3 stunning gardens around the UK

There’s no better way to spend a day than connecting with nature.

And in the UK, there are hundreds of glorious locations to appreciate flora and fauna.

In amongst the urban landscapes and bustling cities are countless stunning rural spots ideal for family outings, with many hosting their own unique attractions for adults and children alike.

Take a look at these three stunning locations for a day out that offer breath-taking views and an escape from city life.

1. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A 250-year-old institution, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is one of the most important ecological locations in the UK. An educational home to plants and fungi, the UNESCO world heritage site contains over 50,000 plant species.

Amongst its stunning attractions are the Arboterum, home to over 14,000 trees, it’s Japanese landscape garden, steeped in tranquillity and tradition and crafted in collaboration with Osaka University, and its treehouse, which was crafted with the help of Ormiston Wire and has been home to a number of events including Santa’s Grotto.

And on top of all this, the Richmond-based attraction has a number of dining spots to eat in or takeaway.

2. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an outdoor display of modern and contemporary sculptures by local and international artists alike. It is the UK’s first gallery of its kind, and the largest in Europe.

The museum is currently home to an exhibition of four major Damien Hirst creations until May 2023. In addition to this, its unique on-site 18th century chapel currently contains Rachel Kneebone’s 399 Days. Named for the time it took the artist to make, the ambitious creation echoes the Trojan Column and depicts mesmeric detail within its complexity.

The family-friendly location also runs a number of local events for all ages, including screen printing and wreath-making classes, so check ahead before visiting to make the most of your family day out.

3. Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle were created by English author Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. The inspiration for much of Sackville-West’s work, the gardens came under the care of the National Trust in 1967, and have since become a hugely popular visiting spot for tourists.

The site has undertaken many transformations over the years; what was once the rose garden later became the White Garden, and the roses transferred to their own brand-new space. And during the lifetimes of Sackville-West and Nicholson, they had attempted to imitate the Greek isle of Delos following a visit there in 1935. Although these plans never came to pass, the National Trust is now working to achieve their vision.

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens is steeped in literary history, making it a perfect visiting spot for curious minds.

These are just three incredible UK locations to explore the great outdoors.

Have we missed any top UK greenery spots? Let us know in the comments below.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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