Kent's Gardens

Dazzling colours, seductive scents, superb seasonal shows – Kent’s gardens are rightly world-renowned.

World-famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens reflect the work of poet and writer Vita Sackville-West. Vita and her husband Harold Nicholson transformed the gardens in the 1930s with strong architectural planning softened by plenty of colourful planting.

Kent's blockbuster, historic estates excel outside as well as in. Hever Castle boasts 125 acres of stunning gardens that were voted the south east's most romantic by Gardener's World - they even have their own rose, launched by Dame Judi Dench.

The 500 acres of parkland at Leeds Castle include a swirling yew maze, the famous water cascade and the Wood Garden, vivid with daffodils and narcissi in the spring. 

National Trust properties Chartwell and Ightham Mote treat visitors to wonderful kitchen gardens contrasted with more formal gardens, including Lady Churchill's beautiful rose gardens at Chartwell.

Jane Austen was a regular guest at idyllic Goodnestone Park Gardens. A treat year round, visit its 14 tranquil acres in early-Spring and delight in a profusion of snowdrops.

Bedgebury Pinetum delivers a stunning collection of conifers and fine colour each season, the perfect place for cold-weather walks. Other highlights include the 11-acre formal walled garden at Penshurst Place, intimate Walmer Castle, a panoramic view of the Weald of Kent from Emmetts Garden, the fiery winter dogwoods at Broadview Gardens, Hole Park for spring bluebells, the historic Victorian walled garden at Quex, the intimate Belmont House and Gardens, and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens for spectacular azaleas and rhododendrons.