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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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Back after about 16 years

I recognise gardens from when I came on 2nd September all those years ago ( I remember it well as it was my birthday & boiling hot. ) We visited this time on 7 th September so at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hampshire Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

In spite of visiting the gardens in Autumn and expecting the gardens to be past their best I still found lots of plant interest, lots of ideas and recalling Geoff Hamilton and Gardeners World setting out some of the plots. The gardens reflect successes and failures and not manicured which is what gardening is all about and good to see... More 

Thank Heather L
Sudbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is somewhere we had wanted to visit for some time and we both found it somewhat disappointing, really not what we expected. Very strange that one pays the person serving food, and in my book cash and food don't mix.

Thank Ceril h
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited gardens for the first time in early Sept 16, sorry to say I was rather dissapointed. Obviously many of the plants have finished however everything from hard landscaping to grass looked very tired and in need of TLC. Grass full of weeds, decking broken in places and some slabs coming loose. The gardens still have buckets of potential but... More 

Thank sterrin4222
Harwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to the gardens and it was good to see how the gardens have aged since they were on tv with Geoff Hamilton. It was a shame that his life was so short, but this is a permanent memorial to the great gardener. The programmes were always good to watch and the individual gardens brought back... More 

Thank Camraman57
Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A series of small gardens with different theme in each. Plenty of comfortable seats to relax and take in the surroundings

Thank Pell2
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With the advantage of superb weather we spent over four hours walking around Geoff Hamilton's garden creations, absorbing his ideas and enjoying the newer garden designs that have been added since his time. Each garden is contained in a way that allows the average gardener to imagine that they too might design and build something similar. The cafe is excellent... More 

Thank D R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Melton Mowbray Especially for some pork pies and to visit Barnsdale Gardens, what a disappointment they were, they are split up into just over 30 small plots over a large area with not much in them, there are hedges round each one and separated by large well kept grass areas. If you looked among the shrubs and large... More 

Thank Jim N
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this place which had over 30 gardens set out in "rooms" each one following Geoff Hamilton's growing techniques. Each one was beautiful and I only wish I had seen them before designing my own garden, I could have obtained some great ideas.

Thank Edna080
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recognise gardens from when I came on 2nd September all those years ago ( I remember it well as it was my birthday & boiling hot. ) We visited this time on 7 th September so at a similar time of year. There is a lot to admire about this garden & I love the fact that so much... More 

Thank Liz33London
Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great that they are still using Geoff Hamilton's growing techniques. The gardens are split into just over 30 individual plots and give you inspiration for your own garden. Very pretty and you get different colour during the various growing seasons.

Thank Jane D

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