Gardens to Visit in Staffordshire

Alton Towers

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A one time Alton was the largest private house in Europe. Today it is renowned for its contemporary theme park and pleasure gardens, attracting over 2 million visitors each year. The gardens were landscaped by Capability Brown in the 19th-c and have survived largely untouched, with ornamental trees, rock gardens, elaborate buildings and a glass conservatory. Don's miss the lovely Pagoda fountain.

Facilities: parking, refreshments, theme park
Open: Easter to October, daily
Address: Staffordshire ST10 4DB
Tel: 08705 204060
Web: altontowers.com

Biddulph Grange

© National Trust Images/Andrew Baskott

Victorian gardens developed in 1842 and restored to their former glory by the National Trust. Features include a range of themed garden from around the world, including examples from China, Egypt and the highlands of Scotland. Highlights include a stumpery, conifer avenue and spectacular Dahlia borders. Contains many unusual and rare plants

Facilities: shop, plant sales, tea room
Open: February to December
Address: Grange Rd, Biddulph ST8 7SD
Tel: 01782 517999
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Shugborough Estate

© National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Lovely riverside terraces grace much of this 900 acre site. The grounds and gardens contain many flamboyant follies such as a Triumphal Arch, exotic Chinese house and a Doric temple. There is also a County Museum, a rare breeds farm, and a working corn mill.

Facilities: parking
Open: March to October
Address: Great Haywood, Milford ST17 0XB
Tel: 0845 459 8900
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Trentham Gardens

Italian Garden © Kevin Rushton (CC2)

Thousands of grasses that provide structural interest for all seasons. A 70 acre wonderland with a magnificent grassed area known as Rivers of grass created by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. More than just grasses are on dislplay here, the formal Italian Garden contains more than 80,000 perennials. Other highlights include woodland trials, lakeside walks and capability Brown landscape parkland.

Facilities: parking, shops, restaurants
Open: all year
Address: Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent
Tel: 01782 646646
Web: trentham.co.uk


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