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Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery

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Amazing Colours, inspirational planting.

We were on the Antrim Garden trail and this garden was the highlight. Borders and beds packed with... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2017
Nice for some inspiration!

Although it was raining, we had a nice visit. Gently team explained us a lot, not only for the... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2017
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  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“stream”(3 reviews)
A garden for plant lovers! The garden is an RHS partner garden designed and owned by a former associate of Belfast, Edinburgh, and Writtle Botanic Gardens. Only 11 miles from Belfast.
154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, Newtownabbey BT39 9RT, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9344 0101
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have to disagree with the previous comments. This garden is exactly what it says on the tin and then some!! From the very personal welcome and tips how best to enjoy the visit from the son of the owner himself to the temptation of...More

12  Thank Nigel G
Paul_Parkinson, Live and work at Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery at Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2014

Thank you Nigel, I am glad you enjoyed your visit! Paul

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed April 21, 2014

I hope to spare the reader £4.50 a head for a stroll through a well kept but unremarkable garden. This is not what is billed as a 'unique and extensive experience'. Far from it. We arrived expecting a fairly huge 'garden' and after half an...More

6  Thank lesley w
Paul_Parkinson, Live & work at Ballyrobert Cottage Garden & Nursery at Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2014

We'd like to thank the above reviewer for the review - our first on trip advisor. Unfortunately it was quite negative. However we'll attempt to turn a negative into a positive and address some of the issues raised! Hopefully this will better inform potential visitors...More

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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Arrived wanting to buy plants etc and decided to sit outside in the sun for a coffee... what an experience! We wanted a coffee and tray bake.. we where told it was self service and to put a “trust payment” in the dish. Made our...More

Thank Caitlin G
Reviewed May 17, 2018

Hate to be negative regarding somewhere that is obviously a labour of love, but we were expecting a lot more. Firstly the positives. A very wide range of plants that you don't seem to find in your average garden centre and that was very nice...More

4  Thank Terence K
Reviewed August 23, 2017

We were on the Antrim Garden trail and this garden was the highlight. Borders and beds packed with plants and flowers. Wonderful niches and nooks, bridges across the stream. Most of the plant's had name tags and so many are on sale too. We also...More

4  Thank CarolEWise
Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

Although it was raining, we had a nice visit. Gently team explained us a lot, not only for the domains itself...

3  Thank KristofM113
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Out of the main stream. We were the only people there. Some rare plants and some very rare which was up my street £4.50. Each To walk around the grounds which would take some time. Thought that a bit much but the weather was great...More

4  Thank wbeckett2017
Reviewed April 25, 2017

The family have created a beautiful style garden on this 6 acre site including flower beds, fruit trees, water features and a 17th century field pattern. Plenty of plant life to purchase and a tea and coffee room for refreshments. Allow two to three hours.

4  Thank Arthur W
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Fabulous walk though magnificent gardens in full bloom and even better most of the plants are available to buy in the nursery. There is also have a lovely self serve tea room, super way to spend a summer afternoon.

5  Thank Bingo369
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I never knew this place existed until the wife was looking up south african plants. We paid the entrance fee of £4.50 to see the gardens of which there are several. We spent a nice peaceful afternoon walking round the gardens looking at plants. That...More

5  Thank Minion_mark
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Came here for amore idea of plants to use in my garden for autumn/winter blooming. A lot of the plants needed deadheading which dud not give a good display with seeing all the dead flowers. Although we've had bad rainy weather I would expect the...More

1  Thank TrishK75
Reviewed August 27, 2016

Intriguing garden spread over quite a few acres. In all seriousness it would take half a day to get around and see everything. Scones and coffee very good and reasonably priced. Good selection in nursery with big plants at £10 and smaller versions at £5....More

4  Thank Marionjess
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July 3, 2017|
Response from Paul_Parkinson | Property representative |
Hi there, Sorry we only allow guide dogs around the garden. Paul