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Published August 7th 2020
If you are looking to spend the day outdoors, enjoying lovely walks and beautiful plants, RHS Rosemoor is the place to visit. Just off a country road in Torrington, North Devon, RHS Rosemoor is set within a valley and covers a large area made up of formal gardens, open spaces and woodland walks. It is recommended that you wear comfortable footwear for walking to make the most out of the gardens so you can really explore. Rosemoor is one of four main RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) gardens in the UK. There is always something to enjoy all year round, in every season. There are themed exhibitions and even night time illuminated walks in the winter evenings. It is, however, unarguably enjoyed most in the peak of summer, when the flowers are in full bloom and at their most spectacular. On a hot sunny day, it is the perfect place for a scenic picnic.
There is plenty of free parking available for visitors, as the majority of people arrive by car. There are also facilities to secure your bike if you prefer to cycle to the gardens. There is a charge for admission before entry, or alternatively, you can get an annual membership which allows unlimited access to all the RHS gardens. This works out good value for money if you plan on visiting several times a year or want to visit the other gardens too. The membership has other benefits such as certain discounts, monthly magazines and expert gardening advice available over the phone. Currently, there is an online booking system to prebook your tickets and time slot for your visit.
As you enter the ticket admissions, there is a large cafe with outdoor seating. To the other side, there is an area designated to exhibitions hosted by the garden. The start of the visit leads to an open pathway and staircase, that looks directly onto the formal gardens. The area is well signposted and maps are provided at admission. You can choose how you choose to explore but starting with the formal gardens is a good option.
The formal gardens are all themed and have their own structure. There is a beautiful array of flowers in the summer and the rose gardens, in particular, are spilling with colour of beautiful bold roses. This is a great place to stop and admire the plants, with benches dotted around to sit and relax. This is also the ideal spot for photography, you can really get up close and take shots of the blooms. Throughout the garden, there are always staff working on the displays. They are always friendly and helpful when you ask them for information and also some general gardening advice.
Surrounding the formal garden, are paths that lead to different areas of Rosemoor, there is a woodland walk towards the back of the gardens for those that have a little more time and like to explore. There are also pathways leading to other themed gardens such as the Mediterranean garden. There is also a great deal of open field areas and also a large lake. There are plenty of spots to sit and have a picnic as well as many benches placed around the gardens.
Along the path close to the entrance, there is also a refreshment booth where you can purchase drinks and snacks. Further down in the gardens there is a small cafe serving cream tea in the most beautiful setting. You can get a hot drink here and a slice of cake too if your fancy.
There are also a few self-catering holiday apartments available with the garden if you wish to book these and extend your visit. They over the benefit of being able to visit the gardens outside of normal opening hours. The apartments themselves are located in the most beautiful setting if you really wish to escape to a scenic retreat.
There are two allocated play areas for children within the garden too. One section if found in the shade of woodland area. There are picnic benches and climbing activities for children to enjoy. Another play area can also be found further out in the gardens, with a large wooden pirate ship sculpture for children to play on.
At the far end of the garden is a vegetable plot with a large greenhouse. It is lovely to visit and see lots of varieties of fruit and vegetables growing here. All produce is also seasonal, if you go in autumn you can see some lovely pumpkins! This is a good fun area for children to learn and explore.
At the end of your visit, you will come to the garden plant shop full of live plants, seeds and other materials needed for gardening. There is a large variety to choose from, for every range of budget. There is also a gift shop full of delightful souvenirs and gifts from your visit. Including beautiful fragrances for yourself and the home, kitchenware, local food produce, toys and books.