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Barnsdale Gardens

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Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 813200
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Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World...

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.

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For a modest entrance fee, the gardens offer a wide range of plants and settings, variable with the seasons. Nice little teashop

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
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Befordshire
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited these gardens about three times each time there is something interesting and informative to see, great cafe too

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Barrow-upon-Humber
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although of interest to many others, this really is a garden for gardeners and all the better for it. It has been kept in the style that Geoff H would have wanted and as well as offering a huge amount of interest has an excellent cafe.

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Thank Trevor M
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

we visited as a surprise outing for my mum, on arrival we had a lovely pot of tea in the cafe,then went into the gardens which were exactly as we saw them on the gardeners world programme if a bit smaller in real life (amazing how a camera can make a small space look much larger). we saw all the... More 

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Cirencester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Great gardens and shows off the woderful legacy of Geoff Hamilton. Well worth a visit and special memories for those fans of Gardeners World.

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Befordshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

For a modest entrance fee, the gardens offer a wide range of plants and settings, variable with the seasons. Nice little teashop

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Thank bigal257
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

As a fan of Geoff Hamilton it seems amazing it took so long to finally get to see his work. What a lot of work too. 38 garden areas in 5 acres. Fabulous for any gardening lover. Set aside a good few hours. Not expensive. Simple tea rooms - don't order the Big Barnsdale breakfast unless you have not eaten... More 

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Thank Jonathan M
Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

lots of variety in garden styles and plants, fantastic tea rooms and lush fresh food. helpful and friendly staff, with a lovely lil shop and plant shop.

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Thank Pinkpeach81
St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

For anyone interested in gardening, this is a must attraction for those who have never been before. 8 Acres of 'garden rooms' of all types, with easy walking from one 'room' to another. Any time of year will be of interest as there is something in full bloom throughout the year. The trees offer wonderful changes of colour with many... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Obviously not at their best at this time of year but got a superb photo of comma butterfly. Be sure & get a map of the gardens on entry.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We visited the gardens as part of a Gardening group. The weather was awful but despite the pouring rain and getting very wet, we really enjoyed the gardens and managed to visit them all. I'm not sure why some visitors have complained about the gardens - we didn't see many weeds and the different nature of each garden made the... More 

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