Some of the best parks and gardens around Salisbury and Romsey

Being in nature is calming, especially if you have conditions such as dementia as it allows you to reminisce which improves wellbeing and mood.

Elizabeth Gardens, Salisbury:

Elizabeth Gardens—or Lizzy Gardens as it is known by locals—is a lovely spot to while away a few hours. There is a small park for children and a beautiful river which you can find children and dogs paddling in during the summer. There are also lots of grassy areas to enjoy a picnic. In the past there have also been music events for all to enjoy. Just check the local Salisbury City Council website for the most up to date information. Find out more

Heale Gardens, Woodford:

Right in the Woodfords you will find Heale Gardens. Spread over 8 acres it’s a lovely place to spend a few hours, you may even spot the resident peacocks. When you have finished looking around the gardens, there is a café with a good selection of homemade cakes and coffee. You can also buy plants, which are reasonably priced. Find out more

Victoria Park, Salisbury:

This is a lovely park on Castle Road in Salisbury. There is free parking and good accessibility for wheelchairs. It’s ideal for a picnic and there is also access to tennis courts and a bowling green. The park is filled with trees and planted areas that are delightful to walk on a lovely sunny day and there is also a play area for the grandchildren. If your picnic doesn’t fill you up, there is a small café serving drinks, ice creams, and light snacks with seating and public toilets. A great park for all to enjoy! Find out more

War Memorial Park, Romsey:

A pleasant park not far from the town centre, with ample area’s for a picnic and flat surfaces which are good for wheelchair access. The River Test runs along one edge of the park and there is a memorial statue dedicated to the war horses who were used in World War one. There is a play park for the children, tennis courts, bowling green, an outdoor gym and toilets. There is a café as well which serves light snacks, ice creams and hot drinks. This park is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Find out more

Hillier’s Garden, Ampfield:

We featured Hillier’s as a good place to go for a cup of tea, but its main attraction is its stunning gardens. These gardens are just amazing—beautiful, peaceful, and colourful. Everything is delightful, with plenty of seating throughout to take in the surroundings. You can easily lose track of time enjoying the peace and then indulge in one of the three eateries. Find out more