cotswolds.

MonthWarmest Month (°F)Coldest Month (°F)Average High Temp (°F)Average Low Temp (°F)Average Rainfall (Inches)
Sources: www.weatherandclimate.com and www.currentresults.com
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