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Garden Museum

5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB, England
+44 20 7401 8865
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The Museum was set up in 1977 in order to rescue from demolition the abandoned ancient church of St Mary’s which is the burial place of John Tradescant (c1570 – 1638), the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history. His magnificent and enigmatic tomb is the centrepiece of a knot garden planted with the flowers which grew in his London garden four centuries ago.In 2008 the interior was transformed into a centre for exhibitions and events by the construction of contemporary gallery spaces. Three exhibitions each year explore the making of British gardens, and a programme of over 30 talks and interviews celebrates heroes and heroines from the forgotten plant-hunters and gardeners of the past to the designers and writers in fashion today. Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.The Museum’s garden was created in 1980. At its heart is a knot garden designed by the Museum’s President, The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury (who was then also re-making the gardens at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire). The reason for the seventeenth-century spirit of the design is that our garden also houses the tomb of the great plant-hunters, gardeners and collectors, John Tradescant the Elder and Younger, the rediscovery of which originally inspired the creation of a museum of garden history in the deconsecrated, and then derelict, church of St Mary-at-Lambeth. The knot garden and its surrounds are planted with species introduced by the Tradescants - such as the scarlet runner bean, red maple and tulip tree - and many others grown by them in their Lambeth garden. It is not only historically significant but also a lush and beautiful spot in the centre of London, cared for by a small horticultural team of staff and volunteers.
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5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited on a lovely spring day to see the Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman exhibition, which was a total delight - wonderful paintings, beautifully hung, and even a little sheet of information about which flowers are featured! I was so enchanted that I ended up...More

Thank Violet H
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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Violet Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Museum. I am delighted that you enjoyed our new exhibition 'Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman', you might be interested to know that we are holding a series of talks to accompany the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A quirky museum that gives a very brief introduction to gardening in Britain but, unfortunately, doesn’t make good use of its newly enlarged display areas. The various small displays appear disconnected from each other and fail to provide an overall understanding of the history of...More

Thank EssexColin
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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Colin Thank you for taking the time to review us. I am sorry that you didn't think that the Museum makes the most of the new display areas. Since reopening, we now have much more of our permanent collection on display and three temporary...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

View from the top of the medieval tower is well worth the narrow steps. Look down on Lambeth palace and over to Westminster. Museums itself is an eclectic mix of garden-related items and photos/pictures. Interesting to look round. Garden is fairly average at this time...More

Thank Catriona H
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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Catriona Thank you for taking the time to review us, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum, and particularly the view from our medieval tower. I do hope you will be able to visit us again soon to see...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful museum dedicated to British garden design, housed in a magnificent old church. The recent refurbishment with new extension does not disappoint and has really injected new life into the museum. We stayed for lunch at the new museum restaurant, which was buzzy with...More

Thank Geraldine C
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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Geraldine Thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum, and that you liked the design and space of the Museum following our redevelopment. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed your lunch so much...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the restaurant for a snack and thoroughly enjoyed our cappuccinos and bacon butties. Really lovely place to stop for a bite to eat. The staff are very friendly and polite and the atmosphere is very pleasant. We will return soon. Thank you.

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Jenny Thank you for taking the time to review us, I'm delighted you enjoyed your snack in the Garden Cafe and hope that you will be able to visit us again soon! Best wishes Nicola

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with my mother in law who is a very keen and knowledgeable gardener. Reading other reviews I think we visited at a time when there was a gap between temporary exhibits as there was virtually nothing to see downstairs. However, this wasn't explained to...More

Thank Fiona H
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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Fiona Thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm sorry that you didn't think that there was much to see downstairs; we have the Tradescant's Ark gallery downstairs as well as three temporary exhibition spaces, and our permanent collection is all upstairs....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious homemade food in modern bright environment - great upgrade from the old setting. Well worth a trip

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Jenny Thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the food and environment of the Garden Cafe and do hope that you will be able to visit us again soon. Very best wishes Nicola

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

This modern and attractive museum makes use of the airy space of the old Lambeth parish church to offer a history of gardening in Britain. A pleasant cafe is attached. The subject of labelling is always difficult for museums. I am not sure that the...More

Thank Harold W
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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Harold Thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. Thank you for your comments regarding labeling, this is something that we are looking at for our future exhibitions as we want to ensure that...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

This is the most lovely Museum in a magical setting within a church by Lambeth Palace. It if full of interestinge gardening memorabilia. The Restaurant serves excellent food, the whole experience is delightful it is a hidden gem.More

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Dear Philippa Many thanks for taking the time to review us. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the 'magical' setting and found the content of the Museum interesting. I do hope that you will be able to visit us again, as the Sackler Garden will be...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

We walked to the museum from Westminster, which helps with setting the context of Lambeth Palace to Parliament. The deconsecrated church has been cleverly turned into an exhibition space, with a central area left open so you can still enjoy the architecture and stained glass....More

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum. I'm pleased you came to us up the river from Westminster, it is a lovely walk and I agree, does put the Museum and Lambeth Palace in context. I'm glad you enjoyed the space of...More

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Here's what the website says, and what we paid: Adult: £10 Senior citizen: £8.50 Student/Unemployed/Art Pass: £5 Family (1 adult, 1 child): £12.50 Family (2 adults, 2 children): £25 Children under 6 years: Free The above... More
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