Take a virtual tour of 11 of Kent’s most beautiful gardens

PUBLISHED: 12:59 19 November 2020 | UPDATED: 17:31 19 November 2020

Roses in the beautiful gardens at Hever Castle (photo: Kotomi Yamamura)

Roses in the beautiful gardens at Hever Castle (photo: Kotomi Yamamura)


Gardens across the county and beyond are offering virtual garden visits. So take a step into some of Kent’s most enchanting gardens from cottages to country estates with these virtual tours

The National Garden Scheme is currently taking donations to help during this time.

Watch the Prince of Wales’ video announcing the post-lockdown reopening of the NGS’s gardens here.

Goodnestone Park

Explore the beguiling gardens and walk the footsteps of one of Britain’s most loved writers, Jane Austen, who was a regular visitor to Goodnestone (often pronounced “Gunston”). The gardens span over 10 acres, and the below clip gives a taste of what you can expect when visiting.

Great Maytham Hall

Truly the original secret garden, Great Maytham Hall’s gardens were the inspiration behind Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 classic novel The Secret Garden. Explore the red bricked rose garden and beautiful lawns with a hint of wildness.

58A Parrock Road

Having been nurtured by its owner for the past 57 years, the garden at 58A Parrock Road in Gravesend is perfectly manicured with lots of little terracotta pots. Take a virtual stroll along the pretty garden path and take a seat on the seating area at the miniature lawn that overlooks the trees bursting with summer foliage.


Timbers typifies the English country garden that we feel is done best by Kentish folk, we are the Garden of England after all! From the greenhouse to the partially walled garden, there’s lots to explore in the virtual tour.

Hole Park

Hole Park isn’t just a majestic historical country house, its gardens and parkland are equally enchanting. Take a virtual tour of the gardens with manicured hedges, red brick walled areas, wildflower meadow and more. Hole Park is now open for its 2020 season since the lockdown loosened.

Watergate House, Canterbury

With the River Stour rumbling past, the magical gardens of Watergate House are a pleasure to explore. The ornate sections include a patio dotted with blooming pots, a beautiful greenhouse and rose-clad archways leading to cosily enclosed seating areas.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle is one of the country’s most grand historic castles that we are lucky enough to have right here in Kent. The moated castle is surrounded by wonderful gardens and grounds that are almost as grand as the building itself.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

“The beautiful hillside garden at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens has been privately owned by the Rogers family since 1840. Join owner Sarah Rogers for a leisurely visit through the history and planting of the gardens with its extensive views across the Weald of Kent, spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas and fine specimen trees. There’s so much to explore as the family continue to uncover the garden’s beautiful structure and a couple of other surprises besides!”

Whitstable gardens

Explore these Whitstable gardens: from quirky fairy gardens to welcoming oases that are havens for hens.

Great Comp

Located in the town of Sevenoaks, Great Comp is a splendid example of a Georgian manor house with equally splendid grounds and garden. The seven-acre garden is bursting with magnolias, through which you can take a virtual walk with the video below.


Designed in the late 19th century by famed garden designer, architect and write Sir Reginald Blomfield, the gardens are a great example of his work. As the NGS website explains: “Contained within this great boundary yew hedge, part of Blomfield’s original design, are twelve acres of tranquil gardens. Terraced lawns, topiary and a large lily pond make a formal area softened by curvy edged herbaceous borders, mature magnolias and willows with roses and clematis tumbling down the steps.”


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