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Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry PH16 5DR, Scotland
+44 1796 484600
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Ranked #9 of 13 Attractions in Pitlochry
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: You don't have to be a budding botanist to really appreciate the beauty of this unique Garden. Not...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: You don't have to be a budding botanist to really appreciate the beauty of this unique Garden. Not only is it packed with amazing and rare plants, you'll also discover the fantastic stories behind the men who risked death to bring them back. Traverse the globe in a single afternoon as you follow the Scottish Plant Hunters' and discover their wares. . .

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Daylesford, Australia
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302 reviews 302 reviews
128 attraction reviews
646 helpful votes 646 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We were disappointed at the lost opportunities of this garden. It fails to showcase the plants it so much wants to display and indeed it has a sense of amateur interest. This deserves in concept to be so much better and we urge a strong management review

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback and sorry to hear that your recent visit to the Explorers Garden did not live up to your expectations. As you will no doubt be aware the Garden has one fulltime member of staff who is assisted by over 50 volunteers. Without the goodwill of our volunteers as well as the local community, the... More 

Paisley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the grounds were just the right size and the view of the river was very attractive. There was plenty of easy walking.

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback - we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit, and hope to welcome you back to Explorers in the New Year :-) More 

Dingwall, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Even though the majority of the flowers had gone by there was still enough in bloom to make this trip more than worth it. The landscaping and historical context were quite unique.

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review - the Garden team plant extensively throughout the year so there are always flowers in bloom to help make your trip worth it! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your time here, and hope to welcome you back in the New Year. More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This garden is wonderful. A celebration of the Scots who went all over the world to collect plant specimens and changed the world of horticulture. Organised in to sections such as Himalayas, South America etc with informational boards about the botanists who went to these areas and the plants they brought back and interspersed with stunning hard landscaping, sculpted wooden... More 

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello Anya, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. The team work very hard to implement and maintain the beautiful garden, its so lovely to hear its appreciated. We hope to welcome you back in the New Year! More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Fascinating history of Scottish botany explorers, some fab views and structures, I loved stone arch and Eco wc! It was raining the day we visited, so quiet and it felt a little tired, as tho needed work, but as run by volunteers maybe over summer they can't get as many? However well worth a visit, if just for views and... More 

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Fife, Scotland
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Visited as a family, felt that we had missed the most beautiful time in the garden but it was still wonderful to visit. Beautiful trees, very well set out, an absolute pleasure to walk round. We will definitely go back when more plants are in bloom. However, it's a beautiful interesting and educational garden whatever the time of year.

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. The Garden team work exhaustively throughout the year to source and plant flowers that bloom all year round, so there's always something to see! It's wonderful to hear when this hard work is appreciated, and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit to Explorers Garden - we... More 

Notts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Amazing walk through heavily wooded valley with lots of information about the plants and their discovery along with some great buildings and a fantastic mosaic floor. Worth the £4 entrance plus !

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review - it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back to Explorers Garden in the New Year :-) More 

Bristol
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is an attractively laid out and interesting garden on a fairly steep hillside, with views across the valley and easy parking at the Festival Theatre at the bottom of the hill. I went especially to see the recently-installed pebble mosaic which is not only lovely in itself but set in a tranquil open pavilion: a really peaceful and enjoyable... More 

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write us this review. The pebble mosaic is indeed very special, and we're delighted you enjoyed it so much (The eco-loo also has a very special place in our hearts!!) the team work very hard to maintain the high standards in Explorers Garden, so it's great to hear it's appreciated. Thanks for... More 

Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My wife is the gardener not me. I enjoy looking but I'm not enthusiastic. This place changed my mind, although you have to pick a time of year which matches your interest. In early July there was not a great deal of colour, but there are surprises around every corner. The sculptures are worth the entry fee and in July... More 

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giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write us this review. The Garden Team work extensively throughout the year to source and plant items that will bloom throughout the seasons - to make sure whatever time you visit there is always something to see! The sculptures dotted throughout the garden are indeed very special, as they're specially commissioned installations... More 

Edinburgh
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Looked great from the outside but we didn't go in as the entry fee was £4 which seems a bit expensive. Couldn't see anybody inside. Lower the fee and you'd likely get more visitors.

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