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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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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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Picture Perfect Garden

I spent the morning wandering this fantastic garden and was lucky enough to get a guided tour from Julia the gardener. Even though it was October there were planfs in bloom and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
Fiona R
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

I spent the morning wandering this fantastic garden and was lucky enough to get a guided tour from Julia the gardener. Even though it was October there were planfs in bloom and some gorgeous colour on the trees. Julia's passion and knowledge has created a quiet oasis and made the most of some spectacular views. I really enjoyed me time... More 

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

Hello, Thank you very much for visiting and leaving such a lovely review! I have passed your kind comments on to Julia our Garden Manager, who is delighted you enjoyed your visit. We very much hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Lovely garden, amazing collection of plants from all over the world with lots of fun facts and really friendly staff. You can get a good cake and tea in the Festival Theatre Coffee shop as well. We took the kids to see an outdoor theatre show and it was just brilliant. 'Alice in Wonderland Adventure' very family friendly and lots... More 

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1 Thank nellyhound1
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 write this lovely review. I'm delighted to hear you and your lovely little doormouse enjoyed your visit! We hope to welcome you back to more Walking Theatre events in the future :-) Best wishes, More 

Nottingham, England
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104 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This is a charming garden, part of the impressive Pitlochry Theatre complex. The guy selling the tickets, along with the included map, were very helpful. The gardens are compact, but still quite extensive, with different regions, and a wide variety of plants and artistic features. Late Summer probably wasn't the best time to visit, with most of the flowers out... More 

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1 Thank TerraIncognito
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 write this review! I'm delighted to hear you had an enjoyable experience and found our customer service helpful. I hope we can welcome you back next year; in early to mid summer the garden is in full, spectacular bloom! Best wishes, More 

exuma
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77 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Amazing collection recognizing the famous Scottish explorers of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries of new plants from around the world.

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

Hello, Thank you for your review; I'm glad to hear you found our plant collection interesting :-) I hope we can welcome you back soon! Best wishes, More 

Scotland
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42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

What a lovely place! And only £4 entry. We spent at least 2 hours wandering around reading about the explorers and looking at the flowers still in bloom. Sat outside the pavilion enjoying the view and listening to the birds. The colours of the plants and trees were gorgeous. Clearly a lot of work goes into maintaining this garden. We... More 

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1 Thank Annieh71
giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Wow! Thank you for such a lovely review! I'm delighted you enjoyed your visit, and you are absolutely correct a lot of work goes into maintaining Explorers. The hard work is carried out by our Garden Manager and a team of wonderful volunteers, so it is always nice to hear their hard work is appreciated. We look forward to... More 

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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

A lovely walk, with a nice variety of plants. The most fascinating part is the history of the men who collected the plants from all over the world and some of the plants they collected. The only drawback is the lack of plant identification. There are very few markers, so if you see something you like, or perhaps want to... More 

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1 Thank Imom007
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 this review, i'm delighted you enjoyed your visit to us! We have just received some much needed funding that will be used to create and display more labels for the plants so people can identify the beautiful flowers they see! I hope we can welcome you back to... More 

Outside Basingstoke
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141 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We were the only people on the 11.30 tour which actually lasted two hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable about great variety of plants that had come from all over the world. Set on a hillside above the theatre, it's reasonably accessible.

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1 Thank DickTravels
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 delighted you enjoyed your tour of the Garden! I hope we can welcome you back soon :-) Best wishes, More 

Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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1 Thank fifer23
giles c, Public Relations Manager at Explorers' Garden at Pitlochry Theatre, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for leaving us this review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and hope we can welcome you back soon! Best wishes, More 

Huddersfield
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39 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

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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1 Thank mesamm
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 this review. I’m glad you enjoyed the David Douglas Pavillion and the exhibition curated inside, however disappointed to hear you did not enjoy your visit fully. Unfortunately the large bloom of the Summer has now passed, and some areas may seem scarce but rest assured our volunteers work extremely... More 

East Lothian
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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1 Thank HappyBeachMum
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 this review, I'm glad you found some parts of Explorers interesting, but others left you dissapointed. We are indeed currently looking into incorporating childrens activities throughout the garden, and your comments will definitely be taken on board. I hope we can welcome you back another time. Best wishes, More 

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