Great British Weekend | Gardens to Visit


Make the most of the warmer weather and explore Indigo’s selection of British Gardens to visit this weekend.

Explore British Gardens…

Discover the renowned gardens of British heritage. As part of our Outdoor theme this month, Indigo has selected the finest British Gardens to visit this weekend. Britain has an array of historic and beautiful gardens to visit, from stately homes to luscious hideaways.

Make the most of the warmer weather and enjoy long walks alongside luscious greenery, meadows of wildflowers and vast woodlands, whiling away the arduous working week.

Explore Indigo’s selection of British Gardens to visit this weekend featuring the idyllic rose gardens of Hardwick Hall, the prestigious sculpture collection at Chatsworth Gardens and other elegant outdoor settings.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall Gardens, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5QJ

Take a scenic trip through Derbyshire and visit the Elizabethan country home, Hardwick Hall. Built in the 16th Century for the noteable Bess of Hardwick, the Hall is renowned for its inspired Renaissance architecture and beautiful surrounding woodlands. Enjoy long walks around Hardwick Estate, through orchards of seasonal apple trees in full bloom. Uncover the local wildlife of colourful butterflies and swallows in their flourishing habitat.

With the warmer weather creating a thriving garden, this month Hardwick Hall is presenting the Hardwick Rose Festival of rose themed activities and educating talks, celebrating Duchess Evelyn’s roses. Relax in a colourful, scented garden and enjoy the classic rose surroundings. With its grand Hall and plentiful scenery, Hardwick Hall is an enjoyable weekend visit.

“The East Court is colourful and fragrant at this time of year, with Roses. Duchess Evelyn, the last lady to live at Hardwick, not only cared for the Hall’s collection, but also saw an opportunity to create a peaceful and practical part of the walled garden. Visitors can enjoy the ‘wine glass’ shaped vista of the parkland, the fire pond – a shape inspired by the plaster ceiling in the Long Gallery in Hardwick Hall and the structure of the cone shaped yew trees, all of which Duchess Evelyn left as her legacy. Discover more about the ‘Last Lady of Hardwick’ and enjoy the Rose Festival at Hardwick this month.”

– Rachel Albanese, Visitor Experience Manager at Hardwick Hall

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Anglesey Abbey Gardens

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge CB25 9EJ

Anglesey Abbey is rich in heritage and character and dates back to the 12th Century. As equally impressive as the House, the Abbey holds extensive landscaped gardens filled with meadows of wildflowers, english roses, classic dahlias and seasonal snowdrops in Winter.

Explore further into the grounds and find the historic Lode Mill, built in the 18th century. Celebrate Anglesey Abbey’s 50 year anniversary since Lord Fairhaven gifted the Abbey to the National Trust and discover its renowned House and gardens.

Photo Credit: Ian Avery

Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

Explore the vast landscape and floral meadows of RHS Garden Harlow Carr in the spa town of Harrogate, Yorkshire. With attention to detail and a beautiful design, Harlow Carr creates a serene experience for you to enjoy. Known as one of the longest streamside gardens in the country, Harlow Carr boasts a delightful, trickling stream ladened with rich floral blooms, that runs the entire length of the garden.

At the top of the valley sits a glass Alpine house, filled with a collection of alpines significant to Yorkshire. For the culinary inclined, Harlow Carr is home to The Kitchen Garden of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr for a streamside landscape of unique florals, fresh produce and a tranquil setting.

“June is a perfect time to appreciate the garden in its early summer splendour – from the inspiring allium displays in the Main Borders to the increasingly renowned spectacle of the garden’s Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis) and candelabra primulas by the Streamside, thought to be one of the longest streamside gardens in the country. Visitors can also enjoy Harlow Carr’s summer sculpture trail in the garden with beautiful works from local artists and a 12 foot willow sculpture of the Big Friendly Giant.”

    – Ali Aston, Marketing Executive at Harlow Carr

Photo Credit: Kevin Cooper

Trentham Gardens

The Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 8JG

Enjoy the tranquil setting of Trentham Gardens. Highly recommended, award-winning Trentham Gardens holds Italian inspired gardens, the Rivers of Grass and the Floral Labyrinth.

Take a stroll down the finely designed Trentham Lake, dressed with wild flowers and woodland trails. Bring your little ones and take the fairy trail, a path ladened with sculptural whimsical creatures designed to encapsulate the imaginations of children.

Immerse yourself in Trentham Gardens Floral Labyrinth of vibrant florals, scents and greenery, tucked away in a peaceful meadow of the garden. Enjoy the garden in full bloom in these warmer months.

Photo Credit: Chris Dalton


Chatsworth House and Gardens, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP

The Peak District is home to the renowned Chatsworth House and Gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Derbyshire, handed down 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Explore the 105 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and discover hidden modern sculptures as well as unique waterworks.

From the 24th until 28th June, Chatsworth House will be transformed by Jonathan Moseley and the Garden Team for their flower festival. Highlights of the event include large floral classic and contemporary sculptures created by Jonathan as well as the Great Dining Room decorated with nostalgic summer blooms by local flower growers from Derbyshire and Yorkshire.


“There are many standout areas in the garden at Chatsworth such as the Cascade, the Rock Garden and the Maze and great views across the rolling Derbyshire countryside. At 105 acres there’s a lot of ground to cover and plenty to see but I think it’s worth stretching your legs to the Pinetum in the furthest corner away from the house. It’s a quiet and beautiful area containing many magnificent trees. It was started by the 6th Duke and Joseph Paxton in 1830 and they collected trees from all over the world including cedar of Lebanon, Douglas fir, giant redwood, monkey puzzle and Japanese white pine.”

    – Liz Bee, Marketing Coordinator at Chatsworth House

Photo Credit: Clive Hicks

Chiswick Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens, Conservatory Yard, London, Middlesex W4 2QN

Set in elegant historic gardens in West London, Chiswick House is a neo-Palladian Villa, inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome, built by Earl of Burlington and William Kent. Chiswick House is a perfect weekend destination for art enthusiasts with an inspiring collection of artwork curated and displayed by the Earl of Burlington in 1729 to impress his guests.

Enjoy the renowned Chiswick gardens, inspired by the romance of classic Italian landscape painting, filled with an array of colourful flowers, shrubs and trees that gift London its own botanical haven.

Photo Credit: Chiswick House and Gardens