In 1983, Gardeners' World presenter Geoff Hamilton bought a Victorian farmhouse in Rutland with over 5 acres of land. He needed a clean slate to develop for the popular TV series, and so 'Barnsdale' was born. Two years later the programme was well established in its new home with Geoff's down to earth style making him a hit with the viewers. It was here that he continued to present the show, adding new garden designs, experimenting with plants, themes and ideas to inspire the nation to get outside and have a go. And it was here that he earned the reputation of being the ‘People’s Gardener’ – and this spirit lives on today at Barnsdale Gardens.
Barnsdale is a joy to visit- with 39 individually designed gardens to explore, from romantic, cottage-garden arbours to more minimalist, restrained plant selections, our inspiring range of landscaping and planting styles have been called a 'theme park for gardeners'. Each one offers practical concepts that you can use at home as well as botanically labelled plants, ideal for making notes of the ones you really like!
OTHER THINGS TO SEE & DO
Barnsdale Gardens is so much more than a fantastic day out in beautiful garden environments- it is a place to learn and have fun! Our courses range from the basics of vegetable growing or pruning through to watercolour painting and photography and everyone will enjoy our weekend family events, many of which are free with Garden entry- visit HERE for all the latest information. Children's quizzes and activity sheets are available FREE at the Garden entrance and the Gift Shop and Nursery offer exclusive Barnsdale products and plants to suit every pocket.
Barnsdale Gardens is set in the heart of the glorious Rutland countryside, close to the golden stone of historic Stamford and the country market-town charms of Oakham. England's smallest county offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life with an array of unspoilt villages to explore and nearby Rutland Water, Europe's largest man-made lake, where you will find great walking, cycling, birdwatching, fishing and watersports.
PLACES TO STAY
There is an excellent choice of holiday and short break accommodation in Rutland. A warm welcome and delicious breakfast is assured at homely guest houses and B&Bs, and many traditional country inns also offer accommodation together with good food and beer too. For some well deserved pampering choose from one of the modern, well equipped hotels, many with dedicated spa and beauty facilities or if self-catering is more appealing, you can relax in a cosy country cottage or an award winning camping and caravanning site. Visit HERE
for helpful accommodation advice.
HOW TO FIND US
Barnsdale Gardens is located in Rutland, only 10 minutes from the A1 and just off the A606 between Oakham and Stamford. At Barnsdale Lodge Hotel turn off towards Exton and our entrance is 1 mile on the left.
The Gardens, Nursery, Shop and Tea Room are open daily.
Spring: March-May, 9am-5pm
Summer: June-August, 9am-7pm
Autumn: September-October, 9am-5pm
Winter: November-February, 10am-4pm
Closed 24 and 25 December
Child: £2.50 (under 5's free)
Family: £16 (2 adults + 3 children)
Group rate (10+): Adults/Concession £5, Children £2
Child: £1.50 (under 5's free)
Family: £11 (2 adults + 3 children)
Group rate (10+): Adults/Concessions £3.50, Children £1
FOOD & DRINK
Here at Barnsdale, we pride ourselves in serving the very best fresh, seasonal snacks and light meals made, wherever possible, from locally sourced ingredients. The licensed Tea Room seats 120, with extra seating outside overlooking the Gardens for warm days, and we are now able to offer our Tea Room visitors free wi-fi.
March-May, September & October: daily 9am-4.30pm
June-August: daily 9am-6.30pm
November-February: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-3.30pm
Closed 24th and 25th December.
Please note: we do not allow visitors to consume their own food and drinks in the Tea Room or any part of the Gardens.
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Become a Friend of Barnsdale: £22 Individual, £37 Couple, £47 Family (annual fees) and enjoy the following exclusive benefits:
Unlimited entry to the Gardens.
Advance booking and discount on all Barnsdale courses
10% discount on all plants purchased from the Nursery
A warming complimentary cup of tea or coffee per Friend for November-February visits
Exclusive special events.
Free library service - as many as 3 books for up to 2 months
Free entry to Knoll Gardens, Dorset and the Organic Gardens (HDRA) at Ryton.
We have a network of volunteers who help at the Gardens on a regular basis, but new members are always welcome to join the team and learn how to do things the 'Barnsdale' way. Contact Head Gardener Jon Brocklebank on 01572 813200.