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.

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 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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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.

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 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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On our little road trip to Cornwall, G had the Eden Project on his bucket list.  I had visited many years ago with my folks and we’d enjoyed our day out…roll forward a few years and I received a big shock when I saw the price of entry now.  So is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee… hmmm let’s find out!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!                England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

^^The iconic domes!

Travel Tips for the Eden Project are found at the bottom of this post.

We arrived early morning and desperate for a cup of tea and a piece of cake…sadly the cake is labelled as low in gluten which isn’t allowed in the labelling world and Mrs D has taken this up with the Eden Project in the past and it still hasn’t changed.  I decided to give it a go and the cake was lovely but it made me wonder how on earth it can be low in gluten rather than gluten free.  The price of two cakes and three drinks set up back over £15…ouch!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I had a wander outside first taking in the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…with the colourful dahlias…dahlias have become the new peony and they are so easy to grow as well…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…the Japanese anemones…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…it was fun to see how the gardens have all being designed and to get some inspiration for our own garden.

The Eden Project is an educational  garden which is trying to teach folks about biodiversity, fair-trade and how we all need to work together…no bees, no humans…basically we need to plant flowers to help out our bee population…we did this year and the amount of wildlife we had in the garden was incredible from bees, insects to birds.  If we all made one small change in our lifestyle just imagine how we could help Planet Earth…time to start thinking about our diets, fast fashion, travel and how we live on this planet.

We entered the humidity dome first, which is like a huge hot house but not as humid as I last remembered…if you like giant palm leaves then you’re going to love this dome…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…it was like taking a journey around the world…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…from New Zealand……to the islands…to Asia…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…to Africa…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…we learnt a few new facts which will be great questions for a pub quiz but you know…I suffer from dory brain so I can’t remember the facts now…doh…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…there was some really great information on fair-trade and food miles…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…G was gutted to learn that he couldn’t go to the very top of the dome as it was just too hot inside….we may have begged to differ but hey ho.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

Humidity brings the most beautiful plants to life…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…Monica Hair vs Beautiful flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

I can live with Monica Hair but not without pretty flowers in my life.  I still remember when Lisa and I visited Samoa and the local bus took us through the Rain Forest…it was simply gorgeous.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

I wouldn’t mind a pretty waterfall like this in my back garden?

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I managed to agreed on a plant we both liked…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…chalk and cheese when it comes to gardening!

We left the humidity dome and wandered past all the restaurants, pondering if we were requiring more expensive and poorly labelled food in our bellies…the answer was no…so we hit the gift shop instead…I bought G some bamboo socks which apparently are better for your feet…he agrees.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

I’m taking more of an interest in ethical fashion and where my clothes are coming from now more than even and it’s amazing to see more companies advising how they’re cutting down their water usage on materials etc. and the use of sustainable materials.

Next up we hit the Mediterranean dome, to be fair I felt a bit let down with this dome…

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…it was pretty don’t get me wrong…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…you felt like you were transported to the Mediterranean in some areas…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…but we didn’t learn as much as we did from the first dome which is a shame.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

Am I the only person out there that thinks a cactus plant looks like a giant willy…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…I’ve backed into a prickly willy plant while having a wee out in the open in Libya…thankfully I only received a prickle in my foot and not my bottom!  I dine out on my disaster travel stories….they’re the best part of travelling.

The Australian garden was interesting but once again I felt it lacked a bit in imagination with the educational detailing and layout…the colours were beautiful though…I was expecting more from this new addition…just bring the crisps around as I’ve got the wine…wine, wine, wine (moving on from my wine)

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…we took an interest in the vegetable garden as our veggie patch was really good this year; just blowing my own horn here and there folks!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

Not golden balls but green balls!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

I’ve made chutneys and also frozen a lot of our vegetables for use over winter…The Good Life, the Bedford version!  I grew heirloom tomatoes this year and the crop was amazing…go for the older variety plants for a change, not the modified seeds that you find these days…think purple carrots, yellow tomatoes, bobbly red tomatoes…embrace the old fashioned varieties and you will be surprised with your crop.

The sunflowers were beautiful…happy flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…these guys were rather photogenic.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

We took another walk outside and watched the zip wire whizz overhead…someone was burning a £50 note with that ride…truly everything is wildly expensive here.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

^^Is it a man…is it a giant butterfly…who blooming knows!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I spent less than 2 hours at the Eden Project and to be fair, it wasn’t that busy and it was at the start of the school holidays when Cornwall was super busy.

Personally I feel like the Eden Project has really priced itself out of the market especially for families and overseas travellers…if I was travelling from NZ this would be costing a crap load of money and I would have felt short changed by the experience.

I was disappointed with the lack of events on for children who were visiting…it was the start of the school holidays and just felt like the Eden Project was missing a trick or ten…it’s one of those places, you visit once and don’t go back even though your ticket allows entry for a full year from the first date of entry. More activities especially around sustainable gardening would have us visiting again.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I had a discussion if we thought the Eden Project was worth the £27.50 entrance fee and the answer was NO!  The B&B owner also agreed and thought a fair price would be around the £15 mark which I think is more reasonable overall however if you can find a 2 for 1 voucher than I would recommend a visit.

We felt that The Eden Project could push so much more on showing how to live more sustainably with nature it just felt like it has given a half heartened try…we heard rumblings about financial pressures and redundancies so who knows if this has had an impact on the Eden Project overall.

I’m not saying don’t go…just that we were both disappointed with the cost (if we had paid full price!) vs what was on offer on the day of our visit.

Travel Tips for the Eden Project, Cornwall

  • Booking tickets online on the Eden Project website prior to your visit can save some money
  • If you’re into collecting avios, weirdly after our visit I noticed if you go through the British Airways Gateway 365 portal you can earn avois on the purchases and there were some good values offered (at the time of writing it was 7 avois per £1 spent).
  • I’m pretty frugal at the moment and found a really great way of saving money; the May Gardener’s World offered a discount card with 2 for 1 tickets to many gardens around the UK including the Eden Project; for us this made the entrance reasonably priced.  Unfortunately the magazine is completely sold out online now however check it out next May as you can also gain entry to Kew Gardens.
  • If you can find another way to gain a 2 for the price of 1 ticket then this is definitely more purse friendly.
  • If you are wanting to buy your meal inside, make sure you have all your credit cards handy as it’s blooming expensive; we saw a number of folks with packed lunches which is the way to go if you are watching your pennies or the eye watering ticket price has emptied your purse.
  • The shop inside the domes wasn’t too badly price however I thought the plants and accessorises were overall very expensive and thanks to smart phones you can do a quick search online to see if it’s cheaper elsewhere.
  • There is plenty of parking so don’t worry about getting to the site early and they offer a shuttle bus from the car park to the entrance
  • You can take photos wherever you fancy which is great!
  • Take flat comfortable shoes as the site is rather large and there are some stairs around so comfy shoes are a must!
  • If you fancy reading more posts on Cornwall then way not take a gander at these puppies –Our Road Trip Around CornwallExploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown and Port Isaac: A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

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Last month, G and I took a jolly little road trip around Cornwall…there were only two places that were set in stone that we wanted to visit and the rest of the time it was just wherever we fancied and a few naps in-between as we were on holiday after all and napping is compulsory…the salty air works wonders for insomnia, trust me.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

So without further ado here is what we managed to visit during our road trip around Cornwall…drum roll please…

Eden Project

This was sitting on G’s bucket list for ages, apparently he saw a TV documentary on the Eden Project a number of years ago and wanted to visit.  After checking out the visitor information I worked out that entrance was £27.50 per person so I found a cheap way of visiting…my frugal tendencies are showing and I’m not sorry (find out how to do the same in the travel tip section below…I’m going to make you scroll baby, right to the end).

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

The Eden Project is a great place to visit to learn more about the environment, plants and how we all need to work together to live on this planet….I’ve really taken to gardening this year and have made sure that most of our plants feed the local bees as without bees we can’t exist…get rid of those succulents and start planting flowers folks!

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

I’m in total two minds about the Eden Project and will do a post later on due to the reasons why…but it’s amazing to see the changes from my first visit to the Eden Project so many moons ago.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Port Isaac

I’m a big fan of Doc Martin…strangely G is very similar to the Doc in personality and mannerisms, his Mum and even G agrees with this statement…his matter of fact nature does make me laugh and roll my eyes.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Visiting Port Isaac was on my bucket list and it didn’t disappoint; you will need to walk down and back up a rather large hill to get into the fishing village but it’s totally worth it.  I loved this little fishing village as it’s not as touristy as I imagined it was going to be and it wasn’t overcrowded which was a right old blessing on the day we visited.  You can read more about Port Isaac here…and there are a load more photos to enjoy as well!

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Charlestown

I’ve never watched Poldark however Charlestown is used in filming due to its small historic port so it’s becoming a hot little tourist destination in Cornwall…plus it’s rather cute hence why we visited.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

The village is rather small however it’s a tad bit more touristy that Port Isaac with a few restaurants, an antique shop and little galleries to enjoy a spot of shopping here and there.

G sat down and watched the RNLI rescue two teenagers that managed to get stuck on the rocks during high tide while I photographed the tall ship and colourful houses…that’s how we roll in our house.  You can read more about Charlestown here…plus there are plenty more photos to scroll through!

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Mevagissey

Now this was high on my list and we ventured to Mevagissey on the Sunday which was our first big mistake…second was visiting this part of the world during the British school holidays…we drove through the town and stopped further around the coast for a drink by the seaside. Hopefully we will venture back as it looked like a lovely spot to visit and I was actually looking at staying here but thankfully I booked a much quieter location.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

^^Cornish Tight Squeezes!  The smaller the car, the better

Travel Tips for Road Trip Around Cornwall

  • When choosing where you want to visit, make sure you check out the route that is on offer as you don’t want to take tiny country roads especially if you’re a nervous driving…some of the country lanes around Cornwall are pretty hairy for the most experienced of drivers.
  • A little car is better than a huge beast of a vehicle as the roads through some villages are pretty narrow…and for parking!
  • Cornwall is a rather large county so focus on a particular area and explore that area in detail rather than spending ages sitting inside of your car.
  • We stayed at a great little B&B and the owners were super lovely and it was in a very convenient location for our travels…Cornwall is all about great hospitality so make sure you try and support local business folks while in the area.  Check out www.booking.com for all your accommodation needs in Cornwall…there is something for everyone’s budget or taste.
  • If you want to keep your accommodation costs down then I would avoid travelling through July and August as it’s school holiday time here in the UK so prices sky rocket.
  • There are a number of National Trust and Historic Houses to check out in Cornwall…why not check out this post on Which British Heritage Pass you should buy for you and your family.
  • If you are looking for a load of tips on Cornwall then I would suggest checking out Anna’a blog;  Anna’s Cornwall Directory post is a great starting point and she will point you in the direction of some right old gems.
  •  Gluten free in Cornwall is easy peasy; I had no problems anywhere which makes travelling gluten free stress free…I even found a gluten free Cornish Pasty in Port Isaac (well it was a Pasty Pie however I couldn’t eat it as it was laden with onions…onions and I aren’t friends).  Just google “Gluten Free Cornwall” and there are bajillion recommendations for you to try.
  • You can book your tickets in advance to get a cheaper entrance price into the Eden Project however if you buy the May Gardeners’ World magazine you will be able to gain 2 for 1 entry saving you a massive £27.50 at the Eden Project alone!  The magazine is only £5.99 and there a number of discounts on offer for gardens around the UK…Kew Gardens is also included in the 2 for 1 offer however not during in July and August.
  • If you fancy reading more posts on Cornwall then way not take a gander at these puppies – Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50pp Entrance Fee, Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown and Port Isaac: A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans

Where are your favourite places to visit on your road trip around Cornwall?

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

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