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Where to Photograph Roses in the UK

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Roses within the UK. The gardens listed here are those that are supposed to have some of the best Rose Gardens or Rose displays in the country. Roses are usually out in bloom from early June, and coming in a multitude of colours and varieties there are infinite opportunities to get some good results of the best specimens. As well as the gardens open to the public listed here and within our listings in the Garden Section, you may also find some good displays amongst gardens that take part in the the Charity Gardens Schemes each year.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Rose Garden Location


County NGR


David Austin
Rose Gardens
Albrighton Shropshire   Own 2 acres devoted to English roses, including a Species Garden featuring wild roses and their near relations.

Mottisfont Abbey

Romsey Hampshire SU327270 NT the old rose collection of Graham Stuart Thomas is in the walled garden.

RHS Garden

Great Torrington Devon   Own For modern roses, visit the Queen Mother's garden; for more than 200 cultivars of shrub roses, visit the companion garden.

The Alnwick Garden

Alnwick Northumberland   Own A collection of 3,000 English, old, shrub and climbing roses.

Cruickshank Botanic Gardens

Aberdeen Aberdeenshire   Own The rose garden is laid out to illustrate the history of the rose in cultivation.
Nymans Handcross, nr Haywards Heath Sussex   NT A romantic rose garden in a theatrical setting. It features climbing varieties tumbling over arches around a central fountain.
City of Belfast International
Rose Garden     
Upper Malone Rd, Belfast Antrim  

Belfast City

Rose Society of Northern Ireland

Admission, free. 128-acre park celebrates the famous rose breeders Dickson and McGredy with more than 45,000 rose bushes. It also hosts the International Rose Trials (Rose Week) in July.
Peter Beales Rose Gardens Attleborough Norfolk   Classic Roses - Beales  

Coughton Court

Alcester Warwickshire   Own The Rose Labyrinth is the only British garden given the Award of Garden Excellence by the International Federation of Rose Societies. Rose Festival with guided tours, June 20-July 6.
Royal National Rose Garden
aka The Gardens of the Rose
St Albans Herts



About Britain - Royal National Rose Garden


Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Kent   NT famous for its rose-covered terracotta brick walls and colour-themed borders.

Coton Manor

Coton Northamptonshire   Own See the rose garden, rose bank and many old roses covering the stone walls of this 17th-century manor house.

Castle Howard

York Yorkshire   Own Within the walled garden is a modern rose garden with every type of rose.

Helmingham Hall

Stowmarket Suffolk   Own Formal, grand-scale gardens featuring old-fashioned climbers, hybrid musk roses, albas and centifolias.
Kiftsgate Court Chipping Campden Gloucestershire   Own home of the 60ft Kiftsgate rose
Mannington Hall Gardens Saxthorpe Norfolk   Own The gardens of this medieval moated manor house feature varieties dating from the 15th century.
Trentham Gardens Stoke on Trent Staffordshire   Own  
Regents Park Central London London   Own A Royal Park covering 410 acres and includes rose gardens with more than 30,000 roses of 400 different varieties.
Kew Gardens Richmond Upon Thames Surrey      
RHS Wisley Woking Surrey      
Chartwell Westerham Kent   NT  
Abbey House Gardens Malmesbury Wiltshire   Own  
Heale Middle Woodford nr Salisbury Wiltshire   Own  
Town Gardens Swindon Wiltshire  


Great British Gardens

Athelhampton House and Gardens Dorchester Dorset  



Docton Mill Bideford Devon   Own  

Houghton Hall Gardens            

Kings Lynn Norfolk   Own The rose garden  planted with nearly 150 varieties of both new and older roses.
The Manor Hemingford Grey Huntingdon   Own moated house is surrounded by four acres of garden renowned for its collection of over 200 old roses and a collection of irises
Sheffield Botanical Gardens Sheffield Yorks   Own  
Dalemain Gardens Penrith Cumberland   Own The Rose Walk with over 100 old-fashioned roses
Chirk Castle Wrexham Denbighshire   NT  
House of Pitmuies Guthrie Angus  


Great British Gardens

It has collections of old fashioned roses
Hatfield House Hatfield Hertfordshire   Own celebrates the month of roses during June
Pashley Manor Gardens Ticehurst Sussex   Own traditional English gardens celebrate the rose season with over 85 different varieties on display


This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.

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