The gardens to visit for splendid autumn colours

From September to November, our treasured landscaped gardens and magnificent arboretums perform a stunning seasonal spectacle - a final celebration of colour before the first frost hits and the air turns cold. Trees ablaze with reds and golds, crunchy leaves carpet forest floors and vibrant flowers bloom. To help you discover some of autumn's greatest garden displays, we've rounded up seven of our favourites to visit across England and have included where to stay nearby within the Collection.


Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

In the early 20th-century, Dr Wilfred Fox founded Winkworth Arboretum to preserve the woodland close to his home. Today it is looked after by the National Trust and houses over 1,000 different species of shrubs and trees - including Norwegian and Japanese maples which ablaze during autumn.

Nearby Collection inns: The Merry Harriers, Hambledon; The Stag on the River, Eashing; The Swan Inn, Chiddingfold


Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Just a few miles from the historic city of Cambridge is Anglesey Abbey - the home of Lord Fairhaven which sits in 114 acres of wildlife-filled gardens. As the days turn crisp, ramblers should head for the Riverside Walk where on still days the water shows perfect reflections of the multicoloured trees.

Nearby Collection inns: The Black Bull Inn, Blasham; The Red Lion, Hinxton; The Packhorse, Moulton; The Three Hills, Bartlow


Wallington, Northumberland

Find lovely walled gardens, fairy-tale woodlands and peaceful cycle routes amongst this 13,000-acre estate, gifted to the National Trust by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan who was a Socialist MP. Stroll along the River Wansbeck or cycle the Dragon Trail through burnt orange trees - keep an eye out for red squirrels.

Nearby Collection inns: William de Percy Inn, Otterburn; Battlesteads, Hexham


Exbury Gardens, Hampshire

Exbury Gardens, designed by Lionel de Rothschild over 100 years ago, is renowned for its unique collection of rhododendrons and its winding trails down to the silky Beaulieu River. For bright colours, amble along the Maple Walk or head to Mrs de Rothschild's seat which overlooks the Japanese Bridge.

Nearby Collection inns: The Old Mill, Lymington; The Mayflower, Lymington


Sizergh, Cumbria

Standing at the entrance of the Lake District, tucked away in a 1,600-acre woodland estate, is a striking medieval house which has been the home of the Strickland family for over 800 years. Walk through golden chestnut, hazel and birch woodland before settling by the River Kent where Norway maple trees burn yellow and red.

Nearby Collection inns: Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite; The Black Bull, Sedbergh; The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale


Sheffield Park, East Sussex

A vibrant spectacle constantly glows throughout Sheffield Estate Parkland which sits close to the historic village of Fletching. It was originally planted in the 18th-century by landscape architect 'Capability' Brown before having several other gardeners, including Humphry Repton, incorporate their own creations into the land. Look out for the four mirror-like lakes, beautifully framed by trees and glades.

Nearby Collection inns: The Griffin Inn, Fletching; The Dorset Arms, Hartfield


Stourhead, Wiltshire

Lying in its own valley, Stourhead is one of the finest landscaped gardens in the world - lakeside paths meander past classical temples and follies set against a backdrop of exotic trees. Sitting majestically above the garden is Stourhead House, a grand Palladian mansion filled with exquisite Georgian paintings and a Regency library.

Nearby Collection inns: The Bath Arms, Horningsham; The Grosvenor Arms, Hindon; The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford; The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury

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Last updated: 07.09.22