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Barnsdale Gardens

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Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 813200
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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.
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Beautiful.

The gardens were beautiful, very calming, lovely to look at and we felt that Geoff had just stepped out for a moment, absolutely gorgeous. We finished off our visit with a trip to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
J L
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The gardens were beautiful, very calming, lovely to look at and we felt that Geoff had just stepped out for a moment, absolutely gorgeous. We finished off our visit with a trip to the tearoom, (we weren't expecting 5*), we both had ham sandwiches, the ham was delicious but I wasn't able to eat the bread, I think it had... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Unlike many gardens we have visited as it is really a set for a TV garden show which ran for more than a decade. A patchwork of many gardens, most of them quite small which were beautifully planted. A very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a morning.

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Superb gardens which you can find your way around with the map they give you.Numerous small gardens and cultivated areas to roam at your leisure, with the plants labelled which is very helpful .Lots of ideas to take home.and to us it is a centre of gardening excellence .We go at all times of the year and there is always... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I obviously really glad that you enjoyed the Gardens, as well as the coffee, walnut cake and ice cream consumed, but a bit disappointed you were not tempted by everything else on offer. We use the finest quality local produce, such as Hambleton Bread, Melton Mowbray pork pies, local ham, chutney, jam, etc, with food prepared fresh each day. The... More 

Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We have been meaning to visit these lovely gardens for some considerable time and during our recent trip to Stamford we took the opportunity to pay a visit and were very pleased we did. The gardens are laid out in a series of different layouts rather like different rooms that are joined by winding pathways. We made our visit as... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

All I have to comment on your review with is that not only are the Gardens worth a visit at a different time of year, when they will look quite different, but so is the rest of Rutland and Stamford! More 

Chatham, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My wife was a keen watcher of Geoff Hamilton on Gardeners World and was keen to see the actual gardens. She was not disappointed and we enjoyed a very pleasant couple of hours looking around, using the map provided so we didn't miss any of the 38 gardens (even if we didn't see them in the right order!). I am... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

It's nice to hear that your in-built sat nav took you round the Gardens on a more unexpected route! You definitely need to bring your wife on a return visit once the roses burst into flower, from the beginning of June. More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I was really looking forward to seeing Barnsdale. Well! What a waste of time and petrol. If ever an attraction was trading on past glories, this is it. I could have seen better plant displays in the local park in Grimsby.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I have to say that to comment on a Garden's past glories when you never saw them in the flesh or in their entirety is somewhat surprising. This year we have had what can only be called a "normal" spring. We have got used to things coming out earlier and all our gardens coming to life earlier. We don't use... More 

Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Beautifully set out gardens with a respectful feel for its creator. Garden just starting to come to life in the Spring but still plenty to enjoy. The nursery also offered reasonably priced and quality plants

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Really pleased you enjoyed your visit and I hope you found a little bit of Barnsdale in the nursery to take home with you. The Gardens have lots of very different interest at varying times of the year, so maybe we'll see you again in the summer? More 

Leicester
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

A fantastic selection of gardens that show a range of different plants and planting styles. There was the added bonus of beautiful birds galore that added a stunning soundtrack to the day. A brilliant day was had by all. Can't wait to visit again in summer to see it in all its glory!

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I like your enthusiasm! See you in the summer More 

Selby, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

While the staff were attentive, the food lacked a certain something... The BBQ chicken sandwiches were served with a very cold and wet like dressing... and the salad bowl was sort of clumpy... large lettuce leaves, coarsely cut toms, and thickly cut cucumber left us thinking that chef had a blunt knife!! It wouldn't hurt to introduce the smallest amount... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you felt our Tea Room lacked a bit of finesse. I don't know when you visited, so cannot say which staff were working that day but it certainly does not sound like the food served by my Tea Room manager. The BBQ sauce which coats the chicken is sold as a sandwich and panini filling, as... More 

willand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

A cold March day is not the best time to visit but there was enough to see to justify the admission price. Good parking, toilet facilities and shop. The restaurant was cosy and served delicious coffees and the biggest, tastiest bacon roll I have seen in a long time. The garden plan ensures that you don't miss anything and the... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Really pleased that you understand the Gardens and what they give to every visitor that views them and obviously didn't miss a single thing! More 

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