30 Dreamy English Gardens That Feel Like a Fantasy

There's even one that features real, live palm trees.

Olaf Protze

It's no wonder the royal family is so fond of garden parties. With bright blossoms and lush topiary displays everywhere you look, it's hard not to fall in love with England's many gardens. Better yet, you can live out your fantasies of being a member of the Victorian elite, as many of these scenic spots are located on the grounds of historic castles and mansions.

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Dorset: Compton Gardens

is one of the most visited attractions in Southern England. It was founded by Thomas William Simpson, an entrepreneur who became wealthy by manufacturing margarine.

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Derbyshire: Hardwick Hall

The grounds that surround this are bursting with colorful blooms everywhere you turn.

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The Cotswolds: Ampney Park

These rosy gardens surround stone cottages that are especially popular in the Cotswolds region of England.

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Norfolk: Mannington Hall

in Norfolk has not only tons of beautiful flowers, but also a genuine moat built in the 1400s.

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The Cotswolds: Ampney Park

There are more than 20 sculptures in Ampney Park, which was built in 1620 and still maintains many of the original Victorian details.

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Norfolk: Gooderstone Trail

Colorful flowers and ivy drape across this romantic trellis located in Norfolk.

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Northumberland: Seaton Delaval Hall

Majestic mazes wind through the roses in this located in Northumberland.

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Falmouth: Trebah Garden Cornwall

The offer a surprising amount of tropical flora and fauna in the Cornish valley.

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Cumbria: Levens Hall

The grounds of are filled with a wide array of sculptural topiary.

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Cumbria: Levens Hall

Originally created in 1694, the garden also features vibrant herbaceous plant borders.

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Durham: Barnard Castle

These in Durham have a long and storied history dating all the way back to 1095.

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Bardford-on-Avon: Iford Manor

Designed at the turn of the 20th century, brings a little slice of Italy to England with its vibrant evergreens and classical statues.

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Bardford-on-Avon: Iford Manor

Iford Manor features Rococo elements throughout the garden. The gracefully-proportioned stairs take advantage of the hilly landscape.

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The Cotswolds: Chipping Campden

The Cotswolds district is famous for having picturesque architecture and landscapes. This classic English garden, where plants appear to grow freely (but are actually thoughtfully planned out), is from a private home in Chipping Campden.

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Nottinghamshire: Newstead Abbey

, which used to be an Augustinian monastery, has an exquisitely precise formal garden.

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Nottinghamshire: Newstead Abbey

Walkways are lined with a tiered arrangement of manicured bushes and blooms.

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The Cotswolds: Hidcote Manor

's early 20th-century gardens inspired a trend of overscale cottage gardens.

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Nottinghamshire: Newstead Abbey

You'll occasionally come across an unexpected sight: a peacock.

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Winchcombe: Sudeley Castle

dates all the way back to the 10th century. Its beautiful grounds look like a lovely place for a stroll.

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The Cotswolds: Swinbrook, Oxfordshire

This quiet retreat is located in the Swinbrook, a very small (population: ) village in Oxfordshire.

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Winchcombe: Sudeley Castle

This elaborate design of this garden was inspired by a motif on a dress worn by Elizabeth I.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The "Scented Garden" at features dozens of varieties of sweet-smelling spring flowers.

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Brighton: Preston Manor

At , a 17th-century mansion located at a holiday resort, you can feast your eyes on the lavish assortment of blooms and greenery.

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The Cotswolds: Hidcote Manor

The gardens at Hidcote Manor feature sculpted topiaries, native plants, and an elegant waterscape.

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Sissinghurst: Sissinghurst Castle

is home to one of the most famous English gardens, designed by the notable Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson in 1930.

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Sissinghurst: Sissinghurst Castle

The garden was planned as a series of outdoor rooms, each with a different theme.

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Sissinghurst: Sissinghurst Castle

Statuary and pathways were chosen carefully to best complement the landscape.

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Tresco Island: Tresco Abbey Gardens

No, your eyes aren't fooling you: those really are palm trees in an English garden. enjoys a warm microclimate that allows non-native plants to flourish.

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Tresco Island: Tresco Abbey Gardens

The Abbey Gardens were first established in the 1830s and remain an attraction for the range of exotic plants on view.

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Cambridge: Limestone Rock Garden

The Limestone Rock Garden contrasts stone with lush green scenery.

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