Gardens to visit in the North West

Our gardens are filled with colour and scent in summer, as rose gardens come into full bloom and rhododendrons reach their peak. And don't miss our natural wildflower meadows too, for a splash of summer colour. If you're planning your next visit, here are our top picks to make the most of summer in gardens across Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.

View over the gardens at Quarry Bank towards the mill

Quarry Bank

Take a stroll through Quarry Bank's walled garden this summer to see the colours change through the season, from sweet peas and cut flowers to fresh summer vegetables. Head out to the Apprentice House orchard and meadow to see native wildflowers come to life.

The orangery in the garden in summer at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey

Set against the brickwork of the house, the Saloon Border at Dunham Massey bursts into life in summer with vibrant yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. The iconic Dunham Massey rose garden will be in full bloom too, with the picture-perfect sunflower field creating a spectacular summer display.

Hare Hill walled garden in summer

Hare Hill

With rare rhododendrons, wisteria, peonies, lilies and lots more, this Cheshire garden is a really hidden gem. Make the most of the quiet Walled Garden and soak up the summer days at Hare Hill.

A family visiting the garden at Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall

Head to Rufford and enjoy the sea of cornfield flowers as you arrive. If you take a stroll along the canal, look out for rare wildflowers – our garden volunteers will keep a record of any special flowers you spot.

A family by the house at Speke Hall and Garden

Speke Hall

After lots of work from our gardeners, the orchard at Speke Hall is being transformed into traditional orchard meadow, with native wildflowers surrounding the heritage apple trees. You can enjoy the heady scent of the Rose Garden this summer too, which is filled with the floribunda variety of rose, once enjoyed by Speke Hall's owner Adelaide Watt.

The summer bedding in flower in the garden at Lyme, Cheshrie

Lyme

Lyme's summer beds are a must-see, full of vibrant colour from June to August with the bold purple, red and yellow dahlias on show towards the end of the season. Or head into the Orangery at Lyme to discover plants from all over the world that thrive in warmer weather.

The Shinto Temple and Arched Bridge in the Japanese Garden at Tatton Park, Cheshire.

Tatton Park

Explore 50 acres of glorious gardens at Tatton, like the spectacular fernery and the tranquil Japanese garden. One of the most picturesque gardens in England, Tatton shows visitors today an almost complete picture of how it would have looked in Edwardian times.

A gardener tending to roses at Chirk Castle

Gardeners' tips 

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