Barnsdale Gardens


The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH

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Barnsdale is a hidden treasure - an internationally known, award winning collection of individually designed gardens, set in beautiful countryside just off the A1. Originally created by Geoff Hamilton for TV's Gardener's World, its landscaped walkways link 39 themed garden 'rooms', ranging from romantic, cottage style plantings to more modern designs, a Japanese garden, woodlands teeming with wildlife and the famous productive areas which contribute to the Barnsdale Tea Room. Go for gardening inspiration or simply somewhere lovely to relax while the kids play hide-and-seek, hunt for bugs or watch the birds. Enjoy a slap up lunch or afternoon tea inside or out on the lawn. Barnsdale is proud to serve the best, fresh seasonal food from local producers. You can book a course to learn a new skill or join in the fun at a FREE weekend activity event. For a great day out, all year round, Barnsdale is positively blooming with great ideas!

Gardens to visit, tea room, gift shop and plant nursery. Courses and events throughout the year, weddings and conferences. Disabled parking and toilets, and free bookable mobility scooters. Most of the site is accessible to wheelchairs.

Guide Prices

Adults £7.50, concessions £6.50, children £3.50, families (up to 5) £21, daytime groups (20+) £5.50 p/p, evening groups (20+) £7.50 p/p. Reduced prices apply in winter (nov-feb).



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Approaching Oakham on A606 from Melton Mowbray: Continue through Oakham, staying on the A606, turning left at the roundabout directing to Stamford and Barnsdale. Proceed along this road for approximately 2 miles. Turn left at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel towards Exton and our entrance is then 1 mile on the left.

Approaching Oakham on A606 from Stamford: Pass through Empingham and then Whitwell. After approximately ¼ of a mile from Whitwell turn right at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel towards Exton and our entrance is then 1 mile on the left.

Approaching Oakham on A6003 from Uppingham: turn right onto A606 at the first roundabout. Proceed along this road for approximately 2 miles. Turn left at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel towards Exton and our entrance is then 1 mile on the left.

Accessible by Public Transport: Oakham station is 4 miles away.


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Opening Times

* Open 10am - 4pm all week.
Closed Christmas Eve.
Last admission 1 hour before closing.

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