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Address: Gloucester Road, Painswick GL6 6TH, England
Phone Number: 01452 813204
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Description: Historically Painswick Rococo Garden is very important, as it is the sole...
Historically Painswick Rococo Garden is very important, as it is the sole complete survivor from the brief Rococo period (1720 – 1760). These gardens differ from the more traditional 19th and 20th century designs, as they were mini landscapes designed almost as theatrical sets for the home owner to entertain his guests with lavish garden parties. One thing they were not were great flower gardens.At Painswick, romantic follies combine with long vistas, informal plantings, and a large kitchen garden to create a relaxing environment for todays visitor to appreciate how our forefathers lived and to understand how gardens have changed over the centuries.
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Very special garden

Had a lovely visit on Sunday 26th April. What a gem! Seasonal blooms, some good quality plants for sale at a reasonable price, beautifully laid out vegetable plots with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Grayshott, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

This special garden is located in a private traditional Cotswold manor house but is run separately by a charitable trust. The gardens are superbly maintained with many quirky corners and follies to discover. It is worth a visit when in the area and the staff are both welcoming and helpful. Painswick itself is the most beautiful, quintessential Cotswold village one... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Love this place, have visited many times. So relaxing, just strolling through the many different planted areas. Interesting little buildings that have been re-built in the Rococo fashion, modelled on the same garden from that era. Sweet tea room with delicious cakes and light lunches. Gorgeous when the snowdrops are in bloom.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Quite a surprise when you walk through the gate, and see the grounds laid out below. We spent a delightful 4 hours here, walked through the substantial grounds, around the nature walks, and then through the gardens. The café is good too.

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The dramatic entrance is part of the theatre of the Garden and that element of surprise was so integral to the layout of these 18th century gardens. Delighted you had a lovely walk. More 

Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

I arrived here about 2.30 pm after they had stopped serving lunch, but the lady took pity on me and made me a nice sandwich and salad. The people who work in the shop and cafe are very helpful and friendly all round. The gardens themselves are wonderful and you can wander around at your own pace and there is... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, I will make sure our restaurant staff get your lovely comments and I am delighted we were able to sort out a sandwich for you. We are hoping that Cath Hodsman who was the artist is residence when you last came will be able to find another week in September to come back and... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely visit on Sunday 26th April. What a gem! Seasonal blooms, some good quality plants for sale at a reasonable price, beautifully laid out vegetable plots with meticulously tied espalier fruit trees. Great to see the tadpoles, great fun in the maze and the blue carpet and scent of the English bluebells were a delight. Refreshments menu very... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed the Garden and restaurant. If you are passing then July can be a good month with the heritage roses and then September for the heritage fruit and vegetables. Hope to see you again. More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I visited the gardens with another 23 friends and our dog, the weather was good to us and the sun shone throughout our visit. The garden and trails were impressive and the maze caused much laughter as on lookers from their vantage point attempted to guide people into the 3 centers. The restaurant served really good quality food, big portions... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you taking the time to write this review and we are delighted you, your friends and the dog enjoyed the Garden. I am guessing you came as part of the MG owners club. Always nice to welcome those who enjoy both gardens and cars and it gives me a chance to look at the cars! More 

Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Unique and fascinatingly different gardens and also especially the follies & stunning wedding ceremony location, very romantic. It was beautiful & sunny when we were there yesterday too. Food in the cafe also delicious (had a huge slice of coffee cake 😋 ).

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. Wedding ceremonies are popular here and fit so well with the romantic 18th century period when the Garden was first laid out. I will pass on your lovely review to our member of staff who made the coffee cake. More 

Leominster, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We have been to this garden before, and as you will see from other reviews, it is definitely not a plantsman garden. It is definitely quirky and clearly was to create a garden to use to impress your visitors, with it's design. Bluebells just coming out, a pity there are so many Spanish bluebells there as they will hybridise with... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and we are pleased you enjoyed the unusual nature of the Garden. We quite agree on the bluebells, we are just awaiting till they are all in flower and our garden staff are then going to spend a morning culling the Spanish ones that have appeared here. The maze is... More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The gardens here are stunning. Set right across a valley it's easy to spend a good few hours wandering around this quirky styled garden. Our 4 year old loved it. Cafe is lovely and prices across the board are more than reasonable.

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for writing such a kind review. We are delighted your 4 year old enjoyed his time here. The quirky nature does seem to appeal to all ages. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Stourbridge
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Visited on a sunny April day, at the start of the bluebell season. Bluebell walk was lovely. Very impressed with the nature trail for kids and the maze. Very interesting views and vistas. The kitchen garden was about to burst into life and is sure to be fabulous later in the spring and summer. Ticket staff were very friendly and... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review we are very glad you enjoyed your walk around the Garden and the home made cakes. I will pass on your kind comments to the volunteers on the entrance desk. More 

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