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Open Wed, Thur, Sun and Bank Hols. Please see website for opening dates and times.

CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Malpas
SY14 8AH

Off A49 Tarporley to Whitchurch road.

50 acres of ornamental gardens and 670 acres of parkland

Tel
01829 720383

Visit website

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - May & Sep.

Facilities

  • access
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
Lord Cholmondeley

Designed By
Capability Brown

The Cholmondeley family have lived on these lands since Norman times, with the castle built in the early 19th century by the first Marquess. Nestled within historic parkland, the 70 acres of beautiful gardens offer magnificent displays throughout the seasons, and are filled with colour and botanical delights. Discover the romantic Temple and Folly Water Gardens enclosed by specimen trees and many varieties of shrubs; the Rose Garden with more than 250 roses; glade; arboretum; and the ornamental woodland upon Tower Hill, which has been under renovation throughout 2019 and will be open for visitors from spring 2020. 

The newly established Lavinia Walk is a magnificent 100m long double herbaceous border, dedicated to Lady Lavinia Cholmondeley, which continues her legacy within the heart of the garden. The Lakeside Walk is home to many different varieties of waterfowl and freshwater fish, and its picnic and children’s play area affords magnificent views of Cholmondeley Castle across the Mere while children will also enjoy the adventure den and hidden paths.  

The historical St. Nicholas Family Chapel, located in the park, is well worth a visit to enjoy its stained glass altar windows, ornate paneling and peaceful atmosphere, while Cholmondeley Tea Room is situated in the heart of the gardens offering light lunches, homemade cakes and so on. This truly is a garden for everyone.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Magnolias
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.