Gardens and Parks

Barnsdale Gardens

The most famous garden attraction in Rutland. Situated near Exton, it attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy the magnificent gardens which were built by Britain’s best loved gardener, the late Geoff Hamilton, star of the BBC’s Gardener’s World.

38 individual gardens are waiting for you to explore and admire the abundance of natural beauty all built on peat-free, organic principles. Following an accessible walk around the gardens, spend some time in the nursery where many of the specimens on display in the gardens can be purchased and taken home with you. There is also a lovely tearoom so you don’t have to look far for refreshment and there’s also a superbly stocked gift shop featuring a range of exclusive Barnsdale Gardens souvenirs, gardening and nature themed gifts.

The beauty of the gardens lends a romantic backdrop and Barnsdale Gardens are delighted to offer their magical setting for your wedding or special event. With ceremonies being held in the Paradise Garden, complete with charming pagoda, sheltered conservatory and pretty water feature, you can imagine how spectacular your wedding photographs will look!

The gardens are open all year round, only closing on 24th and 25th December, and are now managed by Geoff’s son Nick. Pre-booking is not essential unless arriving as a coach group.

Throughout the year a range of educational short courses are held at Barnsdale Gardens including watercolour painting, growing under shade and how to grow organically.

Visit Barnsdale Gardens’ website and find out more about forthcoming events | 01572 813200.

Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue

The fascinating yet tranquil Yew Tree Avenue at Clipsham is over 200 years old and consists of over 150 clipped Yew Trees. This amazing collection of topiary has provided a delightful place to stroll since the late 19th century with trees shaped to depict birds and animals.

Some of the more unusual topiaries included a man on the moon and a range of animal characters. The topiary was begun in 1870 by the Clipsham Estate Head Forester and soon became a tradition which continued through the years.

Once better known as being the carriage drive to Clipsham Hall, The Avenue, which is free to visiting wanderers, is now a pleasant place to sit and perhaps enjoy a picnic in the summer.

Wing Maze

The historic Wing Maze is thought to be one of the last remaining turf mazes in England, dating back to Medieval times and is, therefore, an important local feature in Rutland. It measures around 14 meters in diameter and consists of one single grass path which winds its way around and back on itself before ending its journey in the centre of the maze.

It’s a matter of controversy as to the exact use of, or meaning of, the Maze but some believe that wrongdoers would be forced around the Maze on their hands and knees and made to repent for their misdeeds. The Leicester and Rutland Directory of 1846 has another explanation for its use, though, claiming it as “an ancient maze, in which the rustics run at the parish feast.”

Burghley House Gardens & Deer Park

The gardens and parkland that you see today at Burghley were largely designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century. Today, sweeping vistas down to the spires of Stamford with the backdrop of the House create the perfect canvas for open air classical concerts, wedding receptions, events or just a quiet stroll with the dog.

Grimsthorpe Castle Park

Extensive parkland with cycle trails, a woodland adventure playground and home to lots of wildlife plus the castle gardens with kitchen garden and intricate parterres.

Rockingham Castle

There are some 18 acres of gardens surrounding the Castle, largely following the foot print of the medieval castle. The vast 400 year old “Elephant Hedge” bisects the formal 17th century terraced gardens. The Great Park hosts many outdoor events with over 145 acres of spectacular countryside.

Oakham and Uppingham are actively involved in the Britain in Bloom awards and both towns are a sea of colour, particularly in the Summer months, tended carefully by dedicated volunteers.

The Herb Nursery

Small traditional family-run nursery specialising in herbs but offering much more including wild flowers, cottage garden plants and scented-leaf Pelargoniums. Extensive collections of thyme, mint and lavender.

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Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens

The Castle is the centrepiece of the estate. It is a large quadrangular house with a central courtyard.

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Rockingham Castle

The award winning Castle and stunning grounds have been readied for the new season.

Rockingham Castle

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Wing Maze

The turf cut maze situated on the edge of the village is reputed to be mediaeval in origin and is one of just eight surviving in England today. Although called a maze it is actually a labyrinth, unicursal in structure and 14 metres in diameter, with just one grass path that winds and back tracks in a circle before finally leading to the centre.

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Gates Garden Centre

Gates Garden Centre has been in our family for more than half a century. Since then it has become an unmissable attraction – one that is loved by people of all ages.

Barnsdale Gardens

Originally created by Geoff Hamilton for the Gardeners’ World TV show, Barnsdale is home to 38 pocket-sized, themed garden ‘rooms’, built in his trademark, practical style, and full of inspiration for garden-lovers of all ages. Go for great ideas for your own outside spaces or simply have fun exploring- there magical hidden corners, ponds full of tadpoles and newts, and an allotment with chickens and giant organically grown veg.

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Burghley House

Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue

Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue is a unique collection of 150 yew trees, most over 200 years old. The Avenue was once the carriage drive to Clipsham Hall, the centre of the Clipsham Estate.

The Herb Nursery

Thistleto, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7RE, United Kingdom

Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens

Grimsthorpe, Nr Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 0LY, United Kingdom

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle Estate, Rockingham, Leicestershire, LE16 8TH, United Kingdom

Wing Maze

Glaston Road, Wing, Rutland, LE15 8RH, United Kingdom

Gates Garden Centre

Somerby Road, Cold Overto, Oakham, Leics, LE15 7Q, United Kingdom

Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue, Exto, Oakham, RUTLAND, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom

Burghley House

urghley Park, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY, United Kingdom

Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue

Castle Bytham Road, Clipsham, Near Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7SE, United Kingdom