Northamptonshire Gardens For Days Out With Kids

Rockingham Castle Gardens in Northamptonshire

You’ll find the loveliest of lovely Northamptonshire gardens in this post. The ones with pretty flowers, sprawling grounds and serene set-ups.

Entry to most of these gardens in Northamptonshire are super cheap and even free for really young ones. They offer a great chance to explore some of the country, whilst wearing out energetic souls. Win, win, right?!

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1. Castle Ashby Gardens

Castle Ashby, Northampton, NN7 1LF | Adults: £6 Children: £2 | Free parking

One of my personal favourites, Castle Ashby Gardens is beautiful. I love that as well as the big sweeping lawns, there’s a naturally stylish glasshouse with a fantastic pond and collection of plants. And the kids adore the menagerie, especially the meerkats.

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And the fact, there’s a great playground and café right at the start/end of the route. It means you can really make a day of it.

You can read my full guide to Castle Ashby here. During these uncertain times, tickets need to be pre-booked online (so that numbers can be managed).

2. Coton Manor Garden

Coton Manor Nr, Guilsborough, Northampton NN6 8RQ | Adults: £8 Children: £3 | Free parking

You could easily drive past this spot and have no idea what lies behind the stone walls. Don’t miss out – you’ll find a flamboyance of seven flamingos, manicured lawns, a water garden and lots more.

Coton Manor Gardens
^ Coton Manor Gardens

Nurtured with love, Coton Manor Gardens is well worth a visit. It’s geared up for social distancing and entry is super cheap (and free for under 5s). Expect to easily spend around two-three hours here.

You can read my full review and guide here.

3. Delapré Gardens

122 London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AR | Free entry | Free parking

You have no excuse not to visit because entry is free. Head to the walled gardens and let little ones run around without fear that they’re going to escape. This contained area keeps young ones in one place, though it’s big enough for them to feel free.

Outside of the walled gardens, the 500 acres of land provide plenty of space to social distance. Delapré Gardens is more about the trees and greenery, than flowers, in my opinion, but is still a great place.

You can find out more here.

4. Steane Park Gardens

Steane, Brackley, Northamptonshire, NN13 6DP | Adults: £4.50 Children: £3.50 | Free parking

You’ll need to keep an eye on the website for the next open day as they’re currently cancelled. However, once open again you can enjoy a lovely historical setting that makes for a good few hours out with the kids.

From the Living Walkway to the Moon Gate and wild flowers, it’s a small, but pretty spot.

You can find out more here.

5. Kelmarsh Gardens

Main Road, Kelmarsh, Northampton NN6 9LY | Adults: £6 Children: £3.50 | Free parking

This is another lovely spot that’s unfortunately closed at the moment, but hopefully opening again soon. The gardens are designated by English Heritage as Grade II, which means deemed as a garden of national significance. 

Expect borders filled with sweet peas and roses, pretty walkways and a sunken garden.

You can find out more here.

6. Rockingham Castle Gardens

Rockingham Castle Estate, Rockingham, Market Harborough, LE16 8TH | Adults: £7.50 Children: £3.50 | Free parking

Featuring a rose garden ‘maze’, The Cross Garden and various viewpoints to explore, Rockingham Castle gardens offer a chance to let littles run about with a pretty backdrop.

You’ll also find ponds, a wild garden and walkways to enjoy. Despite the rain, we spent a good three hours here, choosing to eat our picnic lunch underneath one of the hedges! My two loved finding the hidden shields, collecting the letters.

Rockingham Castle Gardens in Northamptonshire
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Rockingham Castle Gardens in Northamptonshire
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We visited midweek in July and bar one other family, had the place to ourselves, so yeah, social distancing is easy here. You’ll find a little stand with takeout snacks in the courtyard and the toilets are open, but the castle is currently closed to visitors.

At present you must book in advance to visit. You can do this online. The only downside is you’re gambling on the weather. And okay, so it’s not quite in Northamptonshire, but it’s just a 30-minute drive from Northampton so worth a mention.

You can find out more here.

7. Stowe Gardens

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EQ | Adults: £10 Children: £5 | Chargeable parking

This is another that’s just outside the borders, but it’s only 40-minutes from central Northampton, and is a gorgeous day out.

Described as “gardening on the grandest scale in this Georgian landscape garden and park”, this National Trust spot is dreamy. You can easily spend a full day here.

The Palladian Bridge is a favourite of mine, but to be honest it’s all lovely. Take a picnic to enjoy by the lake, let them race about in the valley and discover the tree swing.

Stowe Gardens
^ Stowe Gardens

Again, tickets need to be booked in advance and do seem to be selling out quickly. They’re released every Friday, so be quick if you’re keen on visiting. Find out more here.

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