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Beautiful British Gardens to explore this summer

Written by Amy Hughes

Roses are red, violets are blue
Summer is here, these beautiful gardens are waiting for you!
You’ll find treehouses, flowers and maybe bumblebees,
Enjoy the sound of the birds and the breeze in the trees!

Kew Gardens, London

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Kew Gardens is a great day out where you’ll be dazzled by colour displays of plants and flowers. Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world’s most famous garden. With ever-changing exhibits, there will always be something new to discover and lovely events to attend throughout the year. BOOK HERE

Longleat, Warminster

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Longleat house is set in beautiful gardens and 900 acres of stunning landscape. Spend the day exploring the grounds and come close to lions, monkeys and more in the drive-through safari! Head down under for an Australian Summer from 20th July until 2nd September. Visit Koala Creek and its new residents, the indoor beach at the Longhouse from 27th July, and marvel at the colourful performances in the Main Square all summer long! BOOK NOW.

Kensington Palace, London

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Visit the Royal residence which has recently undergone a huge £12 million refurbishment and is now even more amazing than before! The popular Diana Memorial Playground is the perfect place for your little ones to let off some steam and explore the stunning Italian Gardens and marvel at the many statues and fountains located within its grounds—all of which are truly fascinating! BOOK NOW.

Windsor Great Park, Windsor

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Explore over 4,800 acres at Windsor Great Park. You will never be short of something to do! With a royal history spanning over 1,000 years, you can encounter historical monuments, ancient forests and stunning horticultural displays, as well as rare wildlife, plants and fungi. While you’re here, why not visit the beautiful Windsor Castle too? BOOK NOW.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

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Okay, so this technically isn’t a garden, but ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the largest zoo in Britain and covers over 600 acres – plenty of space to explore! Explore the largest butterfly biomes of any UK Zoo, and delve into the many habitats including Europe, Asia and Africa too. BOOK NOW.

GoApe!, Various Locations

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Explore the wilderness near you from the ground or the treetops! From Treetop Adventure right the way up to the highest course in Tree Top Challenge, which one are you brave enough to take on? You can also enjoy a segway journey through the forest. With locations across the country, there’s bound to be an adventure near you. BOOK NOW.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

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If you find yourself near Edinburgh this summer, make sure you visit the Queen’s official residence in Scotland and home of so much Scottish royal history. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the beautiful Palace gardens are a great place to explore as a family. With 4 hectares to explore, as well as the palace itself, this is a great day out in the beautiful Scottish city. BOOK NOW. 

Furzey Gardens, Lyndhurst

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These magical gardens are hiding over 40 fairy doors for you to hunt out as you make your way around. You will also find a variety of tree houses, lookout towers and an adventure playground. Join one of the monthly guided walks or the monthly Furzey Toddle, a garden-themed activity for preschool children on the first Thursday of each month. Find out more. 

Trebah Garden, Falmouth

This sub-tropical paradise provides a magical Cornish village garden with exotic blooms, vibrant tunnels and there is even a secluded beach on the Helford River. There are also adventure play areas and children’s trails for the little ones to enjoy and even the family dog is welcome too! Find out more. 

Bowood House and Gardens, Calne

In the gardens at Bowood, you will find gorgeous flowers and landscaped parkland. Bowood is recognised for its award-winning walled gardens, an Italian-inspired terrace garden and the most remarkable of all, The Woodland Gardens. They will be holding their annual summer garden party on 27th July 2019 so you can start the school holidays in style! Find out more.

The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

Fancy having lunch in a giant treehouse suspended 18 meters above the ground? Luckily for you, we know just the place! You’ll also find 120 water jets at the Grand Cascade, an adventure golf course, and the family dog can come along for the adventure too! Find out more.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

This magnificent royal palace was once Henry VIII’s favourite residence but these days all the family can explore the grand state rooms, discover what goes on in the Tudor Kitchens and wander around the stunning gardens all steeped in amazing history. See how long it takes the family to escape the famous maze! Find out more.

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