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Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
(01572) 813 200
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Ranked #5 of 14 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We made a second visit here, today, after having had really nice food and service on a previous visit a few years ago but on a day when it was so wet we didn't get the best from the gardens. However on arrival today at ten to three, we first had to find a table with the least amount of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I have always loved Barnsdale gardens, indeed I got married here and regularly visit with my wife and my now 3 year old son. Created by the wonderful Geoff Hamilton it is a lovely trip into the Gardeners' World that we watched being made on television. Packed full of interesting plants and ways to use them, colour variatons and themes,... More

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Had a cuppa and a piece of cake before thinking about visiting the gardens. Food and drink very good, but in tired surroundings - the phrase, a patina from a bygone age, came to mind! Went to visit the gardens but at £7 each though better of it - best for a days visit to get one's money's worth. Nice... More

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Visited here again today, again with my youngest daughter. A 2 hour visit to view the colours of the summer blooms. A lot more than our trip last year so I was happy. Camera in hand, plenty to capture and enjoy. It was nice to sit down on the seating areas in the different gardens and just take in what... More

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It was lovely to visit Geoff Hamilton's gardens, Very well laid out, lots of interesting plants and shrubs. good photo opportunities. Definitely recommend to visit.

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Surrey
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35 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This garden offers so much to explore. It comprises many small gardens within the whole. It was created originally by the late Geoff Hamilton in conjunction with the BBC programme " Gardiner's World. Each twist and turn of the main path reveals an invitation to explore yet another gem. The plants are all clearly labelled and the gardens named according... More

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The gardens were lovely and the new features made it a living and not just a memorial venue.The catering was well done and the interaction between staff and visitors was helpful and informative. It was a good place for our group to explore and share togethr.

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Baldock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Visit 18 years on.Plenty of parking.£7 entry is great value nowadays.Lovely to see that they have kept to Geoffs ethos.Gardens are not manicured to death.Relaxing just to wander round & get ideas.Nice cafe.

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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Barnsdale is an interesting collection of small gardens within one pleasantly landscaped large garden. The cafe has a range of light meals and refreshments and the staff are pleasant and helpful. Although we visited on an August mid week afternoon it wasn't crowded and there was adequate parking. The cost of £7.00 is reasonable considering how much there is too... More

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Carlton, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I paid my third visit to Barnsdale last weekend and my first at what should have been the best time of year, with all the summer flowering plants in full bloom. I have to say it was all a bit disappointing. I know that the ethos is to keep it much as it was when the great Geoff Hamilton tended... More

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