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Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness

4.2
#13 of 51 in Parks in Cheshire
Garden Nature / Park
Ness Botanic Gardens occupies a 26 hectare (64 acre) site with a waterfall and water gardens, award winning show gardens, 120 m (394 ft) of herbaceous borders, and more. Stretch your legs and learn more about the plants on one of the scheduled guided walks. Children will enjoy discovering the grass labyrinth, play area, and wide-open spaces to run in. Pop into the visitor center to see one of the many exhibitions that take place throughout the year. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Garden Kitchen restaurant for local food and drink. If the sun’s shining, treat yourself to a Garden Kitchen created take-out meal to enjoy on the picnic benches or lawns. Using our online itinerary creator, Ness attractions like Ness Botanic Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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381 reviews
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4.6
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  • Very nice, but not as nice as it was 40 years ago when I was a kid. The gorgeous rose garden has been removed and not replaced. The heather garden is gone. There are no test beds to marvel over. It is...  more »
  • Heavy rain so few people & very peaceful. Beautiful displays; nice lunch; friendly staff & volunteers. Well worth a visit!  more »
  • Really lovely gardens like it that it is not over manicured and bits still left wild. Rock garden fantastic. Disappointed with the shop, plants for sale were dying or dead. Cafe table service only. On...  more »
Google
  • A wonderful botanic garden owned by the University of Liverpool. Many rare trees and plants in show. The cafe is very pleasant with waiter/waitress service. There is an entrance fee for adults to the grounds, but if you're likely to visit four or more times a year, then annual 'Friends of Ness Gardens' membership is good value.
  • Lovely place to visit. Lots of walkways and wonderful flowers, plants and trees. There are plenty of seats dotted about and picnic tables. Great for energetic children to explore too.
  • A wonderful gem of a garden, with lovely plants, all labelled, and fantastic views over the Dee estuary, with plenty of seats and benches to relax on. Loved it.
  • Love this place. Owned but the University of Liverpool, it's great for the kids to run around and discover something new throughout the seasons of the year. There's a nice little adventure playground and a great little tractor play zone. They often have 'spot the _____' activities for kids as you go around the gardens (EG Reindeer at Xmas). Pick up a leaflet in the foyer that will list attractions throughout the year, including BBC R4 Gardeners Question Time Anniversary Garden Party and Photography competitions, etc. Great views across to Wales over the River Dee, however be warned, you get Mozzies in numbers here if there's a warm and wet end of summer. The café is lovely, nice cake and good for a cuppa. The little ones can pick up an ice cream while you rummage through the bookshelf and pay whatever you like into the honesty box. The shop has some pricey, but very high quality items, including locally sourced sheep wool blankets, etc. We pay an annual subscription and come multiple times a year - worth every penny. It's a great spot for a relaxing day and also a hot spot for outdoor weddings.
  • Wonderful views across the Dee estuary. Varied planting and lots to see

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