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These are considered one of the top 10 gardens in the UK, in a superb
Lakeland setting. Admission and parking are free but donations are welcome.
The Lakeland Horticultural Society's ten acre hillside gardens include
a great variety of planting - specimen trees and shrubs, extensive rock
and heather gardens, alpine houses, a walled garden and herbaceous borders.
The society holds three national collections: Astilbe, Hydrangea and Polystichum
Directions: Between Windermere and Troutbeck on the A592
Journey Time: 1 hour
Admission Charge: Free
Constable Burton Hall Gardens
Developed by Mrs Vida Burdon from 1932-1976, featuring a choice collection
of Maples planted beneath ancient Yew trees. An atmosphere of peace and
tranquillity in this romantic garden make it a delight for garden enthusiasts.
Directions: Between Leyburn and Beadale on the A684
Journey Time: 1.5 hours
Open: mid Mar to mid Oct – 9am to 6pm
Guide Admission Charge: Adult £2.75, senior Citizens £ 2.20,
Levens Hall and Gardens
The world-famous award winning gardens were laid out from 1694. The topiary,
beech hedges and colourful seasonal bedding create a stunning visual impact.
Directions: Between M6 (Exit 36) and Grange-over-Sands on the A6
Journey Time: 30 minutes
Open: Apr to mid Oct. Gardens open 10am to 5pm; house open 12am to 5pm.
Guide Admission Charge (gardens only): Adult
£5.50, Children £2.50 (free for under school age), and Family
£15.00 (2 adults + 3 children.)
Guide Admission Charge (house and gardens): Adult £7.50, Children
£3.50 (free for under school age), and Family £20.00 (2 adults
+ 3 children.)
Acorn Bank Garden and Water
Mill (National Trust)
Acorn Bank Garden is renowned for having the North of England’s
largest collection of culinary and medical plants in a marvellous herb
garden. The Orchard, adjacent to the Herb Garden, contains a varied collection
of rare and regional fruit trees. The Spring brings an abundance of daffodils
and wood anemones. For those wishing to explore more than the immediate
gardens, there are various paths, which enable visitors to take a gentle
circular walk through the woodlands, and alongside the Crowdundle Beck.
Directions: Leave M6 (Exit 40). The gardens are
just north of Temple Sowerby on A66
Journey Time: 1.5 hours
Open: Apr to end Oct – 11am to 4pm
Guide Admission Charge: Adult £2.50, Children £1.75, and Family