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Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
+44 1572 813200
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Most Pleasant

We visited the restaurant at the gardens whilst staying locally. Had a very nice light lunch. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter C
via mobile
Nice place to break a journey

We were on our way to a short break and stopped here as my wife wanted to see the gardens. There... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
graham l
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World television programme, Barnsdale is home to Britain's largest collection of individually designed gardens. Open throughout the year it provides not just a beautiful and enjoyable visit but also somewhere from which to discover a wealth of new ideas for your own garden from any one of the realistically sized 38 gardens waiting to be explored. Plant nursery and delicious tea room also on site.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good27%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
+44 1572 813200
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the restaurant at the gardens whilst staying locally. Had a very nice light lunch. The staff were very attentive. We did not go around the garden area as it was very cold that day.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on our way to a short break and stopped here as my wife wanted to see the gardens. There are a lot of different type of gardens to see and walk around. We also had lunch at the café, which was reasonably priced.

Thank graham l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here expecting so much but were a bit disappointed. However, it is winter so we weren’t expecting the gardens to be in full bloom. Prices seem a bit steep- £7 for adult, £6 concession. We spent less than an hour looking round the...More

Thank ALS1387
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very lucky to have had a group visit and to be given the tour by Neil, son of Geoff Hamilton. Gardens great even in November. Lots of things to see and came away with new ideas for our own gardens.

Thank DerbyshireCook
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Really enjoy visiting and looking round all the different gardens made famous by Geoff Hamilton on his TV programmes. Now run by his son. Better when its good weather though.

1  Thank snoopyleics
Reviewed 2 November 2017

We visited late October and it was unsurprisingly very muddy and few flowers were out. It is set out as several small gardens ( for a tv program some years ago ) and it was nice to see designs that would work in small spaces...More

Thank Jena39
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Our second visit and it certainly wont be the last. All the staff are charming and welcoming and the gardens at any season seem to make one feel at home. The café also has the worlds best fruit scones! and they were worth the 200...More

Thank Join8
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Second visit to these gardens and each time it has been in Autumn. Even though the gardens were not looking their best they were still very interesting, especially the various designs and type of plants used. Will endeavour to return in the summer next year.

Thank roger c
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely sunny day to wander through the gardens - leaves falling and trees a multitude of colour. Good to see the seasons change at the gardens and the beds receiving their regular attention. I have a soft spot for these gardens - they don’t pretend...More

Thank Schuwi
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Late September was probably not the best time to come here . Plenty of small/medium gardens to look at, not at all tiring as it is very compact. I had to imagine what it would have looked like in July but some needed a bit...More

Thank DangelaBarry
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Stewart M
6 May 2017|
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Response from C3856CHpeter | Reviewed this property |
Not being dog owners we hadn't taken notice of the arrangements for dogs. It appears that they can't be taken into the garden, but there's a small shaded parking area close to the entrance where they can be left in cars.
1 July 2016|
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Response from BenjaminL535 | Reviewed this property |
I would say a couple of hours :-) Plus a visit to the tea room - afternoon tea is amazing.