Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham: Hours, Address, Barnsdale Gardens Reviews: 4/5

Barnsdale Gardens
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Voted the UK’s Best Garden to Visit 2018/19, Barnsdale Gardens is an essential visit whether you are a gardener or not. Famed as the home of the BBC Gardeners’ World TV programme it has been dubbed ‘a theme park for gardeners’ because of its uniquely designed collection of 38 individual, yet realistic, small gardens that guide you round this 8 acre site. We have a great variety of garden areas, ranging from traditional English cottage gardens, to wildlife, Japanese and French, as well as spaces for growing vegetables and fruit. Our focus is on environmental and ecological gardening, so we garden using organic and peat-free principles. There are numerous courses and events running throughout the year, as well as our Summer Sundays taking place during July and August. Then there's our fabulous Chelsea Flower Show, Gold Medal-winning plant nursery to tempt you, while our Tea Room, serving locally sourced and freshly prepared food, is there to feed and revitalise you.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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de51lz
Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK51 contributions
Inspirational
Aug 2021 • Couples
Great range and variety of gardens with lots of planting and design ideas you could adapt to pretty much any real - world garden. Staff in the gardens and cafe very helpful. Cafe itself offers very well priced, unfussy fits in a tidy cafe and lovely garden setting. We spent about 4 hours ambling, eating and just relaxing here. If you're particularly interested in gardening or not, a lovely place to visit and almost all flat, should that be a consideration.
Written September 21, 2021
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beesfan44
Greater London, UK38 contributions
Disapointing day out.
Sep 2021
We visited Barnsdale Gardens yesterday and found the experience very disapointing.
The gardens were in a sorry state, many were requiring maintenance, weeding and clearing away dead matter, etc. The grass between the gardens had not been looked after. In my garden I have not kept up with the weeding recently, but I am not charging an admision charge to mine. At £11 per person it was overpriced. We travelled up from London and if we were asked to recommend the garden we would, have to speak as we found.
On the plus side was the food, although the shed it was served in was again not of good quality, the food was ok. But they did not get our order correct. My wife ordered a sandwich and was asked if she wanted white or brown bread, she chose brown but it came up with white, when we pointed this out the waitress said we would have to wait again for it to be replaced. The correct order came out from the kitchen in a minute or two. Someone in the kitchen obviosley has an understanding of customer service. All in all a disapointing experience especially the distence we had travelled.
Written September 17, 2021
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Gaynor S
Solihull, UK438 contributions
OK for an hours stroll.
Aug 2021
Pleasant gardens, well laid out, with lots of information attached, but not that large. You can easily walk around in an hour.
Lovely restaurant, which seemed to be where everyone was!
Small garden and gift shop, plus toilets and plenty of parking.
Written September 6, 2021
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Booksearcher
Budleigh Salterton, UK91 contributions
Third rate gardens
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were very disappointed at these third rate gardens. Colourless, scruffy, wilting plants. And it cost us £22 for entry which was a rip off. We walked around in thirty minutes - gardens are badly signposted although it was difficult to tell one from the other when we did find them.
Written September 5, 2021
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Explore211086
1 contribution
Very disappointing.
Aug 2021 • Couples
Very disappointing. Overpriced. Gardens are not very tidy. Only took 45 max to see them all. “Tea Rooms” are an old shed. Do not recommend.
Written August 29, 2021
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Miriam B
Buckinghamshire70 contributions
Bit pricey for a family so only good for gardening enthusiasts
Aug 2021
We wanted to visit this but there was no pricing information before we got the kiosk and unfortunately our camping hosts had never been. It is set up as a series of small gardens so great for gardening and photography enthusiasts
Written August 22, 2021
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Fred
New York City, NY18 contributions
Amazing Experience
Aug 2021
We had a lovely time walking around the gardens if a little bit sentimental as Geoff was one of my heroes. Sadly we have missed most of the flowers in full bloom but had a lovely time.
The restaurant is absolutely amazing and we also purchased some plants from the nursery.
Written August 19, 2021
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GH24
1,051 contributions
Good in parts
Aug 2021 • Couples
Stopped here whilst touring Rutland. It’s a big site with 30+ small gardens which must be daunting task to keep in check. Notwithstanding the challenge I came away thinking parts looked a bit shabby compared with our own garden or even the hotel where we were staying which admittedly are much smaller in size. On the positive side there’s a pleasant tea room and it was nice to wander round the nursery section where we picked up a couple of plants that we had seen on show.
Written August 18, 2021
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LesGUk
East Anglia, UK725 contributions
Nice to browse
Aug 2021 • Couples
Not at there best now but still plenty to see. Love the way each garden area can give you ideas for when you get home or the future. Particularly liked the seaside themed garden it was so well thought out yet so simple. The entrance to the plant sales and small shop are at the far end of the car park. Large cafe on site.
Written August 15, 2021
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Suzanne H
2 contributions
A lovely afternoon out
Aug 2021 • Couples
Received a gift voucher for a visit to the gardens and afternoon tea for two at Christmas.
Originally booked to visit in June but had to cancel then 2nd reservation also had to ve cancelled and finally got to visit on Saturday 14 August. Barnsdale were very accommodating in rearranging the day for us.
We chose a beautiful sunny and warm day to visit and although there were lots if visitors there, as you walked around the gardens it did not feel crowded. Able to potter around at our leisure.
My husband had recently had a knee replacement so had to go round slowly with plenty of stops. Each garden had seating so we were able rest up and enjoy the gardens and weather at our leisure. Barnsdale does have 2 electric chairs available if needed.
The gardens were lovely and so colourful and it was nice to see many of the plants we have in our Melton Mowbray garden.
Afternoon tea was a delight. Being a lovely day, we chose to eat in the gardens. Lots of little areas set out with each with just a few tables set out, which was a delight. The staff were smiling, helpful and really nice and the afternoon tea was a delight.
China teapot, cups, saucers and plates was so much better than being served with drinks in mugs. The afternoon tea included a selection of dainty sandwiches, glasses of Eton mess, delicate cheese cake and scones with jam and cream. A delight. Could have done with a little more jam. Too full to eat the scones so the waitress kindly brought us a cake box to take away and enjoy later.
Walked through the gift and plant shop but did not buy anything.
A delightful afternoon. Thank-you to all the staff
Written August 15, 2021
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