Gorgeous Kent Gardens
The county Henry VIII named the ‘Garden of England’ draws gardeners and history lovers from all over the world to its historic houses and enchanting gardens. Come on one of our exquisite garden tours and allow your senses to be flooded by delightful colours and scents as we explore some of the famous and hidden treasures of Kent.
Where Can We Take You?
When it comes to historical places in England with an added charm and allure, you don’t have to look further than the beautiful, world-renowned gardens of Kent and here are just a few examples to whet your appetite.
Castle Gardens and Country Houses
Sissinghurst Castle Garden has been dubbed as ‘the most famous twentieth-century garden in England’ with a backdrop of diverse history. From the astonishing times when it served as a prison in the 1700s to being home to the women’s land army, and a much-loved family home to some fascinating people, Sissinghurst is arguably the most popular gardens to visit in Kent. The garden is designed as a series of rooms, each with different colours, scents, and themes, divided by high hedges and pink walls. The glorious panoramic views from the Tower over the working farm and the vast estate are not to be missed.
Pashley Gardens has all the ingredients of a traditional English Country Garden. A picturesque Grade I listed house acts as the backdrop to ancient trees, sweeping herbaceous borders, emerald green lawns, historic walled gardens, bursting at the seams kitchen-garden, invigorating rose walks, fountains, springs as ponds. Pashley Gardens are renowned for fantastic displays of tulips, roses, and dahlias, and there are intriguing special events taking place all year around to invigorate the senses. This superb garden is a real haven for wildlife and it truly is one of the loveliest country houses to visit in Kent.
No visit to Kent is complete without stopping by at Walmer Castle and Gardens, this exceptionally beautiful and well preserved English Heritage treasure. This charming Tudor place indulges visitors with intriguing history, majestic sea views and eight acres of magnificent gardens and woodland. Over the centuries Walmer Castle has been home to the Duke of Wellington and his famous Wellington boots, and some famous Lord Wardens such Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. Because the Kent coastline is frequently blasted by salty winds off the English, the protected walled gardens flourish with great abundance here.
Quintessentially English Gardens
Although strictly speaking not a Kent garden, Great Dixter, is a must-see for all visitors to South East England. This attractive historic house is a romantic recreation of a medieval manor house complete with a great hall, parlour, solar and yeoman’s hall. The superb gardens are famous for being created by the much-admired gardener and TV personality, the late Christopher Lloyd, and it has been a place of pilgrimage for horticulturalists from all over the world. This understated and beautifully relaxing place is an absolute delight in every way. It is a feast for the eyes and all the senses with its mesmerising rainbow colours, textures and surprises around every corner. In the grounds of Great Dixter visitors can also admire three perfectly preserved 18th-century oast houses, icons of the Kent countryside.
Explore the quintessentially English garden of Chartwell House; the much-loved family home of Winston Churchill where he drew inspiration until the end of his life. The garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes and a delight for the senses, whatever the season. Enjoy the wide-open views across the lakes, and you may even spot the black swan gifted to Sir Winston Churchill in the 1920s. Delight in the abundance of the Churchill kitchen garden and take a stroll through Lady Clementine’s prized Rose garden or enjoy the scented Golden Rose Avenue, which was planted by the Churchill children as a golden anniversary gift to their parents. Find the spot where Churchill used to sit and contemplate and discover the wall he built with his own hands.
Gardens for beauty and health
There is so much to see and enjoy in Kent but it is well worth venturing off the beaten track at times and visiting the perhaps less well-trodden paths.
Discover Godington House, this beautiful Jacobean house with a medieval hall and exquisite gardens and ancient parkland. Stroll down the terraced laws, past the herbaceous borders, and find your way to the exquisitely intimate Italian garden. Marvel at the ancient yew hedges that surround the formal gardens full of beautifully scented roses and colour in every season. But the real attraction of Godington House is the Wild Garden filled to the brim with beautiful meadow flowers and drifts of the 19th-century daffodils that are still flowering every year and provide a breath-taking display.
Or visit Goodnestone Park Garden, one of Kent’s outstanding and favourite of many visitors. Only a stone’s throw from Canterbury, this charming garden is an adventure to find. Travel down small windy country roads through breathtakingly beautiful Kent scenery and ancient villages. There is something special to dazzle visitors all year round, from the famous garden walls to the old-fashioned roses and kitchen garden, to outstanding trees and woodland garden.
Both Godington House and Goodnestone Park Garden are part of the National Garden Scheme and they take part each year at the annual Gardens and Health Week, which is importantly dedicated to promoting the positive impact of gardens on physical and mental health.
Why choose Tours of the Realm?
Our Tours of the Realm ‘experience’ is friendly, secure and an ideal choice for visitors wishing to relax and enjoy the sights at a leisurely pace, with an excellent level of customer care. Our tours are fun, informative and will proceed at ‘your pace’. All you need to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy the sights whilst someone else takes care of the driving and the map reading!