These were once spectacular gardens, but alas no more !
We made a special trip here from France, staying overnight, and it would rate as one of the poorest looked after attraction we saw and a big disappointment. It is a great pity.
The gardens are heavily run over with weeds in most locations (see photo those are blankets of weeds between the trees !). It would seem that the University is no longer that interested or able to maintain it.
All cafes were closed - we are ok with that. But the toilet facilities were poor, the only open toilet at the bottom cafe level had a lid but no seat. The entry price - even in off-season was Euros 7.50 per head, so guests deserve better.
There was nothing very unusual in the gardens, yes the plants may be flowering in summer but nothing not seen elsewhere in your travels. It was raining when we were there but we still did the whole suggested walks.
Much as I was looking forward to this as a trip highlight and would have hoped to recommend this due to the history of the Hanbury family in developing it, I regretfully have to say its location is fine but it is not worth a time allocation for a visit unless you have days to spare.
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