Kent Gardens to Visit

Iden Croft Herb Gardens - 5 miles

Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, Maidstone, Kent, TN12 0DH 
(t) 01580 891432

Enjoy these Herb Gardens and a 15th Century Walled Garden. National Oreganum & Mentha collections, aromatic wild flowers, bee/butterfly plants are just some of the attractions. Tours and talks by prior arrangement. Tea shop. Plants for sale.

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Sissinghurst Gardens - 6 miles

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB
(t) 01580 710701

This internationally renowned garden was developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. It comprises small enclosed compartments, with colour throughout the season, resulting in an intimate and romantic atmosphere (the garden is more peaceful after 4). The new vegetable garden, now fully productive, supplies fresh vegetables and fruit to the licensed restaurant. The surrounding Wealden landscape, along with the property's accompanying farm, were central to Vita and Harold's love and overall vision for Sissinghurst.

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Leeds Castle - 9 miles

Leeds Castle Maidstone Kent ME17 1PL
(t) 01622 765400

Leeds Castle is one of the best preserved historic castles in South East England, as well as one of the most iconic. The castle is set in over 500 acres of lush green parkland and is ideal for long relaxing strolls and picnics. Dating back to 1119, Leeds Castle has been altered, rebuilt and added to over the past 900 years.
You'll find medieval gatehouses and Norman foundations, Tudor towers and a Gloriette updated during Henry VIII's reign, as well as 19th century additions. All of this was lovingly restored during the mid 20th Century by Lady Baillie, the last private owner of Leeds Castle.

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Hole Park - 9 miles

Hole Park, Benenden Rd, Rolvenden, Cranbrook TN17 4JB
(t) 01580 241 344

Tucked away in the Weald of Kent, between the pretty village of Rolvenden and the charming town of Cranbrook, lies Hole Park Gardens which has to be one of the best gardens in Kent. An attractively laid out, privately owned 15 acre garden, Hole Park is often referred to as a hidden gem, and there are plenty of treasures to be found within its walls and hedges

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Smallhythe Place - 10 miles

Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG
(t) 01580 762334

The half-timbered house, built in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928, and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and the working Barn Theatre.

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Godinton House and Gardens - 11 miles

Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP 
(t) 01233 620773

Godinton House and Gardens is one of the most important and fascinating houses in Kent. For over 600 years many generations of Tokes and subequent owners have embellished and added to Godinton. The result is a charming house whose history is revealed through the variety of its style, taste and furnishings from the 14th Century to the present day.

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Mote Park - 11 miles

Mote Park, Maidstone, ME15 8NQ
(t) 01622 602188

Mote Park is one of the largest public parks in the South East of England, with the scale and character of a country park. It is Maidstone's largest park, covering more than 450 acres of mature parkland with a 30-acre lake, providing a wide range of recreational activities. A great place to walk around, exercise or just sit and watch the swans.

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Bedgebury National Pinetum - 12 miles

Park Ln, Goudhurst, CRANBROOK, Kent TN17 2SL
(t) 01580 879820

Open every day, Bedgebury is the perfect place for cycling, walking, riding and playing in a spectacular world of trees.

The National Pinetum is a world-class collection of dramatic conifers and a beautiful setting for a country walk in all seasons. The two thousand-acre Bedgebury Forest offers miles of family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking and adventure play for all ages and abilities.

The Visitor Centre has cycle hire, refreshments and showers. As a location for healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting, Bedgebury is in a class of its own.

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Finchcocks - 12 miles

Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1HH
(t) 01580 211702

Finchcocks is an early Georgian manor house surrounded by 13 acres of gardens and parkland. The house is now a musical museum with a famous collection of period keyboards. There is a walled garden, pergolas and orchard.

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Merriments Nursery and Garden - 14 miles

Merriments Gardens, Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green, East Sussex, TN19 7RA
(t) 01580 860666

Created during the early 1990s the beautiful gardens at Merriments have quickly developed into a stunningly beautiful 4 acres of densely planted borders where the plants grown in the nursery can be seen in a garden context with a truly remarkable depth of imagination.

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Marle Place - 14 miles

Marle Place, Brenchley, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 7HS
(t) 01892 722304

In Brenchley, near Tonbridge in Kent, Marle Place is a peaceful, privately owned Wealden garden, ten acres of formal planting and many more acres of woodland and orchard. Situated close to Scotney and Sissinghurst Castles. Winner of the Kent Wildlife Gardens Gold Award 2009, given by Kent Wildlife Trust.

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Yalding Organic Gardens - 14 miles

The Yalding Garden, Bushel Box Farm Shop and Cafe, Benover Road, Yalding, Kent, ME18 6EX 
(t) 01622 814650

Described by the Daily Telegraph as 'among the most inspirational garden acres anywhere, for everyone', the gardens are rapidly gaining a reputation for being amongst the very best in the South East.

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Doddington Place - 14 miles

Doddington Place Gardens, Nr Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0BB
(t) 01795 886 101

Doddington Place is surrounded by wooded countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The lovely landscaped gardens are set in the grounds of an imposing Victorian mansion and cover ten acres. There is a notable woodland garden - spectacular in May and June - which includes many different varieties of rhododendron and azalea; also a large Edwardian rock garden with pools, recently restored; a formal sunk garden with borders - at their best in late summer; and a recently completely flint and brick folly. Extensive lawns and avenues are framed by impressive clipped yew hedges and many fine trees.

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Great Dixter - 15 miles

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
(t) 01797 252878

A Tudor house with a famous twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden. Great Dixter was bought in 1910 by Nathaniel Lloyd, author of books on brickwork and topiary, and was restored by Edwin Lutyens. Nathaniel designed the framework of the garden and it was planted with great flair by his son, Christopher Lloyd, author of many good books on plants and planting. Christopher Lloyd was born at Great Dixter and left the estate to The Great Dixter Trust on his death in 2006. The garden reflects the interests of its creators.

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Scotney Castle Gardens - 15 miles

Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN
(t) 01892 893820

Scotney Castle is a hidden gem, set in one of the most romantic gardens in England.
The fairytale 14th-century moated ruined castle is surrounded by stunning gardens. Early in the year snowdrops appear, followed by banks of primroses, daffodils and drifts of bluebells. Scotney looks beautiful all year round, with magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmia and rambling roses in the summer.

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Beech Court - 16 miles

Beech Court, Canterbury Rd, Challock, Ashford TN25 4DJ
(t) 01233 74 0735

Beech Court Gardens are nationally renowned 10 acre 'oasis' of tranquillity and beauty. Magnificent trees, rhododendrons, climbing roses, hydrangeas, herbaceous borders set in beautiful gardens.

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Pashley Manor - 17 miles

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7HE
(t) 01580 200888

Pashley Manor is a quintessential English garden located on the Sussex and Kent border in the heart of South East England’s garden country. Pashley offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds.

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Belmont House and Gardens - 18 miles

Belmont, Belmont Park, Throwley, nr. Faversham, Kent, ME13 0HH
(t) 01795 890 202

An elegant 18th century country house set in beautiful parkland. Gardens include a pinetum with grotto, walled and kitchen gardens. Home of the Harris family since 1801 the collections reflect the family connections to India and Trinidad including the fifth Lord's intensive clock collection. Please telephone for opening hours and dates.

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Downderry Nursery - 19 miles

Downderry Nursery, Pillar Box Lane, Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9SW
(t) 01732 810081

Downderry is a sensual experience always worth a visit. Set in the peaceful beauty of an old walled garden, Downderry is home to the National Plant Collections ® of Lavender and Rosemary in Kent.

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Brogdale Farm - 20 miles

Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XZ
(t) 01795 536250

Brogdale Farm is home of the National Fruit Collections, the largest collections of fruit trees and plants in the world. Over 2,200 different varieties of apple, 550 of pear, 350 of plum, 320 of cherry and smaller collections of bush fruits, nuts and grapes are grown here in 150 acres of beautiful orchards.

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Bateman's - 20 miles

Bateman's Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS
(t) 01435 882302

This Jacobean house was the home of Rudyard Kipling. The delightful grounds run down to the River Dudwell with its watermill. Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, is housed in this 17th-century mansion. The beautiful garden gives fine views over Sussex and there are delightful walks across the High Weald.

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Port Lympne - 21 miles

Port Lympne Wild Animal & Safari Park, Lympne, Nr Hythe, Kent, CT21 4PD
(t) 0844 842 4647

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, nestled in the Kent countryside, offers an exciting day out filled with discovery for the entire family. Set in 600 acres, including the Port Lympne mansion and its 15 acre landscaped gardens, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park offers a treat for everyone.

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Mount Ephraim - 23 miles

Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9TX
(t) 01227 751496

10 acres of stunning Edwardian Terraced gardens against a breathtaking backdrop of the Kent countryside. Elaborate and unusual topiary to capture the imagination with a miscellany of birds, animals and first world memorabilia in clipped yew.

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Groombridge Place - 25 miles

Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN3 9QG
(t) 01892 861 444

Set in 200 acres, Groombridge Place features a series of magnificent, traditional walled gardens - set against the backdrop of a 17th century moated manor. In the ancient woodland of the 'Enchanted Forest' there's mystery, innovation and excitement for all ages. Plus Bird of Prey flying displays and canal boat cruises.

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Cobham Hall - 26 miles

Cobham Hall, Cobham, Kent, DA12 3BL, UK
(t) 01474 823371

Cobham Hall is an outstandingly beautiful red brick mansion dating from 1584, which demonstrates an exciting combination of Elizabethan, Jacobean, Carolean and 18th Century styles. The Hall is set in 150 acres of parkland situated which yield many delights for the lover of nature, especially in Spring, when the gardens and woods are resplendent with daffodils, narcissi and a myriad of rare bulbs.

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Penshurst Place & Gardens - 27 miles

Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst, Kent TN11 8DG
(t) 01892 870307

Set in the rural Weald of Kent surrounded by picturesque countryside and ancient parkland, Penshurst Place and Gardens has changed little over the centuries. This mediaeval masterpiece has been the seat of the Sidney family since 1552 and retains the warmth and character of a much-loved family home.

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Riverhill Himalayan Gardens - 28 miles

Riverhill House, Riverhill, Sevenoaks TN15 0RR
(t) 01732 459777

Enjoy the colour, scent and tranquillity of this historic hillside garden, first planted in 1840. Riverhill is renowned for its rare rhododendrons and azaleas, extensive views across the Weald of Kent, carpets of primroses and drifts of bluebells as well as the fine specimen trees. We welcome picnics and you will find plenty of benches if you want some time to sit and enjoy this special garden.

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Knole - 30 miles

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP
(t) 01732 450608

One of the great treasure houses of England set in a magnificent deer park. Knole has been shown off to visitors for the past 500 years. Thirteen show rooms remain much as they were in the 18th century, when they were laid out to impress visitors with the Sackvilles' wealth. The birthplace and childhood home of Vita Sackville-West, who went on to create the gardens at Sissinghurst, Knole was also the setting for Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando.

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Hever Castle and Gardens - 32 miles

Hever Castle, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
(t) 01732 865224

Be inspired to come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle - once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens from the majestic formal Italian Garden and topiary, to the informal meanderings of the lakeside and Sunday Walk. The Water Maze on Sixteen Acre Island and the Yew Maze challenges both adults and children alike!

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Emmetts Garden - 35 miles

Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6BA
(t) 01732 751509

Delight in the wonderful views form this peaceful garden, one of the highest spots in Kent. Noted for its rare trees and shrubs, Emmetts offers beautiful colour throughout the season with daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas in spring, roses in summer and glowing autumnal tones in September and October. Current conservation work is based on historical plans in order to ensure that the garden remains true to its origins.

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Goodnestone Park - 35 miles

Goodnestone Park Gardens, Kent, CT3 1PL
(t) 01304 840107

Goodnestone Park Gardens is a peaceful and romantic garden with connections to Jane Austen. 2011 will see a performance of 'Pride and Prejudice' in the Gardens on Friday 24 June. It has been described by various writers as "the very heart of rural England", "one of the loveliest gardens in Kent", "a haven of beautiful tranquillity hidden away in South East Kent".

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World Garden of Plants at Lullingstone Castle - 35 miles

Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JA
(t) 01322 862114

The famous World Garden is laid out in the shape of the map of the world and contains plants, planted in their respective areas of origin, collected from across the globe.

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Squerryes Court - 35 miles

Squerryes Court, Squerryes, Westerham TN16 1SJ
(t) 01959 562 345

Squerryes court is a beautiful 17th century manor house which has been the Warde family home since 1731. It is surrounded by 20 acres of attractive and historic gardens which include a lake, restored parterres and an 18th century dovecote.

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The Secret Gardens of Sandwich - 37 miles

The Secret Gardens of Sandwich, The Salutation, Knightrider Street, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9EW
(t) 01304 619 919

Set in the heart of Sandwich, the Secret Gardens are an oasis of calm and serenity within the city walls. This Lutyen's designed garden incorporates strong architectural lines with artistic, inventive planting. Come and wander along the tree-lined avenues and flowery borders or enjoy homemade cream teas in our tearoom.

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Chartwell - 37 miles

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS
(t) 01732 868381

Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life and remains much as it was when he lived there. The principle rooms of the house are shown largely as they were in Chartwell's heyday - the 1920s and 30s - and contain personal memorabilia, books and family photographs. The beautiful terraced gardens command breathtaking views over the Weald of Kent and visitor can see the newly-restored and productive kitchen garden. The gardens also contain the lakes Sir Winston created and Lady Churchill's Rose Garden. Many of Churchill's paintings can be seen in the garden studio.

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