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5 Stunning Public Gardens In England To Visit This Autumn

Matt Crisp September 15, 2023

The autumn is many people’s favourite season, as the trees put on a stunning red and gold display and the weather brings fresh crisp days. The nights may be drawing in, but there’s still a lot to look forward to, with the countdown to Halloween, Bonfire Night, and of course Christmas appearing on the horizon. 

It’s a lovely time of year to organise a coach hire and get out and about, when the risk of summer heatwaves and storms has passed, and the air is still mellow. Here in the UK, we are blessed with many beautiful gardens that look best at this time of year and are open to the public. Here are a few suggestions to immerse yourself in nature this autumn.

Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire

The world-famous landscaped gardens at Stourhead, near Warminster, were first created by Henry Hoare in the 1740s. He took inspiration from his extensive European travels and the classical architecture of the Romans. He also introduced many exotic and rare plant and tree species that can still be seen amongst the oaks, ashes, and sycamores.

There are about 90,000 broad leaf trees that have been carefully planted to produce a wonderful display of contrasting colour in the autumn, and they can be viewed to great effect from the landscaped slopes that surround the wooded areas. The garden is full of landmarks, including the Palladian Bridge over the lake, and the Temple of Flora. 

Kenwood, Central London

This landscaped parkland close to central London contains over 6000 trees, as well as a range of rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs. Enjoy a rich display of warm colours and admire the impressive Plane tree, the Acer trees, and the Virginia creepers.

Witley Court, Worcestershire

The ruins of Witley Court near Great Witley offer classic English landscape views over lakes and trees. Enjoy the extensive woodland walks where you will find yourself surrounded by shades of burnt orange, yellow, bronze, and red. A perfect place for an autumn stroll with the family or your dog. 

Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire

The gardens at Brodsworth Hall are particularly delightful in the autumn. Enjoy the Fern Dell as the summer greens mellow into russet and red, and the saffron and gold of the beech trees. The Rose Garden is also alive with autumnal colour. 

Buckland Abbey, Devon

Buckland Abbey is a mature garden that has something to offer in every season. In the kitchen garden, you will find apple trees bearing historical varieties of fruit and a display of colourful squashes. A selection of flowers and foliage will also be on display ready to be woven into winter displays. The produce can be found on sale in the shop and cafe.