The most stunning gardens in the Lake District

The Lake District may be famous for its stunning scenery, its beautiful lakes and its luxury cottages in Windermere, but you will also find some of the country’s most majestic stately homes and gardens in Cumbria.

Levens Hall

Undoubtedly one of the most stunning topiary gardens in the UK, Levens Hall, situated in Kendal was designed by Guillaume Beaumont, gardener to James II in 1692. The gardens include clipped yew and box hedges and summer bedding plants plus beautifully designed borders. Best time to visit is summer.


Five acres of gardens surround the medieval house of Dalemain in Penrith. From Himalayan Poppies at the beginning of summer to a terraced garden dating back to the 1680´s over 100 types of rose, many varieties of apples and a wild garden thrill visitors. The largest Silver Birch tree also grows here.

Acorn Bank

Situated close to Temple Sowerby this water mill dates back to 1597, and the famous walled garden is known for its colourful spring blooms, including daffodils and wood anemones and a sunken garden. Also a world famous collection of herbs.

Brockhole Gardens

One of the most visited gardens in the Lake District, Brockhole is situated right beside the National Park Visitor Centre in the south of Windermere and is owned by the National Park Authority. The garden was first planted by Thomas Mawson in the early 20th century and includes roses, borders and rock plants.

Graythwaite Hall Garden

Situated in Newby Bridge, Graythwaite is a Victorian garden set in stunning parkland with a combination of flowering shrubs, rhododendrons and a formal rose garden. Visit in spring to enjoy the gardens at their colourful best.

Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens in Windermere are run on a volunteer basis by the Lakeland Horticultural Society. This beautiful 4 acre garden offers views over the Troutbeck Valley and a walled kitchen garden, winter flowering shrubs and alpines offer plenty of visitor interest all year round.

Holker Hall Situated in Grange-over-Sands, Holker Hall boasts 200 year old parkland with woodland walks and also formal flower gardens. Rose gardens, azaleas, rhododendrons and spring bulbs all feature.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle, situated at Ravenglass, with Scafell Pike in the background, England´s tallest peak, has over 75 acres of woodland gardens. If you are spending a day at Muncaster, head out on the wild walk and enjoy a recreation of the Himalayan foothills. The Owl Centre and the Meadow Vole Maze are also well worth a visit.


Sizergh in Kendal is the largest limestone rock garden belonging to the National Trust. Two main lakes lie within the garden and the best place to visit is autumn. The 1,600 acre estate is criss-crossed with footpaths which lead to dramatic viewpoints over the bay and the scenic fells of the Lake District.

Why not combine a trip to the beautiful gardens of the Lake District with a stay in a luxury Windermere spa cottage?