The walks around the garden are perfect for those that like a little gentle walk as there are no hills to climb and there are plenty of signposts to help you find your way around.
Once you’ve built up your appetite with a walk around you can sit and relax in the little cafe, Cafe Monet, where you can enjoy a piece of cake and a coffee or if you are a little more hungry you can have your lunch here which is made with locally grown produce.
There is an admission cost to enter the grounds so it is worth getting there when you have time to walk around when the sun is still shining and the water lilies are fully open. Around midday is a good time to go to get the best of the gardens. You can expect to pay around £7.00 in the low season and £8.00 in the high season for adults and £3.50 and £4.00 for children over 4 years old. This is a little pricey for what essentially is a walk around a park, however, the place is very beautiful when its sunny so its an attraction not to be missed.
You will find Bennetts Water Gardens open from March 30th until September 30th and are open between 10am and 5pm. Saturdays are closed for them to hold private functions, such as weddings.
I love beautiful gardens and when I saw that a National Water Lily Collection was in Dorset I just had to pay a visit. The gardens are at Chickerell near Weymouth and are easy to get to from places like Bournemouth. Well maintained grassy pathways lead to ponds filled with lilies. It was a beautiful place to spend an afternoon and felt as though I was walking through a series of Monet paintings. The Japanese Bridge is an excellent photo stop for a selfie or two. There are woodland walks here too in this very relaxing and tranquil spot. I also enjoyed the museum detailing some of the local history around Chickerell. It is a lovely place to spend some time just relaxing and wandering around the lily ponds. After a visit there I felt inspired and completely refreshed. What a pick me up that was.
Where is Bennetts Water Gardens?