Elizabethan Gardens

Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo: Hours, Address, Elizabethan Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Elizabethan Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
(NOTE: Hours vary seasonally, consult website for most accurate information) Fanciful and elaborate gardens were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Our garden was created for your enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago. The Elizabethan Gardens is a project of the Garden Club of North Carolina. Located 15 minutes from Nags Head, North Carolina. Special features include: Butterfly Center, Children's Discovery Cottage/ Outdoor Play Area, Italian renaissance statuary, water views, gift shop and plant sales, mobile phone audio tour. Plant collections include: native plants, azaleas, crape mrytles, hydrangeas, conifers and seasonal blooms. Our dapple-shaded paths and lush green Scape offer a tranquil retreat from the beach. We are pet friendly. Our walkways are handicap accessible.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Thefatladysang
Asheville, NC297 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here, and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates plants, gardens, fountains and sculpture.

The hydrangeas were spectacular, some of the most impressive I’ve seen. There’s a great variety of hostas as well. Peaceful fountains and well-maintained beds are great features.

Almost all the indoor attractions are currently closed due to COVID. We felt as though a bit of an admission price break might therefore be in order, but no discount was offered. This was not a deal-breaker, though.

One minor complaint was the $3 admission we were charged for our leashed, perfectly-behaved dog. If you’re going to charge an admission for dogs you should at least provide water for them here and there about the property. This was neglected.

Still, all in all, we were glad we had visited, and look forward to returning when more of the attractions are accessible.
Written July 16, 2020
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bostravelerBoston
Raleigh, NC140 contributions
Nov 2020
Very lovely! The gardens, located on Roanoke Island, are the perfect size to walk around, enjoy the paths, and get a glimpse of the ocean. The giftshop at the entrance is small, but offers several cute items including stationary, tea cups, and jewelry. Outside they even had some stone lawn ornaments for sale as well. We loved the statue of Queen Elizabeth and got some great pictures of her too! These gardens opened in 1960 by the Garden Club of North Carolina and is still maintained by them today.

We appreciated that the gardens are open year round. We visited on a Saturday in November, so it wasn't crowded. We were able to walk around freely, but the tiny thatched roof house but the ocean walk was closed so we weren't able to get close to it or get inside. Otherwise, it was a great uninterrupted visit. Definitely would recommend and would return when in the Outer Banks.
Written December 3, 2020
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Pat H
Asheboro, NC70 contributions
Jun 2020
On an overcast, rainy June day my husband and I strolled through the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo on North Carolina's Outer Banks. There were amazing old live oak trees, beautiful magnolia trees in bloom, quite a few gorgeous pink azaleas still blooming but the stars of this garden for us were the incredible assortment of hydrangeas. The dampness seemed to bring out the intensity of colors: deep blue, pink, white and many shades in between delighted us from every side! This garden is beautifully designed, with a wide variety of plants, as well as manicured lawns and lovely statues. We especially loved the large, intricately decorated statue of Queen Elizabeth I and the charming statue of Virginia Dare, imagined as a young woman. Our garden stroll was filled with the delightful symphony of birds singing and the joy of squirrels frolicking all about. On a sunny day, we could imagine that butterflies would have competed with the gorgeous blooms for our attention. The Elizabethan Gardens are a perfect place to relax and enjoy the bounty of nature and the sense of history in this special place on the Outer Banks.
Written June 21, 2020
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Thanks for the wonderful review and for visiting. Come visit again.
Written October 15, 2020
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ITRT
Virginia36,087 contributions
Nov 2020
According to what I have read and what others have told me, the gardens are composed of acres of botanical and sculpture gardens located in Manteo, NC. Admission for adults is $9.00 per person with no discounts offered. We walked the exterior of the entrance to the gardens and peeked through the fence but chose not to pay the fee because we had other things we wanted to see in the area. I learned the gardens were created in 1951 by The Garden Clubs of North Carolina, Inc. and are an example and tribute to the first original colonies. I gave it an average rating since we did not walk the gardens.
Written November 15, 2020
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Darla S
12 contributions
Sep 2021
Fall not the best time for plants but cooler temps. Well manicured and maintained, statues are nice and paths clear. View at waters edge pretty around thatched Gazebo. Could be made into a scavenger hunt easily. They were hosting an event later in the week
Written October 7, 2021
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annecolorgreen
Louisville, KY326 contributions
Jul 2020
Impressive garden for an off season visit! Lovely flowers (some blooming late July), fountains, sculptures, an a view of the sound. Our favorite part was the butterfly garden area. While you can't enter the facility, there are butterfly attracting plants/flowers outside. Someone who was working there actually stopped to talk to us and pointed out the caterpillars that will soon be monarch butterflies! I so appreciated him taking the time to do that (he was just hosing down the inside of the building and came out to talk). I got some great photos of both the caterpillars and butterflies.

I really want to go back when the roses are blooming!

(there wasn't as much walking as I had expected and the pathways were well cared for)
Written July 29, 2020
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Kristen
Blackwood, NJ38 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
We visited around noon, it was a bit humid but to be expected since rain was coming later that afternoon. The shade keeps you cool. I used the self guided tour on my phone while walking around. Great history and beautiful flowers. Saw a few butterflies and lizards. Bring a mask to walk through the store.
Written September 18, 2021
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KateW-G
Philadelphia, PA35 contributions
Mar 2021
I was lucky enough to spend a month in nearby Manns Harbor and volunteered on two Saturday mornings in March. Even though so much of the gardens was in a winter state...the grounds were beautiful. It is clear how committed the staff is to creating an experience that reflects the history and natural beauty of the setting. Came back with family and spent over two hours. The almost 3 year old did not want to leave the Children's garden area. If you have the time after, consider the 2mi easy but lovely hike along the Freedom Trail right off the parking lot.
Written March 28, 2021
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lucy19902015
Virginia Beach, VA118 contributions
Jan 2020
We have visited the Elizabethan Gardens for years and have always enjoyed our visits. Even in the winter there are plants in bloom such as the various camellias along with the fragrant daphne. The Xmas decorations and lights are beautiful even in the daylight as many of the lights are turned on. What a lovely magical winter daytime visit of the gardens! These gardens only get better with each year. Highly recommend.
Written January 19, 2020
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Carol T
Lehigh Valley, PA70 contributions
Jul 2020
It is a lovely retreat, especially from a sunny hot day, as most of of the garden is shaded. I will admit to being surprised that there were not as many flowers, though, as others have pointed out, if you like hydrangeas, this is the place to be! The paths are beautifully sculpted, decorated with the occasional renaissance-style statue or fountain. And if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a lizard or two.
Written July 19, 2020
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Elizabethan Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM