Remarkable UK Gardens for Autumn Colour 

Another season has flown by and now the summer heat has faded with the turn of autumn. With the cooler days and longer nights, our gardens are transforming into a rich tapestry of colour, from fiery reds and oranges to majestic golds.

With nature putting on its very own natural firework display, autumn is the ideal time to head outside for some fresh air. Whether that means pottering about in the landscaped garden at your Retirement Living development or exploring one of the many gardens open to the public in the UK, it is a wonderful time of year for getting outside and experiencing the autumnal colours of nature.

Here are just a few gardens perfect for enjoying a walk and taking in the changing landscape this autumn.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt is one of the most well-known arboretums in the UK. Featuring over 18,000 trees and shrubs in an area of over 600 acres, the 17 miles of marked paths, making it a wonderful setting for a relaxing walk enjoying the many different areas of the arboretum. Home to some of the tallest and rarest trees in the British Isles, it really is a spectacular place to visit in autumn.

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Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

The historic parkland at Sheffield Park has had many uses over the centuries, including a deer park and a Second World War camp. Now it is a haven for wildlife. The garden is host to a vast collection of trees and large shrubs, many of which were introduced by Arthur Soames, owner in the early 20th century. Four lakes form the heart of the gardens, beautifully reflecting the dazzling display of vivid leaves from the surrounding trees throughout autumn.

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Dawyck Botanical Garden, Peebles

Awarded five stars by the Scottish Tourist Board, Dawyck Botanical Garden is located in the hills of the Scottish Borders. A sanctuary for endangered plants, during the autumn months take in the 65-acre site ablaze with colour on one of the many woodland and burnside walks or themed tree trails. 

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Stourhead (NT)

At Stourhead, the North American maples turning scarlet red signifies the start of the autumn season. Over the coming weeks Japanese acers, chestnuts, oak and beech trees also transform these landscaped gardens. Join volunteers on daily autumn walks to learn more about Stourhead, which finishes at the lakeside where the spectacular display is reflected and offers the best views.

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Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool

Even in autumn, the gardens at Powis are a vibrant sight of reds, burnt oranges and golds. The medieval castle sits dramatically above the multi-layered, world-class gardens which date back 300 years. Once you’ve taken in the rich colours and scents, warm up with a hot drink and home-cooked treat in the Courtyard Restaurant.

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Harewood House, Yorkshire

With 100 acres of gardens at Harewood, there is lots to discover during the autumn season at Harewood. Originally landscaped by the renowned Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Throughout autumn, the colourful season is celebrated with a variety of events, from the harvest festival to walks with Harewood’s Head Gardener Trevor Nicholson.

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With so many different gardens to explore, you could even consider traveling further afield for an extended visit. At McCarthy Stone, we offer a ‘Try Before Your Buy’ scheme which includes a complementary two night stay at one of our fully furnished apartments. Perfect to discover what living at a McCarthy Stone development is really like.