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“Bit of Hike from the Car Park..”

National Trust Stowe
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Buckingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The scale, grandeur and beauty of Stowe has inspired writers, philosophers, artists, politicians and members of the public from the 18th century to the present day. Since the National Trust acquired the gardens in the late 1980s, an ambitious programme of restoration has ensured that over 40 temples and monuments remain, gracing an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys with an endless variety of walks and trails, a delightful visit, any time of year.
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Not been to Stowe for a number of years as was not acquainted with the new entrance in to the site. I took my elderly Mother as thought it would be good place to wander around. Previously the car park was on the other side of Stowe and you literally walked through the visitor centre and you were in the gardens. You now have to come in from New Inn and there is a 10 minute hike to the entrance. Personally don't think the new entrance has enhanced the experience as my Mother thought the walk was quite tiring. We went on a Bank Holiday and the transport buggies seemed to be monopolised with people with young children.
Nice walk round when you get there, but prepared for a hike and wear sturdy shoes as the paths are quite rough and stony in place.

7  Thank Beverly W
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Yes, I mean it. This is biggest piece of artwork (and living artwork at that) in the UK and now over 250 years old. It contains references to the most formative period of development and growth of both British political culture and the Empire. And you can get a good cup of tea at the end of the day. These 'gardens' offer the NT at its very best.

3  Thank Eb F
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Have visited 3 years ago, entrance is now very nice you feel as if you are going in somewhere grand,otherwise nothing else has changed but its still lovely to visit and the big house looks smashing now the scaffolding has gone.We bought our own picnic so we did not need the restaurant, I would not visit in winter as there's not much to do , the house was open but shut early so it was not worth paying 5 pounds each to go in.

2  Thank Sheila W
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We visit Stowe Gardens regularly and sadly, have noticed a steady drop in standards - our most recent visit, with a guest, started badly at the gate - two of us were members but our guest was not - the helper simply did not understand this and it resulted in a discussion on how to access the restaurant and eventually we were told we could pay for our guest at the entrance to the gardens.

The restraurant had obviously had an influx of helpers who were clustered behind the only drink counter open - the cashier took the order and relayed it to one of the helpers - the result was congestion with the queue backing up out of the entrance - a suggestion - visit a Costa or Starbucks and see how they do it!

When we reached the entrance to the actual gardens there was no one on the gate to check anything and more relevantly to collect the admission fee from our guest - many others were puzzled and confused as they wanted to pay.

The gardens however remain stunning and now that the lake has been refilled the water area is more attractive with the water fowl adding to the ambiance.

A message hasto be National Trust sharpen up your act!

12  Thank VeryBusy
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

limited menu, cold/undercooked welsh rarebit (how can you get that wrong?) doughy rolls, cold thin soup. NT cafes are normally great - possibly they were having a bad day.

12  Thank phil-b745
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