Cotswolds: Discover the Best Gardens in the Cotswolds (2023)

Travel Cotswolds: List of best gardens

The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty with miles of picturesque countryside and breathtaking scenery.

Renowned for being home to some of England’s most charming and historic market towns, the region is also famous for quaint streets, honey-coloured stone buildings, and home to beautiful plants and flowers.

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The Cotswolds has many beautiful gardens to explore including properties owned/managed by the National Trust, private gardens, manor houses, castles and all steeped in history and culture.

Read on for our pick of the best gardens to visit in the Cotswolds!

1. Hidcote Manor Garden

This world-renowned garden and National Trust property, Hidcote is inspired by arts & crafts and known for its series of outdoor rooms, each with its own distinct character and planting style.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm. According to the website, advance ticket booking is a must if you intend to visit before 1pm and parking availability will be reduced.

Guide prices: £16.00 per adult, £8.00 per child and £44.00 for a family ticket. APRIL 2023

Call 0344 249 1895 for information.

2. Kiftsgate Court Gardens

This garden is the creation of three generations of women gardeners and features a wild garden, orchard, white sunken garden, wide borders, rose borders and so much more.

Kiftsgate is also known for its stunning views over the surrounding countryside and is a favourite location for weddings and film shoots.

Admission rates for 2023 are £11.00 per adult and £3.00 for children; a steal for what you can see there.

3. Snowshill Manor and Garden

This National Trust property, located near Broadway, is known for its beautiful terraced garden, which features a range of colourful plants and flowers.

Previously owned by the eccentric Charles Wade who was fascinated by anything hand-crafted and made with skill, Snowshill Manor is full of everything from mechanical doorbells to suits of armour and costume.

The gardens are an extension of the house with many outdoor rooms that were created to delight and surprise.

Another attraction is Wolf’s Cove, which is a model depicting a Cornish fishing village that Charles Wade designed and built.

Admission prices are Adult £13, Child £6.50 and more ticket options can be found here (April 2023) and it’s recommended to pre-book if visiting before 2pm.

Call: 0138 6852410 Email: snowshillmanor@nationaltrust.org.uk

4. Sezincote House and Garden

This garden, located near Moreton-in-Marsh, is known for its stunning Indian-inspired architecture, as well as its beautiful water garden and exotic plants.

A family-run estate covers 3,500 acres has has a 200-year old Indian palace, temples, grottos, waterfalls and, if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, the gardens have canals, Irish yews, climbing plants, and a water garden. There’s also an orangery.

For the gardens, you’re free to roam. For the house, you must join a guided tour.

Garden Tickets: Adults £7.50 Children (16 & under) £2.50.
House Tickets: Adults £12.50 Children (16 & under) £7.50
April– October 11am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm, gates close 5.15pm
November to March (closed Dec) 11am-4pm, last entry 3.30pm, gates close 4.15pm

This information was current as at April 2023. Please check opening times on the website or Email: enquiries@sezincote.com

5. Bourton House Garden

The fifth on our list of best gardens to visit in the Cotswolds, can be found near Bourton-on-the-Hill and once featured on BBC 2’s Gardeners’ World.

Known for its stunning herbaceous borders and topiary and knot garden, Bourton House Garden is open from now every open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 10am to 5pm until the end of October 2023.

There’s a tree walk and gardens with flowers that bloom after other gardens have finished in the summer.

Admission £9 per person (payment by card is requested. Under 16’s free), there’s a cafe (open May to September), and tables and chairs are provided at the orchard and in the tithe barn. Parking is free. No dogs, picnics or drones allowed.

Email: info@bourtonhouse.com

6. Highgrove House and Gardens

Any list of best gardens to visit in the Cotswold has to include Highgrove.

This is the private residence of Their Majesties The King Charles III and the Queen Consort and the gardens, open to the public on selected dates throughout the year, are some of the most renowned in the entire United Kingdom

Visitors to Highgrove can wander through the Arboretum and see acer, beech and cherry trees, and magnolias and witness the extraordinary carpet of pink or white Cyclamen coum flowers. Highgrove offers some of the best gardens to see.

The Wild Flower Meadow has oak, chestnut, poplar and beech trees and was originally developed using a 32-species seed mix.

In 2012, this meadow was the first of 60 Coronation Meadows by a project started by HM The King Charles III to commemorate the 60th anniversary of HM The Queen’s coronation.

This being a royal residence, only group tours are possible and these cost £30.00 and run on selected dates from May to September. There is far more to see at Highgrove so the ticket price is good value. The best way to get there is by car or coach.

All visitors need to bring photo ID (ideally a passport, driving license or bus pass), there are random security checks, mobile phones and cameras are restricted in certain areas, binoculars and recording equipment are not allowed for security reasons.

Please check the website to see why we put this in our list of best gardens and other information.

7. Painswick Rococo Garden

This garden, located near Stroud, is known for its stunning Rococo-style design, as well as its collection of rare plants and beautiful water features.

Painswick Rococo Garden is a hidden gem in the heart of the Cotswolds. Set on five acres of stunningly landscaped gardens with sweeping views over the Severn Valley, this garden is one of England’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens.

The beauty and charm of Painswick Rococo Garden lie in its intricate details: from the immaculately maintained Victorian flower beds to the winding paths and charming bridges, it’s easy to understand why this place has become an iconic Cotswolds attraction.

Call: 01452 813204 Email: info@rococogarden.org.uk

8. Barnsley House Gardens

This is No. 8 on our best gardens list, located near Cirencester, and is known for its beautiful knot garden, as well as its stunning borders and water features.

Get ready to be enchanted by the breathtaking Barnsley House and of the best gardens in the Cotswolds! Crafted with expert care and precision-perfection, these classic English country gardens are a sight you won’t soon forget.

Created by the famous garden designer Rosemary Verey, the gardens at Barnsley House are a classic example of an English country garden. 

You may be interested to know that Rosemary Verey designed the gardens for Prince Charles, Sir Elton John and the New York Botanical Gardens, making a visit to Barnsley a must!

Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed to walk into the gardens. Private garden tours are offered for groups of 10 to 40 and includes lunch or afternoon tea. If you are staying at Barnsley House or dining at the restaurant, you can explore the gardens.

Call: 01285 740000 or Email: reservations@barnsleyhouse.com for more information.

9. Westonbirt

Number 9 on our best gardens to visit in the Cotswolds, is a beautiful arboretum, located near Tetbury, and home to a range of rare and exotic trees, as well as beautiful gardens and walking trails.

Westonbirt features many stunning historical features, such as the ancient trees and follies built in the 19th century and there are 2,500 different species and 5 national tree collections. 

The beautiful ruins of Westonbirt Abbey are a testament to its long history and is an ideal place for walkers and nature lovers who want to explore the area’s diverse flora and fauna.

The gardens also offer great opportunities for picnicking, a tree top walk, spotting a Gruffalo, outdoor cinema, family trail, and so much more.

Pricing is different throughout the year and ranges from £9 in December to February and £12 March – September & 13 – 30 November per adult. Westonbirt is open every day except Christmas Day, parking is free, dogs are welcome but not in the Old Arboretum or during events.

Email: info@forestryengland.uk

10. Batsford Arboretum

This garden, one of my favourites, located near Moreton-in-Marsh, is known for its beautiful collection of trees, as well as its stunning herbaceous borders and water features.

Batsford Arboretum is an amazing place to visit while in the Cotswolds and rounds out our list of best gardens.

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Spread out over 56 acres with beautiful gardens and a large collection of rare trees from around the world, this arboretum has snowdrops, spring bulbs and Japanese cherry blossoms.

Ticket prices (April 2023) are £9 per adult, £3.50 for children – check the website for more about pricing information. Opening times are from 9.30am-5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sundays. Last entry is 4pm and cars have to leave by 5.15pm. No overnight parking allowed.

Call: 01386 701441 Email: arboretum@batsfordfoundation.co.uk

And there you have it! Our ten best gardens to visit in the Cotswolds!

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, or an after lunch adventure, these best gardens are sure to provide the perfect backdrop.

If you liked this guide, you may like our guides on Top Five Places to Visit for Unforgettable Experiences, Discover Cirencester, A Roman Gem in the Heart of England or 5 Day Cotswolds Road Trip Itinerary.

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