Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

Witherwin Avenue, Grappenhall Heys, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 3DS

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Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden founded by Thomas Parr
  • Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden founded by Thomas Parr
  • Glasshouses at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden
  • Glasshouse Fountain Room at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden
  • Pleasure Garden at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

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Please note the Walled Garden will be open to visitors as follows:

Tuesday-Friday - 1-4pm

Saturday-Sunday - 10-4pm

Mondays - Closed

Grappenhall Heys Estate in South Warrington was founded by Thomas Parr. By 1830, he had purchased land over a number of years and constructed a new house with a formal pleasure garden, parkland and a walled garden. The kitchen garden produced fruit, vegetables and exotic flowers throughout the year, assisted by a range of glasshouses built along the sunniest elevation. The ornamental pleasure garden includes herbaceous borders, three ponds and attracts local wildlife. In its heyday, this part of the gardens was used by the Parr family for recreational purposes.

The Parr family resided at Grappenhall for three generations until they relocated to Herefordshire. Sadly, the family home decayed and in the 1970s was demolished with parts of the estate sold off for development. Despite a turbulent period with decades of neglection, the walled garden survived and has undergone a period of renovation assisted by various groups including English partnership, Warrington Organic and  Wildlife Gardening Society, the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Grappenhall and Thelwall parish council and numerous volunteers.

Today, the secret garden is back to its former glory and in 2014, work to reinstate the decaying glass houses was completed with finance gained from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The gardens and the glasshouses are now used as a community resource serving as a venue for family events, exhibitions and education.

The Fountain Room Cafe is open from 10am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy a range of paninis, sandwiches, homemade cakes, ice cream and more! 

The venue includes:
- Refurbished Victorian Glasshouses
- Walled Kitchen Garden
- Pleasure Garden
- Historical Interpretation boards on site
- Events programme
- School programmes
- Seasonal Fruit & Vegetable Sales
- Refreshments (Sundays only or by prior arrangement)
- Toilets
- Baby changing facilities
- Local wildlife

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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

2021 (17 Mar 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Tuesday - Thursday13:00 - 16:00
Friday09:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* The Café is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


  • Regional and MiscellaneousA Garden of Distinction A Garden of Distinction 2015
  • Regional and Miscellaneoustripadvisor Certificate of Excellence tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016


Road Directions

From the Motorway leave the M6 at Junction 20 or the M56 at Junction 10. From the roundabout follow the B5356 to Appleton Thorn. At the roundabout, turn left into Barleycastle Lane, first right onto B5356 Grappenhall Lane, first right onto New Lane, and right again onto Lumb Brook Road. Follow the road to the roundabout and turn right onto Witherwin Avenue. The walled garden entrance is on your left.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus- The number 8 bus service can be boarded from Warrington Bus station and stops at Lumb Brook Road in Grappenhall Heys , a short distance from the garden entrance.

By Rail- Train to Warrington Bay Quay, transfer to bus to Epson Gardens (18-minute walk, 0.9 mile) or bus to Astor Drive (7-minute walk, 0.4 mile) or bus to Wood Lane (21 minute walk, 1 mile)



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Recent Reviews:

  • SimH1961
    Go and visit, what a gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th July 2021
    This is a fantastic place for lunch. We, as a family have always been welcomed, by all the staff. My mother, whom is very poorly has made these Cafe visits the highlight of her week. There is a idea... Read full review
  • Aileen F
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Fabulous surprise afternoon tea
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 25th July 2021
    My daughter booked a surprise afternoon tea for me for my birthday with some of my friends. It was absolutely fabulous, delicious fresh sandwiches and a great selection of cakes and scones. The fizz... Read full review
  • JAMMA113
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Tea room Avoid !
    1 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 31st October 2021
    On a course at the craft room , went to order lunch early,12.15pm. Not busy at all. Front of house staff are staggeringly incompetent to take a simple lunch order and have the food ready for 12.30... Read full review



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Refreshments are available on Sundays or by prior arrangement
  • Picnic Site

COVID-19 Response

  • Advance Booking not Required

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Contact Us

Tel: 01925 213638

Tel: 01925 213638

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