BEST FOR… GARDENS Kew Gardens: The English have always been known for their gardens, and Kew is up there with the best of them. The site is made up of Tudor-era royal residences, but can trace its origins as a botanic garden to 1759. A handful of trees, known as the Five Lions, still survive from the mid-18th century. Explore those and more in the Arboretum, wrap up warm for the cool temperatures of the Davies Alpine House, enjoy a moment of calm in the Japanese Landscape gardens, or take a stroll through the treetops on a specially designed canopy walkway. RHS Garden Wisley: It’s fitting that this Surrey garden comes next, as it’s second only to Kew in its number of visitors, and is one of just five gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society. Look out for bananas and palm trees in the Exotic Garden, the waterlily-strewn Jellicoe Canal, lush ferns and creepers in The Glasshouse, the peace and quiet of Wisley’s oldest garden at Oakwood, and the delightful fragrances of the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden. Inveraray Castle: England doesn’t have the monopoly on fine country gardens – there are some impressive green spaces north of the border too, not least at Argyll’s Inveraray Castle on the western shores of Loch Fyne. Presided over by as grand a castle as you’ll ever see – its turrets and crenellations look like a child’s drawing brought to life – the gardens are full of flora

Expect a sea of

red, white and pink rhododendrons and azaleas in spring and summer across the gardens’ 16 acres


Nature: HF Holidays offers a three-night Peak District Self-Guided Walking Holiday starting at £289 per person for departures in July or August, with full-board accommodation at The Peveril of the Peak near Thorpe.

History: Attraction World sells a two-hour Oxford City & University Walking Tour for four starting at £39, leading visitors on a stroll along the River Thames, delving into some of the university’s colleges as well as a medieval church. There is also a Harry Potter-themed option visiting some of the films’ memorable locations, priced at £89 for a group of four.

Gardens: Great Little Breaks offers a two-night RHS Garden Wisley Break with B&B accommodation at The Talbot Inn, dinner on the first evening, and entrance tickets to the garden, from £135 per person.

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that flourishes in the cooler Scottish climate. Expect a sea of red, white and pink rhododendrons and azaleas in spring and summer, along with more subtle shades of heather and rose, across the gardens’ 16 acres, and look out for the ‘flag borders’ on each side of the central walkway, where the paths have been laid out in the shape of the saltire from the Scottish national flag. All attractions listed were open when Travel Weekly went to press, but it’s advisable to check online before booking.


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