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Trentham Gardens

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A serpentine park, designed by Lancelot Brown in 1759, with a nineteenth century terrace garden. The house has been demolished and the Trentham Gardens is now a public park. Sir Charles Barry designed an Italian garden beside the lake in 1840. His design has been simplified, but survives. In 2004 the gardens were restored and re-opened under the name Trentham Leisure.

Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, ST4 8AX

All year. Daily except Christmas Day. April to September open 10am to 6pm. October to March open 10am to 4pm.

Adult £7.00 (October to March £5.00)

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  • about 5 years by socks 5 / 5

    the most wonderful, picaresque and quiet place I have ever been! its great for a picnic !!!!!
    a lovely back ground story as well!!!!
  • over 5 years by Selina Botham 4 / 5

    What a feast for the senses this garden is! With areas designed by both my heros in Garden Design Piet Oudolf and Tom Stewart Smith.

    The bridge across the river into the garden is beautiful and sculptural leading into Piet Oudolf's flowing planting and meandering paths is a very relaxing experience which is only slightly spoiled by some rather inspiring sculpture.
    Tom Stewart Smith has used the original layout of the historic gardens and brought them bang up to date with some beautiful perennial planting.
    I visited in early June and the bulbs were still giving a good show. Load of tulips and add greatly to the spring look of a garden and are a good way of ensuring your garden looks as good in spring as it does in summer.

    There were a few rather sad looking show gardens as well, one with a really badly built pond - hopefully this will get fixed soon. The cafe was really nice with great views of the gardens and the lake. There was plenty for children to enjoy and a barefoot walk which was great fun, a hide to watch birds on the lake and plenty of places to but ice-cream if you need a bribe. You could pay extra to go and visits some animals too.
    I can really recommend this garden and would love to go back through all the seasons.
  • over 5 years by Rosalind Rosewarne 4 / 5

    A short stint of house and chicken sitting for friends in sunny Shropshire allowed me ample time to pad round some glorious gardens (including The Dorothy Clive garden and Wollerton Old Hall) in the environs. The last one was Trentham Gardens a huge estate with some spectacular gardens. Think mature meets modern. I visited in the winter last year and was breath taken by Tom Stuart Smith's Italian Garden borders so felt a summer visit to see it all in it's full glory was both appropriate and frankly a must do whilst staying less than an hour away!

    It was heaving with families and kids, HEAVING. I headed along the Trent beside the frothing grass paths and sculpture.

    Coming upon the Piet Oudolf borders is a delight they tantalise along the river path inviting you to explore the wide paths and deep, blocky planting. Somehow there is something much more satisfying about big blocks of plants, not 3's, 5's 8's per Fibonacci but 34's, 55's and 89's (also Fibonacci's but bigger :) )

    Swathes of Echinacea, White Swan and purpurea and probably several other so (no plant list :( ), Eupatorium purpureum, Solidago, Achillea, all colours and sizes, bluest Salvias, stands of Monada's, and pink/purple Liatris amongst them and then, of course with blocks of grasses to form backdrops and punctuations in the floriferous groups.

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  • over 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Visited Trentham Gardens yesterday, and enjoyed every minute. The Gardens are fantastic, the food was good and shopping reasonably priced with plenty of excellent choice. The staff from restaurants to shops were pleasant and helpful., and the toilet facilities were exceptionally clean. All in all, a great day out!
  • over 5 years by Ron Whiteley 5 / 5

    The gardens are, quite frankly, the best that I have seen in the U.K. and the volunteer staff that I spoke to are second to none. Congratulations to all concerned!
  • over 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Wonderful day out for all the family. Enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the lake and enjoyed watching those brave enough to take on the 'barefoot walk'. The main reason for the visit though was to see the gardens - we were not disappointed! Breathtaking prarie style planting. Pleasantly surprised by the 100 ideas gardens also - the vegetable patch was amazing!
  • almost 7 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    My husband and I took our two children to trentham gardens (5 & 8 yrs) for the day during summer holiday, and they loved it. We went on the boat, train and they especially loved the novelty of the bare foot walk, which was fun for us watching them. Lovely kids playground and different types of gardens to explore. We took a picnic. Woodland walks and den area to play in. Bit of a shopping experience for my indulgence at the end. Must say, its not cheap, but then what family day out is? (when you compare to the theme parks, this is cheaper). We also tried the monkey forest, and the kids found boring after 15 mins, so this was a waste of money for us. Really dissappointed as we thought this would be the best bit. Recommend the gardens only, but do each on separate day, as trentham gardens needs a day on its own to be leisurely.
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    rubbish they rip u off
  • over 7 years by Tom Hughes 5 / 5

    I went to Trentham gardens in the summer and had a picnic by the lake with my mum and brother. We kept on getting swarmed by the ducks which was sweet it was a really hot day so we all went and stood by the ice cold water fountain. Great day.
  • almost 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Great day out. Lovely gardens, beautiful lake, shops, monkeys; you name it. Amused by the single bad review out below, which relates to a trip to the garden centre by someone who doesn't like garden centres. Even that has the Duchess of Sutherland's cottage at the back of it!
  • almost 8 years by max who is 13 4 / 5

    I think the gardens are brilliant, Its great for a day out with the family and there are loads of activiteys aswell, such as, boat riding, train ride, fishing, and others.
    I was dissopointed with the food there because it took ages to come and was abit small.Once it was like a peiace of slope errrrr.
    But i have had very good bike rides and long walks there witch was nice and its just great family fun.
  • about 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    I last went to Trentham Gardens when I was about 5 or 6 years old back in the early 80's and it was really neglected back then. So when I went this weekend I was pleasantly suprised. The garden centre and shopping village were very impressive and the main gardens have had extensive work done to them. I had a really good day out pottering about the shops and gardens and I'd definately recommend a visit.
  • over 8 years by Mrs Sue Clarke 4 / 5

    A Fantastic day out ,food is very good value for money.gardens and shops are all displayed beautifull. the staff are all very helpfull.
  • over 8 years by William9 4 / 5

    Trentham used to be one of England's great gardens. Then it went through a really bad period of neglect. Now it has an interesting planting design (I think by Tom Stuart Smith) and it is on course to recover its place in the pecking order of garden designs.
  • over 8 years by Tom 1 / 5

    Overpriced rubbish on sale in the main building which is the 'Garden Centre' If you want to pay £100 or more for a piece of wood tacked onto a metal base then be my guest.
    Had dinner in the 'Italian Restaurant' received a small lasagne which was just slop in a bowl that has been microwaved, it made me feel sick. Oh and they put a small salad with it. I had a better lasagne ready meal from Asda 2 days after eating here, it was tastier and a lot bigger.
    Oh, and the staff all run around the centre like headless chickens with their walkie talkies on the highest volume possible - weird !!
    A complete rip off day out - Avoid !!
  • over 8 years by Melanie 4 / 5

    Great for a family day and flower garden is lovely in the summer!

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