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Holehird Gardens

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Address: Patterdale Road, Windermere LA23 1NP, England
Phone Number: 015394 46008
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Stunning autumn garden

First visit, having intended to go for years. What a superb garden - so many unusual plants, but beautifully planted and organised. Lovely walks in the garden. Almost everything... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2015
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

These gardens are so beautifully maintained that they are a delight at any time of year. Obviously, they're better to walk around when the weather's fine. I prefer the Spring, but they are gorgeous in Summer and Autumn too.

Thank junli
Derby, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

First visit, having intended to go for years. What a superb garden - so many unusual plants, but beautifully planted and organised. Lovely walks in the garden. Almost everything labelled. Very helpful volunteer staff on reception. Will be back in the Spring!

Thank JeffB64CPR
Thirsk, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We have visited Windermere and Bowness many times and often seen the sign for Holehird but never found time to visit. So this Halloween weekend away we made plans to go and see what this number 3 tourist attraction is all about after reading excellent reviews. We drove up the drive through the electronic gates and were in for one... More 

Thank Helen T
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This a wonderful place in a magnificent setting and our visit was blessed with a super sunny day. The gardens are lovely with some interesting little nooks and crannies and it uses the contours brilliantly. There are some gradients so be warned but then there are some strategically placed benches to rest on, or tarry awhile and enjoy the views... More 

Thank John Geoffrey M
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

For the past few years we have visited Holehird in late September and it has become part of my birthday celebrations. There's nothing nicer than taking a picnic and enjoying the fabulous garden on a bright early autumn day when my favourite flowers, the hydrangeas are at their best. This year a cheeky robin followed us around the walled garden... More 

Thank sueevie
Wigan, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

been here several times, always something different to see, this is a community garden, done under supervision with some national collections, free but donation box, take a picnic, wander round the walled gardens, the gardens outside the wall, down to the lake, sit on a bench and admire the fabulous view, buy some plants to take home. very interesting and... More 

Thank busynurse56
Newcastle upon Tyne
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

GO NOW! Over the years this has been a favourite garden not least for its magnificent Davidia Involuctra (handkerchief Tree). The volunteer gardeners from the Lakeland Horticultural Association have done such a wonderful job in the walled garden full of old favourites and many new plants too, all in wonderful order. I don't think I have ever seen a better... More 

Thank Simone N
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Fantastic gardens to walk around an enjoy for FREE but with a donation. No refreshments here but a coffee machine is available to make yourself one for 1.50 in the reception area. One could spend a good few hours here admiring the stunning and unusual species of plants and a walk down to the tarn completes the visit

Thank lynneswinson
Keighley, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Beautiful gardens in a beautiful setting. Plants are labeled for reference. There is no charge to visit, though a small donation is requested. Even parking is free which is very rare in the Lake District. There is a small section of plants for sale. The staff are volunteers but very knowledgable and helpful. We were advised by a very helpful... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Perfect for all sorts of photography. Came with my husband and we had a relaxing walk which was suppose to be 20 min ended up being 2 hours of pure bliss. Didn't want to leave :) please do donate to staff if you visit they truly deserve it. Truly is a hidden gem.

Thank Anarahman

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