Houses & Gardens

Cheshire and North Wales boast many fine houses and gardens to visit – here are a few suggestions:

  • Cholmondeley Castle & Gardens - only a few miles away, Cholmondeley is a lovely 19th century house with extensive gardens and lake. There are farm animals and an aviary to see, plus an excellent tearoom.
  • Erddig - one of the country’s best-preserved historic houses, with lovely gardens to boot. There are many interesting features, such as the unique collection of portraits of the servants, and the well-preserved outbuildings which together show the ‘downstairs’ side of life in the large houses. The garden has one of the best displays of bluebells in the area.
  • Eaton Hall – the home of the Duke of Westminster is open to the public on Bank Holidays, offering a chance to stroll around the gardens.
  • Ness Botanic Gardens - owned and run by the University of Liverpool, Ness Gardens are a lovely place to visit, and not just for keen gardeners. The gardens were created by a Liverpool cotton merchant who was also an avid plant hunter. He died just after the Second War, and his daughter gifted the gardens to the University soon after – stipulating that they had to be maintained as a botanic garden.
    Today, the gardens cover 46 acres / 19 hectares, and boast a visitor centre with a café, shop and exhibition space. The large open areas offer tremendous views across the Dee Estuary to the Welsh Hills, making it a great day out.
    Chris Beardshaw, award winning designer and TV presenter has created a unique garden at Ness - 'Ness Botanische'.
  • Tatton Park Gardens – the RHS Flower Show (Tatton) may be the highlight of the gardening year at Tatton, but it’s well worth a visit at any time. There’s a fully-restored kitchen garden, a Japanese garden and huge glasshouses, aside from the 2,000 acre park with deer and woodland. The RHS Flower Show runs from Wednesday 21st July to Sunday 25th July.
  • Arley Hall & Gardens – a lovely Victorian country house with superb gardens and nursery.
  • Dunham Massey – a Georgian house in a large deer park, with a lovely Winter garden
  • Little Moreton Hall – a perfectly-preserved Tudor Hall, with classic black-and-white architecture.
  • Lyme Park – famous as the location for Mr Darcy’s wet walk in the BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice”, but a lovely house and gardens set in a huge country park, nonetheless.
  • Quarry Bank Mill – see how the majority lived and worked when you visit Quarry Bank Mill. The scale of the mill is amazing, as is the noise of the powered looms – it really helps you understand the impact that the Industrial Revolution had on ordinary workers, more used to a quiet rural life. And the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked there, brings home the hard lives which many had to endure.