Our magnificent gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax. Take in panoramic views, marvel at impressive trees and enjoy colourful plants in our peaceful oasis.
The gardens were originally laid out by Lord Macdonald in the early 19th century. They were later restored and developed by our charitable trust for everyone to enjoy. Today you can wander amidst 40 acres of trees, shrubs and flowers. A surprising number of exotic varieties thrive in our mild, sheltered microclimate.
Waterlily ponds, herbaceous borders and terrace walks provide a tranquil place to sit or stroll. Magnificent trees, many over 100 years old, tower above carpets of bluebells and orchids in spring and summer. Our Victorian arboretum has some particularly fine specimens, mostly planted in the 1870s. We have recently started planting a new generation of trees through our Trees for the Future initiative, in collaboration with the International Conifer Conservation Programme.