Warwickshire (within its historical borders) has a fabulous heritage of outstanding parks and gardens, many being registered by Historic England as being particularly worthy of protection. These are headed by Grade I Farnborough Hall, a garden laid out with the advice of Sanderson Miller, one of the great exponents of the early English Landscape Garden and mentor of ‘Capability’ Brown who went on to layout Warwick Castle (also Grade I). There are seventeen Grade II* gardens, many of which are public spaces or open to the public. These include Birmingham Botanical Garden, Castle Bromwich Hall, Combe Abbey, Hill Close Gardens and Key Hill Cemetery. Great country house gardens in this category regularly open to the public include the privately owned Arbury Hall and Ragley Hall; the National Trust properties of Charlecote Park, Packwood House and Upton House; as well as Kenilworth Castle, Compton Verney and Stoneleigh Abbey. A further 26 are registered Grade II, notably the public spaces known collectively as Spa Gardens (Leamington Spa), Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s Garden (Stratford-upon-Avon) and Lady Herbert’s Garden (Coventry).
Many of the following appear in the Parks and Gardens UK [PGUK] database from which their brief descriptions have been taken and a link provided, together with their Historic England grading where applicable: (N.B. this is distinct from and frequently differing from the listing given to any buildings on a property). Others are contemporary gardens of a quality worthy of inclusion. Some indication has been given of accessibility to the public, with the caveats that this should in no way be relied upon and that opening times may be limited. This list, with its accompanying materials, is subject to ongoing revision. Any help with updates, historic or photographic images or alerts to archival material would be particularly welcome.
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