Just on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent, almost hidden in the urban sprawl is beautiful spot perfect for a morning wander. The Trentham Gardens is an award winning garden in Staffordshire with walks and beautiful flower arrangement and so close to our hotel, we had to check it out.
Staying at a low cost hotel after a trip to the nearby Alton Towers Theme Park we didn’t really look up our location but it turned out we had fallen on our feet as our stay was technically within the Trentham Estate. Being literally next door we couldn’t really pass up the visit to the Trentham Gardens. To make to deal even sweeter we had spotted a 2-for-1 voucher in the hotel brochure stand so we decided to chance the rainy weather and go for a morning walk before we returned back to Glasgow on our short trip.
Our visit the Trentham Gardens
Despite the changeable weather, we thoroughly enjoy the Trentham Gardens. The biggest draw is the Italian Gardens which are just picture perfect. The immaculately kept set up is just an amazing view and handily there is a lovely raised viewpoint, and useful camera holder spot, to capture the whole gardens. On our May morning we managed to get the whole place to ourselves which was a nice bonus.
From the Italian Gardens we moved on to the Show Gardens. The entire place is beautifully kept and it is easy to see where the entrance fees go with immaculate flowerbeds, well kept paths and plenty of busy gardeners all around in these section. Of course, the centre of the Estate is Trentham Lake and we spent an hour of two making our way round the lake side paths where there are lots of pretty views and plenty of wildlife include ducklings at every turn.
We even managed to get some sunshine towards the end of our visit. Trentham Gardens is definitely somewhere I’d recommend if you happened to be in the area and especially with a midweek 2-for-1 voucher this is lovely way to while away a morning (or an afternoon). While the quiet day we chose did add to our peaceful walk, even on busier days there would certainly be somewhere to find a secluded spot for sure.
Additional activities in the Trentham Gardens include a boat cruise and a miniature railway which both looked quite interesting but we decide not to go on either with only time for a short visit. The gardens themselves are the main attraction and if you are an avid gardener there is so much for you to get out of this place even on a short visit. Each area is specially designed often by award winning and guest gardeners but, if like us, you don’t know your petunia from your poses you can simply admire the beautiful arrangements and scenic views.
Trentham Gardens need to know
- Trentham Gardens is located with the wider Trentham Estate which also includes the a shopping village, garden centre and an animal attraction
- Entrance to the gardens cost £12 per adult (July 2018) but there are regular offers available and Tesco Clubcard vouchers are welcome here.
- The Trentham Gardens are open from 9 am til 8 pm during the summer months with last entry at 7 pm
- While on the Trentham Estate the Trentham Monkey Forest is a seperate attraction and has an additional cost of £8.50 per adult (July 2018).
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