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.Make Sir Harold Hillier Gardens a part of your Romsey vacation plans using our Romsey tour planner.
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Go early in the morning before the sun gets too high, or go on an overcast day. Late March or early April is still too early to capture an abundance of colour. The gardens are very popular with the el... more »
Not the best time of the year to get the full effect of a grand garden, but it is a truely wonderful garden with good ameanaties for all ages and capabilities. Different path types allow easy access f... more »
Very well maintained grounds with simple walks and trails to keep the kids amused. Amazing variety of plants and beautiful colour across the gardens. After a walk the children's tree house and swings ... more »
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.
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