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“Hidden gem”

University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Oadby
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses display a wide variety of features and environments. The formal planting centres around a restored Edwardian garden. Other planting includes an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, special collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, and hardy Fuchsia, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents. This garden one of the most diverse in the region. It is the perfect place for a pleasant walk and there are benches for those who simply wish to relax and admire the surroundings. Variety is the key to this garden's strength.
Reviewed 27 July 2014

I have lived in Leicester for 60+ years and never realised that such a lovely spot existed.Good access for those of us that are not so mobile with plenty of seating.Cafe is clean with a limited but good food choices.Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating available.A must visit for a k few few hours of relaxation.

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

The gardens are at there best in Summer and although nothing stand out amazing, there are some interesting plants and a cafe for refreshment.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Surrounded in a beautiful setting the art sculptures, history of botany and various contributors saw many age ranges visiting-from young families running through he meadow or elderly having a tea in the cafe (indoor/outdoor). If botany and array of species are your thing you will be in your element. Great displays from local artists- congratulations all in all your hard work in keeping this beautiful landscape in its clean, glory and very well maintained.
Toilets only 3 so expect some queuing other than that plenty of walk ways for shade and reading a book or possibly having a picnic. Only 1 family bought a football! This is not that sort of park, it is a park of contemplation, beauty, appreciation and awe!
Gratitude to all those staff that were very keen to keep the gardens in its natural beauty and very content in their contribution.
Easy to reach and FREE entry, cafe a little expensive, take your own water.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

The exhibits were really good again this year, we go almost every year and to anyone who has not visited they are missing a sight. For gardeners they have a plant sale which is brill. And for families a great Free outing with plenty of space and trees for the little ones to explore.

1  Thank 971chris
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

We were surprised that none of our local friends and family were aware of this fabulous little spot. Tucked away in suburbia these gardens are an absolute delight. The weather was perfect when we visited, which helped, but the gardens are worth a look anytime. Meticulously maintained, the gardens contain thousands of species from all over the globe. The cafe provides a good selection of light bites, which can be enjoyed inside or out in the gardens. The display of sculptures when we visited added to the experience. Free to visit (you can make a donation) these are a brilliant way to spend a few hours.

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