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Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre

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Address: Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry PH16 5DR, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1796 484600
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Description: You don't have to be a budding botanist to really appreciate the beauty of...
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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Great walk

Lovely place to visit lots to see and do staff welcoming. Enjoyed browsing the shop lots of very nice things to see.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely place to visit lots to see and do staff welcoming. Enjoyed browsing the shop lots of very nice things to see.

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Huddersfield
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This 6 acre hillside garden is run by volunteers. The layout is very good, a stream runs through the ravine area, there are plenty of paths, hard landscaping features and buildings, including one made completely of wood from trees discovered by the Scottish plant hunter David Douglas, hosting an exhibition of photos from Patagonia etc when I visited. However the... More 

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East Lothian
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful location. Lovely walk through the gardens. We visited with our 2 children who got bored. The most interesting part of the walk is the plaques that are placed around the gardens informing you of all the explorers who brought back plant specimens from all over the world. Very interesting to read these however not so with young children, it... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The theatre and restaurant provide a great evening out. Good food, great acting. If you like provincial theatre this is a great place to be. You can even see a different play every night!!

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

Hello, Thank you very much for this lovely review of Pitlochry Festival Theatre! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to us, and hope we can welcome you back for many more! Best wishes, More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The garden was excellent. Was very well laid out and relatively easy walking even although it was laid out on a hillside. In this respect while there are a number of bench seats they need to be brought up to a reasonable standard to encourage visitors to sit on them and enjoy the amenity. As this will be an ongoing... 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. We appreciate all feedback, and will certainly look into our bench seating. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope we can welcome you back soon. Best wishes, More 

Perth, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We visited here with my parents in law and two rather unwilling teens (family duty). In July the plants themselves weren't spectacular but what was interesting (and now I realise the theme of the garden - duh!) was the interpretation and the explanation, and specimens, of many plants introduced to the UK from overseas by Scots. It's a large site... 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 leave us this review. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed your visit and the information on offer. I hope we can welcome you back another time to see all the plants in full, colourful bloom to help illustrate the Plant Hunters stories! Best wishes, More 

Blackpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Found this little gem off Festival Theatre car park. Bit of a climb up but really worth it! Would have been brilliant when all Rhodies out but wonderful trees, shrubs and views over Pitlochry. Staffed by volunteers. Wonderful plants for sale in their nursery area or outside Festival Theatre. Perhaps not for young children though.

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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 - and thank you for braving the climb! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to us, and hope we can welcome you back (perhaps when all the Rhododendron's are in full bloom!) Best wishes, More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The Theatre complex is very interesting. Lovely souvenir shop and excellent art gallery where works can be purchased. The cafe is very reasonable and the restaurant has an extensive menu.

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

Hello, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and got to see the many attractions we have on offer. I hope we can welcome you back soon. Best wishes, More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

To be tottaly honest me and my partner paid £8 for us both to go and explore the gardens .and we were so disappoitnted their was,nt many flowers to see some in bloom but for the price we paid was.nt worth it at all.i could charge folk to see my lovely garden as it has much more flowers in bloom... 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 send us your feedback. I’m sorry to hear your visit to Explorers Garden did not meet your expectations. Explorers is a six acre woodland garden, and our Garden Manager and team of volunteers work and plant tirelessly year round to ensure there is always something interesting to see. We are very competitively... More 

Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were on our way to Inverness on A9, and needed to stretch our legs. The garden was a pleasant surprise. The vibrant coloring in parts of the garden was like visiting the world of Avatar. Definitely a place for a short visit.

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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 this review! I'm delighted you needed to stretch your legs! ;-) Wonderful to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes, More 

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