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Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
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+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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Good to fill a few hours

Was at Rutland Water for a few days so wanted to see the gardens that I watched with Geoff all those years ago. Took us a couple of hours to look at all the gardens, but there... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2016
Angela B
Essex, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

I have been to Barnsdale before, and was quite disappointed this time. The gardens seemed a little neglected compared to my last visit. We also had lunch there. The cafe/restaurant was quite shambolic food was very expensive took a long time to come and was over-priced.

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Reviewed August 25, 2016

We were blessed with perfect weather and meeting Nick Hamilton, what a lovely fella, just like his Dad.. The gardens are set out in small manageable plots full of ideas for you to take home and if you want a gentle reminder the shop have a supply of each garden in plan form. great fresh food in the café, incredibly... More 

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Cotswolds UK
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

This place has been on our wish list for a long time so perhaps we had too high expectations. We were dissapointed the place is a time warp of 20 years ago when the founder BBC Gardener Geoff Hamilton died. All the orignal layouts are there in over 30 separate sections which supported a particular TV series or a book.... More 

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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

We took our elderly mother who had visited many years ago. The tickets were £7 each for concessions otherwise £8 adult price. There were thirty six separate areas/ gardens which took us less than an hour to view. We expected to see lots of colour, luscious plants, greenery and beautiful flowers. How Dissappointing! Every thing looked lack lustre and dry.... More 

Thank Christine F
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

We visitted yesterday on a bright, sunny and beautiful day. It's such a shame as beautiful is not a word that I would use to describe these gardens. Weeds, overgrown shrubs, dead flowers all over. I could ramble on but there would be little point. My view was that the concept is fine but the overall presentation I found to... More 

Thank Glennroberta
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12 reviews
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

So disappointing to see Geoff's lovely creation come to this. Sad plants, messy paths, frantic kitchen (why do visitors have to see the kitchen?) - in all, not an inspiring place. Yes, the organic principle is fair enough, but weeding, tying in,dead-heading and generally tidying does not alter that principle (actually mostly the grass edges were cut, so a tick... More 

Thank wetisco
Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Was at Rutland Water for a few days so wanted to see the gardens that I watched with Geoff all those years ago. Took us a couple of hours to look at all the gardens, but there was plenty of seating in the gardens if you wanted to sit for a while in the tranquil setting, so you could make... More 

Thank Angela B
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We visited to look at the new Winter Garden built to mark 20 years since Geoff Hamilton died. Very imaginative "organic" planting scheme, inspirational and creative. It was great to see the rest of the gardens that are a testament to Nick Hamilton's development of his father's ideas bringing them into the 21st century. Will certainly visit again.

Thank willbio
Ripon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 21, 2016

I have visited many gardens but Barnsdale is brilliant since you can enjoy 38 rather than one. It is always inspiring for those of us who are not angling to win awards for our succulent sweet peas or genetically engineered borders. I like Barnsdale because there are so many options to see and it is obvious to me that each... More 

Thank john b
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 15, 2016

Popped up to Barnsdale at the weekend, and it was worth the trip [2 hrs each way]. Geoff Hamilton was a leading thinker and gardening trendsetter in his day,often challenging accepted methods, and his gardens still provide food for thought. Its an ideal place to go if you have a garden or space and you just don't know what to... More 

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