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SW Railway Reveals the Best-Rated Wildflower Gardens for Kids


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What better way to keep the kids entertained than a day out exploring spring flowers and nature this Easter break? Bluebells, daffodils, and wildflower meadows - enjoy a family day out this spring without breaking the bank as South Western Railway reveals the best-rated wildflower gardens where kids go free or cost £2.50 and under for admission.

Find the list of gardens here: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/where-next/things-to-do/best-wildflower-gardens

After analysing the admission prices for adults and kids, collating online reviews and ratings, and counting the frequency of specific keywords in reviews, such as 'wildflower' and 'spring', SWR names the top 10 best public wildflower gardens.

The 10 best-rated gardens where kids go free/under £2.50

Rank

Name

Location

Adult ticket

Child ticket

TripAdvisor score/5

No. of 5* reviews

No. of spring wildflower keywords

Score/100

1

Highnam Court Gardens

Gloucestershire

£5.00

Free for age 16 and under

5

50

5

77

1

Ardmaddy Castle Gardens

Argyllshire

£5.00

Free (unspecified age)

5

11

0

77

3

Cae Hir Gardens

Dyfed

£6.00

£2.00 ages 4-16

4.5

96

12

72

4

Benmore Botanic Garden

Argyllshire

£7.20

Free for age 15 and under

4.5

447

22

68

5

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nursery

Yorkshire

£7.00

£2.00 for ages 5-16

4.5

284

47

67

6

Hergest Croft Gardens

Herefordshire

£8.00

Free for age 16 and under

4.5

117

41

66

7

Helmsley Walled Garden

North Yorkshire

£9.00

Free for age 16 and under

4.5

349

82

65

8

Aberglasney Gardens

Carmarthenshire

£11.00

Free for age 16 and under

4.5

347

68

61

8

Dorothy Clive Garden

Shropshire

£11

£2 for ages 5-17

4.5

222

54

61

10

Sezincote House Gardens

Gloucestershire

£7.50

£2.50 for ages 16 and under

4.5

181

15

59

Highnam Court Gardens
Adult tickets £5, kids 16 & under go free

  • Highnam Court may have been built in 1658, but it wasn't until 1994 that the surrounding gardens were lovingly restored.
  • Discover the garden's stunning wisteria arch, obelisk collection and 17th-century sculptures.
  • Open to the public on Sundays between April and September, don't miss your chance to visit Highnam Court Gardens this spring.


Ardmaddy Castle Gardens

Adult tickets £5, kids 16 go free

  • Standing on Scotland's picturesque west coast, Ardmaddy Castle overlooks gardens that date back to 1745.
  • Enjoy rugged woodland and walled gardens home to a famous collection of rhododendrons and climbing plants.
  • With bright, blooming colours in spring and summer and intense orange shades in autumn, the gardens are beautiful all year round, with plenty of opportunities for birdwatching.

Cae Hir Gardens
Adult tickets £6, kids £2.00

  • A family-run garden found in the stunning Cambrian Mountains.
  • Cae Hir Gardens is a quaint private family garden open to the public well equipped with a tearoom of homemade treats and a nursery to take home a plant or two.
  • Many wildflowers like bluebells self-seed in the grounds and there's even a dedicated Wild Garden where colourful 'weeds' grow offering shelter for the natural wildlife.

Please find further information about the gardens on this page here: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/where-next/things-to-do/best-wildflower-gardens

Calli Ward, Head of Marketing at South Western Railway comments:

"It's no wonder the great British love for gardens goes beyond our own back yard, we're spoilt for choice with so many beautiful gardens open to the public.

"To help make the decision a little easier, we've found the 10 cheapest gardens for kids this Easter for families and parents.

"During your visit, look out for bluebells, rhododendrons, magnolias, and wisteria, to name a few flowers that bloom in spring. Plenty of gardens are also dog friendly and let you bring your own picnic, so you can really make a day of it this Easter break."

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