When at a loose end, we often take a browse at the National Trust app to find new places to explore which is exactly how I ended up at Biddulph Grange Gardens last week with a friend.
I’d never even heard of it before but with four children between us, we were eager to find somewhere that they could stretch their legs. So, Biddulph it was.
EXPLORING THE GARDENS
With a description of “a masterpiece of Victorian garden design – a quirky, playful paradise”, we didn’t quite know what to expect. What we found was a garden which was perfect for childhood adventures.
Beautifully designed, each path is a treat to be discovered with tunnels, stepping stones and beautiful buildings to be discovered at every turn. Here are some my favourite parts of this incredible garden.
The lake at Biddulph Grange Gardens provides a stunning setting which offsets the house and formal gardens perfectly. The kids were drawn to the water in the way that children are, and they enjoyed trying to convince the moorhens to come closer. Needless to say, they did not!
I never knew what a stumpery was before visiting Biddulph Grange Gardens but I have to say it’s a spectacle. The texture it gives is enough to fire up every photographers lens!
At Biddulph this takes the form of oak tree roots that have pathsways leading down in and around them. The experience is utterly immersive and gives it the touch of the magical. I loved exploring the pathways let alone the kids.
I’m not sure there are words to describe little China in Biddulph Grange Gardens. We thought we had done most of the gardens before the kids asked to take another way around the paths. We had time so were happy to go again, when we took a right we missed before and ended up in what felt like another place and time.
To say the kids were delighted is an understatement. And the fact that when they explored the pagoda, they found a ‘secret tunnel’ made their day. The tunnel led to stepping stones, which led to a little brook and a rockery.
Overall, Biddulph Grange Gardens is a real treasure that will fuel the imagination of any young explorer. There were four children with us on our visit ranging from 2 years of age to 5 and each one was captivated as they discovered something new around every corner.
Where else could you find Chinese landscapes, a glen, an Italian garden and Egyptian court alongside Victorian features all within the same garden?
To say we were all charmed is an understatement. As it was winter, there were pockets of the garden that were closed for the season as well as bridges that we didn’t quite figure out how to reach. So, there is no doubt that we will be back in the spring when it’s in bloom.
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