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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Cholmondeley, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8AH

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Tel: 01829 720383

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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
  • Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
  • Temple Garden at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
  • Lily pond terrace at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
  • The Rose Garden at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
  • The new-look Silver Garden at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

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About Us

The Beautiful romantic gothic style castle at Cholmondeley proudly overlooks 50 acres of stunning ornamental gardens and 670 acres of historic parkland. The present day castle was built between 1801 and 1804 with the addition of the turrets completing the work in 1817. The gardens at Cholmondeley have been extensively developed over the past 60 years and were the lifes work of the Late Lavinia, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley, a talented plantswoman with a passion for plants and gardens.

During this period the gardens have become one of the best kept secrets in the north of England with its great diversity and unique plant collections. The garden is a delight at all times of year from its huge drifts of naturalised Daffodils to the blaze of autumn colour that sweeps through the garden in October. Around the Castle is a series of terraces at varying elevations that give a simple formal feel and include the newly re-designed silver garden with its mounds of soft silver foliage punctuated with the tall spikes of Salvia and Eryngium species. Further down the mount below the croquet lawn are the grass beds which offer interest in every season. The glade is a sheltered spot where a mix of flowering shrubs and subtle under-planting allows you to meander your way to the Rose garden which has been recently refurbished, extended and planted with over 350 new roses.  From here descend the steps to the newly created 100m long double herbaceous border, and then take the path through the Laburnum Grove towards the Folly Garden, which has also been extended and reburbished together with the orchid meadows. Then wander through the Silver Wedding Arboretum with its superb collection of trees to the Temple Garden. This area is the "piece de resistance" of Cholmondeley with plant interest and colour at all times of year, architectural entrances, the Temple itself in the centre of the lake, and the rock garden and cascade. Within all this the garden is home to fine collections of Magnolia, Rhododendron, Camellia and trees of all from and size that help make this garden what it is today. A true hidden gem.

Reduced rates for groups of 25 or more.

Visit the friendly Tea Room situated in the very heart of the gardens where you can enjoy a range of specialist teas, homemade cakes and a choice of toasted sandwiches, filled baked potatoes, and light lunches all freshly prepared to order and catering for dietery requirements. Open from 11.00 am to 5.00pm with last orders at 4.45pm.  

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.00 per ticket
Child£4.00 per ticket

Reduction for Groups of 25 or more at £6.00 per person. Under 5's Free.


Road Directions

Off A41 Chester/Whitchurch Road and A49 Whitchurch/Tarporley Road.


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Recent Reviews:

  • J414QHchristinec
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    Family Rally day
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th June 2018
    What a fantastic day we had watching the special stage of the rally. There was plenty for all the family to see and do. My son was over the moon as he was able to have his picture taken with a few of... Read full review
  • retraitedeborde
    Nantwich, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Not one of the finest gardens in Cheshire
    3 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 10th May 2018
    The marketing for the gardens is a little optimistic - the gardens are pretty but definitely not among the finest in Cheshire. Open only 3 days a week (Weds/Thurs/Sun) even during school holidays... Read full review
  • graham e
    Birkenhead, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Be nicer in a few months
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 2nd April 2018
    Pretty castle set in large manicured grounds, follies and water features. We went on the Easter weekend and the plants have not really woken up yet. Visited here a few years back and there was a rare... Read full review


Provider Features

  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Groups including by Coach accepted
  • MasterCard accepted - Please note we can accept payment for entry to the Gardens but our Tea Room does not have facilities for credit card payments.
  • Special group rates - Reduction for group visits to the Gardens of 25 persons and over £6.00 per adult.
  • Visa accepted - Please note the Gatekeeper can accept payment by visa card at the gate but our Tea Room does not have card payment facilities.

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Toilets

Opening Times

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (30 Mar 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
Monday - TuesdayClosed*
Wednesday - Thursday11:00 - 17:00*
Friday - SaturdayClosed*
Sunday11:00 - 17:00*
Autumn Tints - Sundays in October only. (7 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018)
Monday - SaturdayClosed*
Sunday11:00 - 17:00*

* Gardens open for an additional day on Sunday 25th February 2018 to enjoy the snowdrops and other early spring plantings. Gardens open 11.00 am to 5.00 pm last entry 4.30pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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