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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  • August 21, 2017
    Since having my date here with my current partner we visit often as the gardens are one of the best around. The garden constantly changes and each time we visit it looks different. My partner also gav...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    This is purely a review on the Thai street food set up offered in the entrance courtyard , Absolute rip off , partner and I had aTapas dish ( £4 ) two small flat Lukewarm slices of chicken breast on a...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Very popular and therefore very busy on the day I went there but that did not detract from the beautiful displays of flowers and shrubs. Especially the tranquility of the area around the Gurka Memoria...  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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