Capability Brown Gardens and Landscapes in the United Kingdom

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The grounds around many of England’s castles and palaces bear the mark of Lancelot Brown—better known as Capability Brown—an 18th-century landscape architect and royal gardener. Here are a few places to admire his work.

Hampton Court Palace, London
Hampton Court Palace sits in Richmond upon Thames in London and was once a royal residence of King Henry VIII. King George III appointed Capability Brown as chief gardener in 1764, and Brown landscaped the canals and gardens seen today. Book a priority ticket to skip the line.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
This 18th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site is set on the banks of River Glyme. Famous for its spectacular baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace has equally impressive formal gardens, lakes, and woodlands. Book a guided tour that combines Blenheim Palace with a visit to the Cotswolds.

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick
Alnwick Castle was built in the 11th century following the Norman Conquest when Capability Brown molded the landscape’s views over the River Aln for the first Duke of Northumberland. Guided day trips combine this castle with Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and other highlights.

Warwick Castle, Warwick
Book a ticket to Warwick Castle, an expansion from the original built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Admire the chapel, Great Hall, and library, and don’t miss a stroll through the manicured gardens planned by Capability Brown. The castle sits by River Avon.

Chatsworth House, Peak District
This grand Tudor mansion in the heart of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire is surrounded by sweeping lawns, tree-lined gardens, serene lakes, and rolling hills. One of the finest UK country houses, Chatsworth boasts panoramic views over the low hills between the Derwent and Wye valleys.

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
With mighty flanks and high towers, the medieval Cardiff Castle—built by Norman invaders in the late 11th century in the heart of present-day Cardiff—is one of Wales’ top attractions. Capability Brown remodeled the grounds and lodgings in the late 18th century, and it’s one of the few sites at which he worked outside of England. See it on a Cardiff hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Highclere Castle, Hampshire
These distinctive grounds and gardens have reached an on-screen audience of millions as Downton Abbey. Seeing Highclere Castle in person offers the bonus of strolling among the ancient cedar trees planted by Capability Brown.
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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

Take a day out of your London city break to visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle, traveling to three of England’s most-popular locations. Begin with a tour of Warwick Castle before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace. Then explore Oxford and its university buildings, and drive through the Cotsworlds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London

Experience a wealth of England’s rural and historical treasures, and the fictional ‘Downton Abbey’ village, on this full-day trip from London with an expert guide. Marvel at splendid Blenheim Palace, the UNESCO-protected country house where Sir Winston Churchill was born, and discover the enchanting scenery of the Cotswolds, with visits to the idyllic villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water. Lastly, explore the pretty village of Bampton to see some of the locations where the much-loved TV series, ‘Downton Abbey’, was filmed, and enjoy time for lunch here before returning to London.
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Hampton Court Palace Priority Entrance Ticket

Get an up-close look at Henry VIII’s royal lifestyle with this priority entrance pass to Hampton Court Palace. Enjoy faster access inside the venue and tours led by costumed guides. View the King's and Queen's State Apartments, Tutor-style kitchens, Hampton Court’s famous garden maze, and more.
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Cardiff Day Trip from London

Hop over the border to Wales on this full-day tour from London and visit another country with no passports or visas necessary. Spend the morning in Cardiff, where your Welsh guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of attractions like Cardiff Castle, the National Museum and Cardiff Bay. After enjoying free time in the capital, pay a visit to the 13th-century Caerphilly Castle (entry included), before traveling back to London.
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Warwick Castle: Admission Ticket

Journey back to the Middle Ages with this full-day admission ticket to Warwick Castle. Explore the historic castle, brought to life by actors and interactive displays, and wander across some 64 acres (26 hectares) of parkland. Take in the views from the ramparts, enjoy the spectacular Flight of the Eagles show, and see one of the world’s largest fireball catapults. If you choose, you can upgrade your ticket to include a 50-minute walk-through of the castle's dungeons, too.
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Warwick Castle: Admission and Cream Tea Package

Explore Warwick Castle and enjoy a traditional cream tea during this tour in Warwick. With your entrance ticket, take your time walking around the castle, which is over 1,000 years old and sits on 64 acres (26 hectares) of beautifully landscaped grounds. Attend the Flight of the Eagles show, witness the world’s largest working catapult launch a flaming fireball and visit the castle dungeon. Refuel with a traditional English cream tea, including scones and clotted cream.
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