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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Romsey
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

This was our first visit to these beautiful gardens on a glorious suuny day and although it was peak period once you were past the entrance area it was surprisingly tranquil. Lots to see, metal artworks scattered around and Jermyn House is charming. We had lunch in the garden there which was lovely, lots of butterflies and dragonflies (and the inevitable wasp). Somewhere you could happily stay all day as there are lots of benches to rest on and we are planning on going back in the autumn as it must be a stunning sight. It`n now added to our favourite places list.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

A must if your near this location for all budding gardeners.
Being members we visit a few times a year so have watched this project from the start.
Completely dug up & replanted the view from either end (3 cricket pitches long) is stunning.
Take your time to wander slowly along and see the variety of planting.
I wish I could have the vision of who ever designed this on paper.
Of course there is much more to see and by visiting at different times of year there is always different plants & trees to see.

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We have membership and living close visit several times a year so there is always something new to see, be it a hot summer's day or in the depth's of winter, the scenery is stunning! There are ever changing exhibitions to see both inside and outside. The cafe is always a welcome sight at the end of a good walk!

Thank BrandyHampshire
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We have been to the Winchester area three times now on holiday and I have always had this in mind to do, but not got round to it till now. How I wish we had visited before!

We arrived in the afternoon on a day which was so warm that it was too hot for us and we had actually planned to go to the cinema to avoid the heat, but as parking was against us we made a last-minute decision to come here!

The children have free entry, and as a member of Kew Gardens I too got in free, so just my husband needed to pay, so not too bad.

We spend a couple of hours here, and all impressions were good, although we didn't get round the whole 'circuit' that we would have wished to otherwise.

There is a huge car park with an overflow one too. There are even lovely gardens around the car park, so if you want somewhere nice to picnic with your family there are picnic tables available in a lovely spot without even paying to go in.

During our brief visit we made sure to see the areas the children would like most - and were really impressed with the tree house, which was very different to anything we have experienced before, the carpet swing, and the education garden, plus, as I write in summer 2013, the super display of really unusual and imaginative sculptures dotted around the gardens.

The tree house is perfect for ages 4 and above, depending on ability, as it does have a very steep climbing wall which overlooks a slope with a drop - so parents will certainly need to keep an eye on very young children in this area, but it is very much worth a visit for all ages.

We noted many picnic tables around so clearly this is a great place to come for one. We didn't try the café, but this seemed very big. The one thing it was missing was an ice-cream/ice lolly section, as we did search for this on arrival as it was a very hot day, but to no avail.

Were we local we would certainly pay for annual membership as these gardens are large and beautifully maintained, and definitely efficiently run.

They seem to be vast and we certainly missed out on so much in our brief visit. We hope to see them properly on another visit to the area.

3  Thank TwoDividedByZero
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you time your visit with the impressive displays the gardens offer (e.g., autumnal trees) then the (fairly costly) entrance price is worth it. Out of these times though, you may find your self a little short-changed.

2  Thank Michael M
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