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“Beautiful Gardens well worth visiting”
Review of Hill Close Gardens

Hill Close Gardens
Ranked #10 of 49 things to do in Warwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hill Close Gardens are a rare example of victorian detached leisure/pleasure gardens. Once used by townsfolk who lived above their businesses and wanted to escape from the crowded town centre. Owners and tenants came here after work or on Sundays to tend their flowers, fruit and vegetables or to relax. These gardens have been fully restored to their original charm and boasts a visitor centre that can be hired out and is used as a tearoom on weekends and bank holidays through the summer months. The gardens are open all year during weekdays. Plant / produce / gift sales. Special events are put on throughout the year.
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Lovely gardens, nice friendly atmosphere, well stocked cafe in a lovely location. Great for young and old alike.

1  Thank Malcy1
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

If you like gardens, this is not to be missed. Hill Close Gardens were built in Victorian times to provide private gardens for people such as shopkeepers who lived above their premises. Many cities had these 'detached' gardens but few survive. These ones were nearly lost when the council started to buy them up for housing development but are now run by a charitable trust. Volunteers support a paid head gardener and apprentices.

The gardens are divided into plots - sixteen of the original ones remain - and they are very varied. Some delightful summerhouses and sheds have survived on many of the plots. Our expected short visit turned into a good couple of hours.

There is a visitor centre with café and shop but it was closed when we visited on an autumn weekday. Apparently it does open at weekends. While we were there we were the only two visitors, which is sad for them but good for us. We came away laden with apples and pears from the many fruit trees on the site.

Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Beautiful gardens lovingly tended by a dedicated team if volunteers. Well worth a deviation - park at the racecourse and enjoy peace and tranquility as the Victorians would have done.

Thank Mike H
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

This is a lovely place to visit not too expensive with a reasonable priced café (there is also a children's area in the corner with children's furniture and colouring and books) and gift shop/area. There are lots of plots to look round and most have a little shed or summerhouse to explore too. There are plants and produce for sale too. The parking is free for the first hour?? I think but take some change if you want a longer look round.

1  Thank slugsy2
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115Dee115, Trustee & Chair, Management team at Hill Close Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2013

Dear Slugsy
Thank you for your comments. Just to clarify for future visitors: the parking outside the gardens is run by the WDC, it is not private parking for HCG visitors. However there is 2 hrs free parking as long as a ticket is put on your car from the Council's ticket machine. 2 hours does give you time to explore the 16 hedged gardens and 6 restored Summerhouses spread across the gardens, and also have tea/coffee and cake in the cafe when it is open at weekends.
If you are one of our increasing number of photographers who visit us you may need extra time.
Dee (Trustee)

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Attended an evening party and were taken on a tour of the gardens, which is a must, very professional tour guide. These are a series of gardens that were bought, developed and cared for in Victorian times, as a way of escaping from the town of Warwick. They did fall into ruins in the 1980's but like the 'Lost Gardens of Heligan' have been restored. They are absolutely charming with their individual plots with flowers, fruit trees and vegetables, not to mention the beautiful summer houses. Each garden plot has a history linked with people/traders in the town. The whole site is on a slope overlooking Warwick Race course.
The party was held in the communal centre, which is modern and was built with environmental standards being adopted. Recommend hiring hall, guide and supporting staff for a party or event.

1  Thank Yvonne H
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115Dee115, Trustee at Hill Close Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2013

Dear Susan
Thank you for your comments. Both the gardens and the Lammas Room for private parties and commercial bookings are so well regarded now. I had a private party here myself this week for a family celebration: the barbecue was set up outside the Centre, the room decked with bunting and our guests loved the opportunity of wandering round the gardens on a lovely peaceful evening. I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves.
Dee

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