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  • England , Suffolk

    The Abbey Gardens are a public park opened at the end of the 19th century. The site had previously been a medieval Abbey. A botanical garden was laid out here in the early-19th century. The gardens now feature a formal area of island beds laid out in the mid-20th century. There is also a water garden and rose garden dating back to the mid-20th century, and later 20th-century additions including a sensory garden and herb garden.

  • England , Shrewsbury

    Acton Burnell has the remains of a fortified manor house which is in the care of English Heritage. There is also a deer park which was later developed as a landscape park. Other features include a walled garden, two artificial lakes and a grotto.

    Acton Burnell Hall, the lake (1995) Acton Burnell Hall, the lake (1995)

  • England , Oundle

    The extensive formal gardens at Apethorpe Hall consist of early-20th-century terracing and topiary designed by Reginald Blomfield, overlaying a structure of garden compartments created in the 16th and 17th centuries.

  • England , Isle of Wight

    Appuldurcombe has the remnants of an 18th-century landscape park. At its most extensive the park covered around 100 hectares, but is now in divided use and ownership. Features include an icehouse, four gate lodges and a ruined obelisk.

    Appuldurcombe House Appuldurcombe House

  • England , Bishop Auckland

    Auckland Castle has an associated landscape park of about 116 hectares which was originally a deer park. Other features include a walled garden and kitchen garden. Part of the site is now used as a golf course.

  • England , Saffron Walden

    Audley End has an 18th-century landscape park and woodland, which has been partly returned to agriculture. The site covers approximately 240 hectares, with 40 hectares of parkland surrounding the house and five hectares of kitchen garden which was acquired for the nation in 1948. Other notable features include the 52-metre (170 feet) long vine house and Robert Adam's ornamental garden buildings.

    Audley End, Kitchen Garden Audley End, Kitchen Garden

  • England , Hastings

    Battle Abbey has 19th-century parkland on part of the medieval abbey's 'Great Park'. The park occupies the site of the Battle of Hastings (1066), with gardens in the vicinity of the abbey. The site now boasts a large visitor centre focusing on the battle.

  • England , Tunbridge Wells

    The abbey ruins consist of the substantial remains of the 13th to 15th-century church, the 14th-century gatehouse and the chapter house. The old abbey is now within a landscape park laid out by Humphry Repton in 1799 (see the record for Bayham Abbey, also known as Bayham Hall).

    Part/component of: Bayham Abbey

  • England , Belsay

    Belsay Hall has Picturesque landscaped grounds set in a park of 275 hectares. Its features include the Quarry Garden, the Castle, a Yew Garden, terraces, a Winter Garden and the Kitchen Garden. Belsay also holds a National Plant Collection of iris (series spuriae).

    Belsay Hall, Belsay, Northumberland Belsay Hall, Belsay, Northumberland

  • England , Paignton

    The castle is a romantic ruin. The mansion was begun around 1560, but was never completed and was abandoned by 1700. There are woodland walks around the castle.

  • England , Southampton

    The site has the ruins of an important medieval palace with later additions and alterations. A 15th-century wall and a part-filled moat surround the site. Palace House and its garden (see component area) occupy the south-west corner. The main facade of the house is from 1690. There is an earlier wing (dating from the 16th century). The northern half of the house was added in about 1830.

  • England , Chesterfield

    Bolsover Castle has formal gardens and a court which occupy about 4.5 hectares. Features include the Fountain Garden with a fountain and 23 statues, and also the Venus Garden which has recently been restored.

  • England , Telford

    Boscobel House has an enclosed formal garden with a raised viewing platform. The site has been restored by English Heritage.

  • England , Doncaster

    Brodsworth Hall has a landscape park and woodland. A series of gardens near the house include a quarry garden, a rose garden and a flower garden.

    Brodsworth Hall, Yorkshire. Pets' Cemetery. Brodsworth Hall, Yorkshire. Pets' Cemetery.

  • England , St Neots

    Bushmead Priory contains an 18th-century garden site within the remains of the monastic gardens and fishponds of a medieval Augustinian priory. The present garden covers six hectares, and lies within a farming estate which was possibly as large as 50 hectares in the 18th century.

  • England , Hounslow

    Chiswick features an early to mid-18th-century villa and gardens, initially laid out partly in the geometrical style, that is among the earliest examples of English landscape gardening. The site has been developed over the years and includes the early 19th-century Italian garden associated with the conservatory and many other features including a cascade, statuary and an Ionic temple.

    Chiswick House, London. (2007) Orange Tree Garden Chiswick House, London. (2007) Orange Tree Garden

  • England , Doncaster

    The castle was built in the 12th century and is a good surviving example. The keep was restored in the mid-1990s. The castle is surrounded by a substantial green urban space.

  • England , Milton

    The remains of a monastic garden which prior to 1170 was occupied by a small community of Benedictine monks. The current site is surrounded by earthworks and the remains of fish ponds.

  • England , Kent

    The site was Charles Darwin's garden and grounds of 7.2 hectares, which surround Down House where he lived from 1842-1882.

  • England , Greater London

    This site has a Tudor moated enclosure around the remains of a medieval Royal Palace, developed with new buildings and gardens in 1933-35 by the architects Seely and Paget. The site covers approximately 9 hectares.

    The Great Hall, Eltham Palace The Great Hall, Eltham Palace