When my family were over, I wanted to show them something a bit new other than London and Cambridge AGAIN so I planned a 4 day North of England Road Trip to give them a little flavour of Northern England.  We stuffed in a lot over the 4 days however it really did show my family that there is more to England than just London!

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 1 – Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

We left on a sunny (jokes…it was grey as it was still summer!) Friday morning and headed up to Stoke on Trent to visit the Potteries.  G and I have visited this area a few times including to have afternoon tea at Wedgwood (spoiler alert if you don’t read the review – it’s really good!) so we popped into Wedgwood for a little look around and then off to Burleigh Pottery where we may have supported the local economy.

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I own a few pieces of the Burleigh Calico range in blue and I may have left with two new pieces…the pattern has a vintage cottage feel but I liven things up with splashes of yellow in our kitchen.  Mum also took a piece home with her.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 2 – Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

After leaving Stoke on Trent, we hit the traffic as it was Friday so we were a bit late arriving at Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire…if you love the National Trust and wobbly buildings then this one is for you!  Even though we had a whistle stop tour through the property, it was still great to see an amazing amount of history in one building including the witches marks.  You can read more about our adventures at Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire here.

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That night we bedded down at the Holiday Inn Express at Stoke on Trent using points…two free rooms…hotel chains are great for road trips due to their various locations just off motorways and close to town centres…diss hotel chains all you like but they are absolutely brilliant places to rest your head when you’re on a road trip around England.

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 3 – Lyme Park, Cheshire

Up early the following morning, we headed to visit another National Trust property which was on my Jane Austen Bucket List, Lyme Park.  If you loved the BBC Pride & Prejudice series then you know that Lyme Park was used as Pemberley for the exterior scenes…

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…and it was so worth the wait!  Just like the blog post I will write one day with a million and one photos attached…one day folks, one day.

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I will return to visit this property again in the future if I can for a picnic and a little dress up.

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If you want to see the interiors of Pemberley then you need to visit another National Trust property, Sudbury Hall close by in Derbyshire…it’s about an hours drive between both properties.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 4 – Blackpool, Lancashire

Thinking that I may have worn my family out with National Trust properties over the past 24 hours…we headed in the direction of Blackpool, the home of the illuminations….

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…another destination that was on my bucket list…

…if you are thinking this North of England Road trip was all about me…you are sooooo right…Mum, Dad and Lisa were just along for the ride!

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Everyone thinks I’m crazy that I was desperate to visit the illuminations…I will say that Blackpool lived up to every expectation that I had and every expectation everyone else told me!

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It was certainly a different place to visit and we enjoyed our Nandos (Lisa loves Nandos and they are good for gluten free grub!) and watching the pumpkin carriages running up and down the prom.

We hadn’t booked any accommodation and for a Saturday night this wasn’t the best idea to be honest…but we decided to head in the direction of the Lake District and found a Travelodge on the motorway just before we entered the Lakes…we booked our rooms and went to bed…visiting the M&S shop the following morning for breakfast before heading to the lakes.

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 5 – Hill Top Farm, Cumbria

After our breakfast feast thanks to a M&S gift card that I had in my wallet…we were in the car early driving towards Hill Top Farm…the home of Beatrix Potter that she had gifted to the National Trust along with a  load of land and property.

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Beatrix Potter was a leading conservationist of her time and we can thank her for keeping the beauty of the Lakes so we can enjoy it all now…she broke convention in so may ways as a woman and she should be a role model for us all now.  If you plan to visit Hill Top Farm, get there before opening time as it’s by timed entry and the car park is only small.  It’s a small walk from the ticket office to the farm…we loved this property and am so glad we had a chance to visit.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 6 – Hawkshead, Cumbria

Our next stop was to the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead…where we may have eaten some very large pieces of cake…and enjoyed the cute little town.  The Gallery was the law offices of her husband that was gifted to the National Trust.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 7 – Claife Viewing Station, Cumbria

After leaving Hawkshead, we ventured to see the view over the lakes at Claife Viewing Station…another National Trust area of beauty.  Looking back we packed in a huge amount in our day in the Lake District.

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^^A nice normal photo of Ma and Pa

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^^The real Ma and Pa!

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^^Mum was a tad excited about the next stop!

We jumped on the ferry to cross the lake to save precious time…this was our sailing trip…

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…and ended up in Windermere where we let the girls run wild in Lakeland(mum and Lisa, please DO NOT click on the Lakeland link…I only have 40 kg luggage allowance remember!)…

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…it was hard to get the girls out of the store but Daddy and I managed JUST.

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If you ask the girls what their favourite part of the road trip was…it was Lakeland…total shopaholics!  There is a nice little café at the top of the store for the non shopaholics aka Daddy and I.

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 8 – Grasmere, Cumbria

Our last stop was Gramsere for gingerbread…unfortunately there isn’t a gluten free version available…and we rambled around the little village which for me is one of my favourite places in the Lake District.

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Jumping in the car, we headed off in the direction of Yorkshire…

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…we zoomed pass little villages and farms…over cattle grids until we found a pub to have dinner in and then decided to head towards Harrogate for the night.  I found a rather cheap Crowne Plaza in Harrogate and used points again…always happy with a free rooms folks…very happy bunny indeed!

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 9 – Harrogate, North Yorkshire

The following morning after having breakfast in the club lounge…we may have raided it ever so slightly…let’s just say it’s a good thing that mummy didn’t have her handbag and suitcase with her.  We had a quick walk around Harrogate and was pleasantly surprised on how pretty it was…if you love Bath, I think Harrogate should be on your wish list.  The original Betty’s is located in Harrogate as well….Daddy may have purchased the only pair of shoes purchased on our road trip in Harrogate.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 10 – Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

After realising we were rather close to another spot that was on my UK bucket list…yes it was all about MEEEEEEEEEE….we had a rather soggy bottom wander around Knaresborough.

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The town shouldn’t just be famous for the viaduct that crosses the river but also for the cool street art adorning the buildings.  It wasn’t the best weather to be exploring Yorkshire but you can’t officially tick off Yorkshire until you leave with a soggy bottom!

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^^Ice Cream weather in Yorkshire

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 11 – York, North Yorkshire

We hightailed it over to York…I was keen to take mum to the Kathe Wolfhart Christmas Shop which has now opened in York; it’s my favourite Christmas shop in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD…yes it deserves capital letters.  Mum got a tad overwhelmed and left empty-handed.

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But we managed to have a cuppa and a spot of lunch including savouries and sweet treats at Betty’s (mum is also an experienced pinkie raiser…if you want some tips about afternoon tea then have a gander at this post!)

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…Lisa may have eaten a squirrel!

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^^ Told ya!

After a wander around the city and a giggle at the Harry Potter shop where they actually queue to get in…

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…we headed home…where I promptly burned the rice!

Yes you can see a lot on a four-day road trip…my recommendation is to have a mini plan of places that you would like to visit and then just go with the flow…don’t be disappointed if you don’t visit the places you thought you might as you may find other wonderful spots along the way!

Travel Tips for a North of England Road Trip

  • If you want to save some pounds on your car rental, make sure you use topcashback.com – I use Expedia where I normally get at least 10% cashback on my rental cars
  • We used my points for two nights of our accommodation as we stayed at IHG hotels which saved us cash…there is nothing wrong with chain hotels and they are especially good on a road trip due to their location and free parking!  We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express at Stoke on Trent and the Crowne Plaza in Harrogate.
  • Always have something in your car to eat when you’re desperate for a nibble and a bottle of water…traffic in England can be horrendous at times.
  • If you plan to visit a number of National Trust properties and you are a foreign national then look at purchasing a Touring Pass…we saved a lot of money with these passes.
  • Remember a road trip should be fun…visit places that interest you and go with the flow!

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I love pretty gardens and I fell in love with gardening again last year much to my delight (I’ve probably said this a million times now!).  I’m always on the look out for gardening inspiration so I popped over to explore Castle Ashby Gardens in Northamptonshire during the summer when all their gardens were bursting with colour.

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While Castle Ashby isn’t open itself, you can wander around the impressive 35 acres of gardens which are styled so you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

My arrival at Castle Ashby was hair raising to say the least…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…SHEEP…and you know that this Kiwi is absolutely petrified on sheep…I did stop to take a photo once I realised I was safely inside the smurf mobile and they couldn’t eat me.

Parking the car, there is a long walk to the start of the gardens from the entrance however you get to set your eyes on the beautiful house in the distance…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…deciding to visit the church later on (which I then completely forgot to do!).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I headed to my favourite spot in the whole of Castle Ashby Gardens…the Orangery.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I love an Orangery and totally want one but alas it would look rather fugly added onto a 1930’s built house in Bedford I would imagine.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

A little red breasted robin and I took a wander around the Orangery, stopping to take photos (me, not the Robin…I’m not too afraid of a cute little Robin for some reason but birds in general, yes…Castle Ashby was throwing all my fears at me in one go!).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The Orangery is stunning with gobble hungry fish…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…water lilies…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…perky daisies…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and more perkiness…perky breasted and nippley ladies to complete the setting.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I even managed two shoefies in the Orangery!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I was thinking of bringing my family back for a picnic in the gardens when they were over last year however we had our picnic at the National Trust Property Stowe instead…either garden is a lovely spot to visit for a picnic.  Castle Ashby has picnic tables dotted around the gardens making it very family friendly.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The Italian Gardens sit right next to the Orangery so I did a little bit of exploring of the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…the water feature reminding me of Rome

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and my daddy’s favourite flowers, Dahlias!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

Wandering around the gardens, getting lost in what at times felt like my own secret garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I stumbled across fields of wild flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and then found the meerkats and vegetable garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I was more interested in their veggie plot!

Next up was the Maltese Cross garden which I was just in time to visit with its beautiful array of blue, silver  and white plants…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…it’s another gorgeous stop to explore in the gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

 England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The air was lightly scented with lavender and roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…how pretty is this pink rose…one day I will learn to grow roses, just not today…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I think I’m going to kidnap their head gardener and set him lose in my garden at home!

I popped my head into the Fuchsia House…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…aren’t fuchsias having a bit of a renaissance in the gardening world!  Remember how beautiful they were at RHS Wisley in Surrey.

Honeysuckle alert!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

As I said before, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…look at all the picnic tables!

To really enjoy the Castle Ashby Gardens, you just need to wander and explore to soak up all the colour…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens…you don’t need to follow a map, just follow your nose and you will find a little slice of heaven.

After all that walking…the gardens are huge and you don’t realise how many steps you’ve taken…I popped into the tea rooms for a gluten free sarnie and hot chocolate…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…the sarnie was good, the hot chocolate was a bit bland.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

While I’m not a huge fan of Instagram these days, one of my lovely instagram followers actually visited the property the following weekend after I had posted a few photos from my visit and they enjoyed the property as well.

Travel Tips for Castle Ashby Gardens

  • You can find more information about the Castle Ashby Gardens on the official website.
  • You will need a car to visit the property as it’s a little out of the way
  • Take a picnic as you can sit anywhere in the gardens to enjoy the views…I asked!
  • The Tea Rooms do have gluten free options available…just ask when you order.
  • There is a beautiful garden shop where you can purchase plants prior to leaving…the money goes back into the garden.
  • The address for Castle Ashby Gardens is Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, NN7 1LQ
  • Kids will love this property as there are meerkats and a playground by the Tea Rooms.
  • Entrance costs £7 per person
  • I have a Gardeners World Card from the May 2017 Gardeners World magazine which means I can obtain a discount…this is now sold out online however make sure you pick up this years May issue to grab the card if you intend to visit a few gardens.  They are currently offering the next 5 issues for £5 which would include the May issue!
  • If you are visiting Northamptonshire then I would highly recommend a visit to another beautiful garden, Coton Manor Gardens.  Check out all my Northamptonshire posts here.
  • If you love to explore gardens then why not check out all my British Garden posts here.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

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I thought I would do a round up of a few Travel Memberships that I’ve held during 2017 and if I thought they were worth the money I splashed out on them during the year.   Travel isn’t cheap and is a luxury item for most of us; I think we all forget this at times; there are so many Travel Memberships that can help reduce travel costs but you need to work out what is best for you personally.

Travel Membership: Wizz Air Discount Club – is it worth it?

This Travel Membership costs yearly just £29.99 which doesn’t seem a lot of money but to make the joining fee worth it you really need to book at least two flights with Wizz Air with luggage.  The Wizz Air Discount Club provides you with discounts of up to £7.50 per flight and they are always sending me an email about 20% offers ex London Luton which are only available if you’re a Wizz Air Club Member.

If you buy the pass just for yourself and are booking a flight for yourself and a plus one, you receive discount on both tickets.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the Wizz Air Discount Club?

So far in 2017, I’ve taken two return flights with Wizz Air plus G also travelled with me to Croatia on Wizz Air (think he now appreciates Business Class just a tad more…the shock of no champagne or tea was too much for him!)

London Luton to Poland Return – saved £15 on flights (you can read all my Poland travel posts here…new and old!)

Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

London Luton to Croatia Return – saved £30 on flights (you can read all my Croatia travel posts here…new and old!)

Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

I also booked these flights when they had a 20% off special just for the Wizz Air Club members so I think it’s safe to say that the £29.99 was truly well spent.  I do fancy a trip to Gdansk and Riga…I’m just waiting for another discount email to pop up to book myself another flight…thankfully I didn’t join the Wizz Air Club till April this year so have a few months remaining!

Totally recommend joining the Wizz Air Club if you’re going to take one or more flights with the carrier; they offer some great destinations that you won’t find on other airlines.

You can read my review of Wizz Air here and also my tongue in cheek guide to Luton Airport.

Travel Membership: National Trust Pass – is it worth it?

I decided to renew my National Trust Pass again in 2017 even though I felt that I hadn’t really got the value out of the travel membership in previous years; all my own fault to be honest.  I now have a car so getting around to visit properties is a lot easier than trying to reach properties via public transport.  I purchased a National Trust Pass for 2 people and pay monthly via DD for £9 per month.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the National Trust Pass?

So here you go…I have visited the following properties in 2017 and have included the value of the entrance I would have paid if I didn’t have the NT membership.

Polesden Lacey in Surrey – Entrance Fee £15.00 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Polesden Lacey in Spring. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Lyme Park in Cheshire – Entrance Fee £12.10 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Lyme Park in Cheshire in Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire – Entrance Fee £14.65 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire in Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Hill Top Farm in Cumbria – Entrance Fee £11.50 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, Cumbria during Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead in Cumbria – Entrance Fee £7.00 pp

Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire – Entrance Fee £10.00 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire during Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Stowe in Buckinghamshire – Entrance Fee £12.40 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Stowe in Buckinghamshire. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

I think it’s fair to say that I’ve definitely got more than my money’s worth out of my National Trust pass in 2017 (£165 worth of entrance fees vs £108 Membership Fee!) and there are a few more properties that I would like to visit so I’ll definitely be renewing the travel membership going forward into 2018.

We also bought the National Trust Touring Pass for my folks which is a travel membership for foreign nationals visiting the UK and wanting to visit a number of National Trust Properties over a certain number of days and it was totally worth it…watch your pennies so you have more money for scones!

Travel Membership: Historical Houses Pass – is it worth it?

So I automatically renewed my Historical Houses Pass in 2017 as I’ve found it to be such great value in the past years that I’ve held the pass however due to ill health in 2017 I didn’t use this pass as much as I would have like unfortunately (a number of properties are only open during the summer months)…if only I had a crystal ball to tell me what was going to happen in the future.  The travel membership price is £77 for a double if paying by DD.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the Historic Houses Pass?

Scone Palace – Entrance Fee £7.50 pp

England Travel Inspiration - Scone Palace during Autumn in Scotland. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

No I didn’t however it was more of an issue with me than the pass itself…I’ll be castle hunting in 2018 like no ones business!

I will most likely let this travel membership automatically renew in 2018 as there are a number of properties that I would like to visit in Northumberland which I didn’t get a chance to visit this year so will make a bee line to see them next year when they all re-open.

Travel Membership: British Airways American Express Card – is it worth it?

The British Airways American Express Card is a pretty easy way of accumulating avios to use towards flights on British Airways or other One World Airlines.  What I love the most about this card is the 2 for 1 Companion ticket which is great if you fancy flying Business or First Class without paying full price…you can see here how we flew to Hong Kong ex London for only £500 each in First Class on British Airways.  The Annual Fee for the British Airway Premium Plus Credit Card is £195 per annum however we find we get exception value overall and will keep the card going forward or until something better comes along.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the British Airways Express Card?

I think it’s fair to say that we have; we didn’t get good value out of our companion vouchers this year due to illness (again!) however we did fly First Class with BA to Moscow for the huge price of £110 (yeap £55 each to fly First Class and only 68,000 avios…this is the current redemption cost however I think it cost us less from memory!) and G used one to fly to Salzburg before it expired with his mum in Business Class (terrible value but better to use it than lose it!).  G and I still have another 3 companion vouchers to use so will try to go a bit further on them next year if we can; we still would like to visit China one day and I have a Mexico itinerary sitting in an excel spreadsheet…or maybe Iran.

Anyhow…instead of doing a huge round up of where I’ve traveled to in 2017, I wanted to see if the money I had spent on my travel memberships were actually worth it in 2017.  Obviously you can’t help things like sickness but it does make you reflect on what works for you as an individual when travelling.

What are your favourite travel memberships?

Travel Memberships – Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Were They Worth It?

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Last year, G’s mum and I took a little road trip down to Surrey to visit RHS Wisley which are a beautiful set of gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society and basically are a must see for Garden lovers.

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We arrived super early and took to exploring with a map…if you can’t read a map, don’t fret you can get lost in the secret gardens which is what happened to us (don’t rely on my map reading skills if you need to get from A to B!)

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…we smelt a flower or two while we were lost…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…which isn’t a bad thing!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

We may have sniffed a few roses…they smelt sooooo sweet in the warm summers morning…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…did a bit of bee watching…orange may be the new black however bee watching is the new people watching (there’s even a bee watching app!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and frolicked in the gardens some more, we were pretty lost.

If you’re a bit stumped on what to introduce into your garden then RHS Wisley will give your green thumbs a helping hand…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…I want all of these…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

and yes, these as well…bright colours galore…I’m a big fan of bright colours can you tell…no pastels for me!

This year our garden provided a bounty of fresh vegetables which I’ve cooked, baked, pickled, stewed and frozen…we have a very full freezer which we are eating our way through…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…I got a lot of inspiration from the RHS Wisley veggie patch, we used tall pots to plant our tomato plants in and then had them sitting inside tomato grow bags and I can’t recommend this way of growing tomatoes enough.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

If you want to grow tomatoes make sure you plant marigolds around them so the aphids don’t come a knocking.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

^^I wish my veggie patch looked this tidy!

RHS Wisley is broken up into little areas, showcasing different styles of gardening from the Rock Garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…to the calmness of the beautiful Bonsai Walk…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…just looking at that photo makes me feel calm as a clam.

We found ourselves rambling towards a rather large glasshouse in the distance…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…full of fuchsias which are becoming rather fashionable again in the gardening game…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…there were a few palms…really teeny tiny palms…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and a few prickly cacti!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

I can report that I escaped without a prickle.

I may have enjoyed a light spray from the waterfall though!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

^^Found the perfect spot for a shoefie…I never go exploring without a sunhat

There is also a rather interesting little display…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…as they say, every day is a school day even for this golden oldie!

We wandered through the gardens…with our noses in the air trying to sniff out some food, as a rather big kiwi bird’s tummy was a flutter with hunger pains…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…oh look pretty flowers…had to stop to photograph said pretty flowers while the tummy rumbles got louder and louder…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…we stumbled into the cafe for lunch where there are a number of gluten free options, they even make gluten free sandwiches to order…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…or if you were well prepared then take a picnic and enjoy the gardens!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

^^Grey sky optional!

After sorting out the rumbly tummy, we were off again in search of more secret gardens to explore…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…there is something special when you enter a garden that looks like it should be inside a children’s fairy tale…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…you know the ones, where you require a big sword to cut through the tangles of vines and then arrive in a beautiful garden that has had magical little gardening elves caring for it.

We sat down and just watched the world go by…had a little cry (this was a spot that G’s parents both wanted to visit and it was not long after G’s dads death that we visited…so our visit was bittersweet)…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…this is a popular area at RHS Wisley…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and oh so photogenic!

So have you visited RHS Wisley?  Are you a fan?

Travel Tips for RHS Wisley

  • Arrive early as the traffic around RHS Wisley is pretty horrendous…there is ample parking onsite.
  • There are a few cafes / restaurants dotted around the gardens which all offer gluten free options which is great news!  If you want to, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic in the gardens.
  • Take comfortable shoes as RHS Wisley is spread over 240 acres…getting lost in the gardens is a must!
  • An adult ticket to RHS Wisley is £15.40 pp with gift aid (£14 without gift aid) – RHS Members gain free entrance to the gardens (learn how to become a RHS member here).  If you buy your tickets online here there is a 10% discount offered
  • Address of RHS Wisley – Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

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My Dad and I are HUUUUUGE fans of Dahlias so when I saw in my Autumn National Trust newsletter about the Dahlia Festival at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire I knew we had to go for a little drive to our neighbouring county to see the rainbow of dahlias!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

We left the girls at home to pack the bags *coughs they only had 100 kilos of luggage to pack!* and pottered over to Cambridgeshire; obtaining some tickets we went in search for the dahlias which were dotted around as flower crowns on certain folks…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…some were a little two faced over the Dahlia festival…obviously they prefer Peonies better…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I thought the ombre Dahlias bring out the colours of his eyes personally!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^This is what happens when you pull a face and the wind changes!

We stumbled across some autumn colour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and daddy stumbled into my photo or as it is known in the business…he’s a professional photo bomber.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Daddy and I had a wander around the grounds…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…taking in the grandeur of the house…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…a cute door…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…the house really does suit it’s surroundings.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

On the day we visited, you could only snoop inside the house on a guided tour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…Dad and I just wanted to whizz through however things happen for a reason and the tour was totally worth it as the history and stories of how the National Trust obtained Anglesey Abbey was quite impressive….

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…she basically came with a large dowry thanks to Lord Fairhaven.

The rooms were decorated with dahlias in every corner…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and even hanging from the chandeliers.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The house was totally remodelled in the 1920’s after Lord Fairhaven and his brother bought the property sight unseen via an auction.  In his will they let their family use the property until their deaths and then it was to be passed over to the National Trust however his family weren’t allowed to make any changes to the property…this wish was ignored…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…unfortunately the family made some ghastly decorating choices and when the property was finally handed over to the National Trust they had to do a lot of restoration work.  The house is now a time capsule to the 1920’s which is exactly how Lord Fairhaven wished Dad and I to see the property on the day of our visit.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

But you know this is England and records are kept so the National Trust were able to buy the same curtains and materials in the pattern that Lord Fairhaven had used himself for the bedroom as they knew where he purchased the originals from…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…meticulous British record keeping!

Sometimes you need a loo shoefie…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and a sneak peak inside a man’s shoe room!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Obviously you don’t need to tell me twice…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I peeked of course!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^Obviously prudes never lived in this house…it was willy and dahlia central…I’m a worry wart and I do worry that one day my hand will accidentally knock off a willy from a statue and I’ll have to superglue it back on and then my hand would get stuck to the statue…just like it happens in the movies…to date, this hasn’t happened YET!

The Library is pretty impressive…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…not just with books…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…have a guess who the artist is…famous for painting large naval scenes.

How Easy Is It To Grow Dahlias?

Pretty darn easy…basically you dig a hole in the ground and throw in a Dahlia Tuber, cover with soil, water occasionally and a few weeks later you should see your little baby growing taller by the day.

You can use pots as well but make sure they are quite heavy round pots as dahlias can get very top heavy when in flower and with a gust of wind…poof…they’re like a damsel in distress and just can’t get back up again.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Just water the dahlias occasionally, every day during really hot hot days but you can water them every 2-3 days and they will still flower.  Apparently Dahlias are native to Mexico and store water in their tubers in case of drought so it takes a bit to kill them.

If you live in a cold climate then after the first frost you need to lift the tubers up and store them in a sheltered spot i.e. garden shed or garage over winter and then replant after the last frost in Spring so around April time.  If you don’t have nipply cold winters then just keep them in the ground and they should survive the winter as long as it’s not to wet.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

If you’re not a confident gardener then Dahlias are for you…they’re pretty easy, if I can grow them then so can you!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Where Do You Buy Dahlias From?

So you can find them everywhere…amazon has a good selection (eBay is also great for picking up seedlings during spring time!) or check out Sarah Raven (you can order now and delivery will be made in February) but remember you can only buy tubers at certain times of the year.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The Different Types of Dahlias

There are quite a few different styles of Dahlias to enjoy…these are a few of my favourites…let’s start with the Pom Pom Dahlias…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…they’re right little balls of joy and just so cute and flirty; you get numerous flowers from each plant, they’re dainty as hell and very photogenic.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Another photographic dahlia is the Cafe Au Lait which is a big bloom with a beautiful creamy blush colouring, a current favourite…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…beautiful in large displays of summer flowers or just in a beautiful jar by themselves.

Buy dahlias in the colours that you love and grow them close together for wonderful colourful displays…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…as there are just so many beautiful varieties from the large Dinner Plate Dahlias to Cactus Dahlias…just have a look online and find a variety you love.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Great Instagram Accounts to Follow & Books to Read Featuring Dahlias

Dahlias have become the new Instagram darling…move over Peonies, the Dahlias are in town and they pack a pretty good punch.  Here are few great Instagram accounts to follow featuring Dahlias-

Looking for books about Dahlias then the following are really great options on how to grow, sell or just enjoy in your home.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Can you tell that Dad and I love Dahlias!

Travel Tips for Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

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