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We are blessed with magnificent natural landscapes in South Lakeland, but we also boast some of the most picturesque and beautifully maintained parks and gardens in the world. They play an important role for our local residents, offering recreational and cultural opportunities, a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of modern life and a place where families can relax, picnic and enjoy themselves in safety.

Our parks are excellent play areas for children and our sweeping grassy areas provide space for sports and recreational activities. Our gardens vary in size, some small and some covering several acres, but each is attractive and individual.

You will see stunning contrasts all around the area, with formal gardens set against natural rolling woodland and rocky ravines. Take in the glorious views of the surrounding lakes and spectacular mountain scenery. A great diversity of plants grow well in this area from alpine and heather beds to world-renowned collections of rhododendrons and azaleas. Native flora and fauna are plentiful, as are old, soaring trees.

Be sure to visit Brantwood, the beautiful home of John Ruskin, or see Rydal Mount, the historic home and gardens of William Wordsworth. Walk around the grounds of Brockhole, visit Holker Hall in Cartmel or take a trip to Halecat House & Gardens in Witherslack! Holehird Gardens, in their superb Lakeland setting in Windermere, are truly gardens for all seasons. The 17 acre hillside gardens at Holehird include a great variety of planting - specimen trees and shrubs, extensive rock and heather gardens, a walled garden, alpine houses and herbaceous borders. If you're in Ulverston, a trip to Ford Park is perfect for families, with a playground, restored Victorian kitchen garden, cafe and bistro to enjoy.

For more information and listings of parks and gardens near you, please explore our South Lakeland District Council website. You can also find more things to do in the Lakes at GoLakes.