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“Too expensive”

RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Chelmsford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views this Essex garden is an inspiration to visitors of all ages. The garden boasts an eclectic range of inspirational horticultural styles from traditional to modern, providing interest and colour, whatever the weather or time of year. The Garden opens daily from 10am (closed Christmas Day) and includes a restaurant, children's play area, picnic areas and garden library. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 9.30am and includes a cafe, gift & book shop and plant centre. Entry to the Visitor Centre is free of charge. Please note that Sunday trading hours apply in the shop (11am - 5pm).
Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Too expensive”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a lovely garden, with some beautiful plants, and some breathtaking scenery if you look to the horizon while going round the gardens.
It is not worth the extortionate entrance fee, which I suspect is to pay for the grotesque new restaurant/gift shop, gifts that only the late Michael Jackson could actually afford to buy.
If you are not the late Michael Jackson, watch "Last of the Summer Wine" for the breathtaking scenery, and cultivate your own garden, if you have one.
This is, in my humble opinion, another example of a great place that is being spoiled by greed and commercialisation.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Braintree Essex
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“More than a Garden Cetre”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Visited several times and the place just better gets better and better every time we visit. Also the resturant is worth a vist

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South Florida, Florida
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lunch with flowers”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Always a popular stop, a peaceful setting in the middle of the Essex countryside and showcase for the Royal Horticultural Society. Very well established gardens to stroll around and admire and a very clean and modern gift shop and cafeteria that I will often use for lunch. Very friendly and helpful staff complete the requirements for a pleasant morning or afternoon diversion.

Visited October 2012
Thank starduster32
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83 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“RHS Hyde Hall”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

What a wonderful place. It is set high on a hill in the windy, dry Essex countryside but, no matter, there is a friendly buggy driver to take people up to the main gardens if they feel the hill would be too much for them. The walk up is worth it, though, as the planting and long vistas through the trees and shrubberies make the experience worthwhile. The walks round the edge of the land are worth doing too and take less time than the guide leaflet indicates. I guess we all have our own walking pace! Try the cafe in the main entrance building. It is fantastic! The Barn Restaurant also serves appetising food and use it if you want a full lunch/meal and the car park cafe if you are after a snack. It is good to see the recycle centre in the cafe. It is worth spending time in the shop for, as usual for RHS, there are plenty of good quality gift that don't break the bank.

Visited September 2012
Thank Amifan
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42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Going to be amazing.”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Lovely gardens but slightly limited in size. Will be brilliant when it's all finished - looks like a long job! Food not wonderful although the setting in the barn cafe is lovely. Shop and plants very expensive. Nice for a few hours out but not for a long day trip. Hard work pushing a wheelchair.

Visited August 2012
Thank joanlaura
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