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Lea Gardens

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Address: Lea, Matlock DE4 5GH, England
Phone Number: 44 1629 534 380
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Perfect coffee stop location

I can't speak for the gardens, but the coffee shop is a winner. Great cakes, good coffee and blooming gardens all around, off the beaten track but worth a slight detour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
PhilClarke11
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't speak for the gardens, but the coffee shop is a winner. Great cakes, good coffee and blooming gardens all around, off the beaten track but worth a slight detour.

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Thank PhilClarke11
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mum and I have been visiting Lea Gardens now for years. All the staff are friendly and very attentive. The cake selection is always fully stocked and the scones are amazing. It's such a peaceful place and definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Molly A
Matlock
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55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The splendid flowers are pretty much over now but the cafe is always worth a visit. Boo and her team keep the standard high and brighten the day with their welcoming smiles. All the food is fresh and tasty, and the cakes...just looking at them adds calories!

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Thank mike_blakeuk
Luton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Going in July when the weather was a bit overcast, the price had for some reason been lowered from £5 an adult ticket to £2.50. This should have set alarm bells ringing. The garden was very small, much smaller than I thought it would be, and literally ALL the flowers were dead. No colour to be seen except green trees,... More 

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Thank Abi G
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I missed going last year, but managed to visit at the height of the flowering season in May this year. Here is a story that unfolds, bloom by bloom every Spring. Set on a sheltered hillside near Matlock, Derbyshire, winding pathways take you through the eye watering displays. Voluminous rhododendrons infuse the surrounding backdrop of woodland with the colours of... More 

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Thank Marusja H
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited the cafe once before when the rhododendrons were not in bloom we made it back in early June when it was worth going into the garden. It was a magnificent display of these plants in all their glory in a setting that gave you views from above the plants as the garden is on a pronounced slope. I... More 

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Thank Gerard A
Leicester, United Kingdom
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The gardens are tucked away on a hillside in a beautiful part of Derbyshire. We visited on a dull day but the colours of the flowers were stunning. I never tire of returning to this beautiful garden especially in late May. The entrance fee of £5 goes towards the upkeep of this private paradise. The tearoom offers tasty snacks and... More 

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Thank Hilary P
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

What a marvellous display of rhodedendrons and azaleas! Not being able to grow these in Cambridgeshire it was wonderful to see such a range of colours and types! A must see in early June.

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Thank oldbakeryluce
Beverley, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We were looking for a short walk before our journey home. The gardens looked very nice but not necessarily what we were looking for-someone said there was a walk along the canal at Lea but we could not find it and thought it might be here but a) no and b) there was an entrance fee, so we had a... More 

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Thank Ian W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This was our second visit in four years to this amazing garden and although on the previous occasion admission was free for RHS members, today it was still worth the £5 admission to experience these gardens and their rhododendrons and azaleas in all their magnificent colour. The gardens have a network of paths to help the visitor to enjoy their... More 

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