Salisbury Parks and Gardens

(Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK)

Salisbury Parks and GardensSalisbury is well positioned if you are looking for days out to country gardens and parks. Whilst there are many green expanses dotted around the city, to reach the best you really do need to leave the city's environs, with popular choices including nearby Heale Gardens, which is roughly 20 minutes away.

If you are prepared to travel a little further from Salisbury, then some superb choices present themselves. The magnificent gardens at Bowood House and Stourhead were both touched by the hand of famous English landscape architect Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Stourhead is now owned by the National Trust, as is the Court Garden at Holt, just past Trowbridge. A trip to the famous Westonbirt Arboretum may also appeal, with these vast grounds being around an hour and a half away. During the summer, open-air concerts draw thousands to Westonbirt, with past headliners including Blondie, Brian Ferry, McFly, Simply Red, Westlife and Will Young, to name but a few.

Salisbury Parks and Gardens

Central Parks in Salisbury

Address: Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3UZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1722 434634
Amidst the historic architecture of central Salisbury are a number of areas of parkland and playing fields, with good facilities. Attractions include duck ponds, picnic areas, crazy golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, football pitches and a skateboarding area. During the summer months, the city's parks are often home to many popular outdoor concerts and events.

Heale Gardens and Plant Centre

Address: Heale House, Middle Woodford, Wiltshire, SP4 6NT, England
Tel: +44 (0)1722 782504
The landscaped gardens based around Heale House cover approximately 8 acres / 3 hectares and lie directly to the north of Salisbury, being found between Middle Woodford and Upper Woodford. Visitors will find an extensive oriental theme, with Japanese Tea House and Nikko Bridge, maples, bamboo and lanterns. Springtime brings a succession of bulbs, while the onsite Plant Centre is well-stocked with seasonal plants all through the year.
Open hours: plant centre, daily - 10:00 to 17:00, gardens, Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission, charge, discounts available for children, children five years old and under are free

Westonbirt Arboretum

Address: Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS, England
Tel: +44 (0)1666 880220
Established almost 200 years ago and now managed by the Forestry Commission, Westonbirt Arboretum draws visitors from far and wide. With some 20,000 specimens, this huge estate is divided into two main areas, the Old Arboretum and the Silk Wood, where a large collection of maples is a particular highlight. Westonbirt covers some 600 acres / 243 hectares and features roughly 17 miles / 27 km of trails. Many seasonal events take place here throughout the year, including summer gardening festivals, concerts and an illuminated 'Winter Walk'. Westonbirt Arboretum is situated 87 km / 54 miles from Salisbury, being best reached via the A36 and A46.
Open hours: daily, April to August, 09:00 to 20:00; September to March - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children

Salisbury Parks and Gardens

Stourhead House and Gardens

Address: Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire, England, BA12 6QD
Tel: +44 (0)1747 841152
Owned by the National Trust and based at Stourton, Stourhead is to be found roughly 44 km / 27 miles from central Salisbury. Centred around a sizeable lake, these landscaped Capability Brown gardens are particularly breathtaking and come with some very seasonal attractions, with banks of snowdrops heralding the arrival of spring, soon followed by daffodils, camellias, magnolias and tulip trees, while come the autumn, the mature maples put on a fiery show. The gardens are extremely popular with photographers and filled with follies, including temples, a grotto, a grassed bridge and an obelisk, while the neighbouring King Alfred's Tower offers stunning views if you are prepared to climb the steep staircase to reach the top. A restaurant, garden centre, summer fireworks and a large car park are also on offer.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 19:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children, free for members of the National Trust

Salisbury Parks and Gardens

Bowood House and Gardens

Address: Calne, Wiltshire, England, SN11 0LZ
Tel: +44 (0)1249 812102
The Bowood Gardens are located 55 km / 34 miles from central Salisbury, being part of a vast 2,000-acre / 800-hectare estate. These mature grounds were actually once laid-out by Capability Brown, who came here in the mid-18th century and designed much of the landscape still present today. Bowood enjoys huge visitor numbers, particularly when the summer months are sunny, and notable attractions include a hermit's cave, Italian-style terraces from the 19th-century, a huge children's adventure playground with a pirate ship and a large indoor slide, a soft-play palace and a large restaurant, where a Sunday carvery is especially popular.
Open hours: April to October, daily - 11:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children

Courts Garden

Address: Holt, near Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, North-East Somerset, England, BA14 6RR
Tel: +44 (0)1225 782340
Located roughly 60 km / 37 miles from the centre of Salisbury, to the north-west and just past Bradford on Avon, the Courts is owned and managed by the National Trust. This charming garden is full of seasonal colours and interest, with many of the principal flower borders being centred around the large lily pond. There is also a a small arboretum, an ornamental vegetable garden complete with an apple tree tunnel, much topiary and lots of strategically positioned benches. An onsite restaurant offers a choice of freshly made cakes and cream teas if you are feeling peckish.
Open hours: April to October, Sunday to Friday - 13:30 to 17:30
Admission: charge, discounts available for children, free for members of the National Trust

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