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11-20 miles from Lincoln

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Brightwater Gardens

Eight acres of beautiful gardens north of Lincoln, including seasonal gardens through the year.

The garden tour at Brightwater begins with a series of contrasting garden rooms around the house with walls, yew, beech and box hedging enclosing each area. Focal points and views entice you onwards through the differently planted rooms – peonies, shrub roses, hydrangeas, salvias, climbers and herbaceous plants. The lavender walk is a delight.

The magic continues with prairie borders-planted with bold drifts of grasses, and achillea, helenium, nepeta, salvia, rudbeckia, peroskia, sedum etc to colour the palate. A damp garden with newly constructed viewing deck overlooking architectural gunnera and iris leads onto the hillside lawn planted with rarer trees.

Then past a small lake and on into an arboretum and woodland area. Throughout the garden there are developing areas and banks of wild flowers with fritillaria, late spring bulbs and orchids. All around are lovely views out across the countryside.

The garden also opens in February as one of the country's newest snowdrop and winter gardens

There are colourful banks of willows, dogwoods and seasonal flowering shrubs in the winter garden. Neatly clipped hedges of yew and beech give interest and structure to the formal gardens. A newly planted grove of Himalayan birch and pleached red-twigged limes give extra delight the visitor. 


Group bookings are available by appointment throughout the year (minimum 15 persons). Contact Brightwater Gardens for discounted rates (no free access to RHS members in groups). Coach parking available.

Photography: Lee Beel.

Additional Information

  • Self-service refreshments
  • St Helen's Church (attributed to Lancelot ''Capability' Brown)
  • Picnics welcome
  • Dogs welcome in the car park only

Reach North of Lincoln

English villages, market towns, and aviation heritage.

English Gardens in Lincolnshire

The finest gardens across Lincoln's city and countryside

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01673 878820
Market Rasen
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Opening Times & Prices

Mid - end of Febraury (snowdrops), May - August

  • Friday - Sunday: 11am - 4pm
  • Bank Holiday Mondays: 11am - 4pm

Adults: £4.50 (Season ticket: £12)

Under 16s: free

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