There are five parts to these beautiful gardens – the Danish-English, Japanese and Prairie gardens, the Klosterhaven and the Permahaven. They originally opened in 1996 and grow each year in both popularity and size – the Danish-English and Japanese gardens alone cover a jaw-dropping 28,000 square metres. This tour lets you explore the gardens at your own pace. Firstly, the Danish-English garden is divided into small sections, each with its own floral theme. Altogether, it’s got around 35,000 plants, not to mention fountains, pergolas and figurines, plus a fish pond and a rockery. Likewise, the Japanese garden is divided up – there’s the promenade garden, the sand garden and the meditation garden. Special features include a large waterfall, a babbling brook and a collection of natural stones. The expertly-designed Prairie garden has plenty of wide open spaces, and from June to October its borders show off a rainbow of colour. Elsewhere, discover the medicinal herbs of the Klosterhaven, a garden made for the senses, and visit the Permahaven, a fruit and vegetable plot home to hard-working chickens and ducks that help maintain it. Alongside the gardens is the Egeskov, a huge oak forest which shelters the estate. Here, you can walk below the towering branches through to the animal farmyard, where donkeys, goats, rabbits and colourful parakeets await. There's a free beer or soft drink included, and you can browse the gift shop at your leisure, too.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.