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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

(4.7/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum comprising 72 hectares accommodating over 42,000 trees and shrubs in about 12,000 taxa, notably a collection of oaks, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron.The Gardens are located 5km north-east of the town of Romsey in Hampshire, England, and were formerly known simply as the Hillier Arboretum, founded by nurseryman Harold Hillier in June 1953 when he acquired Jermyns House and its grounds. The arboretum was given to Hampshire County Council in 1977 to be managed as a charitable trust. Sir Harold Hillier was knighted in 1983, just two years before his death at age 80 in 1985.The gardens were added to the Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England in 1997.
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  • We visited here on Xmas eve and our daughter did the bauble trail. We have been here several times and it's a lovely garden to visit. It was very cold though and very busy. I think I prefer it in the ...  more »
  • It's great to walk through the gardens and see the trees , it takes you back to your childhood . Peaceful, there is so much to see that you can't wait to go back and see more and the bits you have mis...  more »
  • We are members here, so often visit on our own, with family members or friends. Always a delight and plenty to do fr the children. Cafe is brilliant. Usually extra exhibitions on. Recommend this day o...  more »
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  • Fabulous gardens on the outskirts of Romsey. There is so much to see that you could easily occupy a day or make multiple visits. I suspect it is very different in the different seasons so look forward to another visit. Well laid out paths and some great play areas for the children. The restaurant provides a good range of light meals and snacks but gets very popular at peak times.
  • Had a fabulous day today here. The weather was glorious and we spent over 4 hours wandering around as there was so much to see. I can't recommend it highly enough. The Centenary Border was superb. We got in on a 2 for 1 Gardeners World card which was an added bonus.
  • For any fan of plants or art, you should definitely take a visit to the gardens as they have a vast array of exotic plants and photogenic views. I found that there are many activities for children to participate in including pond dipping to name just one. The only downside to the Gardens is the lack of any real information behind the art and plants... and as a student working on a project this would have been useful to myself and any other visitor.
  • Beautiful gardens. Would be wonderful to see in the summer. Was here in the autumn. The colours were wonderful.
  • A beautiful setting. Great for a family day out.