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Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
(01572) 813 200
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Ranked #4 of 13 attractions in Oakham
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World television programme, Barnsdale is home to Britain's largest collection of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

we enjoy visiting here to see the garden throughout the seasons. great quality plants in the shop too

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Like most people I loved Geoff Hamilton but I am sure he would have rung the changes nothing stays static and I found the gardens looking very tired with little use of annuals to brighten things up just tired looking perennials even the Plantsmans garden I found uninspiring. I loved it the first time a few years ago but now... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A superb collection of individual gardens created by Geoff Hamilton. Even if you arenb't old enough to have enjoyed his TV broadcast you must visit and just enjoy the variety.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Arriving at 10am, we were almost the only visitors. A coffee to start our visit set us up for a couple of hours, slowly wandering through the various Garden Rooms. The map (offered to visitors on arrival) is essential, to ensure that nothing is missed. The map has information about each garden, and there are discrete information boards around the... More

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We spent about 2 hours walking around the gardens. The map provided meant you didn't miss any, without it you would probably a have only found half of them. We found them to be a good inspiration for our own, relatively small garden. There was ample free parking and the trip can easily be combined with a picnic at Rutland... More

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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We expected better I am afraid. It has been awhile since we watched Gardeners World with Geoff Hamilton and to be fair we had forgotten that every season he would have a new garden. They are all here. I don't know why but we expected very one to be perfect with not a weed in sight and they weren't. They... More

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Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is the gardens worked on by the late Geoff Hamilton for Gardeners World, and comprises 39 modest sized gardens as examples of every type of garden scenario. Inspirational, easy to stroll round (even for an elderly arthritic) - flat and plenty of benches to stop and rest a while to take in the views. Decent restaurant, with much of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Visited in a beautiful summer's day. The borders looked wonderful and we enjoyed exploring the cottage gardens. The vegetable gardens were inspirational. Plenty of pleasant places to sit down. The nursery plants were unusual and in excellent order. Despite a full car park there was space for all visitors and it felt very tranquil.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I visited these gardens with a group. The weather could have been better but that is beyond anyone's control. I spent many hours watching Geoff Hamilton's programmes on the television so this is a place I have wanted to visit for some time. The gardens are very well done and rather than one large garden there are lots of small... More

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Northants, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

In fairness I'm no gardener but we took some friends here who are. I have to say it was very good and provided plenty of food for thought about making your own garden more interesting. All the staff were very cheerful and obviously liked being there. Tea room seemed ok but was quite busy.

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