The weather may be gloomy and overcast in London right now, but we can take solace in the fact that March means one thing: spring is coming. And with London’s cherry blossoms doing their best to brighten up the capital’s streets, we can’t wait for the rest of the blooms to come out. We’re all the more excited by the recent revelation that the UK’s best spring-time attraction can be found within our lovely city.
A recent survey by Premier Inn rounded up the top spring-time attractions in the UK and around the world. And sitting pretty in first place for the UK was our very own Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. The gorgeous space beat out stiff competition from the likes of The Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Saint Austell, Cornwall, and the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, in North Yorkshire.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew also trumped out over another gorgeous bit of London greenery, St James’ Park. The fairy-tale destination came in just behind the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, at second place.
The gardens at Kew have previously been recognised as the most Instagrammable botanical garden in the world, and the UK’s favourite summer garden destination.
With all that spring means for flowers and blooms, and the Royal Botanic Gardens’ incredible display of plant-life, it’s a no-brainer that it would be the UK’s best spring-time attraction. I mean, just look at it!
It’s blooming gorgeous! Their living plant collection is equally spectacular in the winter, especially when the Christmas at Kew light trail makes its annual return.
The best spring-time attractions around the world
The study didn’t just stop at the UK, however, as it also revealed the top spots around the world. Our Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew didn’t do too shabbily on the world stage, coming in at 13th place on the list. Coming in at first place on the list was New York City’s Central Park. Rounding out the top three were America’s largest home, the Biltmore in North Carolina, and another New York spring-time attraction, the High Line.
Now, we happen to think the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew trumps all of those sights, but who are we to argue with the numbers? The top 10 list also included spring-time attractions from The Netherlands (Keukenhof), Canada (The Butchart Gardens), Australia (Kings Park and Botanic Garden), and France (Luxembourg Gardens).
See the full results of the study here.