Cotswold Gardens & Arboreta
Visits to gardens are often associated with summertime, but here in the Cotswolds, gardens bloom and burst with colour throughout all seasons of the year.
The Cotswold garden year begins with the first flush of snowdrops where, in early spring, Painswick Rococo Garden, Colesbourne Park and Newark Park – a former Tudor hunting lodge – are must-visit locations. As the days begin to warm and daffodils make a welcome appearance, gardens in the Cotswolds start bursting into life.
Historic woodland, such as Woodchester Park, and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Nature Reserves offer lovely walks for bluebell spotting.
There are lots of beautiful parks in the Cotswolds. Cheltenham is famous for its parks including Pittville Park (home to Pittville Pump Rooms) and Montpellier Gardens. The town’s Imperial Gardens (behind the Town Hall) is beautifully planted to suit each season.
While Westonbirt Arboretum and the slightly lesser known Batsford Arboretum are famous for their autumn colours, they are truly year-round attractions in the Cotswolds. In spring, they become awash with cherry blossom, as well as magnolia and rhododendron.
In late spring and summer, the herbaceous borders at Hidcote Manor, Snowshill Manor and Bourton House Garden will surprise and delight. Kiftsgate Court and Sudeley Castle’s Queens’ Garden - named after the four English queens that walked within – become beautifully fragrant with roses.
Highgrove House near Tetbury is the residence of HRH the Prince of Wales. It is one of the most famous gardens in the Cotswolds. It is possible to book a tour of these beautiful, organic gardens.
Broadway Tower is the highest little castle in the Cotswolds. This was the brainchild of the great 18th century landscape designer “Capability” Brown. He also landscaped the grounds of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill.
As summer starts to heat up, head to Jacobean-era Stanway House, where the world’s tallest gravity-fed water fountain will help cool you down.
When summer turns to autumn and the trees take on a golden hue, dramatic colours can be seen throughout the ancient beech woodlands of the Cotswolds. Do not miss the spectacular leaf displays at Batsford and Westonbirt during autumn in the Cotswolds.
Please take a look at the wonderful parks, gardens and arboreta's in the Cotswolds below.