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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 360+ 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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  • Amazing collection of trees on well-laid out paths and grounds. Each tree is clearly marked, and 'plants of current interest' highlighted on the walks - whether specially in bloom, or changing colour....  read more »
  • Beautiful gardens, plenty to see and many little gardens within the gardens. Cake at the main cafe and cake at the house were both very nice. Didn't see all of the gardens but will be back to see them...  read more »
  • Thoroughly recommend Hillier Gardens to everyone. So much to see. Wonderful to visit throughout the year. 
  • Beautoful gardens - easy to get around both on foot and also by wheelchair OR electric buggy which their hire out! Very reasonable cafe and masses of seating and park areas to laze in and look at the flowers, and wonderful sculptures there. Staff very helpful and freindly thanks for a great afternoon out.
  • Really nice place to visit and walk. Have been a number of times in different seasons and always nice to walk around. Great for children to run about and enjoy the outside. Coffee shop serves meals, drinks and cake. Nearly always have a slice of something and a tea after a walk. Very clean and tidy. Normally some kind of art exhibition in the entrance and always have a look around. There is lots of parking so never a problem and you can also park up and use the outside grass area for a picnic without having to pay to go in. Garden centre has a huge range of plants and other items. Always worth a visit.
  • "Must see" if you like flowers or interesting trees. Best with nice weather, but you can enjoy this place even when a bit windy :-) Be ready to spend few hours, you will not regret it.
  • You can spend the whole day at the gardens where the kids will enjoy being outside surrounded by nature. Upgrading to an annual membership was a no brainier as under 12's attend free, and it also grants you free access to some other gardens as a bonus.
  • A nice cafe and beautiful gardens to walk off the cake. Have an annual pass and there is something different to see on every visit.
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