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Barnsdale Gardens - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Barnsdale Ave, Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, UK

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About Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale Gardens, in Rutland, is Britain's largest collection of individually designed gardens designed by Geoff Hamilton, who presented BBC Gardener's World from 1979 until his death in 1996. Its award-winning collection of 38 individually themed garden ‘rooms’ will delight and inspire any gardener or garden-lover. It now covers 8 acres, comprising 37 individual gardens and features.


Attractions Near Barnsdale Gardens

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre0.93km from Barnsdale Gardens

An ideal place to See birds of prey close at hand and watch them in flight, it is the centre’s aim to provide as natural a setting as possible for the owls, hawks, falcons, buzzards, eagles and even vultures. Explore the natural woodland trails around ponds and purpose-built wild bird feeding stations, see different nesting boxes and enjoy the sound of the countryside birds.

Aqua Park Rutland
Aqua Park Rutland2.89km from Barnsdale Gardens

The UK’s most exciting Aqua Park featuring the largest collection of bespoke big impact water obstacles. Recently the park has doubled in size and stretched to over 36 new obstacles. The park features climbing walls, trampolines, balance bards, rockers, rollers and some of the UK's biggest splashtastic jumps and slides.

Fort Henry
Fort Henry3.85km from Barnsdale Gardens

Fort Henry was a five-sided, open-bastioned earthen structure covering 10 acres (0.04 km2) on the eastern bank of the Tennessee River, near Kirkman's Old Landing. The site was about one mile above Panther Creek and about six miles below the mouth of the Big Sandy River and Standing Rock Creek. It was a critical point of defense for the Confederacy, protecting Nashville, Tennessee and the railroad route between Bowling Green, Kentucky and Memphis.

Rutland Water
Rutland Water3.94km from Barnsdale Gardens
Rocks By Rail Living Ironstone Museum
Rocks By Rail Living Ironstone Museum4km from Barnsdale Gardens

Rocks by Rail – formerly know as Rutland Railway Musuem, is situated 4 miles from Oakham and tells the local story of how private railways were used in the local ironstone extraction industry to move the extracted stone on the first part of its journey to the distant steelworks. The museum has a large collection of historic railway vehicles, many of them driven by steam. Included in the collection are coaches, vans, wagons, and locomotives.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Rutland Water Nature Reserve4.22km from Barnsdale Gardens

Rutland Water is one of the best places to enjoy birds and wildlife in the UK. Search for rare spring migrants, admire fishing ospreys in the summer, enjoy the autumn wader passage and marvel at huge flocks of winter wildfowl. With events year round, walking trails and two visitor centres, you'll be sure of an immersive wildlife experience for the whole family.

Where is Barnsdale Gardens

Discover More Attractions in Rutland, Where Barnsdale Gardens Is Located

Rutland
Rutland
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Rutland is a landlocked county in the East Midlands of England, bounded to the west and north by Leicestershire, to the northeast by Lincolnshire and the southeast by Northamptonshire. It is England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county and is the perfect place to spend time enjoying the great outdoors.

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