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CHOLMONDELEY CASTLE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Malpas
SY14 8AH

Off A49 Tarporley to Whitchurch road.

70 acres

Tel
01829 720203

Visit website

Opening Hours

10am–5pm (last entry 4pm). Please see website for opening dates.

Admission

Non-member adult £8.50.

RHS members

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

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

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 28.3 hectares (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. 

A garden highlight is Lavinia Walk, a magnificent 100m (328ft) double herbaceous border, dedicated to Lady Lavinia Cholmondeley. The Lakeside nature trail is home to many different varieties of waterfowl and freshwater fish, and its picnic and children’s play area afford magnificent views of Cholmondeley Castle across the Mere. 

The historic St. Nicholas family chapel, located in the park, is well worth a visit to enjoy its stained glass altar windows, ornate panelling and peaceful atmosphere; while the cafe is situated in the heart of the gardens offering fresh coffee, freshly baked cakes, light lunches and locally sourced produce. This truly is a garden for everyone.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

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.