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Barnsdale Gardens

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Barnsdale Gardens
The Avenue
LE15 8AH
Phone: 01572 813200
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Barnsdale Gardens are located near Oakham in the county of Rutland. Created by Geoff Hamilton, they were originally home to the BBC's Gardener's World series and are now owned and gardened by Nick Hamilton, Geoff's son.

Barnsdale consists of 38 individual gardens that are linked together with beautiful planting schemes, lawns and pathways to create a unique and inspirational garden. Many areas such as the Artisan's Cottage Garden will be very familiar to people who remember them being created on TV.

Although there are some small steps and many of the pathways are lawned, the site is level and there is wheelchair access to the majority of the gardens. Some of the gardens have a tactile element which combined with the scent and abundant bird song might make them of particular interest to visitors who have a visual impairment. There is also a ramped viewing area overlooking a walled garden.



Gardens and Countryside Facilities

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  • Designated Disabled car parking (5 spaces adjacent to entrance)
  • Hard surfaced car park
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access to entrance (level)
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access into venue (there is level entrance into the ticket office/cafe and a short steep ramp from there into the gardens)
  • Concessionary fee for carer (for formal carers supporting people with disabilities)
  • Prebooking necessary for wheelchair users (For groups)
  • Easy access around ground floor/area of site (see main description)
  • Wheelchair access to gardens/grounds


  • Wheelchair accessible toilet/toilets
  • Grab rails in toilet (NB this has fixed rails either side of the toilet pan which may assist people with some ambulant ability but prevents lateral transfer for non weight bearing wheelchair users - see photo)
  • Easy access to wash basin
  • easy access to hand dryer/towels
  • Wheelchair turning space in accessible toilet
  • Room for carer/carers in accessible toilet (one)


  • Level/ramped access to shop (level into the shop and good access around the nursery)
  • Level/ramped access to cafe/tearoom (level)
  • Accessible counter/cutlery if self service (partial but staff on hand to assist if needed)
  • Sufficient wheelchair access to tables (good space around the tables in the annexe)
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic area
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic table/tables


  • assistance dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair loan/hire (3 manual chairs available NB this is a busy attraction and pre-booking might be advisable at peak times)