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Lea Gardens

Lea, Matlock DE4 5GH, England
+44 1629 534380
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Beautiful secluded gardens and tearoom

Visited here on Sunday 16thJuly 2017. My friend and I were walking. Stopped here for a drink and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Christine A A
Mansfield, United Kingdom
Amazing Flowers

We visited in late May, and the rhododendrons were AMAZING! The trails seemingly wend their way... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
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Lea, Matlock DE4 5GH, England
+44 1629 534380
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here on Sunday 16thJuly 2017. My friend and I were walking. Stopped here for a drink and look around. So so pleased we did. Had coffee and scones just out of the oven. Absolutely delicious. A young lady served us. So polite and friendly....More

Thank Christine A A
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We visited in late May, and the rhododendrons were AMAZING! The trails seemingly wend their way for miles (it's not really that far) through amazing blooms. It's hard to stop taking pictures. The location is a bit out of the way, but we were able...More

Thank saratojo
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Visited in mid June when the best of the blooms had gone- but readily see what a good display of rhododendrons and azaleas there is in high season. We will visit next year- but noted steep narrow paths and uneven surfaces with irregular steps and...More

Thank 1949etwall
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Rhododendrons are amongst the most magnificent flowering shrubs that thrive in England. Lea Gardens is a spectacular location to experience rhododendrons in all their flowering magnificence. The paths lead you up and down this heavily wooded hillside. Giving magnificent views of masses of rhododendron blooms...More

Thank RoamingWayfarer
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous gardens. Beautiful. I've never seen so many different rhododendron nor did I know there were so many different ones. The coffee shop is a gem. Lovely cake. Worth looking up and finding.

Thank 0798anne
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Four miles of paths in a hillside garden which was a blaze of colour from rhododendrons and azaleas, well worth a visit?

Thank Tranter
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We visited in mid-May when the rhododendrons were at their best. The only word to describe them is 'voluptuous' and to walk between and under them on the winding paths in this old quarry that has been lovingly planted and maintained over the years by...More

Thank nananel125
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We went to see the rhododendrons and azaleas. Wow! So many beautiful flowers and colours. The paths are mostly accessible to wheel chair and buggy but some areas are quite steep. Worth it though. It poured with rain all the while we were there but...More

Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous gardens with meandering paths amongst a rainbow of rhododendron colours plus many other flowers and trees. Beautifully designed and meticulously maintained gardens well worth a visit - bring your camera! I've taken dozens of photos as the light rain added depth to the colour...More

Thank Alison P
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Superb gardens offering a wonderful visitor experience, and not expensive in comparison with other attractions in the area. The garden is well laid out with many paths winding through it. The rhododendrons and azaleas were stunning. Having only just had breakfast, we didn't visit the...More

Thank PeteFellow
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24 April 2017|
Response from phil M | Reviewed this property |
Yes lee gardens is open every day now until the end of August. we spent another lovely afternoon walking around Lee garden yesterday, lots more colour than even three weeks ago, so many azaleas and rhododendrons now in... More
15 August 2016|
Response from Gerard A | Reviewed this property |
Not really. Can view from cafe terrace but not really within garden due to slope
Sharon L
18 July 2015|
Response from Marusja H | Reviewed this property |
I have seen many people with dogs there, so I would say the answer is yes.