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Dorothy Clive Garden

A51 - Willoughbridge Lane | Willoughbridge, Market Drayton TF9 4EU, England
+44 1630 647237
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Alladins Cave

Just visited today, I think our previous visit was some forty years ago and the gardens have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ian s
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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A little bit of heaven on earth

It was my first visit to these beautiful gardens but don't think it will be my last. A favourite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra T
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This 12 acre garden is a very beautiful Plantsman's Paradise. An exceptionally relaxing place packed with plants of interest throughout the year. A winter garden, laburnum tunnel, alpine scree with pool, rose walk, edible woodland, seasonal borders, large Mediterranean glasshouse and rhododendron filled woodland with waterfall are just some of the highlights you will find here. The garden is both intimate and informal with a network of meandering paths that invite you to explore. Relax in the tearoom with adjoining terrace lawn that affords some wonderful views into the surrounding Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire countryside. A picnic area is also available. The Dorothy Clive Garden is a registered charity. The garden is expressly intended to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public and to support horticultural education. The garden hosts a range of events throughout the year including children's activities. See website for programme.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“gift shop” (17 reviews)
“car park” (21 reviews)
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A51 - Willoughbridge Lane | Willoughbridge, Market Drayton TF9 4EU, England
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+44 1630 647237
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just visited today, I think our previous visit was some forty years ago and the gardens have certainly got a lot bigger than then but walking into the old quarry was still as I remembered,truly like walking into an Alladins Cave of jewels. Magnificent colours,go...More

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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your review. We are thrilled with how the gardens look- a great testament to all that has gone in to them over the years and the amazing foresight of Colonel Clive. Do come again a little later in the year...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first visit to these beautiful gardens but don't think it will be my last. A favourite place of my Mum who said it was a little bit of heaven on earth. With the permission of the Gardens we arrived before opening time...More

Thank Sandra T
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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. I am so glad we were able to help at such a difficult time. The gardens are a beautiful place to sit and think of happy times. We look forward to sharing the garden with you.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my birthday and we normally visited a National Trust Garden, but I found this garden online by pure accident, and I am glad that we went, because what a wonderful garden. Mrs Clive was very lucky to have such a wonderful husband to...More

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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Happy Birthday! and thank you for your review. I am so pleased we could help to make your day special. If you are coming a few times in the year you might consider the annual membership where you get 12 months free entry for the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This garden is wonderful in any season, Spring especially with all the blossom, scents and promise. The tearoom serves well prepared and tasty meals and snacks. On sunny days the south facing garden terrace offers views over the garden a fine place to enjoy refreshments...More

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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. It is always good to receive such positive feedback and to hear how much our visitors have enjoyed their time with us. The Garden is certainly very beautiful at this time of year. The Magnolias, Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas are...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Visited this garden on a truly awful day, it was obvious it should have been fabulous but the weather was not doing us any favours. So we'll have to come back to the garden another time, BUT we had lunch in the cafe which was...More

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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Thank you for your review and apologies for the weather - at least the tea room made up for some of that. As I write the sun is shining and the garden looks truly beautiful so come quick! Annual membership costs the equivalent of 2...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Always delightful garden I have been visiting for many years going back to when it was just the quarry planted with Azalias and Rhodedendrons and an honesty box at the entrance ! Now much more to see and pleasant shop and tea room tooMore

Thank Michael C
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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the gardens. Lovely to hear that you approve of the developments. It is important to maintain the serenity of the gardens and develop sympathetically. You might be interested to know that we are having a...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

I booked afternoon tea for my mother, my sister, my partner, daughter (under 3) and I this last Sunday. My partner was wary as being vegan,offerings are often very limited (and mother's day in general is bad for him having lost him mother a few...More

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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you so much for such a positive review - always lovely to receive but especially when it is such an important day as Mother's Day. The Tea room pride themselves on being able to meet special dietary requirements with special food. If it is...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Had a wonderful Mothers Day afternoon tea. We were a group including a vegetarian and a vegan and everyone was catered for. It is actually the first time I have seen a vegan being catered for so well (he was even given extra scones to...More

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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your Mothers Day visit. The Tea room staff put a huge amount of effort into making everybody welcome which includes catering for all dietary requirements. Look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Amazing......visited with my mum and mother-in-law for afternoon tea. A lovely selection of sandwiches, savouries and cakes, unlimited tea or coffee along with the best scones with clotted cream and jam you will ever taste. The staff are very friendly. Definitely worth a visit. My...More

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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for such a lovely review. We are thrilled you all enjoyed your visit so much - especially important on Mothers Day. The Tea room staff definitely do a wonderful job. I can assure you the garden is just as beautiful! Look forward to...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Wonderful garden is all I can say. I’ve seen it in all seasons and never disappointed. Worth visiting in May to see Azeleas and inhale their scent.

Thank aliceaherne
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54kathryn, Manager at Dorothy Clive Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thank you for such a positive review. What a lovely start to 2018! We very much look forward to welcoming you back again later in the year.

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