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Ness Botanic Gardens

Neston Road, Ness, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 4AY

Tel: 0151 795 6300

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About Us

Ness is located on the Wirral, with fantastic views across the River Dee to North Wales. They were originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley. He was passionate about plants, especially new plants being introduced to European gardens from China, Tibet and Nepal.  

Bulley outgrew his original garden by persuading diplomats and other travellers to send him back seeds of interesting plants.  In 1898, he bought the land that makes up Ness, to build a new family home and larger garden.

He went on to sponsor many plant hunting expeditions and established Bees Nursery, so he could share these new introductions with gardeners across the country.  Bees became a household name through its cheap packets of seeds, sold for decades at Woolworth's. After his death in 1942, Bulley's daughter Lois presented Ness to the University of Liverpool with an endowment of £75,000. 

Since then, original areas like the Rock Garden have been reinvigorated and new areas such as the Water Gardens and Mediterranean Banks developed by our talented team of staff and volunteers. The gardens are also used by the University for research from plant science through to archaeology. This compliments our education programme for schools and adults using the incredible plants and landscape of the gardens. 

Today, Ness Botanic Gardens offers something to visitors of all ages, regardless of which season they visit in. They run an events programme packed with family activities from star gazing to trails and crafts. The gardens are also a popular venue for weddings.

Our garden calendar begins with snowdrop displays in February and continues into spring with camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. From early summer, the Victorian style vegetable garden – the Potager and 100 metres of herbaceous borders burst into life. Then there are the 4 hectares of wild flower meadows to enjoy that form the centre piece of the WilderNess project which brings wildlife to your doorstep with over 600 species of birds, mammals, bees, butterflies and other insects.  Autumn brings fabulous shows of berries and colour from the garden’s varied collections of trees including a National Collection of Sorbus (rowans and whitebeams), and beautiful bark and foliage of birches and maples.

We look forward to seeing you soon, or to quote Arthur Kilpin Bulley; "Welcome friend and welcome stranger, welcome one and welcome all".

Enjoy a delicious range of hot food, sandwiches, homemade cakes and coffees at The Garden Kitchen Cafe. 

Opening Times

25th Oct - 29th Feb

- The Gardens: 10am - 4.30pm (last admission 4pm)

- Garden Kitchen Cafe: 10am - 4pm

- Shop: 10am - 4.30pm

Garden Store: 10am - 4.30pm

1st March - 24th Oct

- The Gardens: 10am - dusk (last admission 5pm)

- Garden Kitchen Cafe: 10am - 4pm

- Shop: 10am - 5pm

- Garden Store: 10am - 5pm

Guide Prices

Summer Prices:
Adult - £7.50 (£8.25 with Gift Aid)
Concession (over 60, registered disabled) - £6.50 (£7.15 with Gift Aid)
Children (5-16 yrs) - £3.50 (£3.85 with Gift Aid)
Under 5’s - FREE
Family (two adults and up to three children) - £20.00 (£22.00 with Gift Aid)

Winter Prices:
Adult - £4.50 (£4.95 with Gift Aid)
Concession (over 60, registered disabled) - £4.50 (£4.95 with Gift Aid)
Children (5-16 yrs) - £1.00 (£1.10 with Gift Aid)
Under 5’s - FREE
Family (two adults and up to three children) - £10.00 (£11.00 with Gift Aid)

FRIENDS GO FREE...today and throughout the year. Redeem your admission ticket today for discounted Friends membership

University of Liverpool staff £1.00
All students (with valid ID) £1.00

Special Offers

Directions

Road Directions

Postcode for sat nav: CH64 4AY 

20 miles south of Liverpool - M53 junction 4, follow signs

10 miles west of Chester - M56 end; A5117 (signposted North Wales), right onto A540, follow signs

From North Wales A550, left onto A540, follow signs.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus:

487 Liverpool - Ness Gardens (Mon-Sat every 1/2 hour)

488 Liverpool - Ness Gardens (Sundays/bank holidays only)

22 Chester - West Kirby (Mon-Sat every hour).  Alight in Little Neston (by Royal Oak pub), Ness Gardens is just under a 1 mile walk towards Burton Village.

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    230
  • Very Good
    126
  • Average
    42
  • Poor
    16
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • janpamela
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Suprised !
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th May 2018
    We visited today, lovely gardens, trip spoilt by my little cousin falling of a bench outside the cafe, i asked a member of staff for some ice, she went off 2minutes later returning with another... Read full review
  • merrycroft
    Devon
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Beautiful and relaxing
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 19th May 2018
    We spent two hours strolling round this beautiful garden. I recommend anyone to visit here. The variety and placing of plating is superb. There are improvements going on all the time. Read full review
  • Centh L
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wonderful Garden
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 16th May 2018
    Wonderful garden but VERY hilly. Hard for pushing a wheelchair. The Azalea and Rhododendron are fantastic in May month. Read full review

Facilities

Provider Features

  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Attraction - Gift Shop Garden Store

Accessibility

  • Ramp / Level Access

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - (Free to all of our visitors)
  • Parking (free)

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Provider Facilities

  • Civil Weddings
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue - Civil ceremonies Weddings
  • Toilets

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Opening Times

Winter season (1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
Summer season (1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Open 7 days a week with the exception of the Christmas Holidays.
Please check the website for details.
Opening times for the Gardens, the Garden Kitchen Cafe, the Shop and the Garden Store vary.

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