Lea Gardens

Lea Gardens, Matlock: Address, Phone Number, Lea Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Lea Gardens
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AScottyP
Chalfont St. Giles, UK203 contributions
Worth a visit
May 2021
The gardens are spectacular and despite covid was were able to explore safely and happily. The rhododendrons were amazing, lots of colour
Written 21 July 2021
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Joanne
London, UK1,514 contributions
Rhododendrons a Riot of Colour
Jun 2021
This is a really pretty garden to enjoy in late Spring as it is crammed full of rhododendrons and camelias, with a few pretty acers and other plantings too. We visited on a very sunny day, so the meandering paths in the shade we a delight.
The paths are very uneven though, and some may find this challenging,
The cost was £6. We paid cash on entry, but you can by tickets from the cafe if you prefer to use a card or contactless.
We visited the cafe on the way out - it was super popular and busy, but the staff were working flat out to process the orders. There's clearly a good team in place!
Cake was lovely too!

Toilet facilities were also excellent - wooden cabins with proper facilities. Parking is limited - we parked in the car park at the bottom as the road is very narrow and parking quite limited.
Written 9 June 2021
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Jace
Derby, UK131 contributions
Beautiful place worth a visit let down by the food and service.
May 2021 • Couples
Firstly if you are at Cromford seen the sign for Lea Gardens don't take the path go back get your car and drive up.

Getting to the site it can be a very tight turn coming off the main road , so just be aware if your in a large 4x4 or Van, as you might have to back onto the main road if your not prepared.

This leads to a narrow lane there will be cars parked in the road sides of the lane .
On your right is a small field this is the parking for the site.

Entering the area there are no gates etc is a wide open accessible area, you'll find the cafe to your left you need to go in here to pay entry.

Once you've paid you go thru the entrance to the right via the rope entry.
The gardens are beautiful they follow multiple winding gravel pathways taking you thru a variety of stunning views with quirky features.

On these paths are small slates with a no entry or arrow painted upon them to guide you in the right direction.

My advice would be take your time stop at each new part and take it in, there are plenty of benches which are very well placed to make the most of the setting.

It is like being in another country or on a film set its totally amazing .

The gardens I can't find fault with it's perfection.

The cafe however is a different matter altogether, the Gentleman who runs it looks like if he smiled it might kill him, imagine being in that stunning environment and you still can't be happy.

The young chap is wonderfully friendly and helpful nothing is too much trouble.
One young lady looked at me I was inconveniencing her with my presence, we ordered a two pots of tea and some cake.
The teapot was half full I had to go back and request a top up of water whike asking for milk and sugar which wasn't provided.
She slammed two sugar sachets down, two for a shared tea pot.
The cake was not light and was dry we both left most of our cake.

My advice would be see the stunning gardens but give the cafe a very wide berth
Written 27 May 2021
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David A
West Bridgford, UK923 contributions
Beautiful blooms
May 2021 • Couples
Went here today, our first time in many years. It cost £6 per adult admission and this entitles you to walk round these beautiful gardens. They are on a hillside and there are lots of steep paths, some gritted, some bark and others steps. It is not a place for a person having difficulty walking or in a wheelchair.
The gardens are at their beautiful best at this time with rhododendron, azaleas, camellia all in flower. They make a stunning spectacle from the cafe.

The cafe served good coffee and scones.
Although quite busy the service in the cafe was speedy, the staff were friendly and helpful.

There is a small car park in a field just near by but it was very wet after recent rain and a sign advised to use only if you had 4wheel drive. Like most people we parked on the side of the road.

Even though it was quite busy it felt safe with arrows marking the direction etc.
A lovely visit and delight to see such beautiful blooms.
Written 18 May 2021
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Jan
Matlock, UK65 contributions
Bank holiday treat
May 2021
Been twice this Spring. Enjoyed the goats cheese melt at the cafe and seeing the bushes in flower. A hidden highlight of the Derbyshire dales
Written 3 May 2021
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Frances G
Northumberland, UK235 contributions
Gorgeous garden hideaway
Apr 2021 • Family
Nestled on the hill side a warren of plants between plants. Azaleas and rhododendrons starting to look beautiful in April. Lots of seats to sit and reflect. Great cafe with wonderful looking cakes. We had the jacket potatoes with a fresh salad. Plenty of outside seating and fabulous views.
Written 29 April 2021
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Daylesfordians
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK15 contributions
Do not miss this, its superb
May 2020
A truly wonderful and magical place hidden away in the hills above Matlock. I have never seen so many Rhododendrons in my life, all of them magnificent. Of course you have to be here in May to see them at their best, but the gardens would be lovely at any time. Beautiful trees, some of enormous stature. The garden shop has a selection of home grown rhododendrons and other exotic plants, and there is a very pleasant cafe and outside eating area.
Written 27 May 2020
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Ian Sawyer
109 contributions
Blooming Lovely
May 2020 • Couples
We visited Lea Gardens for our wedding anniversary. As this was a strange time with lockdown we wanted to go out somewhere different. And we were more than pleasantly surprised, the gardens were glorious and the one-way system really well thought out, so you see the whole garden and miss absolutely nothing, which you could do without it. Toilets are really clean as was the cafe, even though it wasn't open except to sell the tickets for the garden. So, if you are visiting Matlock leave some time for here, but don't forget the blooming season for Rhododendron, Azaleas and Camellia bushes.
Written 24 May 2020
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Miles
Old Colwyn, UK58 contributions
choose your time and date carefully and it is glorious
Jun 2019
Rhodie-Azalea feast when the plants are in bloom. The cafe run by Boo is lovely enough to visit on its own...in peak season it gets busy and noisy, avoid the peak times
Written 28 February 2020
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jbarker12018
Nottingham, UK8 contributions
Wonderful gardens
Apr 2019
To catch this place at the right time of year is an absolute treat the abundance of colour every where you look and after a trip around the garden they have a wonderful tea room with panoramic views
Written 9 August 2019
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