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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

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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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  • A beautiful walk looking at all the fauna and flora. Great sculptures dotted all over. The tree house play park is the best part of the park for kids. Just be aware my kids arrived with scooters and w...  more »
  • Extensive well kept grounds with easy walking and plenty of benches to rest on while you enjoy the views An exhibition of lovely sculptures but were very expensive to buy  more »
  • We really enjoyed our day out here visiting with our four children aged 6 months, 4, 7 and 9. We got there and had our picnic by the car. Often places don't have picnic areas by the car park but this ...  more »
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  • Always lovely to wander amongst these gardens. I love the art installations that are featured and displayed regularly. These are my favourite gardens which always quieten the mind and refresh the spirit. Very nice eatery near the entrance with good reasonably priced grub. The main house offers coffee and cake etc with nice secluded garden. Plenty of parking.
  • Excellent way to relax and unwind while walking around the extensive gardens. The vistas change weekly from spring to winter. You can easily stay all day.
  • Very elegant tea room, serving food quality tea, coffee and cakes (and light meals). Lovely ambience overlooking the gardens.
  • This place is vast! Lots to see, especially in the Spring with all the camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. Great gardens and well maintained.
  • This is a great place to spend a lovely day with a picnic. The grounds are very well-kept, there is a tree house for the children, and there are often exhibits and classes.

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