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Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 813200
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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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Early Spring visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Mark H
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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219 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Grimsby, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
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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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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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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willand
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Leyburn
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Unlike many grand gardens, this is full of many small areas that are excellent for giving ideas to most of us with limited space. Only letdown is poor quality and overpriced food in tearoom.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had been wanting to visit this garden for many years as I really loved watching Geoff Hamilton on gardener world. My sister bought me a groupon for Christmas for entry and afternoon tea. So on Sunday I went along with my husband and son. On arrival at the gardens in was very neat and tidy as I expected. On... More 

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Derbyshire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Very good value with an Amazon voucher. Gardens a bit 'sad' and very cold and wet at this time of year but tearoom was warm and cosy. Had requested veggie sandwiches when booking but had to remind them in the tearoom. The girl had already started preparing the usual ones but apologised and happily made a fresh lot. Sandwiches were... More 

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We visited the tea rooms recently after being bought an afternoon tea voucher as a gift. There were no free tables and we waited for five minutes before any staff acknowledged us. We were disappointed to find that no table had been reserved for us in spite of the fact that we had pre-booked. We eventually sat at a table... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I believe my Tea Room manager telephoned you the morning after you phoned us on our main office number - unfortunately the lady who took the call did not realise the Tea Room Manager was not at work on that day. All I can do is to refer you to the post of 15th and 16th Feb who also visited... More 

leicester
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Afternoon tea for two people and entry to the gardens from amazon. Very accommodating. Friendly and helpful staff. The afternoon tea was really lovely. My mum is allergic to some foods so I'd said when booking about having plain sandwiches. The message did not get to the girl who made everything. But she was very helpful and made my mum... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you. I really can't add anything to all of the things you have pointed out as this review really does show us as we are. The only thing I will point out is that my younger brother Chris has been pulling my leg badly since you posted this review. I'm Nick and I'm the gardener, whereas Chris could never... More 

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