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RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor

A Day Lost in the Beauty of RHS Garden Rosemoor

Tucked into a tranquil valley near Great Torrington, RHS Garden Rosemoor brings together formal gardens, woodland walks, tempting eateries and inspiring exhibits to delight all the senses. Wander through fragrant rose gardens filled with over 1,500 varieties, relax beside peaceful lakes, and get inspired by innovative displays in this renowned Royal Horticultural Society garden paradise in North Devon.

With family trails, wildlife discoveries and magical musical light shows, time melts away wandering these artistic, ever-changing gardens. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit.

RHS Garden Rosemoor house

Getting There

RHS Garden Rosemoor lies around 8 miles north of Tiverton, just off the A3124. It sits midway between the villages of Warkleigh and Thorverton, tucked into a sheltered valley. Well signed from main routes, it has a free car park on site.

By Car

Driving takes around 25 minutes from Exeter. Leave the M5 at Junction 27 and follow signs onto the A361 towards Barnstaple before turning off towards Rosemoor.

On Foot

While remote, you can walk to Rosemoor by public footpaths from Great Torrington (4 miles) or Bideford (7 miles). Ask staff for route maps.

Opening Times and Prices

Rosemoor Gardens open daily all year round from 10am – 6pm in summer and 10am – 4:30pm in winter (closed Christmas). Last entry 1 hour before closing.

Admission is £15.30 for adults, £7.60 for children over 5, and free for RHS members. Some special events like music nights carry an added charge.

The Formal Gardens

Beautifully designed formal plantings make up the core of Rosemoor’s gardens, helping to justify its reputation as one of England’s horticultural highlights:

  • The Rose Garden – Over 1,500 rose varieties bloom amongst arbours and lawns. Take in the heavenly fragrance at its peak in early summer.
  • Delphinium Garden – Tall spires of delphiniums and lilies create a vision of blues June-July.
  • Cottage Garden – Overflows with traditional blooms like hollyhocks, roses and poppies against cosy brick walls.
  • Fruit and Vegetable Garden – Admire sculptural supports training ripe tomatoes, espaliered apples and more.

Whatever the season, there’s always colour and interest flourishing at Rosemoor’s core.

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Woodlands and Lakes

Beyond the formal gardens, enchanting woodland walks and peaceful lakes offer contrast:

  • Bluebell Walk – An idyllic woodland carpeted in bluebells during late spring.
  • Winter Garden – Bright bark, fragrant viburnum and colourful winter stems bring life.
  • Rhododendron Walk – Winding path below blooming banks of rhododendrons.
  • Two tranquil lakes – Relax watching birds and fish while kids play in streams.

Meandering along the trails reveals magical garden rooms and secluded corners to inspire you.

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Family Activities

Rosemoor incorporates trails and zones tailored for younger visitors:

  • Tree Trail – Identify 15 types of trees around the gardens.
  • Fairytale Garden – Young kids can search for Fantastic Mr Fox and other characters.
  • Play Zone – Natural play structures like willow hideouts, balancing logs and a performance stage.
  • Musical Garden and Talking Pots – Interactive sound exhibits.
  • Family Backpacks – Explorer resources for garden missions.

From toddlers to teens, Rosemoor offers outdoor activities for curious minds.

Shows and Events

Special seasonal happenings bring Rosemoor alive:

  • Sculpture Exhibitions – Thought-provoking installations.
  • Apple Weekends – Celebrating autumnal harvest time.
  • Christmas Illuminations – Enchanting after dark lightshows choreographed to music.
  • Workshops – Learn skills from botanical art to gardening tips.
  • Outdoor theatre – Comedy, music and family shows during summer.

Timed to complement the passing seasons, the dynamic events calendar ensures something new to enjoy on each visit.

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Visitor Facilities

The Garden Kitchen serves seasonal light lunches, savoury snacks and cakes using produce grown at Rosemoor. Picnic lawns dotted around invite al fresco eating.

The plant centre sells homegrown blooms while the gift shop has tools, ornaments and memorabilia. Little Explorer zones cater for babies and toddlers.

However you choose to spend your time wandering, RHS Garden Rosemoor’s myriad delights leave you restored by nature’s beauty whatever the season. It’s easy to lose hours immersed in this verdant creative haven.

RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Complete Gardeners Manual

The RHS Complete Gardener’s Manual is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide for garden enthusiasts of all levels. This book everything from planning and sowing to planting and growing, making it an essential companion for both novice and experienced gardeners. With expert advice from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the book offers valuable insights on plant selection, maintenance, and care. It also includes step-by-step instructions, stunning illustrations, and a wealth of practical tips to help readers create and maintain beautiful and thriving gardens.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed? – No dogs are allowed, unless they are assistance dogs.

Is the parking free? – Parking is included in the entry price, but if you can show that your whole group came without a car, there is a 30% discount

Other Nearby Attractions

  • North Devon Wake Park – Fun family day out at this aqua park on Tiddlers Lake featuring obstacles and inflatables to traverse by wakeboard or canoe.
  • Okehampton Castle – Impressive medieval ruin with interactive exhibits bringing history to life. Great for kids and set amidst picturesque Dartmoor scenery.
  • Tiverton Castle – Well-preserved Norman era fortification, now a historic house museum with expansive gardens and grounds to explore.
  • Arlington Court – Elegant Regency mansion once home to the Chichester family, set in acres of parkland and home to the National Trust Carriage Museum.
  • Milky Way Adventure Park – Top family theme park with over 100 rides/attractions from rollercoasters to farm animals. Located near Bideford.
  • Big Sheep – Family attraction with shows, exhibits and sheep races. Opportunity to walk with alpacas and feed lambs.
  • Clovelly – Picturesque ancient fishing village with cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages cascading down a steep hillside to the harbour.
  • Hartland Abbey – Historic stately home with ornamental gardens, woodland walks, and medieval monastery ruins in a scenic coastal setting.
  • Rock Park Gardens – Subtropical gardens in Barnstaple housing exotic plants. Stone sculptures dotted throughout the lush grounds.

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