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Rydal Hall Gardens

Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
+44 15394 32050
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Lovely Little House and Garden

Had to wait 5 minutes for someone to turn up at the admission desk. Used our Gardeners World 2 for... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Stephen T
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Beautiful gardens and grounds

Worth paying the £5 to use the car park, you get a £2 voucher for the tea room. Really beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Keren W
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London, England, United Kingdom
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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 throughout the year. Entry is free, although donations towards garden maintenance and development are greatly appreciated. Designed and built by renowned landscape architect Thomas Mawson, the formal gardens are a fine example of Arts and Crafts design in a wonderful setting.
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“tea room” (18 reviews)
“coffin route” (10 reviews)
“quiet garden” (7 reviews)
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Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
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+44 15394 32050
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"tea room"
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"coffin route"
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"quiet garden"
in 7 reviews
"formal gardens"
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"tea shop"
in 7 reviews
"cakes"
in 10 reviews
"photo opportunities"
in 3 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 11 reviews
"stream running"
in 2 reviews
"lovely cafe"
in 4 reviews
"woodland walk"
in 3 reviews
"nice walk"
in 6 reviews
"sculpture trail"
in 3 reviews
"old school"
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"lovely scenery"
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"couple of hours"
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"front of the house"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Had to wait 5 minutes for someone to turn up at the admission desk. Used our Gardeners World 2 for 1 card. Although the gardens covered a lot of ground there didn't seem to be anything of note. Trees obscured the view of the lake....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth paying the £5 to use the car park, you get a £2 voucher for the tea room. Really beautiful grounds to walk around. The quiet garden and the viewing room to look at the little waterfall were the highlights of the visit here. The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original gardens have been restored and are beautifully laid out in a formal Italian style with terraces and flower beds. There are great views across the fells. Amazingly the gardens are free, but well-deserving of the £3 suggested donation towards upkeep. Combine with a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped off here whilst doing the Coffin walk from Grasmere and well worth a visit. Beautiful gardens , free but they ask for a small donation which we were happy to pay. Visited the Grot which was amazing . Cafe great , lovely coffee and...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

How nice to have somewhere like this be free. We were walking the Rydal Water trail and this was a nice stop to see something other than the lovely scenery. Toilets and Tea Room were a great find half way along our hike. Lovely waterfall,...More

Thank Sylvia A
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Were were a group of 43. Rydal Hall provided us with an excellent sandwich + Bars+ Fruit + cakes + drinks, all of which were much appreciated at a very reasonable cost. The gardens and Terraces are well worth a visit.

Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

We’ve visited the Lakes so many times and driven past Rydal countless times. On this visit I suggested we visit with the dogs and children. Wow what a surprise! It was stunning and we were so fortunate they Mark the resident Chaplin offered to show...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

What a secret little gem of a place, the building is beautiful, as are the gardens, the secret grotto and sculpture gardens are simply enchanting, I would recommend this place for anyone passing by

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Amazing gardens and lands all around that you can just wander about in and explore, and so much life around - it’s really gorgeous. No charge - just 3 quid in a box if you want to support.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

We were walking the coffin route from Ambleside to Grasmere and stopped off at Rydal Hall on the way. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and so peaceful. The grotto by the waterfall is so stunning. Would definitely revisit.

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Trix_L4
9 June 2018|
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Response from Khb72 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can - you can walk but not sure on distance and busses go past so I’d say yes
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Rustle6
18 August 2016|
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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.
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Hannikins
20 June 2016|
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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
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