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“beautiful gardens”
Review of The Gibberd Garden

The Gibberd Garden
Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in Harlow
Certificate of Excellence
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“beautiful gardens”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

These gardens are very pretty in the summer months, and belonged to Frederick Gibberd who
planned the new Harlow Town in the fifties they have a open day most years and are worth seeing. An oasis in the middle of a town there is an entrance fee

Visited August 2012
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“Lovely Afternoon”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Just like a secret garden. I never knew about this place until a friend told me. One of harlows best kept secrets. Enjoyed a lovely relaxed afternoon with the kids in a very scenic locations. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
146 attraction reviews
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“Unexpected pleasure”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

The architect and designer of nearby Harlow amongst other things, created this place for himself from an old farm. The house is small and you can visit one part of it on timed visit basis on Sundays. It is interesting and the volunteer guides are good. The garden has an eclectic mix of sculptures of varying quality. You can wander around and sit on the grass. It is interesting landscaping but none of the trees or plants are labelled. There is a cafe, also run by volunteers , which has good cakes. There is even a small shop. It is easy to get to by car or train ( in fact even though it seems as though you are miles from anywhere when you are in the garden , you can hear the trains thundering by on the nearby track.) There is a large free car park. The garden has occasional events...beer festivals, outdoor theatre etc..

Visited June 2013
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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“Lovely afternoon out for the family”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

This is a great garden for kids of all ages (though be careful of ponds and streams with toddlers) as it has lots of little passageways leading to hidden treasures like a treehouse (easily climbable) or some classical pillars or an interesting piece of garden art. There is also a little 'castle' which children can easily get to (there is a shallow moat around it) plus places to explore and play hide and seek. It is not expensive to get into (£4 per adult, free for children up to 6 years old) and if you want to explore without missing anything, you can buy a map for £1. You can also pay a pound to go round the house (which we didn't do as the weather was beautiful). There are toilet facilities and a small cafe which sold very reasonably priced drinks and home-made cakes, staffed by very friendly volunteers. There is a very laid-back atmosphere about this garden and I would recommend it to families or grown-ups who want to have a gentle meander around some interesting gardens. It isn't open every day, though, so check the website for the latest opening details. Well worth a visit!

Visited June 2013
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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“Art, Nature and Beer - Great Afternoon”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Popped along for the CAMRA beer festival, but well worth checking the website as they have regular events ranging from Strawberry afternoon teas, to theatre. An eclectic selection of art collected by Sir Frederick Gibberd, the architect of the new town of Harlow, set in wonderful gardens. Well worth a visit for all art lovers, horticulturalists and photographers, but also a tranquil walk of discovery. Somewhere I will keep returning to

Visited June 2013
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