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Barnsdale Gardens

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Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
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+44 1572 813200
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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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Wonderful gardening experience

We visited on a cold, wet January day and had a wonderful time ! Those who remember Geoff Hamilton hosting Gardeners World will be enthralled to recognise many of the small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mags L
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my mother (who was a Geoff Hamilton fan in the 90's) who was very impressed with the 38 ideas. I was interested in a few as a non-gardener so not a bad visit. Entry is £7 with a little cafe to grab a drink at the end. I wouldn't recommend visiting in the winter - keep to the... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a cold, wet January day and had a wonderful time ! Those who remember Geoff Hamilton hosting Gardeners World will be enthralled to recognise many of the small 'gardens ' used in the programme. Geoff's family have retained many of the special areas he loved and each is notated with useful information and helpful hints.These are changed... More 

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We knew there wouldn't be much happening in early February but we still enjoyed our visit. The gardens are set out with helpful information boards and there is plenty to see and give you ideas for planting. Well worth a visit

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Found Barnsdale by accident but so glad we did. The gardens were fascinating even though it was winter and very cold on the day we visited. The coffee and cake in the tea room is also to be recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We have visited these gardens about three times each time there is something interesting and informative to see, great cafe too

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Barrow-upon-Humber
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Although of interest to many others, this really is a garden for gardeners and all the better for it. It has been kept in the style that Geoff H would have wanted and as well as offering a huge amount of interest has an excellent cafe.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

we visited as a surprise outing for my mum, on arrival we had a lovely pot of tea in the cafe,then went into the gardens which were exactly as we saw them on the gardeners world programme if a bit smaller in real life (amazing how a camera can make a small space look much larger). we saw all the... More 

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Cirencester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Great gardens and shows off the woderful legacy of Geoff Hamilton. Well worth a visit and special memories for those fans of Gardeners World.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

For a modest entrance fee, the gardens offer a wide range of plants and settings, variable with the seasons. Nice little teashop

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

As a fan of Geoff Hamilton it seems amazing it took so long to finally get to see his work. What a lot of work too. 38 garden areas in 5 acres. Fabulous for any gardening lover. Set aside a good few hours. Not expensive. Simple tea rooms - don't order the Big Barnsdale breakfast unless you have not eaten... More 

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