Are you a lover of beautiful gardens and picturesque scenery? If you are and you are looking at going away for a short winter break, then we’ve got the answers for you!
Even though winter can get a little nippy, there’s no better feeling than grabbing your layered coat and walking amongst Icy grass, frosted trees and flowers.
What’s more, you’ll get so see some cute red robbins, squirrels and lovely winter skyline’s too. What more could a lover of horticulture want?
Here’s our list of the best winter gardens in the UK…
Cambridge Botanic Garden, Cambridge
This photo of Cambridge University Botanic Garden is courtesy of TripAdvisor
With a beautiful framework of mature trees and shrubs, this paradise of plants within the grounds of the University of Cambridge comprises diverse, superbly landscaped settings including; the Rock Garden, the Lake and Water Garden, the Alpine House and Seasonal Displays (including for Christmas).
This garden also boasts a collection of lavender, hardy geraniums, stunning trees and a beautiful array of British native plants.
Open daily from 10am, through holiday periods may differ. Visit the website for more information.
Abbotsbury Gardens, Weymouth
The Abbotsbury gardens are situated in beautiful valley near Chesil Beach. Beautiful trees surround the sheltered grounds, enabling sub tropical plants to grow among our native species.
Asiatic primroses border the the banks of the stream and there are many hidden treasures around every corner (but we won’t spoil it for you).
Each year in October the plants and trees are illuminated in a dazzling display of colours, which will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Abbotsbury Garden is open all year round, 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm. More information can be found on their website
Bressingham Gardens, Norfolk
Bressingham Gardens has recently celebrated it’s 60th anniversary, having been created by Alan Bloom in 1953. (It is now predominantly looked after by his son in law, Jamie Blake).
It’s 17 acres of spectacular scenery is famous for island beds of perennials, and a stunning array of seasonal foliage.
Watch: Alan Bloom at Bressingham
It is currently made up of Adrian’s Wood, a stunning winter garden with various trinkets and features and The Fragrant Garden, which smells absolutely amazing!
Open until late October. See website for details.
Hillier Gardens, Hampshire
An explosion of colour in the shape of Camellias, Rhododendrons and Magnolias will greet you at the magnificent Hillier Gardens.
During winter, the fantastic array of daphne, witch hazel and dogwood grasses among beautiful bridges, walkways and hidden gems (again we’ll keep it secret) will have you in awe.
It covers 180 acres, and has 12000 different species of plant.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens 2016 is open all year and there’s a superb new visitor centre including restaurant and shop.
See website for more information.