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Cotswolds Garden Tour

Cotswolds Garden Tour

The charming Cotswold stone buildings perfectly complement the lush gardens for which the region is famous.

Cotswolds Garden tour length is 40km (25 miles), this picturesque route from Stow-on-the-Wold to Cheltenham is designed to show every type of garden, from tiny cottage plots, brimming with bell-shaped flowers and hollyhocks, to the grand landscaped gardens of manor houses. The route follows the escarpment of the Cotswolds Hills, taking in spectacular scenery and some of the prettiest villages on the way.

Cotswolds Garden Tour must visit places:

  • Sezincote, a 200- year old house built in the style of an Indian Mughal palace, has formal landscaped grounds with spring-fed pools, waterfalls and a grotto.
  • Bourton House Garden surrounds on 18th-century manor house. It includes a knot garden, water features and a magnificent wide herbaceous borders.
  • Batsford Arboretum holds a huge collection of trees and shrubs from around the world, with the focus on the Far East, especially Japanese maple, magnolias and pines.
  • One of the most picturesque gardens in the Cotswolds is set on a hill around the stone Mill Dene water mill.
  • Started in the early years of the 20th century, the beautiful Hidcote Manor Gardens pioneered the idea of a garden as a series of outdoor “rooms”, enclosed by high yew hedges and planted according to theme.
  • The charmingly naturalistic Kiftsgate Court Garden lies opposite Hidcote Manor. It has many rare and unusual plants on a series of a hillside terraces, including the enormous “Kiftsgate” Rose, near 30m high.
  • In Broadway village, wisteria and cordoned fruit trees cover 17th-century cottages with their immaculate gardens.
  • The Cotswold stone Snowshill Manor contains an extraordinary collection of objects d’art, from bicycles to Japanese armour. There are walled gardens and terraces. The colour blue is recurrent theme.
  • The Jacobean has many lovely trees in its grounds and a pyramid above a cascade of water.
  • Restored Sudeley Castle is complemented by box hedges, topiary and an Elizabethan knot garden. Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s widow, died here in 1548.
  • Cheltenham Imperial Gardens on the Promenade were laid out in 1817-18 to encourage people to walk from the town to the SPA.

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Entertainment, Sightseeing
  • Address

    The Cotswolds, England

"Picturesque route is designed to show every type of garden"

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