Visit Trentham Gardens all year round
Whether you’re looking for a garden with peace and quiet, or fun and action you will find a great day out here at Trentham.
The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, to be called by Alan Titchmarsh - no less - as “one of the UK’s must-see gardens”.
We are an award winning garden which in 2013 won the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Gold Award, in 2014 was highly commended by Visit England in the large visitor attraction category and in September 2010, the Gardens won one of the most prestigious European gardening awards, for the “Restoration, Enhancement or Development of a Historic Park or Garden”. What matters most of all is what our visitors think and we’re delighted that they voted us BBC Countryfile’s Garden of the Year 2015.
At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. Take the circular lakeside walk all the way round as it takes you aside the River Trent, by the bird hide, through the cascading weir and along atmospheric woodland trails.
By 2016, it is our ambition to mark the tercentenary of Capability Brown with a contemporary enhancement of the landscape around the lake with vast new plantings chosen for seasonal interest and environmental suitability. We are currently developing a future perspective with Nigel Dunnett and the team who were responsible for the stunning wildflower plantings at the Olympic Park.
The show gardens offer further inspiration to gardeners on a more domestic scale.
Trentham isn’t just a great garden, it’s a garden great enough to have fairies living in it! Take the fairy trail and keep your eyes peeled as you walk around our beautiful mile long lake, and through the woodland, maze and gardens where the fairies live.
There’s also the exciting adventure playground where children can tackle the assault course, fly down the zip wire, get creative in the sand pits, climb the nets, test their driving skills or get lost in the hide and speak maze.
During the spring, summer and autumn months you can go naked from the knees down on our barefoot walk, take a trip across the lake on the Miss Elizabeth or take a miniature train ride as it travels along the lakeside. With all this going on Trentham Gardens is the perfect place to keep the kids active in the school holidays.
Trentham Gardens is also dog friendly and visitors tell us how much their dogs love their days out here.
Trentham Gardens is a great day out whatever the season
During the winter months, beautiful seed heads with strong structure and texture are like glistenening frosty jewels. This stunning planting is left standing proud until mid January.
In spring the garden bursts to life with a fabulous bedding display in the Upper Parterre, a wondrous sea of gold, comprising 60 thousand daffodils in the Marie Curie Field of Hope, and a dazzling display of bluebells in the woodlands.
Early summer sees the tall bearded iris display perform with over 120 different cultivars providing a kaleidoscope of colour. The heady scent of the 90 metre long David Austin Rose Border will draw you towards our Trellis Walk. New for 2015 is the Annual Wildflower Meadow a cacophany of colour and is becoming an incredibly popular place to take a picture.
Hot Autumn colours simmer as light softly hits the planting amongst the 70 flower beds in the Italian Gardens whilst the swathes of coloured grasses in the Rivers of Grass, make a staggering impact.
*Please note that some activities such as the boat and train rides, and barefoot walk are limited during late Autumn and are not available during winter months. Do click the links to check the individual pages for details.