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“A green-fingered delight”

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Romsey
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is a definite must-do in the Southampton area and for those keen gardeners or just landscaping admirers, it will be a great afternoon wandering around these extensive gardens. Lots of interesting sections are displayed along a good walk and provides something different behind each corner. Interesting sculptures soon appear and little activities for the kids bring something a little bit different than most other gardens.

It is a little pricey so make sure you investigate membership as this was pointed out to us on our visit. It's also worth noting that SHHG isn't a National Trust property so you won't be able to benefit from any NT membership. It was approx. £8 per adult but there is free parking.

Two lovely cafe/restaurants are on site for coffees and light lunches but you're probably best brining a picnic on a sunny day to really make the most of the space and photogenic surroundings.

We'll be back for sure!

Thank tim_corke
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

My wife and I live locally and having downsized we miss our garden. Now on our doorstep is the most amazing garden we have ever had, and there is no hard work involved ! It is rather expensive to get in, although children are free, so we decided that we should buy a season ticket (very reasonable £49 for a couple), and in just 2 months we have visited most weekends. It is a wonderful place and ever changing. I just wish it was open a little later in the evenings as I would love to stroll the gardens after work during the week.

1  Thank Redsonly
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We spent just a few hours here with friends on a Saturday late morning mid April. Ensure you have warm or weatherproof clothing - we were OK, but this can be a bit windswept, and you don;t want to be caught out! Pricing not too bad (9.20 for adults) but this should really allow two visits, as early Spring there was a lot of greenery to be seen, but not a sea of colour - it would be good to come back again early summer and see the difference.
Car parking was plentiful, though would have liked security of CCTV on the overflow carpark - and possibly a note that we could drop people off at the main entrance, to minimise the additional distance from carpark to entrance! We didn't eat here - had heard from the fiends we were with that meals weren't to write home about - but restaurant was busy, and bit 'functional', a bit like a school refectory. Friendly staff on the front desks. Maybe some more obvious picnic areas or seating could be dotted around - or maybe I just didn't notice them. Signage generally good - invariably it was the items we were interested in that seemed to be missing a label... Good electric buggies for those unable to walk easily, and it appears that most areas could be accessed quite easily.
Lots of interesting 'hidden' areas in the grounds - you could easily spend an entire pleasant day here. One to return to during a different season.

Thank Jon007
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Used by locals as a place to meet for lunch the Gardens are well laid out with good signposting and nature trails.
A good day out for all the family.

Thank reece h
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

My husband and I came to visit the garden on Sunday 23 March. We were informed the the lady who sold us our tickets and this was the best day for seeing the Magnolias, as there was going to be a heavy frost, which would turn them brown and there season would then be over.

We walked down the Magnolia Avenue and the blossems were truely beautiful even in the rain and hail. there was an Oriental essence about them. There were lots of other early spring flowers out and the early rhodendrons were vibrant. There were daffadils in perfusion.

There are more than 42.000 plants within this garden, which provides colour all the year. There are ornamental pools, a rock garden and wonderful woodlands walks.

Jermyns Cafe situated in the Original house, does a wonderful hot chocolate, especially good when you have just been caught in a rain / hail shower. The gardens smelt so fresh and scented after the rain.

There is a nice gift shop offering interesting items for sale and a small restaurant, which I cannot comment on, as we just had lovely hot chocolates with marshmallows.

I had a 2 for 1 Gardeners World ticket, so we only paid £9.00 for us both. I think it would have been a bit too expensive if we had to pay the full price of £ 18.00.

Thank Carol B
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