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Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
+44 1572 813200
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a good memorial to a great gardener

We called in here and spent a pleasant time looking around all the gardens - the entry seems a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
C8275XRannr
A 'must go' visit, several times a year.

Early May is an ideal time to visit to catch the end of the fruit blossom and tulips, new leaves... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World television programme, Barnsdale is home to Britain's largest collection of individually designed gardens. Open throughout the year it provides not just a beautiful and enjoyable visit but also somewhere from which to discover a wealth of new ideas for your own garden from any one of the realistically sized 38 gardens waiting to be explored. Plant nursery and delicious tea room also on site.
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The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
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+44 1572 813200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We called in here and spent a pleasant time looking around all the gardens - the entry seems a little expensive, the concession fee isn't great. The gardens are lovely and the seats that are placed around is a great idea as you can sit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Early May is an ideal time to visit to catch the end of the fruit blossom and tulips, new leaves forming on the acers etc. and the early Rhododendrons. The food in the busy café is always fresh and good value.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought the whole concept of Geoff Hamilton's Gardeners World garden was brilliant - 38 individual gardens with a tea room, shop and plant centre. We came away with some excellent ideas including some things that do not work so well. It is not too...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went to get ideas for our garden in new bungalow while we did see some ideas and 1 garden totally how i would like it there wasnt much guidence, we did enjoy walking around and looking at the gardens and having a coffee in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Adult entrance costs £9, or £8 for the over 60's, there are 38 separate gardens to view, most of which I remember from watching Geoff in his Gardeners World days as well as separate series he made back in the 1990's. It is well worth...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being a fan of gardeners world and watching barnsdale on the tv, we decided to visit the garden while holidaying in the area and visiting Rutland waters today. The car park is round the back and unfortunately the weather wasn't being kind so the car...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When Geoffrey Hamilton, the BBC2 presenter of Gardeners World television programme (which still continues) died in August 1996 at the young age of 60, he left behind a fantastic memorial which has given pleasure to many thousands of keen gardeners. If you fall into that...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here with my sisters. Thought £9 entry fee each a little expensive. Lots of different garden areas to visit spread over quite an area. A plant sales and cafe with seating in and outside. Car park and toilets.

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Youncant visit the area of Rutland water without popping into Barnsdale a long known about garden from the BBC Gardeners World albeit a number of years ago. There a numerous small house sized plots to look at and gain ideas. Not just one big garden...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

If you knew of Geoff Hamilton and his TV work , this visit won't disappoint. there are over 30 beautiful; maintained and planned gardens to visit set within an overall garden. Theres a pretty good teashop serving humongous and amazingly good value breakfasts ( worth...More

Thank Jo G
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Stewart M
May 6, 2017|
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Response from C3856CHpeter | Reviewed this property |
Not being dog owners we hadn't taken notice of the arrangements for dogs. It appears that they can't be taken into the garden, but there's a small shaded parking area close to the entrance where they can be left in cars.
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Edennuk
June 30, 2016|
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Response from BenjaminL535 | Reviewed this property |
I would say a couple of hours :-) Plus a visit to the tea room - afternoon tea is amazing.
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