Winter Gardens: 3 Family Days Out to Enjoy Before Spring

There’s nothing quite like the sight of twinkling frost on a winter garden walk. With a crisp, blue winter sky above you and an exciting garden adventure laid out before you, the winter gardens of the UK make some of the best family days out you could wish for. Winter transforms the wilderness into an entirely different world, a world decorated with glittering frost, bright red berries and winter flowers. All of this is crying out to be explored, so we’ve picked the top three of the UK’s best winter gardens and National Trust attractions to help inspire your next winter family day out:

1. Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire

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Starting in the North West of England, Biddulph Grange Garden is an absolute gem of a winter day out for the whole family. Utterly unique in its offering, Biddulph Grange is inspired by the East and is brimming with ornamental, landscaped gardens that take on a whole new identity in winter. The kids will love wandering the winding paths of the Stumpery, a maze of upside-down oak tree roots, and don’t forget to explore the colourful, sculpted arches and bridges of the China Garden; the variety of plant life is second-to-none even in the winter months. See how many beautiful snowdrops you and the kids can spot throughout the garden; just a tiny taster of the thousands of beautiful flowers set to return in the spring.

2. Anglesey Abbey Garden, Cambridgeshire

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The gardens at Anglesey Abbey have been designed specifically to include winter-flowering plants and colourful foliage, ensuring this wonderful family day out is packed with vibrant colour even in winter. From exploring Lord Fairhaven’s antique-filled house to witnessing a real-life historic flour mill in action over at Lode Mill, there’s plenty for the whole family to learn about and enjoy. And, out in the gardens, you can breathe in the sweet scent of the beautiful winter honeysuckle, admire the bright colours of the yellow and red dogwoods and see the breathtaking white carpets of snowdrops that will be poking their little heads above ground as we head from winter into spring.

3. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, Yorkshire

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Fountains Abbey and its breathtaking Royal Water Garden is one of the UK’s best-loved World Heritage Sites; a worthy family day out for sure. These glorious winter gardens boast sweeping lawns that glitter and glisten in winter’s frequent morning frosts; a sight that needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. There’s so much to do here, you’ll definitely need the full day and a pair of comfy shoes to explore it properly. The kids will have a blast exploring the vast and exciting ruins of the Abbey itself, and the gardens offer winding pathways and mysterious tunnels to navigate. Dress up as Georgians at the Banqueting House, seek out Europe’s biggest laurel bank and get stuck into arts and crafts at Swanley Grange this winter and make the most of these incredible winter gardens while you still can.

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