Historic Houses and Gardens

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The Category Historic Houses and Gardens is a subset of Protected Areas in the UK. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Historic Houses and Gardens which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

www.capabilitybrown.org

Overview

'Use the Map to find out more about all the Capability Brown sites across the UK. The map points to a mixture of attributed and definite sites where Brown is thought to have worked or advised on.'

chorley.gov.uk/Pages/AtoZ/Astley-Hall.aspx

Overview

'Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden alongside clean and modern facilities for visitors to enjoy.'

Description from

Chorley Council

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Overview

'If you're looking for a breath of fresh air and to stretch your legs we've got the perfect walk route for you. We've got four permanent walks through our grounds ranging from the pushchair and wheelchair accessible Mile Walk to our longest walk the Woodland Walk (three miles). Pick up a Walks Leaflet with a map of all our routes from Visitor Reception next time you visit.'

Description from

National Trust

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belsay-hall-castle-and-garden...

Overview

'Outside, there are extensive grounds. A Grade I Registered heritage garden, lovingly restored and packed with an impressive array of shrubs and flowers which change with the seasons ...'

Description from

English Heritage

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berry-pomeroy-castle/things-t...

Overview

'The castle grounds are a haven for walkers with the woodlands offering a great opportunity to view the castle from different perspectives. Follow the John Musgrave Trail to enjoy beautiful views up to the castle from the lake ...'

Description from

English Heritage

www.bordehill.co.uk

Size (acreage)200
Overview

'Beyond the Garden lies 200 acres of parkland and woodland set within the beauty of the High Weald.
To the North are the woodland walks of Warren and Stephanie's Glade. The South Park features a variety of popular amenities, including Parkland and Woodland Walks.'

www.bowhillhouse.co.uk/outdoor-activities/walking-and-hiking-routes/

Overview

'At Bowhill you can wander and wonder on five way-marked trails that vary in distance and terrain. Whether you are looking for a challenging walk up into the hills or a leisurely stroll in the woods, we have more interesting paths than you can shake an oak stick at.'

Description from

Bowhill

www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/brodick-castle-garden-country-park

Overview

'The quintessential Victorian "Highland" estate, Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park on the Isle of Arran is the perfect place for a family day out. Dramatically set against the backdrop of Goatfell mountain, the grand red sandstone Scottish baronial-style castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde ...'

Description from

National Trust for Scotland

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens/t...

Overview

'Spectacularly restored to their full Victorian splendour, the gardens are home to a collection of grand gardens in miniature, filled with colourful seasonal plantings and displays. Stroll through the statue walks, the fern dell grotto and the beautiful wild rose dell.'

Description from

English Heritage

www.burghley.co.uk/about-burghley/gardens-deer-park/

Overview

'The gardens and parkland that you see today at Burghley were largely designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown in the 18th century. Today, sweeping vistas down to the spires of Stamford with the backdrop of the House create the perfect canvas for open air classical concerts, wedding receptions, events or just a quiet stroll with the dog.'

visit.caerhays.co.uk

Size (acreage)140
Overview

'You can visit the castle and gardens, walk in the grounds and visit the stunning beaches and coastal paths which make up the estate.'

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby/trails/canons-ashby-history-walk

Overview

'Canons Ashby is a hidden treasure in the heart of rural Northamptonshire; the Rose of the Shires. Built near the site of a 13th-century priory, the Elizabethan manor house is set in a tranquil ancient landscape ... '

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-coole

Overview

'Castle Coole has a range of pleasant walks to suit all abilities. Take a tranquil stroll around Lough Coole, or warm up with a cycle through the beech trees. On your walk look out for some of the highlights ...'

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo

Overview

'Discover the beautiful Lutyens-designed terraced garden with dramatic views of Dartmoor. There's plenty to see from the rose garden to the quaint Bunty House (Wendy House) complete with its own miniature garden.'

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

Overview

'We have just opened a 21 mile (34km) network of new multi-use trails ... The National Trust offers five walking trails, which are part of an off-road shared-use trail system for walkers, cyclists and horse riders at Castle Ward ... Walkers must follow the waymarkers and the direction indicated at all times. For everyone's safety, cyclists will travel in one direction and horse riders will travel in the opposite direction. We recommend all users to 'Hail a Horse' - speak to the horse rider, this will help reassure the horse ...'

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Size (acreage)800
Overview

'Originally named for the Chart well on the property, the 800 acres of rolling farmland and woodland have been part of Chartwell since 1848 when the Colquhoun's owned the property. It wasn't until 1921 that the land was split into smaller lots at auction, with the house and 82 acres being bought in 1922 by one legendary statesman.'

Description from

National Trust

www.chatsworth.org/park/

Size (acreage)1000
Overview

'Chatsworth's Park covers about 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) and is open to the public free of charge all year-round, except for the south-east section, known as the Old Park, which is not open since it is used for breeding by the herds of red and fallow deer.'

Description from

Chatsworth

See also

Chatsworth Walk [Discover Derbyshire and the Peak District]

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/chiswick-house/

Overview

'The gardens at Chiswick House have been loved for centuries. With their combination of grand vistas and hidden pathways, architectural delights and a dazzling array of flowers, shrubs and specimen trees, they create a unique oasis in this corner of London ...'

Description from

English Heritage

www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/outdoor-activities/walking-and-hiking-route...

Overview

'You'll find walks to keep your whole family happy in the grounds at Drumlanrig Castle. There are several way-marked trails, ranging from 1.5km to 7km that follow the original paths built during the Victorian era. They will lead you through a variety of habitats and features that make Drumlanrig so unique. See if you can spot one of our red squirrels while you're enjoying the outdoor life ... '

Description from

Drumlanrig Castle

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park

Size (acreage)270
Overview

'Originally an ancient deer park, Dyrham Park remains home to a herd of almost 200 fallow deer and a vibrant landscape perfect for a long walk, picnic and family fun ... There are many different directions you can head in to explore the park, but the Prospect walk is a real must. Follow the tree-lined avenue towards Old Lodge and head beyond to the topograph where, on a good day, you can see past the Severn bridges to the Black Mountains in Wales.'

Description from

National Trust

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/eltham-palace-and-gardens/

Size (acreage)19
Overview

'Explore 19 acres of beautiful gardens with new interpretation throughout ...'

Description from

English Heritage

www.exbury.co.uk

Size (acreage)200
Overview

'World-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquillity in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways ...'

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/florence-court

Overview

'There is something for all the family at this warm and welcoming 18th-century property, the former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The house enjoys a peaceful setting in west Fermanagh, with a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests. There are glorious walks to enjoy, as well as fine vistas and play areas. There is even a charming walled garden.'

Description from

National Trust

harewood.org/about/the-estate/

Size (acreage)700
Overview

'There are approximately fifteen miles of footpaths and bridleways across the Estate. This allows visitors to have access to unspoiled parkland and wonderful views. Harewood has a policy of welcoming public access and if you have any queries please contact us ...'

See also

Harewood House Walk [The Walking Englishman]

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park

Size (acreage)425
Overview

'Spanning over 422 acres, and open 363 days a year, our parkland at Hatchlands is a wonderful spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Just 45 minutes outside Greater London and with great stuff to do every season, why not stop by and enjoy a breath of fresh air.'

Description from

National Trust

www.facebook.com/HatfieldHouseHerts/

Overview

'Hatfield House is the centre of a large agricultural estate with an extensive parkland. There are three walks of varying lengths marked in the Park: [1] The Blue Walk (2 miles / 3.2 kilometres / 50 minutes) - - - : [2] The Red Walk (3.2 miles / 5.2 kilometres / 90 minutes) - - - : [3] The Green Walk (1.1 mile / 1.8 kilometres / 30 minutes).'

www.hestercombe.com

Size (acreage)50
Overview

'Discover Somerset and loose yourself in fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, tranquil woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breath away ...'

Description from

Hestercombe Gardens Trust

www.holkham.co.uk/visiting/the-park/introduction

Overview

'Holkham Hall is privately owned and a lived-in family home. As well as Viscount Coke and his family, two other families live here throughout the year and although the house is closed to the public in the winter, it is never empty or idle ... Access for pedestrians will be available via the walk-in gates at the north, east, south and west entrances from 9am to 5pm. There is free parking available close to the north gates in Holkham village car park.'

Description from

Holkham

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenwood/things-to-do/

Size (acreage)112
Overview

'Roam the meandering paths around Kenwood through 112 acres of glorious parkland. Set on the crest of one of the most popular open spaces in the capital, Hampstead Heath. Explore the ancient woodland, fascinating dairy, and look out for the beautiful sculptures and sham bridge.'

Description from

English Heritage

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kirby-muxloe-castle/

Overview

'The picturesque moated remains of Kirby Muxloe Castle are surrounded by grassed areas and a moat, perfect for picnics or walks. There are also a number of benches situated throughout the grounds.'

Description from

English Heritage

www.knebworthhouse.com

Overview

'The Gardens at Knebworth are delightful throughout the season. The 28 acre formal gardens include a maze, colourful borders, fine trees and a wilderness area with an exciting Dinosaur Trail ...'

lulworth.com/visit/days-out/walkers/

Size (acreage)1000
Overview

'Set within an enclosed 1,000 acre deer park the historic buildings and ancient woodlands of Lulworth Castle and are ideal place to explore. Pack a picnic and come and enjoy all Lulworth has to offer.'

See also

Lulworth Castle & Park [Visit Dorset]

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park

Overview

'Rain or shine the Park always looks inviting and magical especially if you can get here early in the morning before everyone else does. Explore the park to discover the many views of the old buildings that were part of the Hatfeild family's country estate. Many of the buildings are not open to the public as they are tenanted to raise valuable income for the park.'

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart

Overview

'Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens in the National Trust's ownership.

Description from

National Trust

www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

Overview

'Experience the romance and mystery of Newstead Abbey, once home to the notorious poet, Lord Byron. A beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire.'

Description from

Nottingham City Council

*Nostell New!

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell

Size (acreage)300
Overview

'Built as an ambitious statement by the Winn family between 1725-1785, Nostell is a showcase for elegant and fashionable design. It was created not simply as a home, but also to send out an important message about the family's wealth and social status.'

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house

Overview

'A short hop from central London by tube but a world apart. Stroll up the tree-lined drive, past the grazing Charolais cattle and you'd think you're in the country, not urban Hounslow. Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.'

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood-house

Overview

'An easy walk around Packwood House, going through the park and up to the church.

 

Description from

National Trust

www.pictoncastle.co.uk/visitor-info/location-and-map

Size (acreage)40
Overview

'Picton Castle is an RHS Partner Garden and comprises 40 acres of some of the most beautiful woodland gardens and grounds in West Wales ...'

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey/trails/the-polesden-lacey-big-...

Size (acreage)1400
Overview

'With a 1,400 acre estate dating back to Roman times, Polesden is rich in history and enjoys stunning views over the Surrey Hills. This challenging walk takes you into the heart of Ranmore Common and offers fantastic views over Denbies Hillside and can be enjoyed at any time of year. '

Description from

National Trust

www.raby.co.uk/raby-castle/discover/the-park-gardens/

Size (acreage)200
Overview

'Raby Castle is surrounded by 200 acres of lush green parkland, where herds of Red and Fallow Deer live wild. Follow one of the walks through the park and around the ponds where you'll see plenty of wildlife. You will also enjoy exploring 5 acres of traditional 18th century ornamental Walled Gardens including fabulous Yew Hedges, trees, plants and ornaments from the 18th and 19th century.'

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rowallane-garden

Overview

'Carved from the County Down landscape, the garden has grown from the 19th century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. Their vision helped create a place where you can leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in nature's beauty. The gardens are a mix of formal and informal spaces with many unusual vistas and unique plants from across the world. The trees, plants and shrubs range in ages, size and colour and create a spectacle throughout the year.'

Description from

National Trust

www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/parks/estates/rozelle.aspx

Overview

'The gardens of Rozelle combine mature woodland, rhododendron walks, parkland and ornamental ponds, to produce a rich and varied landscape for all visitors.'

Description from

South Ayrshire Council

See also

Museums and Galleries [South Ayrshire Council]

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall

Overview

'There are regular guided walks around the estate where our knowledgeable guides will give you an insight into the history of the local area and how it was shaped by the Delaval family. If you prefer to do your own thing, we've suggested some walks that might suit your needs ... '

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/springhill

Overview

'Experience the stunning views and nature of the wider estate. You don't have to be an expert to go walking you just need to enjoy getting outside.'

Description from

National Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

Overview

'There are lots of fascinating places to explore in the grounds at Stourhead and surrounding countryside: [1] King Alfred's Tower - - - : [2] Six Wells Bottom - - - : [3] The Parkland - - - : [4] The tenant farms - - - : [5] Our hazel dormous project - - - : [6] Park Hill Camp - a history mystery - - - : [7] Whitesheet Hill - why is it so special? ...'

Description from

National Trust

www.historichouses.org/houses/house-listing/syon-house.html

Size (acreage)200
Overview

'30-acre gardens within 200-acre park transformed by "Capability" Brown; stunning domed conservatory designed by Charles Fowler in the 1820s.'

Description from

Historic Houses Association

See also

Syon Park

www.titsey.org

Overview

'The House and Gardens are held in Charitable Trust and for part of the year are open to the public offering: Picturesque parkland, bordered by broadleaf woodland and grazed by the "Titsey Herd" of pedigree Sussex cattle; Woodland walks in the Titsey Plantation and High Chart with views across the Downs.'

www.tresco.co.uk/enjoying/abbey-garden

Overview

'The terraced sub-tropical Abbey Garden is home to a spectacular collection of 20,000 plants from more than 80 countries.'

Description from

Tresco Estate

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/witley-court-and-gardens/

Overview

'Explore the winding woodland paths of Witley's vast parkland and wonder at the many different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world. The rhododendron collection is particularly impressive. Follow the path beside the lake and look out for the rustic Victorian boathouse.  If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a great crested grebe fishing for his supper. Just one of the many beautiful birds which make up Witley's varied wildlife.'

Description from

English Heritage

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wrest-park/

Overview

'Explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park. From dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping views and woodland walks, Wrest Park is a real treat for the senses.'

Description from

English Heritage

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