Holehird Gardens
Holehird Gardens
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9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Holehird Gardens, home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, 12 acres of volunteer-run stunning gardens, open every day of the year & a partner garden to RHS. November 2020 Covid-19 update: The gardens will remain open over the winter months. The toilets are open but there are no other facilities for visitors. Please follow government guidelines on hygiene, social distancing and travel. Toilets are being cleaned on a daily basis, with hand sanitiser available at exit doors. We hope you enjoy your visit to Holehird Gardens. We ask all visitors to make a donation of £5 to help with the upkeep of the garden & this, as usual, may be deposited in the collection boxes situated in the car park (close to the sign board) and outside the door to Visitor Reception.
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  • Blue_eyed_adventures
    Lakeland, Florida29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic! Don’t hesitate to visit now (April 2023)
    Visiting Holehird was on our “maybe” list of things to do when visiting the Lake District (mostly because we weren’t sure what would be in bloom) and then we stumbled upon its gates on our way out of the area and turned in. Boy, we were glad that we did! There is lots of things in bloom already! We caught the visitors center open just before they closed and were welcomed like we were the first guests of the day! (Unlike many places that make you well aware it’s the end of the day and workers want to go home.) We we’re offered coffee and tea, and told about the gardens. We even talked about Cheshire home, which we didn’t realize was RIGHT next door! We wished we had known, we would have made a point to get there earlier in the day. If we lived in the area, we would be here all the time! Will definitely come back and highly recommend to any botanical lovers!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Annette F
    Harvington, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picture perfect!
    This is a beautifully calm and stunning place to spend some time. The gardens are laid out on several, not challenging, levels. Holehird is home to four national plant collections. Colours and shapes of planting make this a picture perfect place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Amanda J
    Blackpool, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A joy to behold!
    Have been encouraged to visit here by several friends and at last we have! The gardens are a credit to all the volunteers who keep these gardens immaculate. There are several national collections here, one of which is the stunning Astilbe collection. The paths lead you into differing seasons and collections, the vistas are stunning taking in lake land fells, mountains and the mighty Windermere! The walled garden is an explosion of colours and variety of plants and flowers. It really must be seen to appreciate this delightful garden. It is free to enter but donations are very much appreciated and needed for the upkeep of the grounds. I applaud the hard work and dedication of the team of volunteers. This place would not exist without their hard work. Thank you all.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Nicole&Jack
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a bloomin’ good time
    An absolutely mesmerising garden that all would appreciate. Beautiful and fulfilling sensory thrill, good for the soul. Although neither of us are into gardening, we both felt transported by Holehird Gardens. The collection of flowers in the different areas / arrangements were exquisitely done. The hillside backdrop only added to the magic. Love that it is a charity and volunteer ran, especially after seeing the amount of work that must go into maintaining it! Also really appreciated the specific arrangements designed to support bees / other insects - both socially conscious and interesting to watch. The rose garden smelt fabulous. A really lovely experience, we spent three hours here :)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Barrowangel
    Barnsley, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical!
    This was our second visit to Holehird and we picked the perfect day for it. The traffic and amount of people around Ambleside & Windermere was manic so we sought shelter here..and how tranquil and peaceful it was. The views across Windermere to the mountains beyond is breathtaking! These RHS gardens are run purely by dedicated volunteers and they produce the most stunning displays of colour, they have to be seen to be believed. Magical, pure and simple. We’ll definitely be back again next year.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Maureen N
    26 contributions
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    LOVELY AND PEACEFUL EVEN ON A BUSY DAY
    It has been quite a while since I last visited Holehird Gardens and it was so lovely to see it again. The volunteers are AMAZING and the day I went must have been a volunteers work day as there were soooo many of them and all working extremely hard. The gardens themselves are lovely and even though many things have now gone over there are still things to see. It is so peaceful too despite there being quite a lot of people around. I was a little disappointed to see that the fountain no longer works and probably hasn't done so for some time. However it certainly doesn't detract from the visit. I, with my husband, actually made it down to Holehird Tarn for the first time ever and there two swans happily swimming on it. Care is needed when visiting here because it can be very slippery and is quite rocky in places. You only catch glimpses of the tarn due to the vegetation but it is so beautiful. I would like to see a small café here so you can get some simple things like coffee/tea and cake, however there are many places not too far away to go. I would recommend a visit, especially I think during the Spring and Summer months when all the flowers are in full bloom - but there is always something to see. I would say about 2 hours would be enough for the visit but there are benches if you want to just sit and enjoy the peace and stay longer.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • iandjonhols
    Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvellous, totally agree
    Would totally agree with the resent reviews of the gardens. A big thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work and time, in keeping everything beautiful - especially the walled garden. We only found out about the gardens, from a previous guest, who had left a leaflet in the cottage that we were staying in. The gardens are situated on the kirkstone pass road, just a short distance outside windermere. There is easy access, with well maintained paths, to most parts and with plenty of seating,it's a joy to spend some time there - because the gardens are elevated, the views across towards windermere are superb. Thank you again.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • dianne j
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    What a lovely relaxing way to spend a couple of hours strolling round such beautifully kept grounds with so many common and unusual plants. Got lots of tips of what plants go together and places to plant them. Although we went when some of the plants were cut back I can imagine how it looks in the height of summer. All run by volunteers who must work extremely hard. Well worth a visit if you’ve got green fingers or just enjoy admiring lovely plants.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Gareth Davies
    63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem - a great garden.
    This is a hidden gem. I only visited after Ullswater steamers decided to cancel their sailings at the last minute, and was not expecting to spend more than an hour or so here, but I was taken aback by how much there is to see and how much interesting information there is - it consumed an entire afternoon of my time. For such an excellent garden, it is such an understated place - it is technically free entry although a donation is recommended (which I was more than happy to give) and the car park never had more than about 7 cars in it (so it was lovely and quiet). It is lovely to see a place like this and it saved my day! The staff were very friendly and helpful too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 29, 2023
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Stuart B
Worcester, UK604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
If there is a must see garden when you are in the Lake District, then this is it. No entrance fee as such though they ask for £5 per head as a donation. The gardens are maintained by volunteers of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, and the love and attention shown is self evident. I have been here Spring, Summer and Autumn and there is always plenty to see. This is very much a plantsman’s garden.
Written July 24, 2021
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,902 contributions
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Jun 2021
Delightful gardens, quiet and peaceful, maintained to a very high standard. In addition to the attractive walled garden with good alpines and herbaceous there are lovely gardens up a slope with astilbes, hostas and similar, all in very good condition. Good "plant stall" with good quality plants grown on site at reasonable prices
Written June 23, 2021
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Amanda J
Blackpool, UK53 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Couples
Have been encouraged to visit here by several friends and at last we have! The gardens are a credit to all the volunteers who keep these gardens immaculate. There are several national collections here, one of which is the stunning Astilbe collection. The paths lead you into differing seasons and collections, the vistas are stunning taking in lake land fells, mountains and the mighty Windermere!
The walled garden is an explosion of colours and variety of plants and flowers. It really must be seen to appreciate this delightful garden. It is free to enter but donations are very much appreciated and needed for the upkeep of the grounds.
I applaud the hard work and dedication of the team of volunteers. This place would not exist without their hard work. Thank you all.
Written August 21, 2023
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CC
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Very well-maintained with plentiful labels to help you identify the plants. Allow plenty of time to wander round the many different parts, including the rock garden and National Collections. No pre-booking required, but masses of space so no worry about distancing.
Written July 5, 2021
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amdgriggs
Sheffield, UK1,597 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Couples
What a lovely place to come, at all times of the year. The snowdrops and daffodils are delightful in the spring, along with the azaleas and rhododendrons, though the alpines and rockery plants aren’t dong much yet. Lovely to see the immaculately-tended glasshouse in the walled garden too. Later in the year it’d be the astilbes and meconopsis (national collections) I’d be looking forward too, and the hostess, and the walked garden, but I’d be happy to be here at any time. It’s clear the gardens are much loved - and lovingly and knowledgeably tended, and it’s impressive to see how it’s still developing and how new areas and beds are still being created. The hot drinks machine and the friendly volunteers were a bonus too, in a chilly spring morning. Very highly recommended - and it’s in a great spot too with views right across to many of the fells to the west.
Written April 21, 2022
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ccooper8901
Colchester, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
I am not in love with gardens, and normally just follow my wife dutifully. But these were a cut above the rest. Pretty plants and flowers, against a backdrop of mountains and the lake. One of my best garden trips to date and my wife said she was in heaven. We had many chats with the volunteer staff who were friendly and informative. I am disabled and the staff pointed out the best routes. There were also so many benches to rest at. Not so large that you feel you can’t see it all, but varied enough to make sure you do see it all.

We took a homemade picnic and had a wonderful time eating it on one of the many well appointed benches. Proof indeed that you don’t need a cafe/restaurant to make a garden worth visiting (and that is high praise indeed coming from someone whose first words in a garden usually are “When can I have tea and cake?).

Lovely lovely must see destination!
Written June 7, 2022
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Maureen N
26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
It has been quite a while since I last visited Holehird Gardens and it was so lovely to see it again. The volunteers are AMAZING and the day I went must have been a volunteers work day as there were soooo many of them and all working extremely hard.

The gardens themselves are lovely and even though many things have now gone over there are still things to see. It is so peaceful too despite there being quite a lot of people around.

I was a little disappointed to see that the fountain no longer works and probably hasn't done so for some time. However it certainly doesn't detract from the visit.

I, with my husband, actually made it down to Holehird Tarn for the first time ever and there two swans happily swimming on it. Care is needed when visiting here because it can be very slippery and is quite rocky in places. You only catch glimpses of the tarn due to the vegetation but it is so beautiful.

I would like to see a small café here so you can get some simple things like coffee/tea and cake, however there are many places not too far away to go.

I would recommend a visit, especially I think during the Spring and Summer months when all the flowers are in full bloom - but there is always something to see. I would say about 2 hours would be enough for the visit but there are benches if you want to just sit and enjoy the peace and stay longer.
Written September 14, 2023
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tedgatti F
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Visit Holehird Gardens the other day but was worried that with the dry spring and then the rain and winds of July they may not be as beautiful as on previous occasions. We really had nothing to worry about. The gardens were beautiful although the Astilby and the Hydrangeas had obviously suffered.

This is such a beautiful and peaceful garden and the work the volunteers do is a credit to them. There is always something new to see and although the cafe was closed the toilets were open which made it more accessible if traveling any distance to see them.

We even ended up buying more plants!

A great day out!
Written July 24, 2020
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Nicole&Jack
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
An absolutely mesmerising garden that all would appreciate. Beautiful and fulfilling sensory thrill, good for the soul.

Although neither of us are into gardening, we both felt transported by Holehird Gardens. The collection of flowers in the different areas / arrangements were exquisitely done. The hillside backdrop only added to the magic.

Love that it is a charity and volunteer ran, especially after seeing the amount of work that must go into maintaining it!

Also really appreciated the specific arrangements designed to support bees / other insects - both socially conscious and interesting to watch.

The rose garden smelt fabulous.

A really lovely experience, we spent three hours here :)
Written September 3, 2023
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Annette F
Harvington, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a beautifully calm and stunning place to spend some time. The gardens are laid out on several, not challenging, levels. Holehird is home to four national plant collections. Colours and shapes of planting make this a picture perfect place to visit.
Written June 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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