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Six gardens to visit this autumn

Posted on by Beyond Bespoke

Whether you're a keen gardener or simply love the great outdoors, catching the autumn colours is one of life's great pleasures. From open-air sculpture parks to formal landscaped gardens, we round up our favourites

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire
Visit one of the world’s leading open-air galleries in the stunning grounds of the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Estate in West Yorkshire. Sixty sculptures are on display by artists including Anthony Caro, Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

Anthony Caro sculpture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. © Jonty Wilde
Anthony Caro sculpture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. © Jonty Wilde

Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorset
Leave the hustle and bustle behind and enjoy a moment of rare peace and tranquility at Sculpture by the Lakes. Set in 26 acres alongside the River Frome in Dorset, the sculpture park has been created by sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife Monique, and brings together art and landscape in perfect harmony.

Simon Gudgeon's sculpture: Sculpture by the Lakes
Simon Gudgeon's sculpture: Sculpture by the Lakes

Pensthorpe, Norfolk
Set in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, in the Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe Natural Park is an award-winning mix of meandering nature trails, woodland walks which are ablaze with autumn colour.

Stourhead, Wiltshire
The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees. A stunning sight during the autumn weeks.

Great gardens to visit this autumn - the best of British © National Trust
Great gardens to visit this autumn - the best of British © National Trust

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
The huge landscaped garden at Anglesey Abbey is fantastic in the autumn, with carpets of pink cyclamen flowers. With its sweeping avenues and classical statues, it makes a beautiful backdrop to an autumn walk. The yellow leaves of the field maple make a fine entrance to the temple lawn.

Dartington Hall Gardens, Devon
The Dartington Hall estate is home to 25 acres of Grade II listed gardens, which are open year round from dawn till dusk. With a new bridge by artist Peter Randall Page, a sculpture by Henry Moore and a 500-year-old Spanish Chestnut trees, the gardens at Dartington are worth exploring all year round, especially in autumn when the trees are ablaze with colour.

Dartington House Gardens © Kim Aldis
Dartington House Gardens © Kim Aldis