We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (103)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good36%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tea room”(20 reviews)
“quiet garden”(8 reviews)
“formal gardens”(12 reviews)
Situated in the heart of the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage site, Rydal Hall Gardens have developed from the 1600s until the present day with formal gardens, woodlands and iconic landmarks to explore. The gardens and estate are open daily...more
Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
+44 15394 32050
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 May 2017

The gardens of Rydal Hall are stunning all around. There are many different features. The Italian formal gardens in front of the house, the quiet garden with its walk to the waterfall, the woodland walks to the rear of the house, and the lovely cafe...More

4  Thank alisdairt
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at Rydal Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 26 September 2017

The gardens at Rydal Hall are beautiful and well kept. The Grot and the Waterfalls are spectacular, especially as it had been raining in the morning before we got there. Well worth a visit and very peaceful to walk around. However our visit was somewhat...More

1  Thank Cath54Huddersfield
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at Rydal Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you for your review. We were sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the scone and jam in our Tea Shop. The jams we use are supplied by Claire's Handmade, a local artisan preserve company and are actually "extra jams" meaning that they contain...More

Reviews (172)
Filter reviews
168 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews tea room quiet garden formal gardens coffin route cakes tea shop photo opportunities worth a visit lovely cafe woodland walk christian retreat lovely scenery sculpture trail pretty waterfall small donation pea and mint soup limited parking
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 168 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

Rydal Hall gardens are on a route from Grasmere to Ambleside, for walkers who want to get above and away from the traffic noise of the main road. Identified on maps as the "coffin route", it is actually charming in the sense that it passes...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely spot half way through a walk from Ambleside to Rydal to Ambleside. Lots to explore here without so much as entering any building - lovely cafe overlooking waterfalls, beautiful gardens, bigger waterfall with The Grot (viewing hut) and sculptures in the woods. Something...More

Thank Sean B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on what turned out to be a 16-km walk on the hills circling two lakes out of Grasmere, a lot of climbing and changes in elevation. We had no idea this estate and magnificent grounds and waterfall were on our route, but there...More

Thank Nick M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across Rydal Hall and its gaedens whilst on a walk round Rydal Waters we are so pleased we found it. Its free to enter and explore. There is lots to see the main feature for me is the waterfall absolutely stunning!

Thank Hayleypj85
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with friends today and what a stunning place. The outside of the hall (frontage) is gorgeous. The gardens are beautiful and the waterfalls and grot are otherworldly. Absolutely stunning scenery. The cafe is quite expensive for a soft drink (1.80 a can of...More

Thank Christine K
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Absolutely loved this place as I was on a meditation weekend. The room was lovely with views as exactly as photos show and food was excellent

1  Thank maggiecb1
Reviewed 26 September 2018

On our walk of the Coffin trail we sprung across Rydal Hall. We've often passed it in the car but never went in. Beautiful surroundings and gardens. Worth a visit.

1  Thank debbie2373
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

We visited the gardens on our last day of our holiday. There is so much to see within the gardens sculpture s etc. Excellent place if you are a keen photographer. You are able to get a map of the gardens from within the hotel....More

1  Thank draxxus
Reviewed 16 September 2018

The formal gardens are really well cared for and the cafe provides an ideal resting place whilst walking the "coffin path". We had pea and mint soup and it was absolutely delicious, as was the flapjack.

Thank jeminab
Reviewed 16 August 2018

This is a lovely place to discover and spend some quiet time. The café has good tea coffee and cakes and is average Lake District prices. The Waterfall is worth looking out for too

Thank PaulD3953
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Glen Rothay Hotel
551 reviews
.31 km away
Ambleside Salutation Hotel, BW Premier Collection
1 477 reviews
2.12 km away
Queen's Hotel
370 reviews
2.15 km away
Innkeeper's Lodge, Ambleside, Lake District
281 reviews
2.17 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2 nearby restaurants
The Glen Rothay Hotel & Badger bar
400 reviews
.31 km away
Gandhi's Cafe
129 reviews
2.13 km away
Rattle Ghyll Cafe
722 reviews
2.06 km away
Matthew's Bistro
1 148 reviews
2.12 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 4 nearby attractions
Rydal Mount & Gardens
241 reviews
.88 km away
Dora's Field
56 reviews
.88 km away
Rydal Hall Sculpture Path
17 reviews
.16 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
9 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from RydalHall | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for your enquiry. If you are coming from Ambleside you can take the 555 bus, which will leave you at the bottom of the hill so you will just walk up and Rydal Hall & Gardens will be on your... More
18 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from SkinnyJonny | Reviewed this property |
Yes - dogs are more than welcome in the grounds (we stayed in the Herdy Huts to the rear of Rydal Hall) and in the coffee shop.
20 June 2016|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from RydalHall | Property representative |
We do have lots of parking, and the gardens are open everyday. As ever, there is free entry to the grounds and gardens but donations to enable further work and maintenance are very welcome (suggested £3.00 per person). If... More