Barnsdale Gardens, in the East Midlands, is actually Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens and is open all year round as is its Helenium Tea Room.
Enthralling Garden Fans Since 1983
Barnsdale has been enthralling garden fans since 1983, when Geoff Hamilton, the much-loved presenter of BBC Gardeners World, bought a Victorian farmhouse with over 5 acres of land. Barnsdale was Geoff’s ‘great experiment’ in peat-free and chemical-free growing, and so this continues today. Geoff’s legacy continues with his son, Nick, ensuring that the 38 gardens are kept to the stunning standard for which they are renowned, these include a Cottage Garden, Versailles Garden, Wildlife Garden, the Allotment and many more.
Activities at Barnsdale
Barnsdale holds many craft and garden-inspired courses and is a romantic venue for weddings, which are held in spring, summer, autumn and winter (yes there has been one in the snow!). There are also many events taking place throughout the year at Barnsdale.
Barnsdale has been recognised with an award by the Rutland Access Group for its accessible facilities, which include: accessible parking, accessible toilets and ramp-access to parts of the gardens where necessary.
Helenium Tea Room
The licensed Helenium Tea Room seats 120 inside, with extra seating outside overlooking the gardens. Entry to the Tea Rooms and Tea Garden is free and open to all, garden entry is not required.
Travelling to Barnsdale Gardens
Barnsdale Gardens can be reached easily from Oakham, which is approximately 4 miles away or Stamford by bus or taxi. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction. There is also lots of accommodation available nearby. For those travelling by car, parking is provided free of charge. Special parking spaces are provided for the disabled, which can be booked in advance.
Travelling by Train
A regular cross-country train service to Oakham runs from Stansted to Birmingham via Cambridge, Peterborough, Stamford, Leicester and the towns and villages in between. Search for your train tickets using the Raileasy website.
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