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Elizabethan Gardens

1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9451
+1 252-473-3234
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Rude Staff, Unkempt Grounds

At first glance and upon entry near the gate, it looks beautiful. However, after strolling through... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Justin N
via mobile
Wonderful Venue

If you haven't visited Elizabethan Gardens, you must add it to your bucket list. The gardens are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Fanciful and elaborate gardens were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Our garden was created for your enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago. The Elizabethan Gardens is a project of the Garden Club of North Carolina. Located 15 minutes from Nags Head, North Carolina. Special features include: Italian renaissance statuary, water views, gift shop and plant sales, mobile phone audio tour. Plant collections include: native plants, azaleas, crape mrytles, hydrangeas, conifers and seasonal blooms. Our dapple-shaded paths and lush green Scape offer a tranquil retreat from the beach. We are pet friendly. Our walkways are handicap accessible.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“full bloom” (16 reviews)
“sunken garden” (12 reviews)
“winter lights” (10 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1411 National Park Dr, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9451
+1 252-473-3234
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

At first glance and upon entry near the gate, it looks beautiful. However, after strolling through the rest of the gardens most of the fountains did not work and were filled with stagnant black water. The pan-flute statue/fountain was upturned and lying on its side...More

Thank Justin N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you haven't visited Elizabethan Gardens, you must add it to your bucket list. The gardens are lovely in every season. If you are here in December, be sure to attend Winterlights. The gardens are aglow with Christmas Lights.

Thank CyndyJoPo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was on my MUST DO list when visiting the banks. Unfortunately, the only time we were able to go it was sprinkling and gradually started raining while we were there so we left without walking the whole area. However, the gardens are beautiful (despite...More

Thank bubadangel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Imagine being able to experience a gorgeous garden as Queen Elizabeth I would have seen it! Winding paths take you to beautiful settings and good news, you don't have to buy one of those awkward handheld ear sets -- just dial the number given you...More

Thank NNKVirginia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have not seen an old English garden then this is a good place to do so. It will make you want to build one until you realize the upkeep. Definitely a cute place to go

Thank Average_jay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent only an hour or so touring the garden, but you could take longer if desired. It is a charming garden, full of things to see no matter the year.

Thank Debbi D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'll never forget this beautiful garden. Not only is it gorgeous with flowers and statues but I was proposed to here! What a perfect place to have it happen!

1  Thank randyc776
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love to stroll the gardens on a late spring day when all the flowers are coming to bloom. A very tranquil and relaxed atmosphere

Thank brianbollwage
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens are just beautiful...and I'm the one in the family with the black thumb and no interest at all in gardening. It was just painstakingly laid out in both sun and shade, well detailed in terms of flora and fauna, and there's even a...More

Thank Janine H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in August. Entrance is beautiful & colorful, gift shop terrific. Inside the gardens however, it looked dry & not much in bloom. Mosquitoes were nasty in early afternoon so bring or buy repellant. Statues were interesting but fountains & many areas appeared to need...More

Thank tshire
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Questions & Answers
11 July 2017|
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Response from Jamie W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no stairs or anything, flat paths throughout :)
25 April 2017|
Response from Carl C |
Thanks for your interest in the Gardens. Currently we do not sell items online. Is there something we could help you with? We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.
2 February 2017|
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Response from Carl C |
Indeed you can bring a lunch into the Gardens. Starting in May we have a food truck on site that has amazing food. We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.