Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

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Cholmondeley, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8AH

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Beautiful romantic gothic style castle at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
  • Beautiful romantic gothic style castle at 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 250 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.  

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Guide Prices

Tickets are NOT able for purchase from the Gardens and must be bought in advance

Adults £8.50
Children £4.00 (under 5’s free)
Reduction for groups of 25 people or over to £8.00 per person

Opening Times

Gardens (1 Apr 2021 - 29 Sept 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* (Please note the Castle itself is not open to the public)
Last entry 4pm.

Directions

Road Directions

Off A41 Chester/Whitchurch Road and A49 Whitchurch/Tarporley Road.  Follow SAT NAV SY14 8ET.

Public Transport Directions

Bike- on National Cycle Route 45

Not easily accessible by public transport

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Freedom16732748984
      Newquay, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Lovely countryside but not a great place to visit
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 22nd July 2021
      I visited Cholmondeley Castle a few years ago and it was lovely. Wow! It’s not what it was. Poor experience for children - the little small animal farm has closed, no play areas and no engagement... Read full review
    • CheshireSue_W
      Cheshire
      A place for all seasons (assuming weather OK)
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd July 2021
      Visited morning of 22nd July 2021. Lovely gardens. Woodland, formal garden, rose garden, field of orchids and water features. Also nice walk around the lake. Like the longhorn cattle and... Read full review
    • Tattvadarzin
      Telford, United Kingdom
      Poor gardens, reasonable walks, expensive for what it is
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd July 2021
      I went to the small plant fair because entrance was about half price - just as well.  The fair wasn't up to much, but I daresay arriving an hour or so after opening meant the best stuff had... Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

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

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    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

    Provider Features

    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01829 720383

    Tel: 01829 720383

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