Whether a royalist or a horticultural enthusiast, there are many beautiful royal gardens across the UK to visit for a wander or for a picnic this summer. So, with the King’s Coronation coming up on the 6th of May, which royal gardens have got the seal of approval on social media?
To find out just this, the staycation experts at holidaycottages.co.uk have analysed TikTok views, Instagram posts and Google searches to reveal where the best royal gardens are to plan a visit to with the family this year.
Kew Gardens, London
For fauna lovers and garden architects alike, Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful royal gardens to visit in the UK – so it’s no surprise the London botanical garden has over 734,000 posts under the #kewgardens hashtag. Home to the world’s oldest plant, the cycad, there are over 500 acres of woodland to hunt down the perfect picnic spot.
Windsor Great Park, Berkshire
The ultimate pilgrimage for all royal fans, it is of little surprise that Windsor Great Park is popular on social media. Covering 1,942 hectares, the spectacular grounds adjacent to the towering castle include a deer park. Fun fact: King Charles is also The Ranger of Windsor Great Park, following in his father’s footsteps – definitely a key spot for celebrating the King’s Coronation.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland
A world leader of excellence in plant science, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is one to add to the bucket list. With a 70-acre oasis of trees, grass and plant life in the heart of the city, you can take shade beneath the mature trees and go on an exploration of the winding paths through woodland and slopes where plants from around the world flourish.
RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
The flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, these stunning Surrey royal grounds boast an exotic garden, a conifer lawn and riverside gardens next to the River Wey. Home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the globe, the planting schemes are constantly evolving to ensure there’s always something new to excite and inspire visitors.
Hampton Court Gardens, London
Steeped in hundreds of years of history, Hampton Court Palace Gardens is bursting with color with over one million flowering bulbs to marvel at. The 60-acre formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland sit outside the Grade I listed palace, and if you’re lucky you might spot some of the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd. Make sure to stop off for a bite to eat by the River Thames, before exploring the world’s oldest puzzle maze.
Highgrove House Gardens, Gloucestershire
If you’re on the hunt for wildlife and fauna full of color and floral aromas, then look no further than the striking gardens of King Charles III and The Queen Consort’s Highgrove House estate. Although the private residence is closed to the public, its extensive Royal Gardens are open for group tours – there’s nothing more British than enjoying a spot of cream tea in the opulent Orchard Tea Room, after all! Located just a few miles south of the town of Tetbury, Gloucestershire the gardens are surrounded by the gorgeous rolling countryside of the Cotswolds – perfect for exploring with the family.