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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About Us

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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Guide Prices

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AdultFree

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

Opening Times

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

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

Awards

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

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

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:

    • JBKB1062
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Perfect Day !
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 3rd November 2020
      After months of isolation a visit to the gardens was planned . (Beautiful) But what made this special day was the Cafe , I felt so safe due to the managements Strict Covid Safety Precautions which... Read full review
    • ValentineNumber3
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Wonderful Walled Garden Cafe
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 9th May 2021
      Wonderful visit. COVID procedures are spot on and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Lovely setting too. Proper pot of tea, well brewed with enough milk for several cups not the thimbles you... Read full review
    • Constantcoffee
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Bad Management
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 6th June 2021
      Management staff are rude and not helpful - it does appear customers are a hinderance, especially if you have a dog and many dog walkers do visit. Our last 2 experiences have been negative based on... 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

    Contact Us

    Tel: 01925 213638

    Tel: 01925 213638

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