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If you’re spending a holiday in the UK here is the full list of 20 beautiful public gardens that you may wish to explore.
1. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
The famous landscape gardener Capability Brown described these gardens as the “most beautiful view in England”. Dating from the 9th Century, the gardens contain a giant maze, a scented rose garden, a cascade and a lake. Admission: £18.50 (adult), £9 (child) which provides entry for a year.
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2. Royal Botanical Gardens, London
The oldest and greatest botanical garden is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See rare and interesting plants and check out carniverous species including the Venus fly trap and Pitcher plants. Admission: £17.50 (adult), £5 (child).
3. The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, Northumberland
The Alnwick Garden has one of the largest plant collections in Europe, spectacular water features, a treehouse restaurant and mystical-themed crazy golf course called The Forgotten Garden. Admission: £14.30 (adult), £5.50 (child).
4. The Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex
Beth Chatto and her late husband, Andrew, created the garden on an old car park site. They used water plants to transform the landscape into a visually-stimulating 15-acre garden. You can find the perfect plant for your outdoor space here where expert help is on hand. £30 per visitor for a seasonal membership.
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