Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

#1 of 43 in Historic Sites in Alabama
Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a former holiday fishing camp, features meandering paths among azaleas, camellias and annuals-filled beds--as well as a 15-room English Renaissance house. Prominent architect George B. Rogers designed the home and gardens for the Bellingraths in 1935. He and Bessie Bellingrath collected camellias and azaleas from across the South to enliven the garden. Stop by the fountain plaza--an artesian spring that has been contained and redirected into pleasing runnels to the Mermaid Pool, Grotto and Fowl River. Climb the steps of the rockery to see the terraced pools and waterfalls. Take time to explore the Bellingraths' home and its original furnishings. Arrange to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home and other attractions in Theodore using our Theodore trip itinerary builder.
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  • July 28, 2017
    Take an afternoon and stroll through the grounds of this Colonial home and sensational gardens, flora and fauna of dozens of types. Located just a few minutes outta Mobile. Visit the house also, many ...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    we had to park out a ways but they have little trolley carts that pick you up and take you to the gate and when your done back to your car again. The lights were absolutely amazing and so worth walkin...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Went during the heat of the summer, but it was still so beautiful. The house is a must see, don't skip it.  more »
  • May 31, 2017
    Was surprised about the ticket price, but once we went in we realized it was worth it! This place is beautiful and we will definitely be back! Unfortunatelly we were on a tight schedule and had to do a quick, power-walked tour. The plus side being that they have a self-guided tour you can do on your phone (they put the number to dial on each spot on a sign). But if you come here make sure you have plenty of time to walk around and enjoy this amazing place and all the different varieties of flowers! Also, if you are into photography bring a good camera, it has some amazing views!
  • July 7, 2017
    I was in Alabama on vacation and looking forward to the Bellingrath home and garden tour. After paying, we walked direct to the house to be on time for the house tour and were going to walk through the gardens after. Then a door by the water fountains and drink machines slammed on my foot catching it between the heavy door and the brick door jam. The skin on both sides of my foot was broken and it was swelling. The woman who had sold us the tickets didn't want to give us a refund for the garden tour because we had to technically walk through them to get to the house (even though we didn't get to see anything). After talking to someone else about insurance information (I had to go to the hospital to make sure my foot wasn't broken since it was swelling so badly- and they gave me no information on the insurance. She just said " they'll contact you in a timely manner." She couldn't tell me if that meant hours, days or weeks.) Then we were left in a dining room with no direction on how to get back to the front door to leave. When I asked how to get out and where the bathroom was located I was as told "no one's going to carry you to the bathroom." The management staff was so rude and unprofessional that I have no desire to ever visit Bellingrath gardens in the future. They need lessons in customer service.
  • April 18, 2017
    Everyone was so friendly and the gardens were breathtaking. We went in April and all the flowers were bloomed for the most part. They keep up with the gardens well. The gift shop lady was so sweet to us leave our bags with her while we went and walked the garden a second time. The ladies in the food court were so sweet to us as well. My mother and I kept commenting how sweet they are. Definitely will be back again
  • July 7, 2017
    Was told we needed to hurry to catch tour of house starting at 11:00. We didn't look at gardens due to my problems walking and were trying to get to house. A little early, so we went to porcelain shop to stay cool. Drinks were outside of this section with steps down not smooth after opening heavy door. My daughters foot got stuck between door and brick step coming back in. This section needs to be fixed. She was badly hurt on foot, bleeding and bruises plus swelling. Missed house tour and gardens, brought back to main enter section through back door. All staff good till asked for refund. Good thing I was videoing. Didn't want to give full refund, said the walk to house let us see some garden. Have full refund after told I was videoing. Gave info for hospital and then we were disregarded with bad attitude from staff. Asked for way out and the lady said "we can't carry her". I said you can at least escort us to the door. We left and went to hospital. I had to make drive back six hours to home by myself since my daughter couldn't drive with injured foot. Not easy with my hips both replaced recently.
  • May 14, 2017
    My husband, his mother and I just returned from a visit. We enjoyed the gardens and the tour of the home. Everyone was very nice, helpful and informative. The gardens and home are beautiful! We had a great lunch at the cafe. The gift shop is stocked with a nice selection of gifts.

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