The Cotswolds has some of the finest gardens and arboretums in the country. Many are designed on a grand scale, but there are also lots of smaller gardens full of the old-fashioned intimacy of a country cottage.
Cotswold Garden Route
To celebrate 'The Year of the Garden' in 2016 we have produced a Cotswolds Garden Route so visitors can explore the 35 gardens in the Cotswolds. For more information about the gardens and events such as the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and to plot your garden route, please:
- view the new Cotswolds Garden Route leaflet
Open Garden Schemes
Our passion for plants and flowers never ceases. Look out for colourful displays in towns as well as villages. Some gardens are open to visitors all through the year. Many others are opened a few times a year as part of the National Gardens and Red Cross Schemes. Whole villages often arrange special open days to tie in with the garden events – look out for these opportunities to visit and enjoy.
Manor House Gardens
Apart from the cottage garden, it is the manor house garden which most typifies the Cotswolds, and the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Gardens, near Chipping Campden are world-famous. Also look out for Kiftsgate Court Garden nearby.
Sezincote, near Moreton-in-Marsh radiates the brilliance of a garden design, which brought experts like Repton and Daniell to mould a partly oriental garden around an Indian style house. Close by, Bourton House Garden is one not to be missed.
Westonbirt school and Gardens open on certain days throughout the summer.
At Westonbirt, near Tetbury, and at Batsford, near Moreton-in-Marsh, there are world-famous arboretums, designed and built on a grand scale and perfectly complementing the grand houses they served. Batsford has over 1,000 specimens of different trees; Westonbirt covers 600 acres.
For more information please contact our visitor information centres