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Rydal Hall Gardens

Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
+44 15394 32050
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Garden with a view.

Tranquil garden in a beautiful setting near Rydal church and Dorothy’s Field (host of golden... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helen H
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Very well kept gardens

Loved the gardens while staying nearby. Very well kept with a lovely walk around the peace/quiet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tim_in_Norton
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York, 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” (20 reviews)
“quiet garden” (9 reviews)
“formal gardens” (11 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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"quiet garden"
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"formal gardens"
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"coffin route"
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"cakes"
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"tea shop"
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"photo opportunities"
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"worth a visit"
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"stream running"
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"lovely cafe"
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"woodland walk"
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"nice walk"
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"lovely scenery"
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"christian retreat"
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"pretty waterfall"
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"sculpture trail"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tranquil garden in a beautiful setting near Rydal church and Dorothy’s Field (host of golden daffodils). Cafe for refreshments is good too.

Thank Helen H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the gardens while staying nearby. Very well kept with a lovely walk around the peace/quiet garden. The waterfall is fantastc and well worth a look. Also the walk in the woods is not to be missed and the remade game larder and ice house...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rydal Hall is used as a Christian retreat, these days, so your experience of the house itself is restricted to the external appearance. It is a handsome, relatively small mansion house and is surrounded by beautiful, meticulously tended terraces containing formal gardens. The wider grounds...More

Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Thank Stephen T
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 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

Thank Keren W
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

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 23 May 2018

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

Thank wchops
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

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

Thank Khb72
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Trix_L4
10 June 2018|
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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
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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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