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Secret Garden

You certainly won’t need all day to visit this hidden garden but it’s well worth a visit for young... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
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Historic garden

Small but perfectly formed garden in a very old site at the back of Plymouth Barbican. A small... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2018
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Southside Street | Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LA, England
+44 1752 306330
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 April 2010

Nobody ever goes here, up a back street behind the barbican, look out for carved ship on wall. Just as it would have been in Drake's time. free entry

27  Thank wavesport
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

The Elizabethan House is to be found up a tiny alleyway in the heart of the Barbican, number 32 on New Street. It is in beautiful condition externally, with its exposed timbers and beams, but I was disappointed to find it closed for viewing on...More

9  Thank Graham B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had read about these gardens so went to have a look with my Mother in law. Sadly the place looked very neglected and was in dire need of a good weeding of the flower beds. It was an interesting spot despite being small, just...More

Thank peculiarpots
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

You certainly won’t need all day to visit this hidden garden but it’s well worth a visit for young and old. Be aware though that there are steep steps

Thank peterjs74
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

If you have enough time, take a short walk from the Barbicon to add this garden. Although small, it is pretty and adds an understanding of what Plymouth was like centuries ago. The wall plaques detail the history of the neighborhood.

Thank jj435Rye
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Small but perfectly formed garden in a very old site at the back of Plymouth Barbican. A small clipped knot garden and small fountain with several places to sit.

Thank pbhPlymouth
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Beatifully maintained gem, full of history. Peace and quiet in the middle of a busy area. Lovely! Take your friends and family and discover this gem!

Thank Happydevonman
Reviewed 3 May 2018

After climbing the steps to reach the garden, I'm sorry to say but it didn't look that great. Too many cigarette ends and rubbish lying about also the garden was completely lacking in colourful shrubs.

Thank Cat4Me
Reviewed 5 February 2018

A little gem hidden away from the rest of the world (or so it seemed to us!). Such a lovely place to sit and eat a sandwich, watch the rest of the world go by, and see a bit of history. The kids love it!

Thank Barbara J
Reviewed 26 January 2018

Another hidden gem in Plymouth and well worth a visit. A quiet little oasis in the centre of tourist hell. Shhhh, it's lovely and peaceful here.

Thank StrangeTrout
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Friends stumbled upon this secluded garden while staying briefly in Plymouth, and I subsequently visited it on their recommendation. It is a peaceful sun-trap, full of history, nestled near the Barbican. There is a plaque recording the names of 'Pilgrims' who sailed aboard the 'Mayflower'...More

Thank JayTee38
Reviewed 24 July 2017

I was taken to the Elizabethan Gardens by chance and was amazed to find these funny little stone paved courtyards and small gardens on different levels, through the back of some old buildings. A really nice place to sit on a quiet day :-)

1  Thank Textmax
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Joe S
31 August 2015|
Response from Hettie W | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of stone stairs and some water. Is there any public liability insurance or any regard to basic health and safety?
24 June 2015|
Response from Hilly J | Reviewed this property |
There are small vantage points top and bottom where you can see some of the garden and stonework without actually getting further in. I'm not sure who owns or runs this place but it seems that they either paid little regard... More