Worcestershire is blessed with some beautiful gardens that are open to the public.
Discover 10 amazing Worcestershire gardens that you can visit.
Find small gardens to give inspiration for garden design at home. Stroll through stunning manicured gardens attached to stately homes. Enjoy walks through arboretums and lots more!
There are gardens with trails for the kids, cafes for refreshments and some you can bring your dogs as well
Spetchley Park Gardens, Worcester
Photo by Spetchley Park Gardens / Facebook
Stroll thorough 30 acres of formal, informal and woodland gardens.
The gardens aren’t highly manicured but there are many different garden areas to explore with a variety of plants, shrubs and trees.
One of the highlights is the lake populated with swans, moorhead and geese. There are areas to picnic and benches to sit. During the school holidays, they often have trails for kids.
There’s also a cafe with a variety of refreshments. Check the website to see what’s on when you visit.
Unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed.
Visit Spetchley Park Gardens
Webbs Riverside Gardens, Wychbold
Picture by Webbs Garden Centre / Facebook
The five acres of gardens are for everyone to enjoy for free.
Several themed gardens give inspiration for back garden designs at home. Thousands of plants and lots of striking features are incorporated. You can also see how vegetables can be grown in a small garden.
A wildflower meadow with a hobbit house allows kids to run and explore. Kids love crawling through the tunnels in the Hobbit House. It’s a great space for hide and seek. Additionally, there’s lots of green space to sit with a picnic.
Unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed into the gardens.
Consider combining your visit to the gardens with a trip inside Webbs Garden Centre. There are a range products to look at including plants, book, toys, garden furniture, a butchery and delicatessen. Hobbycraft, Lakeland and Cotswold Outdoor are on site too. A cafe is located inside for refreshements.
Find out more at Webbs Riverside Gardens
Whitlenge Gardens, Hartlebury
Photo from Whitlenge Gardens website
Whitlenge Gardens are perfectly sized for families with young children. The 3 acre show gardens often have trails for young kids to follow. Themed activities sometimes take place in the school holidays and on special occasions throughout the year.
Adults will enjoy looking at the gardens for inspiration. There are water features, twisted brick pergola and living hornbeam gazebo as well as many samples of varied patio.
The gardens are located next to a plant nursery where you can pick up items such as bedding, shrubs, pots and stoneware (depending on which time of year you go). While you’re there why not treat yourself to afternoon tea at the cafe?
Find out more at Whitlenge Gardens
Hanbury Hall is located in Hanbury, not far from Droitwich and Bromsgrove.
The National Trust property has formal gardens which were designed by George London and have been faithfully recreated. They are surrounded by more relaxed gardens with an orangery, orchards and a walled garden. Beyond this there is parkland to explore which include public footpaths across the park. They footpaths link the estate to nearby canals and Hanbury church. In total there is 393 acres of land.
Dogs on leads are allowed on the forecourt, stable yard and parkland. Only assistance dogs in the formal gardens.
Find out more at Hanbury Hall
Croome, near High Green, Worcester
Croome has some wonderful pathways that take you over bridges, round a lake, past buildings such as a the Temple Greenhouse, past various statues and through a church yard. There are great views from the top of the parkland.
If you like to walk, Croome Gardens is the place to go. There are often trails for the kids. Check the website to see what’s on before you go.
Croome has cafes for refreshments. Additionally, visit inside the house and see the RAF museum as part of your entry fee. Kids love the RAF play area and the Wild play area.
Dogs on leads are welcome through the parkland. Under 5s can bring a bike to get round. There is something for everybody.
Find out more at Croome
Witley Court Gardens
The grounds and gardens at Witley Court are extensive and stunning. They are currenlty maintained by English Heritage. Discover a lake, woodland and beautiful parterre gardens, Kids love the wilderness play area and there’s a space for picnics next to the visitor centre.
The building of Witley itself is a ruin, but it still looks amazing. At the back of the house, there is a fountain and at certain times of the day you will be treated to an impressive fountain display.
A visit to the church and tea room is also well worth a visit. Find them located just outside the English Heritage site.
Dogs are allowed however must be kept on a lead at all times.
Find out more at Witley Court Gardens
Picton Garden, Colwall
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Picton Gardens is a 1.5 acre garden with winding paths. It’s full of unusual plants with something different to see around every corner and in every season.
It is located next to a plant nursery and many of the plants you see in the garden can be purchased from the nursery. There is a small admission charge and unfortunately you can’t bring dogs.
Check out the Picton Garden website
Arley Arboretum and Gardens
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Arely Arboretum is popular with families and anybody who loves gardens, trees, beautiful walks and nature.
Some highlights include the Italian garden, laburnum arch and the wide variety of tree species which include a Monkey Puzzle tree and Giant Redwood.
Families and kids will enjoy the play area and maze. Trails and events happen throughout the year especially in the school holidays.
There is also a tearoom where you can grab some refreshments.
Dogs are allowed on a lead.
Find out more at Arley Arboretum
Photo by cattan2011 / Flickr Creative Commons
Bodenham Arboretum is a beautiful and peaceful space with over 3000 species of trees and shrubs. It’s beautiful to walk around with trees including Acers, North American Oaks and Alders, and two chains of pools and lakes.
There is a working farm and kids cam enjoy seeing the animals close up. Kids will also love the trails and events which often take place during the school holidays.
If you love to walk there are over 5 miles of paths to explore surrounding the arborteum.
Enjoy refreshments in the cafe onsite. Dogs are welcome in the arboretum as long as they are on a short lead at all times.
Find out more at Bodenham Arboretum.
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