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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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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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My wife and I went on an Amazon voucher for the gardens and tea room. December isn't the best time to view any garden, but it was obvious that in season, they would be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
trenitalia58
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have just read some of the negative reviews and words fail me! What do some of these people expect in the middle of winter, summer flowers and trees in bloom? Veg patches full of succulent vegtables waiting to be eaten? It's winter, surprise surprise! This was my first visit to the gardens, and I also watched Geoff Hamilton every... More 

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Thank woowar2712
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Living on its reputation form BBC Gardeners World but needs a lot of work to really make it worth visiting

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Thank BobS26_13
Gosport, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent day in beautful setting and great to finally see all of Geoff Hamilton's gardens which are now looked after by his brother Nick Hamilton.

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Thank Kieron M
London, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has sadly faded somewhat and no longer is the place it should be. A good tea shop...not really - dry cakes and disinterested staff behind the counter.

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Thank Jewellsverne
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I have visited the gardens twice this year, both times I have more than happy with my visit. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. I had an afternoon tea after a nice walk around the grounds. The tea consisted of sandwiches, cakes and of course tea. everything fresh and very tasty served on lovey china. Very happy and definitely will go... More 

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Thank Sabijoe
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

My wife and I went on an Amazon voucher for the gardens and tea room. December isn't the best time to view any garden, but it was obvious that in season, they would be spectacular. The cream tea was very good as were the surroundings-the wooden tea room and mismatched china adding to a pleasant afternoon, which we would both... More 

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Thank trenitalia58
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Always wanted to visit Geoff Hamilton ' s garden and wasn't disappointed. Lots of garden plots with different themes to inspire. Also had a nice cafe and a well stocked nursery where you can get plants you've seen around the garden. The staff there were really helpful in helping us to identify plants we'd seen. Pick a nice sunny day... More 

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Egmanton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a voucher which gave us entry to the gardens and a cream tea. The gardens were more interesting than you might think for the end of November. The cream tea was lovely. The sandwiches were an interesting variety and the scones delicious with nice raspberry jam and thick cream. The staff were ultra friendly and helpful. A... More 

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

I am writing this on behalf of my stepfather and my mother, who has advanced Alzheimers. We phoned ahead to book afternoon tea and a visit to the gardens and they were really understanding about the awkward situation. On arrival the person who greeted them remembered the conversation and had really thought about the best table to use so that... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Whether you remember Geoff Hamilton or not his family have done a very good job in keeping the gardens going,has a really good selection of plants and a really nice restaurant,

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