Birdland Park Batsford
arboretum Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collections set within 56 acres of beautiful Cotswolds countryside. With colour and interest all year round, the arboretum contains more than fifteen hundred tree species from all over the world.
Batsford GL56 9ad Tel 01386 701441 www.batsarb.co.uk
6 Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle sits within eight acres of landscaped gardens, including the bowling green of Queen Elizabeth I, sweeping lawns, terraced gardens and the 8th Earl’s swimming pool – now an ornamental lily pond. There is a delightful Georgian walled garden and a tropical butterfly house.
Berkeley GL13 9BH Tel 01453 512999 www.berkeley-castle.com
7 Bird and deer Park
Charming follies adorn the park and a wide variety of waterfowl wander freely for families to enjoy and interact with. The park is well known for its tame fallow deer, resident reindeer and cheeky pygmy goats.
Prinknash GL4 8EX Tel 01452 812727 www.thebirdpark.com
and Gardens In a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, Birdland is home to over 500 birds of 130 different species. Follow the trails through Marshmouth Nature Reserve where there’s always something new to spot from a numerous range of indigenous species as diverse as otters, dragonflies, kingfishers, toads and many birds.
Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN Tel 01451 820480 www.birdland.co.uk
9 Blenheim Palace
One of England’s finest houses, this picture-perfect British stately home sits among more than 2,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland and formal gardens. From great open spaces punctuated by mature trees, through intricate formal gardens like the water terraces to more peaceful areas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Woodstock OX20 1PP Tel 0800 849 6500 www.blenheimpalace.com
Garden Close to Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton House Garden is an award-winning three acre garden high on the Cotswolds with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The garden has imaginative and dramatic topiary, a unique shade house and wide herbaceous borders with many rare, unusual and exotic plants and is beautiful year round.
Bourton-on-the-Hill GL56 9aE Tel 01386 700754 www.bourtonhouse.com
An iconic landmark, on top of the beautiful Cotswolds escarpment, Broadway Tower has enjoyed a colourful history. The tower is a unique Capability Brown folly with outstanding views, surrounded by a deer park and wonderful countryside walks.
Broadway WR12 7LB Tel 01386 852390 www.broadwaytower.co.uk
Gardens Leave the hustle and bustle of today’s world and visit Cerney House Gardens, where time seems to stand still. Let old-fashioned scents and colour surround you in this romantic secret garden with Victorian features. Explore the working organic kitchen garden amongst the overflowing herbaceous borders. Discover wildlife and woodland walks too.
North Cerney GL7 7BX Tel 01285 831044 www.cerneygardens.com
& Gardens A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, whose garden has features from several periods. Stroll through the garden and discover the Jacobean garden, kitchen garden, stunning topiary and even some bee hives. With free guided tours of the garden see the mulberry tree believed to be nearly 400 years old.
Chastleton GL56 0SU Tel 01494 755560 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
Colesbourne Park has been called ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’ by Country Life. Now with a collection of 250 varieties, visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants.
Colesbourne GL53 9NP Tel 01242 870567 www.colesbournegardens.org.uk
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