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Address: Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere LA23 1NP, England
Phone Number: 441539446008
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Holehird Gardens, home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, 12 acres of...

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.

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A wonderful garden in a magic location, it should be on everyone's itinerary who visits the Lake District.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Crowther L
Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful garden in a magic location, it should be on everyone's itinerary who visits the Lake District.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a lovely garden, with beautiful views over Lake Windermere and into the mountains. The gardens themselves are stunning, with many different areas and lots of interesting plants. There were a lot of plants still flowering, so there was plenty of colour. Visitors should be aware that the only catering facilities are a machine for hot drinks, but Windermere is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend Holehird Gardens as a place to visit if you like gardening. Alternatively it is a good place to visit if you like photography, and want to take photos of plants up close, and if you are lucky you can get some good shots of butterflies, bees and wasps. The is no entry fee, but there is a... More 

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Olney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't have to be a gardener to enjoy this lovely garden. It's astounding that such a pretty place was created by volunteers and a true testament to their skill. We are a young couple with novice garden skills and we enjoyed a stroll around. There are some great views to be had and a stunning alpine greenhouse that looks... More 

Thank L F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited here a couple of times. The gardens are beautiful. Took a picnic and took in the views. Purchased a couple of plants to take home to remind us of our visit. Well worth going.

Windermere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Holehird Gardens are beautifully located, with fine views and an extraordinary range of plants in a quiet, spacious, setting. They are open from 'dawn' to 'dusk' and invite donations, rather than charge a fee. The whole site is an unparalleled achievement and an excellent place to begin an undecided day-out or wind-down at the end of a hectic one. Those... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friendly welcome center greeted us and whet our appetites for gardening glory. I really enjoyed the physical features of rock and water, along with the hillside location. Planting seeds gave a variety of types to show how well some species do versus others (remarkable differences). It is no Buchart Gardens by any measure, but it's a nice local experimental... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited Holehird gardens on a recent visit to Windermere. weather wise it was a changeable day, The main walled garden has lots of planting ideas, and houses the reception and coffee facilities. Being set on the side of a hill some of the paths are quite steep but if you can venture up them you are afforded views across... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

This garden experience appears to be little known about. We took a short taxi ride from Windemere Village. Large walled garden with stunning displays. The areas outside of the walled garden were dedicated to individual plant types, holding the national collection for a number of species. Inspirational to any gardener.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Quick trip into this place while away for a few days, I'm not into gardening, but I may be now. This place is simply amazing....no word can describe my feeling, whilst walking around. It's August and everything was in full bloom. Wow....go on you have to go

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