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“What a garden”

Giardini Botanici Hanbury
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Ventimiglia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We were told about these gardens and thought just had to visit. Well worth the try. It might be on the side of a hill but with so many plants to see that one didn't really notice that it was quite steep. Considering the garden has been there for over a hundred years it was well kept and the plants looked great

1  Thank Stephen T
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Difficult parking but do not be deterred, you can get to it easiest from Ventigmillia.Wear good shoes and take your time to savour the history and tranquility.

Thank Rodoakey
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Wonderful garden now looked after by Italian university very steep not suitable for the unfit ! I met one of the Hanburys there who lives nearby lovely lady . The garden is one of many designed 100 years ago by the English in the Menton area and open to the public today

Thank billyelton
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Mid-April seems a good time to visit the gardens with blooms and enchanting scents. We spent a fascinating 3 hours looking at the different plants that were well identified. Following the red arrows down and blue arrows up was a good idea, with lots of little side trips along the terraces of this hillside property. There was also an area with a rope handrail braille signs for those with sight problems.
Note that you start and finish at the top of the garden.

1  Thank Voyageur775
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

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.

3  Thank Mosmanfamily
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