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Lea Gardens

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Address: Lea, Matlock DE4 5GH, England
Phone Number: 44 1629 534 380
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Rain did not spoil the day

Our visit was pre-planned and it was unfortunate that the weather was disappointing, to say the least! However, after a welcome hot drink in the cafe we set off to explore the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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South Yorkshire, England
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South Yorkshire, England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Our visit was pre-planned and it was unfortunate that the weather was disappointing, to say the least! However, after a welcome hot drink in the cafe we set off to explore the many little paths all lined with rhododendrons and azaleas of the most amazing colours. The flowers had stood up well to the heavy rain showers and the garden... More 

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I go to Lea Gardens several times a year to see the flowers. Have visited for 25 years. I love the uneven winding paths but I think in a wheel chair it would be a bumpy ride. The owners were always considerate when I visited with my friend who had two children with disabilities. Café great place to eat through... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A hillside of multi-coloured Rhododendrons, which are in their prime during May, glistened as the sun came out after the rain. Some of them 20ft high. As you walk along the gravel paths you look downhill onto bright reds,yellows, deep purples and pale lilacs, gleaming whites looking like a bride in the sunlight, and then right up into the trumpets... More 

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Camberley, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Visited here to see the rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom. We were not disappointed. Entrance fee was only £5 each,dogs are permitted on leads at no extra cost, the walks are well kept and the display is fantastic. There are plenty of places to sit down in the grounds - the topmost seat gives a lovely view over the area.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We met friends here and had a wonderful visit. The gardens are a total delight and the cafe is a real bonus. This was our second visit and, if anything, the place has improved in the past 5 years. Our friends who have just moved near to the gardens were delighted to think they could find terrific value plants for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Visited today - many Rhododendrons and Azaleas in flower and the rock garden plants looking good. I doubt there is a better time to visit the garden. It looks like many just call in for the tea room which is very good at any time. Good selection of plants grown from cuttings out of the garden apparently. I loved it... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

You approach the gardens at the top of a valley which, on the garden side is planted with mature Rhododendrons; the mass of colour is stunning and provides the most spectacular view for those diners enjoying their meal or drinks outside. Despite the garden's sharpish incline, the gravel paths don't feel overly steep when walking around. There are many benches... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We are trying to persuade are 9 year old grand son to drink less fizzy pop. Sarah heard the debate and swapped the pop for a more healthy drink, thanks Sarah. Them she gave Carl a reward of a small cake bar. What super service. The jacket potatoes are filling are excellent, I had humus and sundried tomatoes delicious. The... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Excellent atmosphere, brilliant food, and a beautiful woodland setting. Go earlier to see the rhododendrons in full bloom.

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Saumur, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Went for the first time this April. Parents have season ticket which is great value. Day entry also very good value. Extensive gardens, with great little paths for exploring, quite uneven ground and a bit hilly, so need to be fairly mobile (although my 80 year old mum managed it, even with a sprained ankle!). Lovely tea room for coffee... More 

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