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Dial Walk, Kensington Gardens, London

Where the grass is greener – accessible days out to gardens around the UK

Now that we are well and truly into spring and the blossom is on the trees, it’s the perfect time to appreciate the beautiful nature around us. To mark the start of National Gardening Week, we’ve picked out five of our favourite gardens, as featured in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.

The Round Pond

See the swans in the Round Pond at Kensington Gardens

1. Kensington Gardens, London

Kensington Gardens

Admire the seasons on the Broad Walk at Kensington Gardens

As a neighbour to the famous Hyde Park in London, Kensington Gardens is a great place to admire nature in the busy city. Once the private gardens of Royals, the park features perfectly mowed lawns and beautiful plants as well as several duck ponds. The popular Peter Pan statue is a highlight and kids can enjoy playing at the pirate-themed Diana Memorial Playground after exploring the allotment garden.

Dial Walk, Kensington Gardens, London

Visit the Dial Walk at Kensington Gardens

2. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Devon

Plant lovers will enjoy exploring ;Bicton Park’s 64 acres of grade 1 listed gardens in Devon between the historic city of Exeter and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. From the pretty followers in the Italian Grade through to the American & Stream Garden and the magnificent Champion Trees – which are the tallest of their kind in the British Isles – there is plenty to see.

The 18th century botanical gardens are fun for everyone with historic glasshouses, countryside museum, mini golf, a maze and a nature trail. There’s also a 25 minute train ride available which is the perfect way to see all of the gardens.

There are eight disabled parking spaces, approximately 50 yards from the entrance, which also has a drop-off point. Wheelchairs can be reserved by phoning the day before your visit.

3. Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

Discover the stately home and 25 acres of sheltered garden stocked with plants and flowers from around the world at Trengwainton Garden in Cornwall. The walled gardens are home to year-round fruit and vegetables – which are used in the garden’s tea room – plus chickens and a bee hive! Dogs are also welcome at the park and at the top of the hill, next to the country house, soak up the incredible views over Mount’s Bay.

Trengwainton Garden

Explore Trengwainton Garden in Cornwall

Two manual wheelchairs are available for hire (be sure to book in advance) although some assistance may be required for the slopes and gravelled paths.

4. The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle

Family fun in the grounds of Alnwick Castle

Adjacent to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, the garden is home to one of the world’s largest wooden tree houses – making for a fun-filled family day out. With its stunning Rose Garden, colourful Cherry Orchard and meandering Bamboo Labyrinth, the contemporary garden has a magical feel to it. The central Grand Cascade is a fabulous water feature with erupting fountains and when the sun is shining, children can paddle in the Toricelli feature in the Serpent Garden. The selection of plants grown in the infamous Poison Garden can only be visited on guided tours but make for a great discovery experience.

Perhaps the most enchanting features of Alnwick is the accessible Treehouse.

5. Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scotland

Nestled in the hills of the Scottish Borders, Dawyck Botanic Garden is one of the world’s most magical arboreta and a delight to visit all year round. Bursting with colour, the garden is home to an incredible collection of trees, flowers and shrubs which have been there for over three hundred years. The most photographed part of the garden is the stunning Azalea Terrace and the old larch, which grows near to the Dynamo Pond, is one of the oldest plants in the garden. There are guided tours available of the garden or you can explore and listen to the birds sing at your own pace.

Dawyck Botanic Garden

The Scottish hills at Dawyck Botanic Garden

For the full reviews of these venues and for many more ideas for accessible days out across the UK, visit accessibleguide.co.uk to read and download the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain for free.


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