Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

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

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Tel: 01925 213638

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  • Glasshouses
  • Glasshouse Fountain Room
  • Pleasure Garden

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About Us

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

Guide Prices

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

Directions

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

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.

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Recent Reviews:

  • MikJen2013
    Warrington
    A Hidden Gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 11th October 2018
    We have lived in Warrington for nearly 20 years and although we have seen the signs for the walled garden we have never visited. What a mistake, we are now regular visitors enjoying breakfast before... Read full review
  • victor s
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely afternoon spent in the garden
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
    Lovely gardens and well kept also plenty of benches to relax on. Unfortunately the cafe was closed , but will go again to try out cafe Read full review
  • Richard S
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Nice day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
    These are lovely gardens and very relaxing way to spend a few hours. Just bsit and chill and enjoy some light refreshments. After the summer we've had this is a great littel gem of a place. Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

Catering

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

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

Awards

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

Opening Times

2018 (19 Mar 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Thursday13:00 - 16:00*
Friday09:00 - 16:00*
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Opening Times daily except Mondays
Cafe: open Fri-Sun (times as above)
Produce sales: 11am - 4pm Sundays
Weekend opening subject to seasonal variations check website and Facebook for details or ring 01925 213638.

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

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