Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

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Cholmondeley, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8AH

Tel: 01829 720383

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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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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 2024 - 29 Sept 2024)
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.

Special Offers

  • The Gardens are open from 10am-5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

    Adults £8.50, Children (aged 5-15, under 5’s are free) £4

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  • Become a member

    Become a ‘Cholmondeley Gardens Member’ for £45, this includes access to Cholmondeley Castle Gardens on open days during the season (excludes certain events and closed days).

    The pass runs for a full year from the date of your first visit and children go free with Members. Once purchased you collect your Membership card from the Gatekeeper on your first visit.

    Every Member receives a loyalty card from The Cafe and you are welcome to collect this at any time.

    Members do not need to book in advance.

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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:

    • Olliepolly121
      Hawarden, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      2 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 26th March 2023
      Booked the Mother’s Day afternoon tea for 1pm. Queued to get seated and our food came out quickly. We then had to wait over 30 minutes for our pot of tea, which was only suitable for one person. When... Read full review
    • Gareth L
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
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      Lovely Easter Sunday
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 9th April 2023
      We visited Cholmondeley Castle Gardens today for the Easter Sunday event. When we got there parking was free, we then had a stroll through the gardens that are immaculate and beautiful, you can tell... Read full review
    • Elaineevans66
      2 of 5 stars
      Monday, 1st May 2023
      Really disappointed when we got there, the website made it look amazing with lots to do, but we weren’t allowed to go to the castle or anything else, all that was allowed was walking around the grass... Read full review



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


    • 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

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    Tel: 01829 720383

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