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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

LA11 7PL

M6, Jct 36; follow brown tourist signs.

25 acres

01539 558328

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Opening Hours

Wed–Sun, 10.30am–5pm, 11 Mar–30 Oct.


Non-member adult £9.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.


  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Sculpture
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The Hon. Lucy Cavendish

Owned by Lucy Cavendish, the delightful gardens at Holker Hall are a product of the labours of many generations of the Cavendish family who love to share their passion for gardening with visitors of all ages. The formal gardens around the house have been skilfully planted to be both dramatic while also retaining an intimate feel.

Beautiful displays of spring bulbs start the year followed by wonderful combinations of annuals, perennials and exotics. Moving out into the wider gardens, visitors discover a magical collection of trees and shrubs that have been deftly combined for both their aesthetic and botanical interest.

The year starts with wonderful magnolias, daphnes and witch-hazels, which are then followed by majestic mature rhododendrons that reach into the sky. Interest continues throughout the spring and summer, through the collections of Styrax, Stewartia, Tilia and Eucryphia, along with many other interesting species that thrive in the mild climate of the Cartmel peninsula.

Constantly evolving, the gardens provide interest throughout the year for all those interested in plants. The gardens have won numerous awards including most recently BBC Countryfile Garden of the Year 2015-16.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Herbs
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • 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.