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Review of Rydal Hall Gardens

Rydal Hall Gardens
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Rydal
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Situated in the heart of the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage site, Rydal Hall Gardens have developed from the 1600s until the present day with formal gardens, woodlands and iconic landmarks to explore. The gardens and estate are open daily throughout the year. Entry is free, although donations towards garden maintenance and development are greatly appreciated. Designed and built by renowned landscape architect Thomas Mawson, the formal gardens are a fine example of Arts and Crafts design in a wonderful setting. Visitors can delve further into the history of Rydal Hall Gardens with a tour from one of our estates team who will discuss why the formal gardens are of historical importance, enlighten people about the cultural highlights of the Grot, the waterfall and the Quiet Garden, as well as giving an insight into the history of the Le Fleming family who, over centuries, built and redeveloped the buildings and the land. Garden tours are available on a pre-booked basis.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

My partner is from The Lakes and didn't know about this place - it is a gem. We discovered a gate to it after visiting Rydal Mount and uncovered a classic garden, waterfalls, campsite and centre selling local artists' work. The gardens were spectacular and we would have rested for hours here if we hadn't time restraints. Best of all it was free.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Down the hill from Wordsworth's Rydal Mount, we found the Hall by accident. The house was not open to the public, but the gardens and grounds are well worth a visit. There is a tea-room next to the river and the top of the waterfall, which served snacks and cakes. We had hot soup and bread which was delicious.
Walking through the grounds, we came upon the Grot and lower waterfall. The Grot is a brick "shed" where Wordsworth would come to write some of his poetry. The views fro the grounds were delightful.

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

From Ambleside town centre walk along the main road (pavement) in the direction of Grasmere.
There is a sign for Rydal near a toll house and a gate. Go through the gate and walk up the path which runs alongside the river, path can be stoney underfoot so good footwear needed.
This path takes you to Rydal Hall. There is a pretty little viewing hut with a large window positioned so that the waterfall is central to it whilst watching it and seating. Quite a romantic place and seating in the hall garden with a view. Rydal Hall also has a cafe. Their cranberry and brie paninis are delicious. From Rydal Hall you can continue to the church, cross over the road and go through a gap in the wall, over a wooden bridge and walk back to Ambleside along a back lane or call at Cote How Tea room for a cake and then continue along the back quiet lane with the river to your left hand side to Ambleside.

Thank chorley64
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Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

Amazing gardens and photo opportunities at the grotto where Wordsworth wrote some of his works. The t shop has the best scones ever a must try

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

The grounds of the hall include formal gardens, great views, sculptures, gushing cascades and woodland walks, and a giant chestnut tree. Open to the public for free, with local tea shop too.

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