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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

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Tel: 01829 720383

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens


The Beautiful romantic gothic style castle at Cholmondeley proudly overlooks 50 acres of stunning ornamental gardens and 670 acres of historic parkland. The present day castle was built between 1801 and 1804 with the addition of the turrets completing the work in 1817. The gardens at Cholmondeley have been extensively developed over the past 60 years and were the lifes work of the Late Lavinia, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley, a talented plantswoman with a passion for plants and gardens.

During this period the gardens have become one of the best kept secrets in the north of England with its great diversity and unique plant collections. The garden is a delight at all times of year from its huge drifts of naturalised Daffodils to the blaze of autumn colour that sweeps through the garden in October. Around the Castle is a series of terraces at varying elevations that give a simple formal feel and include the newly re-designed silver garden with its mounds of soft silver foliage punctuated with the tall spikes of Salvia and Eryngium species. Further down the mount below the croquet lawn are the grass beds which offer interest in every season. The glade is a sheltered spot where a mix of flowering shrubs and subtle under-planting allow you to meander your way to the Rose garden which is an intimate space where the heady scents of Roses and Lavenders help to create a very relaxing environment. From here descend the steps to the fabulous herbaceous borders, re-designed for 2014, and then take the path through the Laburnum grove towards the tranquil Duckery water garden with its romantic folly and woodland planting. Then wander through the Silver Wedding Arboretum with its superb collection of trees to the Temple Garden. This area is the "piece de resistance" of Cholmondeley with plant interest and colour at all times of year, architectural entrances, the Temple itself in the centre of the lake, and the rock garden and cascade. Within all this the garden is home to fine collections of Magnolia, Rhododendron, Camellia and trees of all from and size that help make this garden what it is today. A true hidden gem.

Reduced rates for groups of 25 or more.




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    Recent Reviews:

    • VHMW
      Trip Type:
      Fabulous gardens, thoughtfully presented and well kept
      4 of 5 stars
      Enjoyed our visit despite the rain! Very polite welcome at entrance. Clean tidy walkways throughout gardens up to castle. Great views. Picturesque gardens with interesting features and well... Read full review
    • Joan B
      Trip Type:
      Peaceful and relaxing visit around wonderful kept gardens.
      5 of 5 stars
      Last minute decision to visit Cholmondeley castle due to the weather being miserable and cold, however it appeared to be raining everywhere but not at Cholmondeley! Although the entrance fee £7.00... Read full review
    • Clair262
      Chester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Long queues spoilt a beautiful day
      3 of 5 stars
      First we had to queue for nearly half an hour - why the people taking the money at the entrance had to take money then walk into their hut to get change and entrance ticket seemed silly, they needed... Read full review



    Provider Features

    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Outdoor Attraction


    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)


    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Provider Facilities

    • Dogs Accepted

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Off A41 Chester/Whitchurch Road and A49 Whitchurch/Tarporley Road.

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    Opening Times

    Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (29 Mar 2016 - 27 Sept 2016)
    Autumn Tints - Sundays in October only. (2 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016)

    * Additional openings Fridays in August, check for more info.

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


    Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
    Child£4.00 per ticket
    Adult£7.00 per ticket

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

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