Holehird Gardens, Windermere

Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Holehird Gardens is an extensive 10-acre site located near Windermere, Cumbria, England. It is the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. The garden consists of a large variety of plants, particularly those suited to the local climate with its high rainfall. It is made up of extensive rock and heather gardens, alpine houses, and a walled garden which is of particular interest for its herbaceous borders. It was once voted by BBC gardeners to be one of the nation's favourite gardens.
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  • We've had holidays in Windermere in past years and we thought that we knew the area well but prior to this year's visit we did some research on Tripadvisor and found an entry for Holehird Gardens...  more »
  • What a little gem these gardens are! From the walled garden to the rockery and herbaceous borders overlooking the lake it was a delight even in autumn. Unusual plants - a shame the plants to buy...  more »
  • Another late September visit (27th) and blessed with fabulous weather once again. The gardens were beautiful and the views spectacular. It’s good to see how the gardens are constantly evolving...  more »
  • What a wonderful find! We visited on a rainy day and the gardens were beautiful! Very peaceful and a relaxing place to visit. Well done to all the volunteers who look after the gardens so well.
  • Beautiful place, lovely flowers and plants of various varieties. The garden is beautifully structured and magnificently laid out. If you love nature this is a must see place. The views of lake Windermere ain't bad either!
  • A nice garden that was laid out well. Access to most areas was reasonable, but not everywhere is wheelchair accessible. A fantastic collection of plants.
  • We were fortunate to visit on a lovely sunny day and really enjoyed these gardens. Lovely mix of formal and informal gardens with fabulous views across to Windermere. Make sure to take the short walk down to the garden's very own tarn in a very peaceful and natural setting.
  • Beautiful garden not too far from Windermere. And it’s free! There’s a box by the walled garden for donations. Spent a very enjoyable couple of hours here on a lovely sunny day. Small car park (but ample on the day we visited) and the gardens were not crowded. Great views from the area below the Leonard Cheshire building (no public access). Small area with plant sales - couldn’t resist. Peaceful.

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