In Gardens

There’s something very therapeutic about admiring perfectly pruned flowers, pristine formal hedges and a well-kept Kitchen Garden- couple that with a locally produced lunch or homemade cake and tea and well, that’s just a great day out.

Here’s our top 8 gardens in Derbyshire & the Peak District, so get ready to add these to your ‘must-see/eat’ list:

Renishaw Hall Gardens

Winner of the 2015 HHA Garden of the Year award, Renishaw makes for a wonderful day out. Highlights include the classic Italian garden leading on to a tranquil lake, whimsical laburnum tunnel and even bluebells in the woodland. Renishaw Hall itself is only open to the public via guided tours, there is also a brilliant café in the courtyard of the Hall, serving lunches and treats!

It is also possible to have a garden tour, guided by the Head Gardener, who will explain all about the history of the garden and what’s happening currently- a great thing to do if you’re a gardening fan.

Call 01246 432 310 for info.

Chatsworth Gardens

The gardens at Chatsworth are internationally famous, and it can take a full day to walk around them completely- if you're taking your time that is. To name just a few things that Chatsworth garden offers, there’s the outstanding water cascade, a maze, a wonderful Kitchen garden as well as many interesting sculptures and pieces of art.

Chatsworth House also changed food history forever. Without Joseph Paxton cultivating bananas in 1834 in the Chatsworth greenhouse, we wouldn’t have the banana we have today- and you can still see the historic greenhouses in the gardens now.

Chatsworth also have a brilliant restaurant, so there will be plenty of chances for lunch or Afternoon Tea!

Hardwick Hall Gardens

Hardwick Hall, as well as having a rich history, also comes with some amazing gardens. This garden is very Elizabethan in it’s style, and has four courtyards all within beautiful high sandstone walls. You can walk along amongst the perfectly shaped formal hedges, admired the romantic sculptures and stone busts. As well as a traditional historic house style garden there are also loads of vibrant flowers and plants, an orchard, as well as one of the most extensive herb gardens in the country. Most of these exciting bits of the garden are a direct influence of the 7th Duke of Devonshire, who re-designed it in 1870 - and was very similar to what can be seen today!

Within the grounds of Hardwick is the Great Barn Restaurant where you can enjoy some lunch and, it goes without saying, a slice of cake.

Tatton Park Garden

Tatton Park is very well known for being one of the most complete and historically accurate Edwardian-style gardens in the country. There’s a walled Kitchen garden, glasshouses, an Italian garden and a maze that was based on the one from Hampton Court Place!

Two of the highlights of Tatton Park’s Garden are the Japanese Garden (really is something to behold) and the arboretum which contains nearly 900 different plants.

Being part of the Cheshire Peak District, Tatton Park is one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction.

After walking around the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian garden, you can relax in one of the many on-site eateries. There is The Stables and the charming Gardener’s Cottage- where you can have proper afternoon tea!

Haddon Hall Gardens

Haddon Hall is known for being home to beautiful roses, but within both the upper and lower parts of the garden there are also many other fascinating elements. For example, Haddon has a working and historically accurate Elizabethan kitchen garden, based on what would have been grown in the times of the working medieval Kitchen.

Haddon Hall is a great place to come and enjoy a garden which combines beautiful flowers, charm and historic importance.

Located right on the River Wye, you can enjoy a lunch at the café, open from 10-5 in the summer and serve a delicious Afternoon Tea.

Thornbridge Hall Garden

Thornbridge are expert brewers of delicious beer BUT Thornbridge Hall (just five minutes drive from the brewery) has a spectacular garden too! There are many different areas of this garden, such as the The Orangery, The Kitchen Garden, The Scented Terrace, The Long Border, and the new Italian Garden.

One of our favourite parts of Thornbridge Hall Gardens is the Victorian Koi lake and water garden. Full of rich colour and tranquillity, and all from a natural water source.

You can also see one of the statues that features on one of the Thornbridge beers in the Italian garden, who they have named Flora.

The Gardens & Plant Nursery will also be open every Wednesday & Thursday in May, June, July, August and September (9am-5pm).

Calke Abbey Gardens

As well as being a fascinating and unusual historic house, Calke Abbey comes with a garden full of variety. There’s a wonderful kitchen garden (which is still used today for the restaurant and café), formal gardens and some whimsical woodland to explore too. One of the highlights of the garden is the orangery, which after being built in 1777 gradually became dilapidated- until it’s recent restoration!

As mentioned before, there's a restaurant (serving all sorts of food and most importantly, cake) and a café which is open in the peak season.

Dorothy Clive Garden

This is one for anyone with a love for flowers. This is a smaller and more intimate garden, but has a fantastic selection of blooms, such as azaleas, rhododendrons and laburnums- all perfect for Spring and Summer!

There is also a tearoom, and therefore yet another excellent chance for handmade scones and tea.




  1. Brooksy
    It would be really useful if you could say if these places are dog friendly.

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