Warwickshire is blessed with scenic rolling countryside and a rich stylish heritage that is reflected in its many opulent gardens.
The Informal Cottage Garden by Susli (CC0)
Black and white timber-framed thatched cottage, surrounded by nine acres of quintessentially English country gardens, woodlands and orchards. Once owned by the Hathaway family. Regular events and Shakespeare sculpture trail.
Facilities: gift shop, coffee shop
Open: all year
Address: 22 Cottage Ln, Shottery CV37 9HH
Tel: 01789 338532
Arbury Hall in Spring © Seasonal Gardening
An Elizabethan manor house set in 20 acres of elegant 18th-c gardens, developed by Sir Roger Newdigate. A tranquil estate of rolling lawns, winding paths, mature trees, fountains and lakes. Don't miss the picturesque rose gardens in June, with island beds and pergolas draped with flowering climbers.
Facilities: parking, tea rooms
Open: April to August
Address: Griff Lane, Nuneaton CV10 7PT
Tel: 024 7638 2804
© Seasonal Gardening
One of the finest examples of a medieval moated house in England. Peaceful gardens with neat formal courtyards, clipped yew, a walled garden, fish ponds and lakeside walks.
Facilities: shop, restaurant
Open: all year (closed Xmas & part of January)
Address: Rising Ln, Knowle, Solihull B93 0DQ
Tel: 01564 783294 - Run by National Trust
Formal Parterre © Seasonal Gardening
An Elizabethan mansion with impressive formal gardens and parkland. Located on the banks of the River Avon. Activities run throughout the season, including guided walks and lectures.
Facilities: parking, shop, tea rooms
Open: all year (closed Xmas)
Address: Charlecote, Warwick CV35 9ER
Tel: 01789 470277
Elizabethan Knot Garden © Seasonal Gardening
Built around 1122 by Geoffrey de Clinton, the castle is now mainly ruins. At the front of the main keep is a grand formal knot garden - a recreation of the one planted for Elizabeth I, featuring a bejewelled Renaissance aviary and a marble fountain. The clipped box-work is planted-up with scented plants and herbs from the 16th-c.
Facilities: parking, shop, tea room
Open:all year (closed Xmas)
Address: Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1NE
Tel: 01926 852078
Wisteria in Bloom © Seasonal Gardening
Restored Tudor house built circa 1550, set in traditional gardens and parkland. The severn acre site is renowned for its historic layout, with old courtyards, terraces, fine herbaceous borders and a brick gazebo. The 16th-c yew garden is believed to have been created to represent the sermon on the mount.
Facilities: shop, refreshments, parking
Open: February to October
Address: Lapworth, Solihull B94 6AT
Tel: 01564 782024 - Run by National Trust
Rose Garden & Borders © Philip Halling (CC2)
A magnificent Palladian-style country mansion, circa 1680. Sweeping herbaceous borders provide unrivalled massed summer colour, along with the extensive rose gardens, planted by the 8th Marquess and Marchioness. A 3 mile (4km) sculpture trail in the grounds, features works by both acclaimed and emerging artists. Concerts and events throughout the year.
Facilities: parking, tea room, kids
Open: March to October
Address: Ragley Hall, Alcester B49 5NJ
Tel: 01789 762090
The Herb Gardens © SeasonalGardening
Set up in 1985 as a centre of excellence for organic horticulture. A forerunner of flower and vegetable production without chemicals or intensity. The ten acre site is filled with informal displays of herbaceous plants, herbs, roses and a collection of over 800 old vegetable varieties. Guided tours explain the principles of the Henry Doubleday organic gardening system.
Facilities: parking, cafe
Open: all year, daily (closed Xmas)
Address: Wolston Lane, Coventry CV8 3LG
Tel: 02476 303517
Terrace Gardens © Seasonal Gardening
Built in 1695 of golden sandstone, the grand manor house forms a magnificent backdrop to sweeping lawns that slope down to a patchwork of colourful terraces, leading to a large lake. To the west a zigzag path of mature trees, underplanted with wild flowers, ends in secret dell with a carp pond. Many unusual species of perennials and the national collection of asters.
Facilities: parking, cafe, plant sales
Open: all year (closed Xmas)
Address: Near Banbury OX15 6HT
Tel: 01295 670266 - Run by National Trust
Due to the wide variations in opening times, and seasonal changes, we are only able to state the core months in which these gardens are open. For details of the actual days and times of opening, please visit the garden's website using the link provided or call them using the telephone number listed.