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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 2 days ago via mobile

I’m a keen gardener and looked forward to this visit suggested by my daughter. It seemed to be a collection from the back of someone’s shed and garage, cleverly labelled and described but not very informative. What was there presumed gardening stops at Watford gap....More

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Britta I am so sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to the Museum. We work hard to ensure that the interpretation of our collection is interesting and relevant. Our galleries upstairs include garden design, the history of gardening and gardeners, public...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking forward to visiting as I had read about John Tradescant and his son. Also the discoveries in the crypt. Its a bit of an awkward space to curate and I seemed to spend a lot of time walking back and forward and...More

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Burtie Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Museum. I am delighted that you chose to visit the Museum having read about the John Tradescants (Senior and Junior). The Ark Gallery was created to tell the fascinating story of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is expensive and nowhere did I see there would be a service charge. Hence one small cheese salad and two teas cost £19.20.More

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. Thank you for raising your concerns. I have spoken to our Cafe Manager who has said that the optional service charge is mentioned on the bottom of all of our menus. Please do get in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bright open cafe great cake and food they were making for lunch smelt and looked amazing! Would certainly go back

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum; I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Garden Cafe and do hope that you will visit us again soon. Very best Nicola

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful old church adapted to house the museum. Permanent exhibition upstairs & 2 temporary exhibitions downstairs. Plenty of activities for children. 2 film displays - one of 6 gardens & the other of 6 gardeners. The draw for us was the Cedric Morris exhibition...More

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Gerry Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the collections and exhibitions - particularly Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman. I am sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience in the Garden Cafe,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant eclectic museum but is overpriced - you would be pushed to spend more than an hour looking around. The disappointment was the cafe and toilets. We only wanted tea and cake but after half an hour waiting gave up and left. The toilets...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went with 9 other people as a pre-booked party, and we knew it would be a self-guided tour. However, we were met (late) by someone who could have welcomed us and explained about the Museum. Instead he just gave us a minimal guide and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a charming place! Hidden away in a refurbished church next to Lambeth Palace, opposite the Houses of Parliament, is this little haven of peace and tranquility. It's not big - you'll probably spend an hour or so here - but it's full of history,...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us, I'm glad that you found us and that you enjoyed the Museum and cafe on your. I do hope you will be able to visit us again soon - possibly for our new exhibition about the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This café is part of the recent extension to The Garden Museum next to Lambeth Palace. It is an attractive building, constructed around a courtyard. It is simply decorated. We popped in late on a Tuesday afternoon. The staff could not have been more friendly...More

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

Dear Roland Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Museum. I am so pleased you enjoyed the Garden Cafe when you visited and do hope that you will be able to visit us again soon. Very best wishes Nicola

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit and we found a hidden gem of a museum of garden history in just the right place - where the Tradescants were buried. The church refurbishment is very sympathetic and houses its treasures well, including some items from the Tradescants' Ark....More

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Nicola P, Press and Marketing Officer at Garden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Ursula Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Museum. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the Museum, in particular, the Ark Gallery with items which belonged to John Tradescant. I am delighted that you enjoyed the Sackler garden....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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