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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Jermyns Lane
Ampfield
Romsey
Hampshire
SO51 0QA

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Opening Times

Open New Year
Summer (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*
Winter (1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Last entry 1 hour before closing. Open all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Open all year (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Map & Directions

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Road Directions

The gardens are situated between the villages of Ampfield and Braishfield, 2 miles north-east of Romsey. They are signposted from Romsey, on the A3090 on Winchester to Romsey road and the A3057 Stockbridge to Romsey road.
 

Public Transport Directions

By rail/bus – the nearest bus and rail links are in Romsey.

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Events

Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Sunday, 13th October 2019

Art in the Garden at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArt in the Garden at Sir Harold Hillier GardensStunning sculptures are attractively presented in the beautiful setting of this world famous 180 acre Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Featuring award winning, local, new and established British sculptors and artists from overseas. Be inspired by all the wealth of creativity of this year's Art in the…
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Friday, 5th July 2019 - Thursday, 1st August 2019

Red Hot Press Printmakers at Sir Harold Hillier GardensRed Hot Press Printmakers at Sir Harold Hillier GardensRed Hot Press returns with another exhibition featuring some of the best printmaking in the region. These exhibitions are always popular and well worth a visit. This exhibition, featuring work by members of Red Hot Press, is a chance to see a huge range of printmaking techniques.
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Monday, 15th July 2019 - Monday, 19th August 2019

Yoga in the Gardens at Sir Harold Hillier GardensYoga in the Gardens at Sir Harold Hillier GardensStretch your body and calm your mind through yoga taught outside in the tranquil Sir Harold Hillier Gardens by Carolyn Ryan (qualified Iyengar yoga teacher).
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Saturday, 20th July 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019

The Alphabet Fairies Summer Garden Trail at Sir Harold Hillier GardensThe Alphabet Fairies Summer Garden Trail at Sir Harold Hillier GardensThe Flower Fairies are back! Last year's visit to the Gardens was so much fun they've told all their friends to come along too. Now it's the turn of the Alphabet Fairies and they're looking forward to meeting you. We have a feeling the Fairies might even share their magical kingdom with us!
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Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 - Thursday, 5th September 2019

Pond Dipping at Sir Harold Hillier GardensPond Dipping at Sir Harold Hillier GardensWhat is lurking in our ponds? Join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for pond dipping and see what is in the Education Garden ponds. Can you find diving beetles, nimble pond skaters and slimy snails?
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Wednesday, 24th July 2019 - Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

Buckets of Fun at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBuckets of Fun at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSir Harold Hillier Gardens' are offering Chicken Goujons, Vegan Quorn Nuggets and Sustainable Fish Cakes with chips in a bucket and a drink.
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Friday, 26th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

Archaeology Activity Saxons at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArchaeology Activity Stone Age at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBe an archaeologist for the day and join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at their purpose-built trench in the woods to get muddy and find hidden treasures from ages past.
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Friday, 26th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

How to Grow your Own Plants at Sir Harold Hillier GardensHow to Grow your Own Plants at Sir Harold Hillier GardensEver wanted to create your garden from scratch, including growing the plants? In this hands-on workshop with in-house expert botanist, Barry Clarke, you will learn all the basics on how to propagate plants from cuttings and division.
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Friday, 26th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

Friday, 30th August 2019 - Friday, 30th August 2019

Climb a Tree at Sir Harold Hillier GardensClimb a Tree at Sir Harold Hillier GardensHighly skilled and friendly instructors can help you* reach new heights within an oak tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while being securely attached in a harness at all times.
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Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Friday, 2nd August 2019

Archaeology Activity Romans at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArchaeology Activity Romans at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBe an archaeologist for the day and join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at their purpose-built trench in the woods to get muddy and find hidden treasures from ages past. Study some Roman artefacts to work out what they were used for. You'll be surprised!
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Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Friday, 2nd August 2019

Butterfly Day at Sir Harold Hillier GardensButterfly Day at Sir Harold Hillier GardensA fun day of butterfly themed activities run in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation and timed to coincide with the peak of butterfly activity. The day includes a number of guided walks along Centenary Border looking at butterflies and the plants which attract these delightful insects. There…
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Sunday, 18th August 2019

Artlook at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArtlook at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArtlook returns to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for a summer exhibition of their work. Artlook is a group of artists based in Hampshire and Wiltshire. Their work is diverse in subject matter including landscapes, still life, figurative and abstract. A collection of watercolour, acrylics, oils,…
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Sunday, 4th August 2019 - Sunday, 4th August 2019

Sausage Fest Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSausage Fest Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSample the world in a bun with an international selection of tasty hot dogs and great sides at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
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Monday, 5th August 2019 - Monday, 5th August 2019

Bushcraft: Natural Crafts at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBushcraft: Natural Crafts at Sir Harold Hillier GardensJoin Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in the woods and be creative with nature! Use a variety of techniques and natural materials, including clay, to make your very own "mud man" (or woman!) that you can take home. Learn some simple weaving too.
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Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Thursday, 8th August 2019

Wednesday, 14th August 2019 - Friday, 16th August 2019

Tuesday, 20th August 2019 - Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Tuesday, 27th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club at Sir Harold Hillier GardensOutdoor Adventure Holiday Club at Sir Harold Hillier GardensThe Ofsted registered Outdoor Learning Company will be returning to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, for another outdoor adventure club. Children will enjoy a day of experiencing a range of challenging and fun activities in the woods and around the Gardens.
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Sunday, 11th August 2019 - Sunday, 11th August 2019

Paella & Tapas Tasting Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensPaella & Tapas Tasting Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensEnjoy the highlights of Spanish cuisine cooked live in the scenic courtyard at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. This lunchtime event is one in a series running throughout the summer.
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Monday, 12th August 2019 - Monday, 12th August 2019

Bushcraft: Natural Crafts 2 at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBushcraft: Natural Crafts 2 at Sir Harold Hillier GardensCome have fun with colour! Sir Harold Hillier Gardens will collect material in the Gardens and then move to the bushcraft site in the woods and work around the fire, where they will explore how natural materials can be used to colour textiles.
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Friday, 16th August 2019 - Friday, 16th August 2019

Garden Botanicals Tasting Event at Sir Harold Hillier GardensGarden Botanicals Tasting Event at Sir Harold Hillier GardensInspired by this year's Alphabet Fairies Garden Trail, join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for an evening stroll around the arboretum, enjoying a sampling of food and drink along the way. Come and try apple schnapps, sloe gin and limoncello and a variety of tasty edible treats.
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Sunday, 18th August 2019 - Sunday, 18th August 2019

Flavours of Thailand Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensFlavours of Thailand Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBack by popular demand! Pinyada Sirichana & Nittaya Najanbu return to lead the team at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in preparing a selection of South East Asian specialities. Hosted outside in the scenic courtyard this lunchtime event is one in a series running throughout the summer.
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Tuesday, 20th August 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019

Art and Photo Exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArt and Photo Exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier GardensThis art and photo exhibition brings together eight creative people from two distinct artistic fields, painting and photography, produces a varied, high quality exhibition of engaging artwork that always proves a rewarding visit.
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Saturday, 24th August 2019 - Monday, 26th August 2019

Summer Sensation Floral Display at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSummer Sensation Floral Display at Sir Harold Hillier GardensA stunning array of cut summer flowers collected from Sir Harold Hillier Gardens will be on display in the beautiful surrounds of Jermyn's House.
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Sunday, 25th August 2019 - Sunday, 25th August 2019

Street Vegan Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensStreet Vegan Street Food Sunday at Sir Harold Hillier GardensLean, clean & green cuisine that goes that extra bit further than vegetarian. Hosted outside in the scenic courtyard at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens this lunchtime event is one in a series running throughout the summer.
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Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens's Family Summer's End Picnic with FireworksSir Harold Hillier Gardens's Family Summer's End Picnic with FireworksCelebrate the end of the summer at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with the talented 75 piece orchestra and singers, Pops Incorporated UK. Internationally known having performed in Washington USA, Canada and Disney Land also the Royal Festival Hall London. They will be performing well known hits and…
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Wednesday, 4th September 2019 - Friday, 11th October 2019

Art Trail at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArt Trail at Sir Harold Hillier GardensEvery year Sir Harold Hillier Gardens collection of youth art set in and near the Education Garden, grows and changes. Come and see what local young talent has to offer.
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Thursday, 5th September 2019 - Thursday, 5th September 2019

Summer Evening Garden Tour at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSummer Evening Garden Tour at Sir Harold Hillier GardensCome for a fascinating seasonal guided evening tour of the Gardens led by Sir Harold Hillier Gardens horticultural expert. Return to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at Jermyn's House.
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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Saturday, 7th September 2019

Last Night of the Proms Picnic Concert at Sir Harold Hillier GardensLast Night of the Proms Picnic Concert at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBring your picnic and enjoy The Last Night of the Proms in Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with the fantastic Southampton Concert Orchestra. Featuring music by Elgar, Parry, John Williams and many more with all the usual Last Night favourites of Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.
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Sunday, 8th September 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019

The Art of Quilling at Sir Harold Hillier GardensThe Art of Quilling at Sir Harold Hillier GardensQuilling is an art form that involves the use of paper strips that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create a decorative design. This workshop will show you how to create coils of paper and manipulate these into different shapes and scrolls which are arranged to create a picture.
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Sunday, 15th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019

Seascapes, Cliffs and Curling Waves in Watercolour Workshop at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSeascapes, Cliffs and Curling Waves in Watercolour Workshop at Sir Harold Hillier GardensUsing watercolours or acrylics with mixed media, revive treasured memories of delightful beach holidays with professional artist Wendy Jelbert. In this workshop you will try out sweeping sand-dunes, cliffs reflecting in the surf, and curling crystal waves. You'll explore the many ways of enriching…
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Tuesday, 17th September 2019 - Wednesday, 25th September 2019

Art Exhibition: A Passionate Nature at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArt Exhibition: A Passionate Nature at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSir Harold Hillier Gardens are excited to welcome the award winning artist Lynne Davies to the Gardens for this brand-new exhibition. Lynne is greatly inspired by nature and wildlife with her paintings and prints being collected all over the world. She was recently invited to become a signature…
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Saturday, 21st September 2019 - Saturday, 21st September 2019

Frame Basket Making at Sir Harold Hillier GardensFrame Basket Making at Sir Harold Hillier GardensMake a beautiful bowl-shaped basket with a willow or hazel wood handle. Perfect for fruit, eggs, vegetables or a small stylish shopper. Learn how to weave from nature's most sustainable materials.
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Friday, 27th September 2019 - Friday, 27th September 2019

Murder Mystery at Sir Harold Hillier GardensMurder Mystery at Sir Harold Hillier GardensA fantastic night of mystery and sleuthing with this popular annual event where you are entertained by the Miscellany Theatre Group. Enjoy a wonderful supper while working out exactly whodunit (plus how and why).
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Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Botanical Art Workshop: Autumn Berries and Fruits in Watercolour at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBotanical Art Workshop: Autumn Berries and Fruits in Watercolour at Sir Harold Hillier GardensIn this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, botanical artist Candida Groom will show you how to paint shiny fruits and berries, furry leaves and prickly stems.
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Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Sunday, 6th October 2019

Fungi Weekend at Sir Harold Hillier GardensFungi Weekend at Sir Harold Hillier GardensWith walks in the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and a display in the Education Centre the diversity of garden and woodland fungi will be shown to you by experts from the Hampshire Fungus Recording Group. Past walks have revealed over 80 different types of fungi.
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Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 5th October 2019

Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Saturday, 12th October 2019

Outdoor Learning at Sir Harold Hillier GardensOutdoor Learning at Sir Harold Hillier GardensDesigned for NQT teachers, PGCE students and those interested in ecological or environmental outreach. Join Education Officer Carla Thomas-Buffin, using the beautiful Gardens as an outdoor classroom whilst following the National Curriculum.
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Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Saturday, 12th October 2019

Champion Trees Tour with Breakfast at Sir Harold Hillier GardensChampion Trees Tour with Breakfast at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSir Harold Hillier Gardens are home to over 400 champion trees - the tallest, widest, oldest of their species. This is one of the largest collections of champion trees in the British Isles.
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Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Saturday, 12th October 2019

Embroidery Workshop: Espalier Apple Treeat Sir Harold Hillier GardensEmbroidery Workshop: Espalier Apple Treeat Sir Harold Hillier GardensThis charming tree is worked using Ribbon Work and Creative Stitch. It contains a variety of techniques including silk wrapped beads. The silk ribbon that you will work with is hand-dyed and so very individual. The end result is a very appealing and attractive tree.
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Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Tuesday, 22nd October 2019

Our World Imagined Art Exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier GardensOur World Imagined Art Exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier GardensOur World Imagined is an exhibition from a diverse group of artists who express their feelings about the natural world in many ways.
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Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Halloween Family Trail at Sir Harold Hillier GardensHalloween Family Trail at Sir Harold Hillier GardensJoin Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for creepy fun in the Gardens on a spooky self-guided trail. Survive the tricks and receive a small chocolate treat!
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Wednesday, 16th October 2019 - Wednesday, 16th October 2019

Tawny Owl in Coloured Pencils Workshop at Sir Harold Hillier GardensTawny Owl in Coloured Pencils Workshop at Sir Harold Hillier GardensAn introduction to coloured pencils with professional artist Karen Coulson, exploring the techniques required to complete the picture of a Tawny Owl. A line drawing to trace will be provided if required.
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Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Sunday, 20th October 2019

Seasonal Family Photoshoot at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSeasonal Family Photoshoot at Sir Harold Hillier GardensCaroline Jenkins Photography can offer you a wonderful photoshoot opportunity to capture special moments with your family that you can treasure forever. No awkward posing, no stress, just relaxing in a natural environment of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. This professional photoshoot makes for a…
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Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Sunday, 20th October 2019

Sweet on Honey at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSweet on Honey at Sir Harold Hillier GardensCome and see the best the Hampshire Beekeeping Association has to offer at their annual honey show.
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Thursday, 24th October 2019 - Thursday, 24th October 2019

Climb a Tree at Sir Harold Hillier GardensClimb a Tree at Sir Harold Hillier GardensReach new heights within an oak tree's canopy at Sir Harold Hillier.
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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Material World Textile Exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier GardensMaterial World Textile Exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier GardensThe popular Material World textile exhibition returns again to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens this autumn. This annual exhibition displays a wide variety of needlework, embroidery, felting and textile art which are all for sale.
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Monday, 28th October 2019 - Monday, 28th October 2019

Halloween Bushcraft at Sir Harold Hillier GardensHalloween Bushcraft at Sir Harold Hillier GardensIt's almost Halloween, so come and join Sir Harold Hillier Gardens for a session of craft, fun, spooky songs and stories around the fire.
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Monday, 28th October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Spooky Halloween Menu at Sir Harold Hillier GardensSpooky Halloween Menu at Sir Harold Hillier GardensTo coincide with all the Halloween activities in the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are offering a spooky menu at lunch time in the Pavilion Restaurant.
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Tuesday, 29th October 2019 - Tuesday, 29th October 2019

Archaeology Activity: Saxons at Sir Harold Hillier GardensArchaeology Activity: Saxons at Sir Harold Hillier GardensBe an archaeologist for the day and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at the purpose-built trench in the woods to get muddy and find hidden treasures from ages past. Study some Saxon artefacts to work out what they were used for. You'll be surprised!
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Tuesday, 29th October 2019 - Wednesday, 30th October 2019

Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club at Sir Harold Hillier GardensOutdoor Adventure Holiday Club at Sir Harold Hillier GardensThe Ofsted registered Outdoor Learning Company will be returning to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, for another outdoor adventure club.
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Wednesday, 30th October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Pumpkin Carving at Sir Harold Hillier GardensPumpkin Carving at Sir Harold Hillier GardensCome and carve a pumpkin at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£10.40 per ticket
Children 5 to 16 years£2.40 per ticket
Family 2 adults and 2 children£23.00 per ticket
Groups 10+ (Per Person)£9.00 per ticket
Over 60s, job seekers and full-time students£9.50 per ticket

Admission includes a voluntary donation to enable us to conserve, develop and exhibit our world renowned Gardens and plant collection. Children under 5 free. Prices are subject to change.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Catering

  • Cafe
  • Catering Provided
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Meeting rooms
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • Parking (free)

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    393
  • Very Good
    162
  • Average
    34
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
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Recent Reviews:

  • quantockm
    Taunton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Paradise for plant lovers
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 12th July 2019
    This is huge garden and quite difficult to find your way around but it more than replays a bit of effort. Particularly useful for a first time visitor is the leaflet and map that lists plants which... Read full review
  • travellerZ6013MM
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Beautiful surroundings
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 15th July 2019
    I was blown away by this beautiful garden/gardens, although many of the flowers had started to fade off,it was really such a pleasure to walk ,as well as be able to sit an take it all in! Well done... Read full review
  • Podophyllum
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A ‘must see’ garden for all gardeners
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 16th July 2019
    Truely outstanding herbaceous border. Beautiful walks around the park and lake and inspirational planting throughout. The sculptures placed around the gardens were often intriguing and fun and added... Read full review

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