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Trentham Gardens (Stoke-on-Trent)
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Trentham Gardens (Stoke-on-Trent)
Date: 24/10/09, updated on 24/10/09 (1979 review reads)
Disadvantages: Most things
I am a local to Trentham Gardens, one of Stoke on Trents not so many attractions, which has changed so much now it is barely recognisable. A bit of history = now a serpentine park, designed by Lancelot Brown in 1759, with a nineteenth century terrace garden. The house has been demolished and the Trentham Gardens is now a public park. Sir Charles Barry designed an Italian garden beside the lake in 1840. His design has been simplified, but survives. In 2004 the gardens were restored and re-opened under the name Trentham Leisure.
There are overpriced shops, a garden centre, overpriced restaurants and a hotel. It used to be a free beautiful open park with a rich history but is now riddled with rubbish shops. Massive rip off and should have been left alone. Had many happy memories of cycling and walking as a child at Trentham, now no bikes allowed and £7 to walk around a small portion of what I'm sure is very beautiful developed gardens, not been in though as I'm quite happy keeping with my memories of the place as it once was.
More info= http://www.trenthamleisure.co.uk/past_present_futu re.html.
Location= Junction 15 of the M6, probably a 15 minute drive away, located in, you guessed it, Trentham going towards Tittensor and Stone. Easily accessible. Address - Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, ST4 8AX.
Opening times = all year. Daily except Christmas Day. April to September open 10am to 6pm. October to March open 10am to 4pm.
Parking= Plentiful parking to the left and right of the roundabout entrance, left is more the overspill parking and therefore could be a little muddy.
Activities= Italian Gardens, which will cost one adult £7 to get in which is ridiculous but I'm sure the gardens are beautiful. Passenger boat= Don't know the price but the lake is only a mile long anyway. 1000 metre barefoot walk, good if you want to get mucked up and trample in puddles!! Aerial Extreme looks brill for daredevils, one of the world's most awesome adventure ropes courses apparently although have not used this. And a couple of other seasonal things, times and prices found here, http://www.trenthamleisure.co.uk/pdf/lake_timetabl e_2009.pdf.
Shops= All based in small log cabins. Consisting of mostly gift shops and clothing shops, all amazingly expensive, in one or 2 they look at you like you are about to steal something so I avoid those shops! Then again I'm probably not typical clientele being young but that should make no differnece. Complete rip off, however there is a nice shop which makes and sells fudge, a must try. Everything else you can get better and half the price everywhere else. Not one for a savvy shopper they prey on tourists, don't get sucked in!! It really isn't worth it.
This is the order it runs in pretty much although this is not a comprehensive list and there are in fact many many more shops=
Cookware shop=Nice stuff, dear and cramped though.
Furniture shop=Lovely shabby chic stuff, dead dear.
Gift shop=Quirky things, not a bad place for a present.
Dog shop=Sells crazy clothes for tiny dogs, not my thing but looks popular
Whittard of Chelsea= Good shop, quality products and good gifts for foodies
Vom Fass=Has rows of oils for sale, no doubt some with mystical powers?
The best of the rest=
Emma Bridgwater shop
Yankee Candle shop
Aromatics which sells nice body care stuff, famous but dear brands
Jewellery shop, nice but you guessed it....
at least another 2 gift shops
Edinburgh woolen mill
Chiropody style shoe shop
Peggy annes sweet shop
I feel like a right moaning git now, that's because I am.
Garden centre=again ridiculous, the prices are crazy, if you don't know any better then by all means stock up here. Big place though, and very good but dear selection of plants and shrubs. Very good in fact. But again too dear. Building itself big. Toilets are fine to use. The only reason
to go in here unless you want overpriced home ware and gifts perhaps. Trentham Garden Centre is the newest and largest addition to the Blue Diamond Group.
Eating=All expensive, massively overpriced especially in the garden centre average five quid for a baguette. 3 different restaurants in garden centre, so a bit of choice. Frankie and Benny's by the entrance is probably the best value although also dear. Would not eat here because the prices will make your eyes water.
Cadwaladers - Traditional ice cream, sundaes, smoothies, milkshakes and a selection of teas, coffees and cakes. Have only tried ice creamand thought it tasted cheap and nasty.
Coffee Revolution - Serving fresh tea, coffee and a selection of cold bottled drinks along with a variety of hot and cold snacks. Ok, on the small side, but prices not too bad.
Cafe Davide - Cafe and wine bar serving freshly roasted coffees, organic teas and a selection of hot and cold Mediterranean food. Table Service. Blimmin expensive, one look at the menu and we went away!
Café Oriel -A range of quality teas, coffees and cold drinks accompanied by cakes and pastries. Cute place set inside a shop, quaint but dear again.
Frankie & Benny's restaurant - A taste of New York, with burgers, grills, pasta and pizza. Fully licensed fun family dining. Good for all the family I think.
Rotisserie - Hand carved spit roasted meat baguettes, breakfast baps, Danish pastries and speciality teas, coffees and cakes. By far the cheapest place to eat, use the word cheapest loosely.
Riverside Rasoi - A choice of hot and cold drinks, snacks, lunches and refreshments served throughout the day. Buffet Style.
Terrazzo del Giardino (Garden Centre) - Traditional Italian food. Table Service. Expensive again.
The Six Arches (Garden Centre) - Carvery / Buffet food. Buffet Style. Far too dear for the food quality and size.
Café Bello (Garden Centre) - Serving coffee and light lunches.
Staying overnight=Hotel situated at the front of the complex. Monkey Forest at the end of the road worth visiting, much better value and you will spend about 2 hours there. Very good. Other than that, no idea why you'd need to stay here!! The whole thing can take about 4 hours tops to thoroughly see everything and the monkey Forest.
Another thing, we had an 'eye' ferris wheel a few months ago and foolishly went on, if it comes back again, be aware that Trentham is in a dip and you cannot see anything interesting at all, some trees, mostly buildings, and the biggest waste of money ever. Was so disappointed considered asking for refund.
Summary? Don't bother!
Summary: Do not bother unlessyou aren't coming far. It's not worth travelling for. Overpriced tat.
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