Explore the top most beautiful castle gardens in the world

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For those who love travel and exploration, or are interested in landscape design, discovering new and unique places is always an exciting experience. Among them, the most beautiful castle gardens are undoubtedly an attractive choice for those who want to explore the unique architecture and rich history of countries around the world. So let’s explore the top most beautiful castle gardens with Tây Âu Landscape!

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1. Adare Manor Castle Garden, Limerick, Ireland

Adare Manor Castle, built in the new Gothic architecture, recently reopened its doors. The estate covers 840 acres and is part of the largest restoration project of this architectural style in Ireland. The landscape design is led by ReardonSmith Architecture.

Focusing on the church and walled garden, attention is also given to the addition and care of vegetable gardens, meadow parks, and surrounding woodlands. The entire project comprises 177 botanical gardens, 2,675 forest trees, 100,000 shrubs, and over 500 species of expensive ornamental plants.

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2. Ashford Castle Garden – County Mayo, Ireland 

Once owned by the Guinness family in the 19th century, the castle is situated on a 350-acre estate on the shores of Lough Corrib and the Cong River. It is now part of the Red Carnation hotel group and was the first place in Europe to care for and raise white-tailed eagles.

The garden inside Ashford Castle is called Tollma Garden, announced in late 2016 – formerly known as Sunken. Currently, the entrance to the garden has been expanded for greater convenience in movement and stone carving work.

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3. Beau-Rivage Palace Garden – Lausanne, Switzerland

Situated on a 10-acre private estate, adjacent to Lake Geneva with the majestic backdrop of the Alps, the castle has now become an impressive resort attracting tourists.

The garden here is the final resting place of Coco Chanel’s dog, the founder of the famous fashion brand Chanel. The palace, opened in 1861, is a collection of seasonal plants and unique sculptures from Switzerland.

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4. Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle Garden – Maincy, France

With a garden designed by the renowned landscape architect André le Notre, this castle is recognized as the precursor to the Versailles park. It belongs to the royal domain of the same name, Vaux-le-Vicomte. The castle features classical Baroque architecture, a hallmark of the Louis XIV era.

The landscape includes vast gardens with numerous water basins, canals, fountains, and gravel pathways. During Christmas, the church here is adorned with the most extravagant decorations in the world.

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5. Sanssouci Palace Garden – Potsdam, Germany

Another Versailles-like park in Germany, the palace was ordered to be built by Emperor Frederick in the 18th century. Sanssouci boasts a beautiful landscape on a slope with flower gardens, vegetable gardens in Rococo style, and unique terraced vineyards.

To restore its original function, designer Ferdinand von Arnim transformed the palace courtyard with a terraced greenery system. The garden is decorated in Baroque style and has a greenhouse for tropical fruits. Marble statues under the fountain create a magnificent and imposing beauty.

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6. Gardens in Jardim das Portas do Sol Park – Santarém, Portugal

Located within the ancient walls of an Arab castle, this park overlooks the Tejo River, villages, fields, and ancient Roman ruins. Not only a historical landmark, but the park is also a pride and favorite destination for the locals and the Portuguese royalty.

This garden attracts millions of tourists each year with its beauty and historic monuments, such as the imposing statue of Portugal’s first king, Alfonso Henriques.

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7. Botanical Garden at Clivingen House – England

Nicknamed the Versailles of the United Kingdom, Cliveon House is located in the rural Berkshire area (one hour’s drive from London). It proudly boasts a beautiful, romantic garden on the 37-hectare estate owned by the National Trust.

This 350-year-old castle was commissioned by the second Duke of Buckingham. The original landscape has been restored, including a swimming pool, a green maze, and the Parterre botanical garden overlooking the River Thames.

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8. Château du Grand-Lucé Castle Garden – Loire Valley, France.

This 45,000-square-meter neo-classical style castle is located in the romantic Loire Valley of France (just an hour’s train ride from Paris). Beyond the luxury of the limestone castle, there are beautiful gardens with elegant pathways, a swimming pool, a greenhouse, and numerous oak trees, among the best in France.

Currently owned by Marcy Holthus, who also owns the famous Washington School House in the United States. Château du Grand-Lucé has been renovated, with interior and exterior furnishings restored by Paul Allen Design.

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9. Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany

Built from 1869 to 1886 by King Ludwig II of Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle sits atop a mountain in the Bavarian forest. Designed in Gothic style, it is considered an icon of classical European architecture. With intricately decorated towers, staircases, and bedrooms, Neuschwanstein Castle provides a magical and romantic atmosphere.

  • Interesting activities when visiting Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Tour the castle: Visitors can explore the bedrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms of the castle to gain a better understanding of King Ludwig II’s life.
  • Enjoy the view from above: From the castle, tourists can admire the panoramic view of the Bavarian region and the surrounding Alps.
  • Explore the gardens: The beautifully designed gardens surrounding the castle feature colorful plants and flowers.

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10. Chambord Castle – France

Chambord Castle was built in the 16th century by King François I of France. With a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, this castle is one of the most famous architectural works in France. Located in the Sologne forest, Chambord Castle has over 400 bedrooms and is considered an icon of luxury and power.

  • Interesting activities when visiting Chambord Castle
  • Tour the castle: Visitors can explore the bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms of the castle to admire the artworks and luxurious furnishings.
  • Walk in the Sologne forest: The forest surrounding the castle is an ideal place for tourists to relax and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Enjoy French cuisine: Chambord Castle also has a restaurant and café for visitors to enjoy typical French dishes and drinks.

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11. Edinburgh Castle – Scotland

Edinburgh Castle was built in the 12th century and served as the residence of kings and emperors of Scotland. With a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, this castle has a classical and romantic beauty. Situated on Castle Rock hill, Edinburgh Castle is an icon of the city and one of Scotland’s most famous tourist attractions.

  • Interesting activities when visiting Edinburgh Castle
  • Tour the castle: Visitors can explore the bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms of the castle to gain a better understanding of the history and culture of Scotland.
  • Enjoy the Military Tattoo performance: Every August, Edinburgh Castle hosts a Military Tattoo performance with the participation of armies and musicians from around the world.
  • Relax in a peaceful environment: The gardens surrounding the castle are an ideal place for tourists to relax and enjoy the fresh air of the city.

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12. Himeji Castle – Japan

Himeji Castle was built in the 14th century and is one of the oldest castles in Japan. With a mix of Japanese and Western architectural styles, this castle is called the “White Castle” because it is built with white stone. Located on Himeyama hill, Himeji Castle is an icon of Himeji city and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

  • Interesting activities when visiting Himeji Castle
  • Tour the castle: Visitors can explore the bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms of the castle to gain a better understanding of the history and culture of Japan.
  • Admire cherry blossoms: In spring, the garden surrounding the castle is adorned with thousands of cherry blossom trees, creating a picturesque scene.
  • Participate in traditional activities: Tourists can engage in traditional activities such as flower arranging, making mochi cakes, and taking photos with characters in traditional costumes.

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13. Bran Castle – Romania

Bran Castle was built in the 14th century and served as the residence of King Vlad III Dracula, who became the inspiration for the famous vampire character in Western culture. With a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles, this castle has a dark and mysterious beauty. Located on Carpathian hill, Bran Castle is one of Romania’s most famous tourist destinations.

  • Interesting activities when visiting Bran Castle
  • Tour the castle: Visitors can explore the bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms of the castle to gain a better understanding of the history and culture of Romania.
  • Enjoy local cuisine: Bran Castle has a restaurant and café for visitors to enjoy typical Romanian dishes and drinks.
  • Experience vampire life: Tourists can participate in simulated vampire life programs at the castle, a unique and dramatic experience.

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Above are the top most beautiful castle gardens in the world, each place has its own unique beauty and style. If you are exploring and wish to own the landscape of these castles, contact Tay Au Landscape for assistance!

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