Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

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

Tel: 01925 213638

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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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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

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

Opening Times

2019 (19 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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


  • 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

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.




  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors


  • 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

Contact Us

Tel: 01925 213638

Tel: 01925 213638

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