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Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
+44 1572 813200
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Enjoying Barnsdale

I am a keen gardener and really enjoyed our visit to Barsdale, my wife is not a gardener but she... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2016
Burnley, United Kingdom
Lovely gardens giving many ideas

Used to watch Geoff Hamilton on gardeners world many years ago so when we got the opportunity to... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2016
North Wales
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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
+44 1572 813200
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Reviewed 19 June 2016

I am a keen gardener and really enjoyed our visit to Barsdale, my wife is not a gardener but she also thought it was a very enjoyable visit. Seemed pricey at £8 admission but it was worth every penny. Some superb plants laid out in...More

Thank Hurstwood18
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Used to watch Geoff Hamilton on gardeners world many years ago so when we got the opportunity to visit his gardens we took it. Charming, interesting and with great memories of these lovely gardens, all the different small gardens were laid out well and with...More

Thank SamNorthWales
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We visited around mid day on a mid June Saturday. Easy to find if you are coming from the north on the A1 and not too busy. There is a large car park and nearby are the toilets, albeit outside the garden entrance itself. You...More

Thank Andrew B
Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Many thanks for your review Andrew and I have to say that your partner has exceptional taste! Just top clear up the organic point. You are absolutely correct, we are an organic garden and do use slug pellets in our productive areas only. The marigolds...More

Reviewed 14 June 2016

We visited with a group of friends in June. It was lovely to explore all the different small gardens. We particularly enjoyed those including fruit, vegetables and herbs. There are loos by the car park, a café, and many staff or volunteers (not sure which)...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 12 June 2016

The Gardens are absolutely gorgeous and offer up a very wide variety of beautiful plants and flowers. Allow yourself at least an hour or so to see the far corners of this wonderful spot!

Thank treborz1
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Highly enjoyable gardens with a multitude of ideas for planting in every type of site and soil. Beautiful ideas throughout. Exceptionally friendly staff team who are approachable and full of useful information and help.

Thank Jane H
Reviewed 7 June 2016

A fascinating trip down memory lane to visit the garden that Geoff Hamilton created for BBC Gerdeners World over many years to help people to see what might be achievable in their own modest garden. Thirty eight individual small gardens, each with its own particular...More

Thank Liz P
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Nothing that I write here can descibe how fabulous this place is. If you have not been, go. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, it will be worth it.

Thank John S
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

We booked afternoon tea with garden entry. We spent 2 hours enjoying the gardens before our tea which was superb. Lovely range of sandwiches, scones and mini cakes accompanied by endless tea and coffee. Finished off with more of the gardens then the nursery. The...More

Thank TimParry
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Well worth £8 each to get in .The gardens are kept immaculate and yet have a very natural feel to them .There are individual gardens set within a large garden.The tea rooms offer great refreshment sitting on the patio surrounded by trees and shrubs. Also...More

Thank Vickster15
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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.
30 June 2016|
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Response from markprice2412 | Reviewed this property |
We went beginning of May and spent apx 4 hours there. My wife, the gardening expert of the family, says at this time year, there's likely to be more out on show, thus requiring more time. If you were a fan of the late Geoff... More