We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Barnsdale Gardens

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 813200
Website
Improve this listing
Today
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Description: Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World...
Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World television programme, Barnsdale is home to Britain's largest collection of individually designed gardens. Open throughout the year it provides not just a beautiful and enjoyable visit but also somewhere from which to discover a wealth of new ideas for your own garden from any one of the realistically sized 38 gardens waiting to be explored. Plant nursery and delicious tea room also on site.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 286 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 131
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Barnsdale gardens

If you are looking for pristine, manicured gardens, this probably isn't the place for you. However, if you want to see what most domestic gardens are like it most certainly is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Stephen453
,
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

286 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My mother and I were fans of Geoff Hamilton when he used to present Gardeners World in a down to earth realistic way many years ago. We always intended to visit but she passed away and we never got the chance, but I managed to visit recently with my husband. As I walked around I could well imagine Geoff employing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wisbech
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Visited the gardens today which we were initially looking forward to, being keen gardeners ourselves. However the garden is indeed in dire need of some tender, love and care. Lots of weeds everywhere, not much in the way of any flowers, roses in desperate need of deadheading. We expected our visit to last at least a few hours, but after... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
166 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I am surprised by the negative comments that this garden has received, as we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 hours or so here on a nice, sunny day. Yes, there are a few weeds, but it was only a few, but it is a joy to see something other than a boring NT garden that doesn't change for decades. There was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

If you are looking for pristine, manicured gardens, this probably isn't the place for you. However, if you want to see what most domestic gardens are like it most certainly is. Barnsdale have a gem called Susie, who is a fountain of knowledge on just about everything horticultural, and is more than happy to share her knowledge with you. Our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

I had visions of National Trust manicured gardens, a large garden centre that would encourage us to stock up and waitered pub lunch style lunch outside on heavy wooden tables but it was not to be. The gardens are not well kept and my mother wished she had been provided with tools to apply some TLC. The plants of interest... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I'm afraid I'm at a loss as to why you ever thought we were like a manicured stately home garden. For seventeen years on BBC2's Gardeners' World my father presented realistic gardening to appeal to the broadest spectrum of gardeners - it was never manicured or with bedding planted in straight rows. If this is the sort of gardening you... More 

lincolnshire
Level Contributor
68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I went to meet a friend here today. It is a glorious sunshine rich day, and the gardens looked absolutely spectacular. Far more to look at than I expected, and we spent our day sitting in various little garden areas on a wonderful variety of seats. When we were all talked out we retired to the rather old fashioned and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Worcs.england
Level Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Very sorry but have to agree with all the negative comments - gardens in dire need of attention and cafe very 'plastic'.

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Rugby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Loved going round the gardens that the late Geoff Hamilton did for Gardeners World. The seats give a chance for reflection whilst listening to the birds in the trees and brave ones hopping about the bushes and hedges.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
Level Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

As a big fans of Geoff we took the opportunity of a trip to the Midlands to make our first visit to Barnsdale. We mistakenly thought that the tea room would be a good spot for lunch. Dopey staff, uninspiring menu and slow service - 45 minutes for a sandwich and ploughman's.. Paltry portion of pork pie. bad start. However,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
171 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

….. and an area ideal for a walk. The woods nearby are very nice indeed, especially in late April early May when the bluebells are out. You can of course bike around the area, in fact that is what a lot of visitors do in that they hire a bike & cycle around nearby Rutland water. Bring your binoculars with... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Barnsdale Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Barnsdale Gardens staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?