The Alnwick Garden
The Alnwick Garden
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The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most extraordinary contemporary gardens. From poisonous plants and treetop walkways to glorious roses and towering delphiniums, the Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination and fun, all brought to life with water.
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  • Lesley M
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Another beautiful day in the gardens, which are beginning to come to life with fabulous tree peonys, iris & wisteria. The poison garden tour is always interesting & seems to change each time - you are given an insight into different plants & their dangers. And, of course, there is the Grand Cascade, where kids love dodging the water jets, plus all the other water installations in the garden.
    Thank you for your very detailed review and kind words. We agree, it is always worth visiting more than once, as there is always something new and different on the tour to learn. The whole team are looking forward to being able to welcome you back to The Alnwick Garden again very soon.
    Written June 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • CandP201
    Cheshire, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable couple of hours
    We used the gardens 241 voucher so for 2 adults and 2 children (free entry) we paid £17 which was reasonable. We also paid £17 to do the golf. We all enjoyed the gardens. Particularly the poisonous garden, the cherry orchard and the water fountains. It’s helped that the sun was shining
    Thank you for taking the time out to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to be able to be able to welcome you back to The Alnwick Garden in the future.
    Written June 5, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Ros M
    World26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    Everything here is on a grand scale. The poison garden gets attention, and it is quite interesting. But the brushed steel water sculptures are breathtakingly lovely and the cascade of fountains magnificent. Planting in the area above the main fountains is fabulous. Also loved the orchard of cherry trees (still in blossom when we went) and the two/three person swings everywhere in it. Spent hours here.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your time here. We agree, the sculptures in the Serpent Garden or breath taking and can be mesmerising. We are thrilled that you got to visit The Cherry Orchard when in blossom, it is lovely to spend a quiet moment there on the swings. We really hope to be able to welcome you back to The Alnwick Garden again in the future.
    Written June 5, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written June 3, 2023
  • FireTim44
    Wetherby, United Kingdom901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Anniversary Break
    Wonderful gardens to stroll through. The Cascade with its Jets was stunning to watch. We enjoyed the Walled Garden. The swings a lovely feature in the Cherry Blossom Orchard. A good 2 hrs spent here and it could have been longer
    Hi Tim, Happy Anniversary from all the team at The Alnwick Garden. Thank you so much for your excellent review. We agree, The Cascade is stunning to watch and the swings in The Orchard make for a peaceful break. We hope to be able to welcome you back to The Alnwick Garden again in the future.
    Written June 9, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Miriam B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out
    Beautiful gardens & water features. Was worth waiting for a tour of Poison Garden as guide very knowledgeable. Afternoon tea lovely, staff friendly & efficient. Car park attendant bit miserable but it was a very hot day - hope he found some shade!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit to The Alnwick Garden and hope we will be able to welcome you back again in the future.
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Mairi C
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thankyou for not allowing dogs into the gardens.
    What a beautiful place. I see bad reviews on here because its not dog friendly but as someone with a severe dog allergy it was heaven. I could relax with my picnic without worry and children could play without fear. Thankyou. Its a private garden and not huge, if most folk had dogs with them it would be inundated .
    Thank you so much for taking the time out to review us. We are so pleased to read that you were able to enjoy your experience and relax. We want all our visitors to enjoy their time with us safely and without fear. We hope we will be able to welcome you back again soon!
    Written June 23, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Jo M
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but not very big
    We had a nice time here, it’s a bit more overcrowded than most places in Northumberland. The gardens are very well kept, the main fountain impressive and I really liked the other water features. It is however quite small, and due to the symmetry in some places, after you’ve seen one side you’ve seen the other. Compared to other beautiful estates with gardens it’s quite expensive and only takes a few hours at most to see it all.
    Thank you for taking the time out to share your experience with us. We agree, the Cascade is impressive and the water features are really interesting. Thank you for your feedback!
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Peter J
    Marske-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom17 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greedflation
    This was my first visit to the garden. Quite impressed with the plants on display and the unique water fall and other water features. However on the downside the cost of food and drink was extortionate. The same soft drink bought from supermarkets is £1.60, how can the caterers at Alnwick charge £4.30 for the same drink. I appreciate companies have to make a profit, but I felt as a captive audience within the garden the price of the drink was ridiculous. I could understand if the garden was in a remote part of Northumberland but it is next door to the A1. Absolute utter greed.
    Thank you Peter for taking the time to reach out to us with your feedback. Feedback is very valuable to us as it is through feedback from our visitors that we are able to continually improve experiences for you and all our visitors in the future.
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • MarthaFish
    Keighley, United Kingdom247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Gardens & Engaging Guide
    We visited on a beautiful summer day & it was a most enjoyable visit. The gardens are lovely as are all the water features, including those in the serpent garden. We had a tour of the poison garden with Barbara, who was knowledgable and funny and found her talk very informative, tailored to the audience which contained a couple of small children. We spent a good 4 hours exploring & the adult swings offered welcome shade & peace at the end of our visit.
    Hi Martha, Thank you so much for reaching out to tell us about your recent experience here at The Alnwick Garden. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your Poison Garden tour with Barbara, we agree, Barbara is incredibly knowledgeable and her tours are always tailored to the audience perfectly. We hope we we be able to welcome you back again in the future.
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • John M
    Monmouth, United Kingdom434 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully planned and maintained gardens
    Thursday 22nd June 2023. We spent a lovely 2 hours wandering around these gorgeous gardens, and indeed could have stayed longer. The gardens are beautifully kept, with an abundance of flora, and some lovely features, such as the Grand Cascade, and the amazing hedge tunnels bordering it. The rose garden was beautiful, and the maze "gentle" fun (you won't get lost). Recommended.
    Hi John, Thank you so much for taking the time out to review us! We are thrilled to read that you spent a lovely two hours here! The team work incredibly hard maintaining the Garden all year round, so we are really pleased that you appreciated it. We hope to be able to welcome you back to The Alnwick Garden again in the future.
    Written June 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
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AJG7
143 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
These gardens would have been better if we’d had enough time. Due to Covid we’d pre-booked tickets about a month early at which time the gardens were closing at 5 or 6pm. We’d booked for 3pm (to allow time for an earlier visit in the castle). We were not informed when we checked in that the gardens were closing at 4 so we wandered round oblivious to this until we were told at 3.45 to get ready to leave. So for us, this was a waste of approx £14 per person entrance fee. I’ve no idea whether the change of times was mentioned on the website when we booked but if they’d told us when we arrived we could have prioritised our route (e.g. we could have got to see the famous Poison Garden).

Written October 9, 2020
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The garden was an inspired initiative of the Duchess, an extra tourist attraction for the town that provides many jobs and, from today’s visit, we learned that it supports lots of social and community opportunities for local schools and other groups including disadvantaged people.
Booking a timed slot online was easy and check-in worked well. We even arrived slightly early but there was no fuss about entry ahead of schedule. The castle car park is convenient and at £3 for the full day not too expensive. However, you can park in the council Greenwell Road car park free for 3hrs with a parking disc and the walk is the same distance. We found that 3 hours was enough time to see the whole garden.
The garden isn’t as large as I thought it would be. The main feature is the cascade but we also enjoyed the poison garden where the attendant was very informative, also the water features in the serpent garden. The walled garden on the hill seemed to have suffered in certain parts with some plants looking less than healthy, perhaps as a result of the lockdowns. Whilst we saw some interesting plants they were the ones that had no name tags!
A fun aspect was the ducks and ducklings that roamed free, hoovering up crumbs under picnic tables. We appreciated the opportunity to eat our lunch outside but the cafe was very poorly organised, a wait of 20 minutes to obtain a hot drink wasn’t acceptable. Why not a dedicated queue just for drinks?
The Treehouse is a major attraction yet it wasn’t shown on the map leaflet we were given and there were no signs to it so we concluded that it wasn’t open. However, on the way back to the car we wandered over to look at the exterior only to discover that it was open. We went in and tried to book for later in the week as an ‘experience’ without success but the receptionist very kindly directed us to the roof terrace so we could look out on the structure which is quite remarkable.
I understand that gardens change with the seasons but that wouldn’t be sufficient incentive to visit often and we were pleased that we didn’t purchase a membership pass.
Written June 15, 2021
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Aliya Soomro
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We have had our son's wedding at Alnwick gardens on 11th june 2022. The venue is beautiful and the late summer evenings are perfect for hgihlighting the fountains , lights around the garden and the beauty of the place.

But the process with kellie from alnwick hospitality was very stressful. everything is a no!! can we through petals on the bride ,no, they only can be white and when we spent a fair sum to procure white petals,not all were allaowed as it had to be a very small quantity that could be used.
70 guests are allowed in the arbors, despite having a microphone arranged and musician playing in the arbors, our remaining guests were not allowed to even stand and watch the ceremony. and they missed it out totally, while one thrid of the arbor space was empty.

You have to buy your own stand /easel to display table seating. They dont even provide that.

Worst was the food. We were definitely short changed. My starter from when i had done the tasting menu to what i got on the day was not the same , smoked salmon quantity was reduced and two slices of odd looking bread with butter spalshed on added.
My mains the cod fillet ,was not the one i tasted on our taster day. the sauce was runny, it had no flavour and i had one mussel on the plate ,while my original taster dish had small prawn and mussles with the sauce . There was an abundance of beans as if the plate had to be filled with that as other better ingredients had been taken out. The dessert of cheese cake was hard and dry as it did not have the coulis which we had so liked on the taster menu.

I would advise people to go and pay a tciket and see the gardens, but not to get this as a wedding venue.
Written June 15, 2022
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Dear Aliya, Thank you for your review and for highlighting the stunning backdrop the Gardens and Grand Cascade provide for a wedding day. With regards to your other comments, as previously discussed via email, whilst we are disappointed you didn’t feel your son’s wedding experience lived up to our usual, award winning standards, we stand by our decisions, team and the service provided. With many years of wedding experience and several awards including Most Romantic Wedding Venue, Outstanding Customer Service and Wedding Coordinator of the Year we often make recommendations based on our experiences of what will work best in ensuring our couples and their guests have the best possible day. This may come across as a ‘No’ but in reality it is just to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day. Any restrictions that do exist, be that in the capacities of our spaces or in practicalities such as confetti are made clear upon time of booking and we always try and be as flexible as we can be (such as allowing a small amount of real flower petals to be scattered in what should be a confetti free area). We have had easels to offer in the past but often find that these get broken or go missing and are expensive to replace, therefore we always recommend couples provide their own. That way it can be guaranteed to fit your table plan and we know it will be there on the day. Where couples haven’t been able to do so we have always found an alternative solution. Your comments on the food served on your son’s day have been raised with the executive chef and as discussed over email, whilst we endeavour to produce consistency in dishes from our menu, and have systems in place to ensure uniformity, chefs will always plate food slightly differently due to their creative nature, and it is this quality that ensures delicious food is created from concept to production. We often receive compliments on the quality and abundance of menu choices we have on offer and as seasoning is a matter of personal taste, we do season our food but also provide condiments on the tables for guests to increase this to their preferred level. We do appreciate your feedback as it is only with honest feedback that we can look to improve what we offer, we do however feel that your recommendation not to book a wedding at the Garden unwarranted as we do regularly receive very positive feedback for our weddings and are very proud of the service we provide. Best Wishes, Claire
Written July 19, 2022
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K051212
Darlington, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We had a lovely day out during half term with a four year old and nine year old. The weather stayed dry so we were able to explore the grounds and fountains whilst hunting the spooky treasure trail.
My only negative would be the cafe for lunch - it’s just very unorganised. Queued at a till for hot food to be told I need to order & collect pizza before paying so we joined that queue. Got to the front and ordered and was sent away to pay before collecting. We arrived around 11.45 but there were no menus until noon when they were put on screens behind the tills. Perhaps a big sign with the menu choices at the entrance or menus on tables would work better? It would also benefit from someone greeting and directing you. We weren’t the only ones who looked a little lost wandering around with no guidance. The pizzas however were delicious and the guy working that section didn’t stop. The two on the hot food stand weren’t particularly helpful or friendly and I wouldn’t recommend the jacket potatoes which were rather dry.
Ladies who assisted us in the gift shop at the end were great and I found most of the items to be very reasonably priced.
I look forward to returning but would probably take a picnic in future.
Written October 31, 2022
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Millie024
Llantwit Major, UK477 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Two immediate off puts. As we entered, crowds of people were coming towards us. The gardens were busy, not surprising on a summer Saturday. In the adjacent mini golf was an enormous, unpleasant looking plastic worm, presumably set up to have a golf ball roll down inside it. Then it was difficult to find where to buy the tickets. There were many blue clad ‘warders’ milling around. It all seemed hugely Commercial,with a massive shop . There were some nice plants on sale.
We eventually got tickets and found out where to go in. You have to pass through a cafe area, also quite busy, out onto a lawn, where lots of groups were picnicking. At this point, I was ready to leave. However, we had paid, so climbed up alongside the cascade, an impressive water feature. A good aspect of the gardens was that they were very accessible to people in wheelchairs. At the top, things improved. There were some seats around a raised pool, surrounded by roses. There was a pleasant perfume of roses in the air. We then walked back down the other side of the cascade, but further over this time, where it was quieter. The best time to visit would have been either very first thing in the morning, or right at the end of the day, when it could have been a peaceful experience. We enjoyed the rose garden but noticed many rose bushes were desperate to be dead headed. I only saw one gardener, checking a pond, and we thought that the balance between garden staff and ‘warders’ was too far tipped towards crowd management. If you could get there early, before the crowds, it would probably be a very pleasant visit. I noticed on the way out that there are several very worthy social projects associated with the garden, and was encouraged to think that our entrance fees (£28 for two concessions) would contribute to these, as well as the maintenance of the gardens themselves.
Written July 23, 2022
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Robert Y
Dorridge, UK112 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
The gardens are beautiful and worth visiting.

Sadly my experience yesterday (15 June 22) was very disappointing due to the gardens closing early at 13:00 due to a “private event”. The problem was not the early closing as such, rather the complete lack of notice of the early closure on the (mobile) web site and during the booking process that morning. The first we knew of the early closure was signs at the entrance to the gardens. Fortunately we arrived for 10:00 when the garden opened for the day, allowing us a visit of 3 hours. This was just enough to see most of what we wanted to see although we skipped the orchard and felt quite rushed. I feel sorry for anyone who arrived later, they must have felt very short changed. More so if they had travelled a long way.

I double checked and at no point on either the mobile web site or during the booking process was the early closure announced. Even worse, tickets were being sold for entry up to 12:00, even though the garden was closing just an hour later. When raised with staff at the gate, their attitude was dismissive and unfriendly. I am sure a fair few harsh words were exchanged that morning.

The early closure was announced on the web site but this was buried under the “events” section. Myself and quite a few others hadn’t thought to check this page prior to our visit.

On a separate point, anyone who pre-books can head straight to the garden entrance where your email ticket will be scanned. There is no need to queue at the ticket office. Unfortunately there were no signs displayed informing those with pre-booked tickets that they could skip the line at the ticket office. I raised this with the staff at the gate but again they were rude and dismissive.

In summary, what should have been a pleasant and memorable visit was ruined by a lack of clear notice of the early closure on the web site. I also felt that the attitude of the staff we encountered left a lot to be desired.

Come on Alnwick Gardens, you can do better than this.
Written June 16, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment. The private function was an event led by The Duchess of Northumberland celebrating voluntary groups in the North East and I’m afraid the timings were not dictated by Garden staff. We completely understand that this information was not widely available but wished to address your queries on timings. We truly apologise for any upset that has been caused and would like to say that how we announce early closures in the future is changing as it does sometimes happen. The reason we showcased the closure the way we did is simply because that is how we have done it in the past. This is where we make a statement on social media and pop it on our What’s On page via our website. In this instance, it wasn’t good enough and we are happy to say that we have listened to those who have expressed their feedback and can assure you this will not happen again. Again, thank you for your comments.
Written June 24, 2022
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TwentyTwenty89
Anglesey4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I have to say this is one of my favourite gardens to visit. It is much more modern and less stuffy than many stately home gardens and much more of interest to me and someone of my age than more "typical" gardens.

The cascade is a delight to watch (though it can be frustrating to wait to watch it if you are impatient like me!)

I loved the poison garden (which wasn't in place last time I visited not long after the gardens first opened). It was a real pleasure (and a fright) to tour with friendly, funny guides who did really well to keep the children (and adults) on the tour engaged. The top of the gardens contains a really beautiful almost cottage style garden with elements of informal planting mixed with more formal. The shallow water features running through it are lovely and its nice to see plants and ideas you could actually try yourself. The cherry orchard was a bit of a disappointment, but that is just the season for you, no-one's fault for the beautiful blossom having long gone.

We didn't try the cafe (half of which was closed for a private event) but did look around the shop and pick up a copy of the poison garden book. The lady at the till was very polite and apologised for the wait as she had been chatting to some regular visitors who are members, it wasn't a bother at all and was actually nice to see how well the staff know regular visitors.

The only real downside is the price you pay for what you get. £35+ for two of us to visit was a lot of money but we happily booked online and knew we were quite tight for time as part of a longer day of activities, I just didn't imagine having paid that much we'd actually find ourselves at a loss to fill the few hours we had allotted to Alnwick. I honestly though we'd leave having not seen half of what was on offer and be wanting to return asap to see the rest. I visited with grandparents when Alnwick first opened and apart from the poison garden can't see what else has been added inside the gardens (het tree house, golf etc have been added but have their own entry fees) I can see why membership is popular, it is certainly much better value but I have to say the day entry rices seemed steep for what you get to see.

That said, it meant we got time to explore Alnwick and spend an hour in the second hand book shop in the village which is fab!

We loved our visit, it is wonderful garden and nice to see something fresh and different from "another stately home type garden' but I would recommend looking for offers and maybe taking a picnic to help fill some time so you feel you have done more for the entry fee.
Written July 11, 2023
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Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your recent experience with us. We are pleased to read that you found The Poison Garden a real pleasure, we agree, the guides are friendly and funny, with incredible knowledge. We really appreciate your honest feedback as this helps us to continually improve experiences for you and all our visitors.
Written July 13, 2023
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4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
My daughter had paid for afternoon tea for 14 December to be contacted and asked if we could accommodate 16th instead which we did and given an option of a pump tour free. on arrival there were staff stood about but no one asked if we knew where we were heading and when we eventually asked they had no idea and we were pointed to a horrible cold dirty looking cafe we stood for 10 mins in a queue while a girl who had one speed of slow served. We were informed we were at the correct place and pointed to one of 2 tables that were reserved next to the dirty tray collection trolley. The reserved sign was covered in gravy disgusting . Our afternoon tea was brought over and the girl placed the tray leg in my daughters coffee cup but was never brought a replacement cup. The afternoon tea was an absolute disgrace for £19 per person I’ve added the picture and this was to share my scone fit on a teaspoon hugely disappointing. We headed into the gardens no signage anywhere telling you where to head we no made the best we could of the day but we travelled an hour and half for this poor performance I’ve had better food in supermarkets cafes. Need to up your game massively.
Written December 17, 2022
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MrsBrownEyes
Stockton-on-Tees, UK324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We took our own food but you can buy pizzas and other light snacks, cakes and ice creams there too and sit inside or outside.
The water features are impressive and always attract photographers. The gardens are nice but the best show of colour is earlier in the year, although still some pretty flowers about.
We played crazy golf, which was good although I felt there were too many on the course despite booking a slot to play but each party did keep their distance.
The swings in the Cherry tree orchard were great, choose a seat higher off the ground otherwise you need to keep your feet from catching on the ground.
Also remember that you need to pay £3 payment to park your car and it's contactless only too.

Written August 25, 2020
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Annie S
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK171 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Walked to the gardens from the castle which I’m sure a lot of people do and found it difficult to establish how to pay to get in. Wish we hadn’t bothered!

The young man on the entrance gate was worse than useless and the woman on the pay desk was obviously not interested in my comments despite saying she would pass them on. Not entirely convinced that she would.

Lunch was pretty average and the restaurant could do with more people to clear up but I guess it was late lunchtime and they had presumably been busy.

Our attempt to get into the poison garden failed as queues were more than 20 people for each time slot we tried. Sure there must be a better way of handling this.

Cascade fountain was very impressive.

The formal gardens at the top of the cascade were a joke. As a gardener, I understand that this can be a lean time of year, plus the difficult weather we’ve had but really there was very little of any interest. Certainly no autumn colour other than a few autumn crocus. Where were the dahlias, asters, rubekias? Normally I come away from a garden with at least 1 or 2 ideas buzzing in my head, frankly I couldn’t wait to leave.

The rose garden was average but it is late summer and I accept this was probably stunning earlier in the summer.

In summary - don’t bother paying to get into this very average garden.
Written August 31, 2022
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