Discover which gardens are the most beloved by our audience, ranked according to their attractiveness, ease of access, and absence of crowds, among other criteria.

Beautiful gardens can be found all over the UK, and they offer a variety of opportunities for pleasure, including breathing in the clean air and drawing creativity from the riot of colours and fruit and vegetable patches.

A trip to one of the top gardens in the United Kingdom, as chosen by the publication’s readers, is something that should be at the top of everyone’s list of things to do in the coming year.

But which of the gardens in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland took first place in the competition? The fact that havens that are both vibrant and exotic, as well as expansive and manicured landscapes, can be found all over the country makes the competition particularly difficult. However, the most prestigious garden in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, did not take first place in the rankings.

Beautiful gardens to visit
The Logan Botanic Garden in Dumfries and Galloway came in first place with a score of 93%.

Logan Botanic Garden

The garden that was judged to be the best in the United Kingdom was awarded five stars across the board.

In the summertime, you can anticipate seeing banks of agapanthus, also known as “Lily of the Nile,” giant Gunnera, also known as “Giant rhubarb,” palm trees, and a grove of tree ferns. Refreshments, such as clootie dumpling pudding, can be found at the Potting Shed bistro, which has been honoured with multiple awards.

In addition, there is a retail space dedicated to the sale of plants.

The Coleton Fishacre House and Gardens in Devon, with an 89% score, tied for second place.

Coleton Fishacre House and Gardens

This house and gardens are owned by the National Trust and have a secluded and private feel. The house is oriented so that it looks out over the water and has formal terraces that are filled with unusual and exotic plants.

Before you head off down the valley, which is covered in bamboo and ferns, treat yourself to a slice of cake or a scone at the café. The path through the wild woodland eventually leads to the coastal path, which offers breathtaking views of the ocean and Pudcombe Cove.

The Dawyck Botanic Gardens in the Borders tied for second place with an 89% score.

Dawyck Botanic Gardens

The forest of Dawyck is home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in all of Britain, including massive Douglas firs and Sierra redwoods. A steep-sided ravine with wooded gardens and a burn on either side is connected by a bridge with a high-arched passageway.

There is something to see every month of the year, from the vibrant colours of autumn to the exquisite blossoms of spring, a rhododendron walk in the spring, and a carpet of luminous Meconopsis, also known as “blue poppies,” in June.

It is easy to see why it received a perfect score of five out of five for its attractiveness.

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll and Bute, received an 88% score, tying for third place.

Benmore Botanic Garden

At this botanical garden, visitors can wander along 11 kilometres of trails, each of which leads to a different impressive collection of flowering shrubs and trees.

The naturalistic planting is situated in a wild and beautiful setting provided by the surrounding mountainous landscape, which also serves as a habitat for wildlife such as red squirrels, sparrowhawks, and golden eagles.

The old walled garden also contains a collection of approximately 300 different types of conifers.

Joint third place: RHS Garden, Rosemoor, Devon, 88%

RHS Garden, Rosemoor

This garden was presented to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the year 1988, and since then, it has been split up into two distinct sections. The majority of the space is subdivided into numerous themed gardens, such as a potager, a rose garden, and a productive fruit and vegetable garden; each of these gardens is brimming with ideas that visitors can implement in their own gardens.

The presence of excellent dining options, each of which has earned a perfect score in this category, makes it simple to make a day out of your visit.

Trebah Garden in Cornwall came in third with a score of 88%.

Trebah Garden

From the highest point of this precarious garden, one can get a sneak peek of what’s to come in the form of enticing vistas of the Helford Estuary. There are four miles of footpaths that wind their way through the rhododendrons, jungle-like vegetation, and exotic flowers that are found in this ravine setting.

The trails lead you past a number of pools before terminating at a beach on the riverbank, where you are greeted by a café that serves refreshments such as ice cream and snacks.

Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire, with an 86% score, tied for fourth place

Aberglasney Gardens

There is evidence that a garden existed in this location as early as the 15th century. The Cloister Garden, which was constructed in the 1600s, is just one example of the many relics that remain from its previous existence. Aside from that, there are over twenty distinct types of gardens that can be discovered elsewhere, ranging from formal perennial beds to informal woodland. Food – awarded five stars in the survey – is served on the terrace using produce grown in the walled kitchen garden.

Inverewe Garden, located in the Highlands, came in fourth place with an 86% score.

Inverewe Garden

Inverewe was once a desolate and windswept outcrop, but nowadays it is overrun with wild and unusual vegetation.

One man, Osgood Mackenzie, is responsible for the remarkable change that has taken place. He recognised the potential of the location, which was overlooking the water and was warmed by the Gulf Stream. Plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, and tree ferns are now cared for by the National Trust of Scotland, and as a result, they are able to thrive and reach extraordinary sizes in this area.

Powis Castle and Garden in Powys, which has an 86% score, is tied for fourth place.

Powis Castle

When it comes to impact and theatricality, the setting of Powis Castle is difficult to beat. The castle is perched on a series of stone terraces that are surrounded by enormous yew hedges that have been clipped into shape.

The terraces are decorated in an Italianate style and feature statues, urns, and balustrades as ornamentation. Before proceeding to explore the Orangery, formal garden, and woodland walk, you can take in the panoramic views of the Severn Valley and the distant hills from these vantage points.

Mount Stewart in County Down has been voted Northern Ireland’s best garden 84% of the time.

Mount Stewart

The unexpected details throughout this house are what give it its charming character. There is a riot of colour to be found among the plants that make up the Italian garden. Along its southern side are a series of pillars, each of which is topped with a cement monkey. On the Dodo Terrace, in addition to the cement animals, there are hedges that are shaped like demons and are made of cement.

This garden owned by the National Trust does not, however, contain only oddball features. Enjoy strolling along the lakeside paths, among the ornamental trees and under the pretty pergolas.