• Rated People combined Google reviews and Instagram data to find the most highly rated National Trust gardens
  • According to the research, the best garden is Tatton Park in Cheshire, followed by Corfe Castle in Dorset and Stourhead, based in Wiltshire
  • Research also revealed that Lacock Grounds surrounding Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire is the best hidden gem

This year, Britons have spent more time in their gardens than ever before, but perhaps the most famous in the UK are the historic gardens of National Trust properties. Not only do National Trust gardens provide a scenic (and socially distanced) day out, their gorgeous flower gardens, manicured lawns and quaint water features also provide the perfect inspiration for anyone looking to spruce up their own outdoor space. To help inspire both UK trips and garden renovations, Rated People has created an index based on how picturesque and how well rated the gardens are to reveal the best National Trust garden in the country. Every National Trust garden in the UK was analysed, using both the number of Instagram hashtags and quality of Google reviews to create a unique index of the best gardens in the country.

The research revealed that Tatton Park in Cheshire is the best garden to visit in the UK. The historical estate boasts a neo-classical mansion surrounded by landscaped gardens stretching over fifty acres. Beyond the gardens are a thousand more acres of parkland with wild deer grazing, a rare breed farm and a medieval Old Hall to explore. Cheshire and Derbyshire are the counties with the most National Trust gardens in the top ten. Tatton Park and Lyme Park in Cheshire rank first and sixth, whilst Calke Gardens and Parklands and Hardwick Gardens and Parkland place at eighth and ninth respectively.

Top 10 Best National Trust Gardens (based on Google reviews and Instagram data)


  1. Tatton Park, Cheshire
  2. Corfe Castle, Dorset
  3. Stourhead Landscape Garden, Wiltshire
  4. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
  5. Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
  6. Lyme Park, Cheshire
  7. Waddesdon Gardens, Buckinghamshire
  8. Calke Gardens and Parklands, Derbyshire
  9. Hardwick Gardens and Parkland, Derbyshire
  10. Chartwell Garden, Kent

For those looking to explore quieter gardens, Rated People has also revealed the hidden gems gardens which are least reviewed, but most highly rated. Rowallane Garden in County Down, Northern Ireland takes the top spot. Originally brought to life by Reverend John Moore in the 19th century, there are beautiful woodland areas to stroll through, and a pleasure garden and wildflower meadow to delight the senses.Northern Ireland also boasts the most hidden gem National Trust gardens, with three featuring in the top ten. In addition to Rowallane Garden, The Argory Wooded Riverside Estate in County Armagh and Florence Court Parkland and Gardens in County Fermanagh rank 7th and 8th, respectively.

Top 10 Hidden Gem National Trust Gardens (based on Google reviews)

  1. Rowallane Garden, County Down, Northern Ireland
  2. Felbrigg Hall Parkland and Gardens, Norfolk
  3. Gunby’s Gardens, Lincolnshire
  4. Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
  5. Lacock Abbey Grounds, Wiltshire
  6. Gibside Gardens and Parkland, Tyne & Wear
  7. The Argory Wooded Riverside Estate, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  8. Florence Court Parkland and Gardens, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  9. Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall
  10. Antony Landscape Garden, Cornwall

Adrienne Minster, CEO, Rated People commented, “Homeowners have been transforming their gardens to make the most of summer days outside. A day out to a larger garden, though, can provide a welcome change of scenery while also giving us an opportunity to stretch our legs and find some gardening inspiration. While there is still a need to maintain social distancing, many people are opting to spend their days out in open spaces. National Trust gardens provide scenic day trips across the country, which are a great way to get out of the house post-lockdown. For those who are hoping to come across fewer people for easier social distancing, we’ve also found the best hidden gem gardens, providing quieter, less crowded options. We were glad to see that both lists had gardens spread out across the UK, providing multiple options for people looking to explore locally or visit during a staycation.”

To read more about the research visit: https://www.ratedpeople.com/blog/favourite-national-trust-gardens