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A one time Alton was the largest private house in Europe. Today it is renowned for its contemporary theme park and pleasure gardens, attracting over 2 million visitors each year. The gardens were landscaped by Capability Brown in the 19th-c and have survived largely untouched, with ornamental trees, rock gardens, elaborate buildings and a glass conservatory. Don's miss the lovely Pagoda fountain.
Facilities: parking, refreshments,
Open: Easter to October, daily
Address: Staffordshire ST10 4DB
Tel: 08705 204060
© National Trust Images/Andrew Baskott
Victorian gardens developed in
1842 and restored to their former glory by the National
Trust. Features include a range of themed garden from
around the world, including examples from China, Egypt
and the highlands of Scotland. Highlights include a
stumpery, conifer avenue and spectacular Dahlia borders.
Contains many unusual and rare plants
Facilities: shop, plant sales, tea
Open: February to December
Address: Grange Rd, Biddulph ST8 7SD
Tel: 01782 517999
© National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Lovely riverside terraces grace much of this 900 acre site. The grounds and gardens contain many flamboyant follies such as a Triumphal Arch, exotic Chinese house and a Doric temple. There is also a County Museum, a rare breeds farm, and a working corn mill.
Open: March to October
Address: Great Haywood, Milford ST17 0XB
Tel: 0845 459 8900
Italian Garden © Kevin Rushton (CC2)
Thousands of grasses that provide structural interest for all seasons. A 70 acre wonderland with a magnificent grassed area known as Rivers of grass created by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. More than just grasses are on dislplay here, the formal Italian Garden contains more than 80,000 perennials. Other highlights include woodland trials, lakeside walks and capability Brown landscape parkland.
Facilities: parking, shops, restaurants
Open: all year
Address: Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent
Tel: 01782 646646