Gardens to Visit in Cheshire

Arley Hall and Gardens

Arley Hall Double Border

Classic Double Border © David Tranter (CC2)

Early Victorian Jacobean Hall set in traditional gardens, amidst delightful parkland. The gardens contain many unusual plants, trees and shrubs, including over 200 varieties of rhododendrons. The gardens have been designed and maintained by the same family for over 250 years and offer an unique blend of historic and traditional design, with inspired modern additions.

Facilities: parking, shop, plant sales, cafe
Open: April to September
Address: Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6NA
Tel: 01565 777353
Web: www.arleyhallandgardens.com

Cholmondeley Castle Garden

sweeping lawns at Cholmondeley

Sweeping Lawns © pam fray (CC2)

Historic country house surrounded by ornamental gardens with lakes, woodland glades and groves. Dotted with follies, pagodas, temples and other ornamental features. Highlights include a 'Grass Bed' that offers all year round interest, terraces and a lilly pond. Also a traditional rose garden and sweeping lawns edged with colourful mixed borders.

Facilities: parking, picnic area, cafe plants sales
Open: April to September
Address: Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8AH
Tel: 01829 720383
Web: www.cholmondeleycastle.com

Dunham Massey

orangery at dunham massey

© National Trust Images/Joe Wainwright

One of the great gardens of northern England. Enjoy densely planted perennials mixed with hundreds of trees and shrubs. The seven acre winter garden is said to be one of the largest in Britain, where white Himalayan Birches stand majestically above red stemmed dogwood, underplanted with drifts of cyclamen coum and other early flowering bulbs.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, disabled access
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ
Tel: 0161941 1025
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

National Wildflower Centre

wildflower meadows

Wildflower Meadow - Hikaru (CC0)

Devoted to the promotion of new wildflower landscapes and wildlife habitats, set in 35 acres of parkland. See beautiful wildflower displays and a walled garden that produces flowers, seeds and plants. Also a specialist garden planted with medicinal plants and herbs. A promenade deck looks out over seasonal demonstrations. Great for information & planting ideas.

Facilities: cafe, shop, exhibitions
Open: April to September, daily
Address: Court Hey Park, Liverpool L16 3NA
Tel: 0151 738 1913
Web: nwc.org.uk

Ness Botanic Gardens

Calluna vulgaris

Calluna vulgaris - markus53 (CC0)

The Botanic Gardens of Liverpool University. Superb winter garden with heathers and an extensive collection of acid loving shrubs. Natural outcrops of stone, woodland gardens with mature trees (evergreen oak, pines and poplars), many flowering trees, a historic rose garden and a large collection of herbs. Excellent for all year round interest and colour.

Facilities: cafe, shop, garden sales
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Neston, South Wirral CH64 4AY
Tel: 0845 0304063
Web: nessgardens.org.uk

Tatton Park

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden (FM)

Extensive formal gardens surrounding a 19th-c. neo-classical mansion. Famous as the venue for the July RHS flower show. This 50 acre site contains some of England's finest display gardens, including an authentic Japanese Garden. You can also see a formal Italianate Garden, mazes, rose gardens, fernery, walled garden, lakes and woodland walks. Best visited spring/early summer.

Facilities: parking, restaurants, shops
Open: late March to early October
Address: Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374400 - Owned by National Trust
Web: tattonpark.org.uk


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