We're not quite there yet for museums but gardens should be opening up soon! So now is the perfect time to start planning your next trips!
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The Horniman Museum’s garden in south London opened in 1895 and initially included a water garden, a wishing seat, tennis courts and a putting green. The museum now boasts 16-acres of gardens, with spectacular views of London (especially from the Bandstand), and visitors can enjoy the Sound Garden, Wildlife Garden, Meadow Field and even a Prehistoric Garden which features a display of ‘living fossils.’ It’s particularly popular with families and dogs can be let off their leads in the Meadow Field.
Fans of free-form planting style should take a trip to the American Museum Gardens, just outside of Bath. The garden’s Winding Way is wheelchair accessible and takes visitors around the lawn where you can spot sculptures of key figures from American history by sculptor Angela Connor. The museum’s gardens also include a replica of George Washington’s garden at Mount Vernon, a Lewis and Clark trail and an arboretum.
The grounds at Compton Verney make an ideal trip out for art and nature lovers alike. The park aims to recreate the landscape that was originally designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 1768.
Opened in 1817, Dulwich Picture Gallery is dubbed the world’s first purpose-built art gallery. Every nook and cranny of the grounds was made with the public in the mind, and this includes the gardens. The garden is a great spot to admire the gallery’s spectacular architecture, designed by the Regency architect Sir John Soane.
Created in 2014 by internationally renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf, the garden at Hauser & Wirth is a sprawling splendour of soft perennials and swaying seed heads. The plants are kept low, so you can enjoy the sculptures that feature also, most prominently, the Radić Pavilion which was designed by the Chilean architect Smiljan Radić.
The influential sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, first came to Cornwall in 1939 and would live there until her death in 1975. She lived and worked in her studio, Trewyn studios, which is now the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Her tucked-away garden became the ideal backdrop for her abstract sculptures, which reflected the natural curves and textures of the landscape.
Experience an authentic regency garden at the Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton. The garden follows the 1820 plans of the architect and landscape designer, John Nash, and includes many of the plant species included in the original design.
Enjoy towering works of art in the fresh air at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, covering 500 acres of land, including hills, woodland and formal gardens. The park was originally owned by the Beaumont family, but would later become a part of Bretton Hall College. It was here that art lecturer Peter Murray had the idea of opening the space up to the public. Recent artists that have exhibited include Damien Hirst, Joana Vasconcelos and Alfredo Jaar.