Ness Botanic Gardens

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

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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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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. 

 

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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 Nov 2022 - 28 Feb 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
The Garden, Gift Shop and Botanic Kitchen Café (1 Mar 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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

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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.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Joe_Railwayman
      Crewe, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Fantastic community group visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 1st June 2022
      A fantastic day enjoying the sunshine with our local community group. We were taught lots about plants and pollinators by our wonderful host Rose, with children and adults enjoying the talks and... Read full review
    • C9924VWdianec
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Excellent experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 4th July 2022
      Lovely place to visit. Staff very pleasant and helpful ,restaurant food excellent ,well worth a visit. Read full review
    • Daniel B
      Crewe, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Nice environment but rude staff
      3 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 9th August 2022
      The gardens themselves offer a beautiful collection or plants, flowers and trees, and a nice environment to stroll through. However, customer service from staffs left a lot to be desired. Staff at... Read full review

    Facilities

    Other

    • Snowdrops found here

    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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