Great Peak District Gardens to Visit …
Such is the variety of landscape, style and history across the Peak District that there is almost every kind of Garden imaginable for visitors to enjoy. Whatever your horticultural passions there will be a garden where you can indulge them on our doorstep.
With many country houses and stately homes you will find the formal gardens and rich herbaceous borders that for many define the British Country home, and beyond them the landscape estates and parkland pioneered by the inspirational Lancelot Capability Brown.
Beyond these grand classic gardens you will also find a choice of small, more intricate gardens, lovingly cared for by private owners, where the personal vision is clearly visible and can be enjoyed … ours are not bad either.
Not forgetting the Peak District town parks which are well known for their sumptuous floral displays all year round.
If gardens are your passion then you can visit a different garden every day when you visit the Peak District.
Our favourites include:
Having evolved over more than 450 years, the 105 acre garden continues to evolve. The garden is famous for its rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, the Victorian rock garden and the maze – there is plenty to discover at every turn.
Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. The Fountain Terrace was replanted by Chelsea Award winner Arne Maynard in 2011, and looks splendid as it matures and fills the garden with all shades of pink and purple.
The stunning Italianate gardens were laid out in the late 19th Century by Sir George Sitwell 4th Baronet. Walk around the formal garden enjoying the lawns and borders. Take a stroll down the lime avenue to see “The Angel of Fame”. Relax on one of the benches taking time to take in the beauty and tranquillity of the gardens.
Lea Gardens is a Rhododendron Garden just outside the village of Lea. The Garden covers three and a half acres and is situated within a woodland area, with access paths which allow visitors to see the 500 or more varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants.
Thornbridge Hall Gardens
Set in 100acres of parkland, there are 12 acres of quintessentially English Gardens surrounding the Hall. Designed in the 1890’s. Areas of the garden include the Italian Garden, Water Garden and Grottos, Koi Lake and 100ft Herbaceous Border, amongst others. Also housed in the Gardens are statuary from Chatsworth, Clumber, Sydnope Hall, as well as statues gifted to the Hall by the Greek government.
Lyme Park is a large estate located south of Disley, Cheshire. The estate is managed by the National Trust and consists of a mansion house surrounded by formal gardens and is a must for Pride and Prejudice fans as the lake was made famous by Colin Firth.
Managed by the National Trust, Ilam is a beautiful area of open park and woodland, running on both banks of the River Manifold and with spectacular views towards Dovedale.
Many layers of history make the beautiful park a fascinating place to visit. Stroll along leafy Lady Spencer’s Walk, created for the mother in law of the 5th Duke so she could enjoy some gentle exercise when she visited her daughter, Georgiana Spencer. With formal gardens and a newly refurbished visitor centre there’s lots to see and do.
An historical estate with a neo-classical mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, 1000 acres of deer park, a rare breed farm and medieval Old Hall.
Buxton Pavilion Gardens
Gardens are enjoyed by over 500,000 people every year. The combination of walks, lakes, play areas and miniature train ensure that they remain a firm favourite with the whole family.
Owned by the National Trust, one of Britain’s most exciting and unusual gardens, with a series of connected compartments. Features a Chinese garden, Italian garden & Scottish Glen.
The restored formal gardens and many new and interesting features including the 1 acre walled garden in which there are over 2000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn & rose walk, around 2 ornamental ponds leading to the wildlife lake, Arboretum, Laburnum tunnel, Birch Avenue and more, creating a wonderful Summer spectacular with visual surprises at each corner.
There are also the famous Peak District Well Dressings and of course the village open gardens, which includes our Secret Gardens of Winster.
On one weekend each year, a large number of residents open their gardens to their neighbours and to visitors from further afield. Visitors follow a garden trail around the streets and alleys of the picturesque village, exploring a wide variety of gardens.
Not forgetting the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2017 which we are very excited about.