Finally! The winter clouds have parted to reveal blue skies, sunshine and beautiful blossoming green spaces in and around Plymouth. 

Experience the truly stunning colours of the season in Britain's Ocean City, whether that be a trip to the Cherry Blossom Trees in Central Park or a glance at the serene surroundings of the Elizabethan Gardens there are plenty of spectacular outdoor areas to explore. Take a look at some of our top picks. 


Elizabethan Gardens

Just a moments walk from the ever-popular Barbican is the simply stunning Elizabethan Gardens. Tucked away among the historic backstreets, the walled gardens are a quiet and peaceful gem in Plymouth. Chill out by the fountain and admire the beauty of the immaculately kept hedgerows and flowerbeds in this fantastic location.


Saltram House 

Explore up to 500 acres of land at the gardens of Saltram House. Just a short drive from the centre of Plymouth, the house and gardens offer a tranquil escape and a cracking family day out. Walk by the waterside with views over to Plymouth, the wonderful woodlands or the gorgeous gardens dotted with beautiful flowers, an orangery plus so much more. 


The Hoe 

Believe it or not, there is more to Plymouth Hoe than the iconic Smeaton's Tower, amazing views of Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, and Tinside Lido. The area is a fantastic location for a walk this season. Embrace the blossoming daffodils along the lawns leading up to the seafront in what is one of Plymouth's most popular destinations.


Central Park 

Talk a walk alongside the stunning cherry blossom trees at Central Park. Head to the Pounds House area of the park, and you'll be welcomed by plenty of stunning cherry blossom trees that line the pathways. Marvel at the white flowers that cover the trees and the footpaths, as well as the gorgeous green fields. The superb surroundings are a great spot to snap the perfect picture and capture the essence of the season.


Mount Edgcumbe

Hop onboard the Cremyll Ferry, take the short journey to Cornwall and you'll dock off at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park.  The park is a must for any keen explorer. With plenty of trails to walk on, beaches to explore and amazing flower collections to admire. With panoramic views across to Plymouth, the country park boasts immaculate formal gardens, including Italianate terraces, rose gardens, and a camellia collection. 


Buckland Abbey 

Take the swift journey to Dartmoor near Plymouth and you'll find the historic grounds of Buckland Abbey. Once home to Francis Drake, the Abbey is now owned by the National Trust and features terrific gardens bursting with wildlife on its impressive estate grounds. From here you can walk around the surrounding countryside or explore the blossom trees of the walled garden or the magnificent magnolia and camellia displays. 


Antony House 

Visit the film set for Disney's Alice in Wonderland at Antony House, just a short drive into Cornwall. Explore the picturesque surroundings including The Woodland Garden, which has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias aplenty.


Tamar Valley 

Take a wander around the jaw-droppingly beautiful Tamar Valley this spring. From historic towns with many a story to tell, to trails touring around the colourful countryside, the valley, which is located on Plymouth's doorstep, is a sublime area to explore in the sunshine on foot or by bike. 

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