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The big 5 gardens for spring days out in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 15:04 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:14 12 April 2017

The country garden at RHS Garden Wisley (Photo: Lee Beel/RHS)

The country garden at RHS Garden Wisley (Photo: Lee Beel/RHS)


As well as all of its wonderful little English country gardens, Surrey is home to some of the most important garden attractions in the world

The gardens at Hampton Court match the palace's grandeur (Photo: Historic Royal Palaces) The gardens at Hampton Court match the palace's grandeur (Photo: Historic Royal Palaces)

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

The spectacular Hampton Court Palace is surrounded by 60 acres of historically-important formal gardens that run down to the River Thames. There’s as much to explore outside the palace as inside. Tickets: adults, £23; children, £11.50; under 5s, free

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU. Tel: 0844 482 7777. Web: hrp.org.uk

Painshill, Cobham

Created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton in the 1700s, Painshill features a number of unique follies to explore amongst its spring blooms, including The Ruined Abbey, Turkish Tent, Gothic Temple, Gothic Tower and Crystal Grotto. The best may be yet to come though, with the impressive Temple of Bacchus set for completion this summer. Tickets: adults, £8; children, £4.50; under 5s, free

Painshill, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113. Web: painshill.co.uk

RBG Kew, near Richmond

Spring sees the reopening of the Waterlily House at Kew after its annual clean; magnolia and cherry blossom in bloom; and the zenith for Treetop Walkway visits. It’s an enchanting time to visit. Tickets: adults, £15; children, £3.50

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near Richmond TW9 3AB. Tel: 020 8332 5000 Web: kew.org

RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking

The flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley is inspiring in any season but comes to life in spring. It’s an exciting time for the garden and, after Easter, visitors will be able to see the RHS’ ambitious plans in a behind-the-scenes exhibition on Seven Acres. Tickets: adults, £14; children, £7

RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking GU23 6QB. Tel: 01483 224234. Web: rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley

The Savill Garden, Virginia Water

A place of tranquillity, these 35-acre ornamental gardens were created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill. They are part of Windsor Great Park and right next to Virginia Water Lake’s spectacular follies. Tickets: adults, £10.50; children (under 16s), free

Savill Garden, near Egham TW20 0UU. Tel: 01753 860222 Web: theroyallandscape.co.uk

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