Ness Botanic Gardens

Neston Road, Ness, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 4AY

Tel: 0151 795 6300

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  • Ness Botanic Gardens originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley.
  • Ness Botanic Gardens - Outstanding award-winning botanic gardens
  • Stunning gardens to explore at Ness Botanic Gardens
  • Ness Botanic Gardens contains the finest collection of rhododendron and azaleas in the north west.
  • Ness Botanic Gardens offers something to visitors of all ages.
  • Stunning Snowdrops at Ness Botanic Gardens

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About Us

We are planning on opening on the 17th of July to Members only in the first instance. We will be taking bookings from 6th of July. Bookings via our website

Ness is located on the Wirral, with fantastic views across the River Dee to North Wales. They were originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley. He was passionate about plants, especially new plants being introduced to European gardens from China, Tibet and Nepal.  

Bulley outgrew his original garden by persuading diplomats and other travellers to send him back seeds of interesting plants.  In 1898, he bought the land that makes up Ness, to build a new family home and larger garden.

He went on to sponsor many plant hunting expeditions and established Bees Nursery, so he could share these new introductions with gardeners across the country.  Bees became a household name through its cheap packets of seeds, sold for decades at Woolworth's. After his death in 1942, Bulley's daughter Lois presented Ness to the University of Liverpool with an endowment of £75,000. 

Since then, original areas like the Rock Garden have been reinvigorated and new areas such as the Water Gardens and Mediterranean Banks developed by our talented team of staff and volunteers. The gardens are also used by the University for research from plant science through to archaeology. This compliments our education programme for schools and adults using the incredible plants and landscape of the gardens. 

Today, Ness Botanic Gardens offers something to visitors of all ages, regardless of which season they visit in. They run an events programme packed with family activities from star gazing to trails and crafts. The gardens are also a popular venue for weddings.

Our garden calendar begins with snowdrop displays in February and continues into spring with camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. From early summer, the Victorian style vegetable garden – the Potager and 100 metres of herbaceous borders burst into life. Then there are the 4 hectares of wild flower meadows to enjoy that form the centre piece of the WilderNess project which brings wildlife to your doorstep with over 600 species of birds, mammals, bees, butterflies and other insects.  Autumn brings fabulous shows of berries and colour from the garden’s varied collections of trees including a National Collection of Sorbus (rowans and whitebeams), and beautiful bark and foliage of birches and maples.

We look forward to seeing you soon, or to quote Arthur Kilpin Bulley; "Welcome friend and welcome stranger, welcome one and welcome all".

Enjoy a delicious range of hot food, sandwiches, homemade cakes and coffees at The Garden Kitchen Cafe. 

 

Guide Prices

Adult £8.25 (Gift Aid price)
Adult £7.50 (non Gift Aid)
Family £22.00 (Gift Aid price)
Family £20.00 (non Gift Aid)
Concessions £7.15 (Gift Aid price)
Concessions £6.50 (non Gift Aid)
Members of Ness Botanic Gardens go free.

Opening Times

The Garden, Gift Shop and Botanic Kitchen Café (1 Mar 2020 - 31 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
The Garden, Gift Shop and Botanic Kitchen Café (1 Nov 2020 - 28 Feb 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30

* March to October - The Botanic Kitchen Café is open 9:30am - 5pm (Last orders in the Botanic Kitchen Café at 4:30pm)

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Directions

Road Directions

Postcode for sat nav: CH64 4AY 

20 miles south of Liverpool - M53 junction 4, follow signs

10 miles west of Chester - M56 end; A5117 (signposted North Wales), right onto A540, follow signs

From North Wales A550, left onto A540, follow signs.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus- The 487 Arriva bus runs from Liverpool to Ness Botanic Gardens between Monday and Saturday, every half an hour. On Sundays, the 488 follows the same route. Click here to view the bus timetable on Arriva's website.

The 22 bus runs between Chester and West Kirby, Monday to Saturday every hour. If alighted at Little Neston, Royal Oak public house, the walk is just under a mile.

By train- If travelling by train, alight at Neston Station on the Bidston to Wrexham line and transfer to the 487 or 488.

National Cycle Route- located approximately 2 miles south of the national route 56 & the Wirral Way and are approximately 1 mile north of national route 568. Bicycle racks are available.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    284
  • Very Good
    147
  • Average
    49
  • Poor
    20
  • Terrible
    15

Recent Reviews:

  • world-o-Joy
    Derby, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Good value
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th January 2020
    The gardens are good value this time of the year, lovely views and great nature trails, if you decide to eat in the cafe, it can be over heated and dry depending on how long it’s been under the lamp Read full review
  • markbH9929KY
    Ness gardens restaurant is fabulous
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 15th February 2020
    This is a lovely homely restaurant, the staff are exceptional, friendly, courteous and attentive. The is excellent, compliments to the chef. If you haven't made the effort to visit, well shame on... Read full review
  • Howard-Liverpool
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Cafe is Excellent
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 7th March 2020
    Review about the cafe only not the gardens. Very busy - soon a seat became available and was cleaned and set right away. Delightful woman took our order and delightful food arrived !! Good simple... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors 

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - (Free to all of our visitors)
  • Parking (free)

Provider Facilities

  • Civil Weddings
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue - Civil ceremonies Weddings
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • Outdoor Attraction - Gift Shop Garden Store

Contact Us

Tel: 0151 795 6300

Tel: 0151 795 6300

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