5 Warwickshire Gardens to Visit

PUBLISHED: 16:16 06 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:54 20 February 2013

Kenilworth Gardens

Kenilworth Gardens

Our pick of the five gardens - large and small - that you must visit this summer.

Our pick of the five gardens - large and small - that you must visit this summer.

Kenilworth Castle

Highlights: The newly-restored Elizabethan gardens include magnificent carved arbours; a bejewelled aviary and an 18-foot high fountain. Originally designed by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester to astound visitors, including Elizabeth I and now will astound 21st century visitors.

Admission: Adult: £6.10; Children: 3.00; Concession: 4.90; English Heritage Members: Free; Family Ticket: 15.20.

Opening hours: seven days a week in the summer (10am to 5pm)

More details: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Baddesley Clinton Hall

Highlights: the Medieval moat which surrounds the manor house, beautiful walled gardens and herbaceous borders. Lakeside walks and nature trail.

Admission: 4.40 (adult), 2.20 (child) for the garden only.

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am to 5pm. Also open for the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday 18th July.

More details: 01564 783294; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Woodpeckers, Marlcliff, near Bidford-on-Avon

Highlights: lots of hidden surprises, look out for the wooden sculptures in the plantsman's garden. This is a garden without fences and the view up the hill is delightful.

Opening hours: Open for the National Gardens Scheme or by appointment. Tel: 01789 773416 and check the National Gardens Scheme website for details www.ngs.org.uk

The Mill Garden, Warwick

Highlights: stunning views of the garden and Warwick Castle as a backdrop.

Admission: 1.50 (children are free)

Opening hours: 1st April to 31st October 9am to 6pm

More details: 01926 492877

And don't forget to see our resident gardening writer, Ross Barbour's, handiwork at Ragley Hall, near Alcester, www.ragleyhall.co.uk

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