Gardener's paradise! The UK gardens that are among the best in Europe

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The UK is a nation of gardeners, so it's little wonder that some of our finest gardens have been ranked as among the best in Europe. 

Now 10 English gardens have been named as being among the 50 top-rated gardens on the continent, according to research from Paving Superstore. 

These are the 10 beautiful gardens which made the list. Which one will you visit first? 

Kew Gardens

The Palm House at Kew Gardens in south-west London. Picture date: Tuesday March 30, 2021. Temperatures in parts of the UK are expected to be significantly warmer this week as families and friends are reunited and sporting activities are allowed to resume in England. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
There's masses to explore at Kew Gardens in south-west London. (Getty Images)

You really could spend all day in the glorious botanical gardens of Kew Gardens in south-west London, a World Heritage Site featuring more than 50,000 different varieties of living plants. 

Explore the enormous arboretum, hosting more than 14, 000 trees, and climb the Great Pagoda for spectacular views. 

There's also a rock garden, an Alpine House, beautiful borders and so much more - all topped off by the Temperate House, the world's largest surviving Victorian glass structure. 

Chatsworth House

A general view of Chatsworth House in Bakewell, Derbyshire
The grounds are glorious at Chatsworth House in Bakewell, Derbyshire. (PA)

The spectacular grounds at Devonshire stately home Chatsworth House are as big a draw for visitors as the enormous house itself. 

Nearly 500 years old, the 105-acre garden still has many early features - including an amazing cascade fountain from 1696. 

The recently renovated gardens also boast a beautiful rock garden, maze borders and an artificial ravine. 

Regent's Park

The gardens in Regent's Park are a glorious spot (Getty Images)
The gardens in Regent's Park are a glorious spot (Getty Images)

The manicured gardens of Regent's Park are an elegant haven in the middle of busy London. 

Queen Mary's Garden holds London's largest collection of roses, with approximately 12,000, while the Victorian-style Avenue gardens are made for strolling down in the sunshine. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

A beautiful view of a lake in the Jungle area of the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, UK.
The Jungle area of the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. (Getty Images)

Cornwall's Lost Gardens of Heligan come with a totally romantic backstory. Thirty years ago they were a true 'secret garden', lost and unseen since the start of the First World War. 

After a chance discovery of a door in the ruins (yes, really) they were carefully put back together. 

A jungle garden, pleasure grounds and produce gardens are just some of the enchantments on offer. 

Arundel Castle

Collector Earl's Garden at Arundel Castle. The formal garden at Arundel has been build as a to Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), known as ‘The Collector’. (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
A shot of the immaculate Collector Earl's Garden at Arundel Castle. (Getty Images)

The enormous gardens attached to Arundel Castle, in West Sussex, are absolutely exquisite. You can take a turn around Tropical and English Gardens, a quirky Stumpery (featuring amazing and twisting botanical shapes) and the formal Collector Earl's Garden - among much, much more. 

Trebah Garden

White bridge in the hydrangea valley at Trebah Garden, Cornwall, United Kingdom
The Trebah Garden in Cornwall is the perfect place to unwind. (Getty Images)

There's a secluded beach at the bottom of the Trebah Garden, an utterly idyllic spot near the port town of Falmouth, Cornwall. There's also a kooky outdoor theatre and miles of vivid exotic planting - you almost won't believe you're still in the UK. 

RHS Wisley

A small dedicated team of horticulturists care for RHS Garden Wisley near Woking, Surrey, while spring highlights burst into bloom, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
RHS Garden Wisley is justifiably famous for its amazing horticulture. (PA Images via Getty Images)

RHS Wisley in Surrey is a family-friendly glory. Choose between the pretty Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, the tranquil Oakland woodland, the magnificent rock garden and much more - you won't be able to cover it all in one visit. 


The gardens at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire are a wonderful sight. (Getty Images)
The gardens at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire are a wonderful sight. (Getty Images)

Set high on the shores of the Thames in Buckinghamshire, the incredible gardens and woodlands of Cliveden feature amazing views. 

Get your Bridgerton vibe on as you explore a series of lovely formal gardens, which eventually give way to wilder glades, avenues and riverside scenery and extensive woodland walks. 

Winterbourne House

Autumn leaves, colours and an ornamental bridge in the gardens at Winterbourne Botanic Garden, the botanical garden of the University of Birmingham, located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Set in 7 acres, it is notable as a rare surviving example of an early 20th century high status suburban villa garden, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the Edwardian period. Both Winterbourne Botanic Garden and Winterbourne House are owned by the University of Birmingham and are open to the public as a heritage attraction. (photo by Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images)
The Winterbourne Botanic Garden is a peaceful spot for Birmingham residents. (In PIctures via Getty Images)

A hidden gem in a corner of The University of Birmingham, the Edwardian Winterbourne House and attached botanical garden are utterly gorgeous. 

Together they make up one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa and garden in the country. 

Highgrove Gardens

TETBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 05:  A general view of the gardens at Highgrove House on June 5, 2013 in Tetbury, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Highgrove House in The Cotswolds is the private residence of keen gardener Prince Charles. (Getty Images)

Highgrove House is the private residence of Prince Charles, and the glorious gardens are his passion project. 

Take a turn around the lovely cottage garden, designed to offer colourful blooms all year round, visit the charming sundial garden, or stroll down the rare thyme walk. All in all, it's royally good. 

The survey was carried about by the UK's largest paving supplier, Paving Superstore

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