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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 relaxing gardens but very poor tearooms

Visited Barnsdale today, the gardens are as always a delight. BUT I find the Tearooms very disappointing. On arrival we tried to order afternoon tea, to eat after our garden... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Leicester
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Leicester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Visited Barnsdale today, the gardens are as always a delight. BUT I find the Tearooms very disappointing. On arrival we tried to order afternoon tea, to eat after our garden visit, but we were told you had to order two days in advance, nowhere does it say this. So after visiting the gardens we ordered Ploughmans Lunch, it came on... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Lovely garden, friendly staff with good facilities. Easy to find good road markings. Large car park.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I visited here a few years ago and although the gardens and plants are so interesting I do feel that now they are struggling to keep on top of the weeds in some areas However there are lots of lovely areas to sit and enjoy the plants and trees. The food in the tea room was excellent with helpful staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Was a really good day found the gardens to be a lovely experience Went into the Tea room and had some lunch and met a lovely lady called Andrea which I found her to be very happy and very polite young lady my lunch was prepared by Andrea and she also waitress on me a very hard working lady My... More 

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North East
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

An excellent visit this is not your usual expected manicured gardens with little interest for the normal garden but found that the multitudes of small garden areas allowed one walk between them and sit and ponder to take time and look closely at the plants (not Plarrrnts as some garden pundits pronounce them) to envisage my own garden and the... More 

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Lincoln
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We visited the gardens this last week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My husband gets bored usually if there is no machinery to view but even he fell under the spell of the gardens and enjoyed the visit. There are 39 separate gardens to view each with a different theme. We had a tasty lunch at the cafe on site washed... More 

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UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We have been visiting the gardens for many years and have always come away inspired. This year, very sadly, the gardens were unkempt, many paths were overgrown and the huge variety of plants has dwindled, because the invasive species have started to push the others out of the way. Carefully designed and nurtured for many years but this year not... More 

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seaham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My sister and I visited Geoff Hamiltons Barnsdale gardens near Oakham today and received a warm welcome from the staff. Lovely coffee and cake, 39 different gardens to look at with plenty of seats to sit and listen to the birds. Lovely relaxing place to be. We then had homemade tomato soup for lunch, very tasty. A lovely day out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

The gardens were an absolute pleasure to visit but the food is overpriced and what you'd expect from a cheap sandwich shop. It could be a wonderful day out if more effort was made with the cafe area.

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

It was Geoff Hamilton who gave me the passion for gardening. So it was lovely to see the gardens connected with Gardeners World. The gardens are well worth a visit and inspirational. The weather was lovely and it's nice to wander along the grass paths from one garden to the next. There are a lot of seating areas where its... More 

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Additional Information about Barnsdale Gardens

Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 813200
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Rutland  >  Oakham
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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