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Dun­ham Massey, Cheshire

At seven acres, Dun­ham's Win­ter Gar­den is the largest of its kind in the UK and with over 1000 win­ter shrubs, trees and ev­er­greens cho­sen for their scent, colour and tex­ture, it of­fers a treat for the senses over the win­ter sea­son. Thou­sands of bulbs spring to life dur­ing the cold weather, in­clud­ing del­i­cate blue and pur­ple irises and cy­cla­men which thrive in the dry con­di­tions. The white of the birch tri­an­gle stands out against the va­ri­ety of grasses and black stem dog­wood which sur­rounds it. Towards the end of Jan­uary, the snow­drops flood the gar­den in white. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/dun­ham-massey

Walling­ton, Northum­ber­land

Ex­plore the gar­dens at Walling­ton and take in the sea­sonal plant­ing through the East Wood, with trees, shrubs and plants show­cas­ing coloured and tex­tured bark and win­ter berries. They'll be joined by 300,000 snow­drops come Fe­bru­ary when a car­pet of white will ap­pear in the wood. In the mean­time, you’ll find the Ed­war­dian con­ser­va­tory in the walled gar­den burst­ing with colour through­out the year – it was built to be a win­ter gar­den by the Trevelyans in 1908 and is still full of colour and scent all year round and open ev­ery day, in­clud­ing Christ­mas Day, for you to en­joy. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/walling­ton

Ben­ing­brough,york­shire

Visit the gar­dens at Ben­ing­brough dur­ing win­ter as starker shad­ows loom across the gar­den and the trees come to the fore with their dif­fer­ent shapes, from es­paliers on the walls to York­shire cham­pi­ons in the gar­den. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ben­ing­brough-hall-gallery-and-gar­dens

Siz­ergh, Cum­bria

Win­ter brings the op­por­tu­nity to see Siz­ergh's sea­sonal plant­ing, show­cas­ing coloured and tex­tured bark, win­ter berries and bulbs. The stumpery con­tin­ues to en­thral with a struc­tural beauty while the twisted trunks of the Acers in the rock gar­den are laid bare amongst the lime­stone and iced-over rock pools. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/siz­ergh

Foun­tains Abbey & Stud­ley Royal,york­shire

Wan­der through the es­tate to see the trees twin­kling with lights and the abbey all aglow with the colours of the rain­bow. Tuck into hot fes­tive food from the bar­beque near the Abbey Tea-room and stop by the cel­lar­ium and Foun­tains Hall to catch some live fes­tive mu­sic. Mu­sic and lights at Christ­mas, 25–26 Novem­ber, 2–3, 9, 16 – 17, 23 & 27 – 31 De­cem­ber, 3 – 5pm. Nor­mal ad­mis­sion ap­plies. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/foun­tains-abbey

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