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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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Rainham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Even if gardening is a chore these gardens are worth a visit, although I was not sure if they inspired, or disheartened, me. Lots of excellent ideas to suit all pockets, but majority of plants cheap and easy to obtain from seeds or friends cuttings. Anyone with a new build should definitely pay it a visit. For the rest of... More

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Nottingham
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We have spent a really nice day at Barnsdale. We visited the gardens having seen them advertised in the RHS booklet and the gardens were inspirational and the opportunity to buy the garden plans means that they are a practical help for gardeners at all stages. The gardens themselves look "tired" and could do with more annuals to provide colour.... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Barnsdale gardens are set in lovely countryside near to Rutland Water. They comprise of 38 separate gardens set around one site. They are, quite simply, stunning. Don't hesitate to visit.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There are 39 gardens to see in all. Lovely tea room, bathroom facilities, mostly flat so easy to negotiate for all family members. A very nice experience and our coach load fully enjoyed the visit. Only complaint was it was too hot! Still, there were places to sit in the shade!

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Croydon UK
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It was very hot when we visited, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Barnsdale. It's set out in a series of numbered and named, themed garden rooms, well laid-out and full of inspirational planting. We were pleased to see they weren't perfectly manicured, and most had a natural look. Some of the gardens, however, looked a little dry and... More

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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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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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