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Barnsdale Gardens

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Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 813200
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World...

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.

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Beautiful gardens, particularly nice in the sunshine. However, the cafe, pretty shocked by staff touching bread, salad, scratching their heads and using there bare hands to touch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our first visit in four years and this time on a summer's day. We enjoyed our couple of hours here with most of the flowers at their best to see. As always the various gardens that Geoff Hamilton prepared for his TV series are very interesting and makes you realise what can be done with various sizes and... More 

Thank Azalel
Oakham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whenever I have visitors, a trip to Barnsdale is on the cards. Every point of the year, the gardens show off a different vista. And the cakes are fabulous, too!

Thank Jane R
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having enjoyed the beautiful gardens, we were looking forward to lunch at the cafe. Big mistake . It was 11.45 and they had run out of everything, what as left was poor quality, leftovers back calmly. Didn't they expect the recent fine weather to bring in more customers? Never again

Thank breemaya2016
Oakham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely day out at Barnsdale Gardens. Each garden was a real treat, there is a garden for everyone to enjoy and even in the warmest of weather there was plenty of shade from the sun. A lovely assortment of gardens that we are fortunate enough to be able to visit frequently.

Thank Minimo M
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124 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the place where Gardeners World used to be filmed when fronted by Geoff Hamilton. It has a lovely feel,to the place and there are lots of different gardens all of which could give you ideas if wanting to change your own garden. Even if you do not have a garden this is a lovely place to wander round.... More 

Thank happygardenerKent
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to visit in glorious weather, with the perfume of roses drifting through the 30+ individual gardens. Each garden has a description by its entrance, which was very useful. There are many trees and hedges screening the gardens so that they unveil themselves to you gradually. The planting looks incredibly natural not like the plonked down Chelsea... More 

Thank Lisa H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful gardens, particularly nice in the sunshine. However, the cafe, pretty shocked by staff touching bread, salad, scratching their heads and using there bare hands to touch food and money, not good. Need to revise kitchen hygiene.

Thank birdwatching62
Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the Gardens and many thanks for your concern re the Tea Room. With reference to the Tea Room practices, our environmental health officer is very much in favour of using sanitiser directly onto the hands in preference to using gloves when dealing with food. Most establishments use gloves with no sanitiser, which means that when... More 

Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited many years ago when the gardens were lovely and beautifully kept and unruly where they needed to be. Todays visit was a dissappointment as the gardens look as though they need a bit of love and attention, pooly kept beds and borders look overgrown and planting in some areas seemed it didnt fit in and haphazard as though that... More 

Thank barnowls47
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited perhaps 12-14 years ago I was keen to show this lovely place to my new wife. The whole attraction is beautiful with reasonable admission prices, and the eatery delivers good food at reasonable prices in lovely surroundings, but overall I agree with Chilli48 below - since Hamilton Snr (fondly remembered) departed nothing much seems to have happened and... More 

Thank Steve L
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped off here for on the way to Rutland Water. Excellent food in tea room. Well established gardens originally laid out by Geoff Hamitlton

Thank catwoman_11_11

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