Unique attractions include Britain’s only Rococo Garden and the National Arboretum with dozens of other beautiful gardens to see or visit, from the grand historic to the humble NGS cottage garden.
HIDCOTE MANOR www.nationaltrust.org.uk
A maze of paths, discoveries and a sequence of garden ‘rooms’ are the hallmarks of this National Trust flagship garden.
Near Chipping Campden
KIFTSGATE COURT GARDEN www.kiftsgate.co.uk
The product of three generations of women gardeners, Kiftsgate is beautifully designed and planted.
Near Hidcote Manor
BOURTON HOUSE GARDEN www.bourtonhouse.com
Topiary, herbaceous borders, water features and a unique shade house.
BATSFORD ARBORETUM www.batsarb.co.uk
One of two major arboreta in the Cotswolds (this is the one at the northern end). As you would expect, there’s plenty of autumn colour, but it’s popular all year round. Look out for the pocket handkerchief tree in the summer.
SUDELEY CASTLE www.sudeleycastle.co.uk
Roses, topiary and abundant history.
MISARDEN PARK GARDEN www.misardenpark.co.uk
Misarden Park is open just a few days a week, but well worth planning a visit around. Confusingly the village is named ‘Miserden’.
PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN www.rococogarden.org.uk
Occupying a Cotswold valley, Painswick Rococo is pure theatre, in keeping with its sensual 18th century, er, roots.
HRH The Prince of Wales’s garden at Highgrove, near Tetbury, has become ever more open to visitors in recent years, but you will still need to pre-book. Details online.
WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Also near Tetbury. This is the National Arboretum with over 16,000 treesand miles of paths.
ABBEY HOUSE GARDENS www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk
Serious garden planning and attention to detail have made this a popular garden in Malmesbury.