Holehird Gardens
Holehird Gardens
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9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Holehird Gardens, home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society, 12 acres of volunteer-run stunning gardens, open every day of the year & a partner garden to RHS. November 2020 Covid-19 update: The gardens will remain open over the winter months. The toilets are open but there are no other facilities for visitors. Please follow government guidelines on hygiene, social distancing and travel. Toilets are being cleaned on a daily basis, with hand sanitiser available at exit doors. We hope you enjoy your visit to Holehird Gardens. We ask all visitors to make a donation of £5 to help with the upkeep of the garden & this, as usual, may be deposited in the collection boxes situated in the car park (close to the sign board) and outside the door to Visitor Reception.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Annette F
    Harvington, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picture perfect!
    This is a beautifully calm and stunning place to spend some time. The gardens are laid out on several, not challenging, levels. Holehird is home to four national plant collections. Colours and shapes of planting make this a picture perfect place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Amanda J
    Blackpool, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A joy to behold!
    Have been encouraged to visit here by several friends and at last we have! The gardens are a credit to all the volunteers who keep these gardens immaculate. There are several national collections here, one of which is the stunning Astilbe collection. The paths lead you into differing seasons and collections, the vistas are stunning taking in lake land fells, mountains and the mighty Windermere! The walled garden is an explosion of colours and variety of plants and flowers. It really must be seen to appreciate this delightful garden. It is free to enter but donations are very much appreciated and needed for the upkeep of the grounds. I applaud the hard work and dedication of the team of volunteers. This place would not exist without their hard work. Thank you all.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Nicole&Jack
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a bloomin’ good time
    An absolutely mesmerising garden that all would appreciate. Beautiful and fulfilling sensory thrill, good for the soul. Although neither of us are into gardening, we both felt transported by Holehird Gardens. The collection of flowers in the different areas / arrangements were exquisitely done. The hillside backdrop only added to the magic. Love that it is a charity and volunteer ran, especially after seeing the amount of work that must go into maintaining it! Also really appreciated the specific arrangements designed to support bees / other insects - both socially conscious and interesting to watch. The rose garden smelt fabulous. A really lovely experience, we spent three hours here :)
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Barrowangel
    Barnsley, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical!
    This was our second visit to Holehird and we picked the perfect day for it. The traffic and amount of people around Ambleside & Windermere was manic so we sought shelter here..and how tranquil and peaceful it was. The views across Windermere to the mountains beyond is breathtaking! These RHS gardens are run purely by dedicated volunteers and they produce the most stunning displays of colour, they have to be seen to be believed. Magical, pure and simple. We’ll definitely be back again next year.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Maureen N
    99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOVELY AND PEACEFUL EVEN ON A BUSY DAY
    It has been quite a while since I last visited Holehird Gardens and it was so lovely to see it again. The volunteers are AMAZING and the day I went must have been a volunteers work day as there were soooo many of them and all working extremely hard. The gardens themselves are lovely and even though many things have now gone over there are still things to see. It is so peaceful too despite there being quite a lot of people around. I was a little disappointed to see that the fountain no longer works and probably hasn't done so for some time. However it certainly doesn't detract from the visit. I, with my husband, actually made it down to Holehird Tarn for the first time ever and there two swans happily swimming on it. Care is needed when visiting here because it can be very slippery and is quite rocky in places. You only catch glimpses of the tarn due to the vegetation but it is so beautiful. I would like to see a small café here so you can get some simple things like coffee/tea and cake, however there are many places not too far away to go. I would recommend a visit, especially I think during the Spring and Summer months when all the flowers are in full bloom - but there is always something to see. I would say about 2 hours would be enough for the visit but there are benches if you want to just sit and enjoy the peace and stay longer.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • iandjonhols
    Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvellous, totally agree
    Would totally agree with the resent reviews of the gardens. A big thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work and time, in keeping everything beautiful - especially the walled garden. We only found out about the gardens, from a previous guest, who had left a leaflet in the cottage that we were staying in. The gardens are situated on the kirkstone pass road, just a short distance outside windermere. There is easy access, with well maintained paths, to most parts and with plenty of seating,it's a joy to spend some time there - because the gardens are elevated, the views across towards windermere are superb. Thank you again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • dianne j
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    What a lovely relaxing way to spend a couple of hours strolling round such beautifully kept grounds with so many common and unusual plants. Got lots of tips of what plants go together and places to plant them. Although we went when some of the plants were cut back I can imagine how it looks in the height of summer. All run by volunteers who must work extremely hard. Well worth a visit if you’ve got green fingers or just enjoy admiring lovely plants.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Gareth Davies
    70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem - a great garden.
    This is a hidden gem. I only visited after Ullswater steamers decided to cancel their sailings at the last minute, and was not expecting to spend more than an hour or so here, but I was taken aback by how much there is to see and how much interesting information there is - it consumed an entire afternoon of my time. For such an excellent garden, it is such an understated place - it is technically free entry although a donation is recommended (which I was more than happy to give) and the car park never had more than about 7 cars in it (so it was lovely and quiet). It is lovely to see a place like this and it saved my day! The staff were very friendly and helpful too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
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Greg
Gateshead, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Nice day out even when the weather wasn’t the best. Very beautiful grounds and affordable. Good day out for all the family.
Written 15 February 2024
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Gareth Davies
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is a hidden gem. I only visited after Ullswater steamers decided to cancel their sailings at the last minute, and was not expecting to spend more than an hour or so here, but I was taken aback by how much there is to see and how much interesting information there is - it consumed an entire afternoon of my time. For such an excellent garden, it is such an understated place - it is technically free entry although a donation is recommended (which I was more than happy to give) and the car park never had more than about 7 cars in it (so it was lovely and quiet). It is lovely to see a place like this and it saved my day! The staff were very friendly and helpful too.
Written 29 September 2023
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Emily B
Hereford, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A gardeners dream! Beautiful gardens to walk around even in late September. The rockery was my favourite, beautifully planted and stunning views.
Written 28 September 2023
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dianne j
Edinburgh, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a lovely relaxing way to spend a couple of hours strolling round such beautifully kept grounds with so many common and unusual plants. Got lots of tips of what plants go together and places to plant them. Although we went when some of the plants were cut back I can imagine how it looks in the height of summer. All run by volunteers who must work extremely hard. Well worth a visit if you’ve got green fingers or just enjoy admiring lovely plants.
Written 17 September 2023
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Julie S
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Totally amazed at the beautiful gardens, purely run by volunteers.
Such a peaceful and tranquil place to visit. Highly recommend that you visit.
Written 16 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

iandjonhols
Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Would totally agree with the resent reviews of the gardens. A big thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work and time, in keeping everything beautiful - especially the walled garden.
We only found out about the gardens, from a previous guest, who had left a leaflet in the cottage that we were staying in.
The gardens are situated on the kirkstone pass road, just a short distance outside windermere. There is easy access, with well maintained paths, to most parts and with plenty of seating,it's a joy to spend some time there - because the gardens are elevated, the views across towards windermere are superb. Thank you again.
Written 15 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Maureen N
99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It has been quite a while since I last visited Holehird Gardens and it was so lovely to see it again. The volunteers are AMAZING and the day I went must have been a volunteers work day as there were soooo many of them and all working extremely hard.

The gardens themselves are lovely and even though many things have now gone over there are still things to see. It is so peaceful too despite there being quite a lot of people around.

I was a little disappointed to see that the fountain no longer works and probably hasn't done so for some time. However it certainly doesn't detract from the visit.

I, with my husband, actually made it down to Holehird Tarn for the first time ever and there two swans happily swimming on it. Care is needed when visiting here because it can be very slippery and is quite rocky in places. You only catch glimpses of the tarn due to the vegetation but it is so beautiful.

I would like to see a small café here so you can get some simple things like coffee/tea and cake, however there are many places not too far away to go.

I would recommend a visit, especially I think during the Spring and Summer months when all the flowers are in full bloom - but there is always something to see. I would say about 2 hours would be enough for the visit but there are benches if you want to just sit and enjoy the peace and stay longer.
Written 14 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Barrowangel
Barnsley, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was our second visit to Holehird and we picked the perfect day for it. The traffic and amount of people around Ambleside & Windermere was manic so we sought shelter here..and how tranquil and peaceful it was. The views across Windermere to the mountains beyond is breathtaking! These RHS gardens are run purely by dedicated volunteers and they produce the most stunning displays of colour, they have to be seen to be believed. Magical, pure and simple. We’ll definitely be back again next year.
Written 11 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nicole&Jack
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An absolutely mesmerising garden that all would appreciate. Beautiful and fulfilling sensory thrill, good for the soul.

Although neither of us are into gardening, we both felt transported by Holehird Gardens. The collection of flowers in the different areas / arrangements were exquisitely done. The hillside backdrop only added to the magic.

Love that it is a charity and volunteer ran, especially after seeing the amount of work that must go into maintaining it!

Also really appreciated the specific arrangements designed to support bees / other insects - both socially conscious and interesting to watch.

The rose garden smelt fabulous.

A really lovely experience, we spent three hours here :)
Written 3 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Amanda J
Blackpool, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Have been encouraged to visit here by several friends and at last we have! The gardens are a credit to all the volunteers who keep these gardens immaculate. There are several national collections here, one of which is the stunning Astilbe collection. The paths lead you into differing seasons and collections, the vistas are stunning taking in lake land fells, mountains and the mighty Windermere!
The walled garden is an explosion of colours and variety of plants and flowers. It really must be seen to appreciate this delightful garden. It is free to enter but donations are very much appreciated and needed for the upkeep of the grounds.
I applaud the hard work and dedication of the team of volunteers. This place would not exist without their hard work. Thank you all.
Written 21 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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