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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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Secret Garden

Such a beautiful place. The rhododendrons and other flowers I don't know the names of are amazing! There is a riot of colour in March/ April through to July/ August, depending... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Melanie S
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Nottingham
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Nottingham
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a beautiful place. The rhododendrons and other flowers I don't know the names of are amazing! There is a riot of colour in March/ April through to July/ August, depending on when our Spring falls. Another advantage of this place is the wonderful tearoom. The cakes are delicious, I find it hard to beat their chocolate cake, milk chocolate,... More 

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Nottingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Lea Gardens in May when it was the perfect time for the rhododendrons to be flowering and they are beautiful. It's a lovely place to go for a walk round and the cafe is very good too.

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Thank sallyb873
Derbyshire
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Called at Lea gardens they are absolutely beautiful. The cafe as gorgeous home made cakes and room to sit inside or out in the yard facing the Gardens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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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1 Thank Molly A
Matlock
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56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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Luton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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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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