Glorious gardens set in historic landscapes. 

Plan your visit to Bridgewater

Contact us & address

Our Address

RHS Garden Bridgewater
Occupation Road
Off Leigh Road
Worsley, Salford
Greater Manchester
M28 2LJ

Contact us

Main switchboard and Garden Centre

0161 503 6100

General email (Garden and Garden Centre) – [email protected]

Mobility scooter booking – book a scooter online

Wheelchair hire – book a wheelchair online

Opening times

Visiting Bridgewater

Garden opening times

We’re asking all visitors, including members, to pre-book their visit to the garden.
Book your garden visit >

Monday – Sunday (closed Christmas Day)

10am – 6pm pre-booked visits only
Last entry to garden 5pm

Salford free Tuesdays
Until 18 May 2023, entrance to the garden is free for Salford residents every Tuesday. Pre-booking is currently required and proof of address for each resident must be shown on arrival.


Garden Centre opening times

Monday – Saturday
9.30am – 6pm
Sunday (closed Easter Sunday and Christmas Day)
11am – 5pm (browsing from 10.30am)

Tickets

Admission prices

RHS members and guests (1 adult guest or up to 2 children) Free Free
Adults £12.65* incl Gift Aid £11.50 excl Gift Aid
Children 5–16 years £6.35* incl Gift Aid £5.75 excl Gift Aid
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £30.25* incl Gift Aid £27.50 excl Gift Aid
Additional child (Family ticket) £5.35* incl Gift Aid £4.85 excl Gift Aid
Car-free travel offer (bus, cycle, on foot)** £8.25* incl Gift Aid £7.50 excl Gift Aid
 

*The RHS relies upon the generosity of its visitors to fund its charitable work. The prices marked * above include an additional 10% donation towards our charitable work, and enable us to claim Gift Aid on your admission. For more information on Gift Aid, please contact a member of our Visitor Services team.

**Proof of car-free travel will need to be provided before entering the garden.

Two carers are admitted free of charge accompanying visitors whose disability necessitates their support.

Until 18 May 2023, entrance to the garden is free for Salford residents every Tuesday. Pre-booking is currently required and proof of address for each resident must be shown on arrival.

Dogs not allowed in garden

For the safety of all our visitors, dogs are not allowed in the garden, with the exception of registered support dogs.

Getting here

Car-free

Enjoy 35% off garden entry when you travel car-free, by train, bus, by bike, or on foot. Please book your car-free ticket online in advance and present a valid bus or train ticket on arrival. See admission prices.

For more information on how to reach us car-free, including a door-to-door journey planner, visit our Good Journey page.

On foot

The first phase of RHS Greenway, a new traffic-free walking and cycling route is now open. The Greenway runs along the north of the Bridgewater Canal linking Worsley (via Worsley Court House car park off Barton Road) and Boothstown (via Quayside Close) to RHS Garden Bridgewater, enabling walkers and cyclists to enter the garden direct from the canal towpath.

Watch our video guides to the routes along the RHS Greenway to the garden: watch the route from Worsley and watch the route from Boothstown.

The new route is part of a wider £3.2 million scheme which will provide 6.2km of new or upgraded walking and cycling routes linking the garden all the way through to Walkden train station and create connections into the region’s wider walking and cycling network. The full scheme is due for completion in January 2022. More details can be found on the Salford City Council website​.

The garden is close to several additional walking routes including the Roe Green, Ellenbrook and Tyldesley Looplines and Bridgewater Way. You can plan your journey using the West Salford walking and cycling map produced by Salford City Council. Find more information about traffic-free walking routes on the Salford City Council website.

By bike

There are 50 open-air cycle racks with space for 100 cycles available at Bridgewater.

The first phase of RHS Greenway, a new traffic-free cycling and walking route is now open. The Greenway runs along the north of the Bridgewater Canal linking Worsley (via Worsley Court House car park off Barton Road) and Boothstown (via Quayside Close) to RHS Garden Bridgewater, enabling cyclists and walkers to enter the garden direct from the canal towpath.

Watch our video guides to the routes along the RHS Greenway to the garden: watch the route from Worsley and watch the route from Boothstown.

The garden is close to several cycling routes including the Roe Green, Ellenbrook and Tyldesley Looplines, Bridgewater Way and the Bridgewater Canal. You can plan your journey using the West Salford walking and cycling map produced by Salford City Council. Find more information about traffic-free cycling routes on the Salford City Council website.

For information about cycle paths in the region visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

By shuttle bus

An hourly direct shuttle bus between Walkden Station and RHS Garden Bridgewater operates on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2 July through to 25 September.

  • Saturdays: Buses leave the station from 9.20am hourly until 4.20pm, departing from the garden at 9.50am to 4.50pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: Buses leave the station from 9.51am hourly until 4.51pm, departing from the garden from 10.15am until 5.15pm

Services are timed to connect with trains in both directions. Single fares are £1 for adults, 50p for children and free for concessionary pass holders.

By bus

The following buses stop on Leigh Road outside the garden: Stagecoach bus 34 (Manchester Piccadilly Gardens to Leigh), Diamond Bus 126 (Trafford Centre to Leigh) and Diamond Bus 132 (Wigan Bus Station to Trafford Centre). It’s a 10-minute walk from the bus stop to the Welcome Building. Watch a video of the walking route.

First Bus V1 or V2 (Leigh/Atherton/Ellenbrook to Manchester) stop on Newearth Road, about a 15-minute walk from the garden. Watch a video of the walking route.

The 129 Vision Bus service (Farnworth to Higher Green) stops in Boothstown, about a 20-minute walk from the garden.

For bus times and walking routes visit our Good Journey page, or Transport for Greater Manchester website.

RHS Garden Bridgewater Express Bus

The RHS Garden Bridgewater Express Bus runs direct from Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly train stations, in just 25 minutes, right to the garden entrance. For timetables and ticket booking visit the Manchester Sightseeing website (book bus only tickets or bus and garden admission).*

*Please note: This service is provided by a third party Manchester Sightseeing Tours. When booking online, you are leaving the RHS website and will be governed by Manchester Sightseeing’s terms and conditions and privacy policy.

By train

The nearest main stations are Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria (in the city centre, 9 miles away). The RHS Garden Bridgewater Express Bus runs direct from Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly train stations, in just 25 minutes, right to the garden entrance. For timetables and ticket booking visit the Manchester Sightseeing website (book bus only tickets or bus and garden admission).*

An hourly direct shuttle bus between Walkden Station and RHS Bridgewater operates on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2 July through to 25 September – see ‘By shuttle bus’ section for details. The most convenient local stations are Walkden (about 2 miles, on the shuttle bus) and Eccles (about 5 miles, on bus 34). Lynch Taxis provide a good local service and can be contacted on 0161 661 77770.
 
For train times and tickets visit the National Rail website. To plan your journey by tram, bus and foot visit our Good Journey page.

*Please note: This service is provided by a third party Manchester Sightseeing Tours. When booking online, you are leaving the RHS website and will be governed by Manchester Sightseeing’s terms and conditions and privacy policy.

By tram

The nearest Metrolink stops are Trafford Centre (for bus 126 and 132 to Bridgewater) and Eccles (for bus 34 to Bridgewater). For tram times and tickets visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

To plan your journey by tram, bus and foot visit our Good Journey page.

By car

RHS Garden Bridgewater is located off Leigh Road (A572), Worsley, Salford, about 9 miles / 30-minute drive from Manchester city centre. Car parking is free.

For Sat Nav users the postcode is M28 2LJ

Directions:

  • From the M60, leave the motorway at junction 13 for the A575/A572 exit to Worsley/Leigh/Swinton, then follow signs to the A572 Leigh Road
  • From the A580 East Lancs Road (southbound), turn left onto Ellenbrook Road and then left onto Leigh Road (A572)
Electric vehicles

There are three charging stations available with space to charge six vehicles. They are supplied by EV Charge Online. Please go to the EV Charge Online website for more information and to set up an account ahead of your visit.

Please note: Please note EV Charge Online is a third party. When creating an account online, you are leaving the RHS website and will be governed by EV Charge Online’s terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Shopping

Garden Centre

At Bridgewater’s new Garden Centre find an extensive range of plants from UK growers, quality gifts and beautiful homeware, plus great ideas for the home and garden. You do not need to pre-book to visit the Garden Centre.

Opening times: 

  • 9.30am–6pm, Monday–Saturday (closed Christmas Day)
  • 11am–5pm, Sunday (closed Easter Sunday)

Food & drink

Food & drink

While visiting the garden why not treat yourself to a hot drink, tasty treat or seasonal meal from the Bridgewater Café or Garden Cottage Café.

Bridgewater Café

Bridgewater Café  is located in the Welcome Building and offers a relaxing dining experience where visitors can enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee overlooking Victoria Meadow. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Opening times: 

  • Monday – Saturday, 9.30am–6pm; Sunday, 11am–5pm

Garden Cottage Café

Garden Cottage Café is located inside the garden. It serves hot and cold drinks, freshly baked cakes, sweet treats and seasonal savoury light bites. Outdoor seating is available.

Opening times: 

  • Daily (weather permitting)

Group visits

School visits

Get gardening and discover an inspiring garden where children can let their imagination grow. We offer visiting school groups a beautiful green space and glorious gardens with fantastic learning facilities including, a bespoke Learning Studio, Peel Learning Garden and Woodland Play area.

Please note: We have safety measures in place to support your children to visit us safely during Covid-19.

Group visits

Located in Worsley, Salford, a stone’s throw from Manchester, and close to Liverpool and the Peak District, RHS Garden Bridgewater is a beautiful garden that is the perfect destination for a group day out.

Pre-book a group visit:

Accessibility

Accessibility at the garden

We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy Bridgewater. For a complete guide on what to expect before you arrive, when you arrive and during your visit, please see our detailed guide.

See accessibility information for our other RHS Gardens.

Safety

Visitor information on safety at the garden:

  • Please take care around water in the garden
  • Be aware that garden vehicles may be moving around
  • Sometimes the tracks and paths can be muddy, steep and uneven – please wear suitable footwear and take care

Help us to ensure you enjoy your visit with this simple SAFE guide:

  • Spend your time safely with us
  • Advise us of any emergencies or concerns
  • Follow any instructions
  • Enjoy your visit

Useful information

Smoking policy

During this hot weather, we ask that all visitors refrain from smoking in the gardens. Please use the signposted, designated areas only.

Guides and maps

See our garden map with details on wheelchair accessible routes, toilets and other facilities.

Drone usage

We are concerned that the use of drones may introduce risks of injury to our staff or visitors, damage to our property, plants or local wildlife, or breaches of data protection laws. Personal drone usage is therefore prohibited at RHS Gardens. Commercial drone usage is also prohibited, save where occasionally commercial drone operators with suitable training and licences from the Civil Aviation Authority are allowed by the RHS to operate drones in an RHS Garden only where express permission has been provided to the drone operator in writing by the Head of RHS Garden Bridgewater.

Garden toys

We are sorry but garden toys, such as scooters and balls, are not permitted in the garden.

Dogs in the garden

For the safety of all our visitors only registered support dogs are allowed in the garden.

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.