Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The romantic gothic Castle - a product of the early 19th century - stands on a high rise above a lake. The Castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including Cedars of Lebanon, Oak, and Chestnut. The gardens surrounding the Castle provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a Temple Water Garden, Rose Garden, a variety of mixed borders. Plantings are planned to provide colour at all times of the year.
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Bev B
Alnwick, UK32 contributions
Dog friendly gardens and amazing variety of trees (Gardeners World 2 for 1 card valid here)
Aug 2021
Always great to find attractive dog friendly gardens! The reviews on here are quite mixed but we felt the estate has tried to act on the criticisms left. The man on the entrance gate could not have been more welcoming and gave us a free map of the grounds and explained where we could picnic (both earlier criticisms.) We had a picnic on a bench at a large, beautiful lake (before the bridge to the main car park) and then strolled along it watching the wildfowl. We noticed that there is a really good new playground for children by the lake - another criticism on here. (There are toilets just the other side of the road.) We then drove on to the main carpark. We strolled along the beautiful Temple Lake and Folly Lake with their water lilies. The stunning Lavinia Walk wide flower beds had lots of late summer colour and we sat on a bench for a while watching the butterflies and bees - unlike an earlier visitor, we found plenty of benches to sit on round the estate and made good use of them! After a quick visit to the small rose garden - there were more blooms than we expected there for August- we walked up through the small glen garden to the stone mosaic before the castle before moving on to have coffee and cake in the charming wooden chalet at the edge of the woods. The lady there was warm and keen to help. The cafe itself is nicely decorated but we chose to sit on one of the many benches outside. It was hard to choose between the ice cream, and home made cakes. Next we decided to explore the woodland up the hill by the cafe as my teenage daughter loves looking for mushrooms - she wasn't disappointed - there were lots. We loved the variety of unusual, ancient trees. At the top of Tower Hill there was an extensive view over Cheshire and the Welsh hills. No-one else seemed to be in the woods but there wasn't really any signage/info about them. There was a stand at the viewpoint on Tower Hill for an explanatory board which had been removed, we hope to be replaced. Also we would have loved to have been able to purchase a guide to the woodland - there were stunning trees but we had no idea what many of them were. The website mentions an arboretum but we couldn't see it on the map and we weren't sure if we were in it. So one constructive suggestion for the future - your trees are amazing please produce a leaflet to help us understand them better. We spent 5 hours in all at the garden and felt that £8.50 per person was fair and the 2 for 1 with the Gardeners World card meant it was even better value (I think RHS members also gets discounts at certain times of year)
Written 30 August 2021
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Trudi
York, UK316 contributions
Charmin Cholmondeley
Aug 2021 • Family
Gorgeous grounds to walk in. Beautiful Lilly lakes and flower gardens. A brief walk to the chapel and round the outskirts of the castle vmwith some lovely views. Great little coffee shop serving food, drinks and icecream. Wooden play area on way in and fishing on the lake
Written 30 August 2021
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fourtowns1
Chester, UK4 contributions
NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE
Aug 2021
Just spent the afternoon at cholmondeley castle. We were last there about 4 years ago. Sadly a lack of facilities for children.the animal farm is no longer and the castle gift shop has dissapeared. The meadow look just makes the place looked unloved and deserted. It’s now a waste of money. You may as well go to the local woods for free.your paying for nothing to be honest.its so sad as our family have been visiting for over 40 years.
Written 15 August 2021
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guesthouseChester
Genoa, Italy27 contributions
Beautiful gardens
Aug 2021 • Couples
From the arrival met by a lovely man who was very welcoming and gave us our map the grounds are absolutely beautiful such a lovely range of plants and so well cared for and every tree you can think of and such lovely friendly staff in the tea shop lovely afternoon out will definitely come again thank you
Written 1 August 2021
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Tattvadarzin
Telford, UK97 contributions
Poor gardens, reasonable walks, expensive for what it is
Jul 2021
I went to the small plant fair because entrance was about half price - just as well.  The fair wasn't up to much, but I daresay arriving an hour or so after opening meant the best stuff had gone.

First impressions of the pools and surrounding walks were favourable.  The gardens were disappointing.  The area of them was very limited.  There was a huge amount of repetition in the limited range.  It was as if a job lot of plants came off a lorry and each year the perennials were divided up and redistributed.  The rose garden was not looked after.  The plants badly needed dead heading and there were many gaps.

This was a place for walking but flower lovers coming just to see the gardens may be disappointed especially if paying the full price.

The owners need to get out of their pretty castle and invest a whole lot more in the land.  It needs a better/larger gardening team and a much more diverse range of perennials.
Written 23 July 2021
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Good afternoon, firstly, thank you for taking the time to review Cholmondeley Castle Gardens. The Plant Fair was our busiest day for many years and due to its continued popularity it is unsurprising that the best products and plants sell first. We are of course disappointed with some remarks made above as the gardening team here work incredibly hard all year round to provide a healthy, well cared for and remarkably colourful garden. The Rose Garden has had a bumper bloom this year and has been very well received. We believe £8.50 to be a fair price for such extensive grounds and formal gardens on a normal day and £4 for this plus a plant fair, which is what you paid, seems more than reasonable. We appreciate your feedback, the Castle is indeed pretty - beautiful! and we will continue to push to improve year on year.
Written 26 July 2021
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CheshireSue_W
Cheshire37 contributions
A place for all seasons (assuming weather OK)
Jul 2021
Visited morning of 22nd July 2021. Lovely gardens. Woodland, formal garden, rose garden, field of orchids and water features. Also nice walk around the lake. Like the longhorn cattle and dragonflies. Worth a visit spring, summer or Autumn. Warm welcome, nice tea room with plenty of outdoor seating (also immaculate, spacious & well ventilated toilet facilities).
Written 23 July 2021
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Thank you for your review! We're delighted you had such a lovely time and we look forward to your next visit!
Written 26 July 2021
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Happy Traveller
Newquay, UK2 contributions
Lovely countryside but not a great place to visit
Jun 2021 • Family
I visited Cholmondeley Castle a few years ago and it was lovely. Wow! It’s not what it was. Poor experience for children - the little small animal farm has closed, no play areas and no engagement for young people at all. A children’s map and a nature spotter sheet are easy to do. A den building area like at Chirk Castle would be good. It is clear that children haven’t been considered and the management aren’t interested in them.

Gardens are ok but certainly not what they were. The beautiful lake is awful. Overgrown and stagnant. The rose garden is beautiful and the smell is amazing.

That’s about it. Certainly not worth a special trip and the entrance gate needs to be a little friendlier!
Written 22 July 2021
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B1678
United Kingdom66 contributions
Very Pleasant Afternoon
Jul 2021
Visited Cholmondeley on Wednesday 7th July, arriving early afternoon. It's a very picturesque site with the castle towering over the place. The gardens are really nice and well maintained with a varied selection of plants. If you want a good, long walk surrounded by nice scenery there's plenty of scope to do that. It wasn't too busy either. The cafe was really nice, had coffee and scones. Very friendly staff in there too. All in all, a really nice and relaxing afternoon. For info, there is a disabled car park behind the coffee shop.
Written 11 July 2021
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Enlea S
2 contributions
Beautiful gardens, but lacking in vegan options
May 2021
The gardens were stunning, it's such a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. The only thing disappointing was the lack of vegetarian and vegan options in the cafe. I don't believe there were any vegan options food wise or any milk alternatives such as Soy or Oat milk which is behind the times as people are more environmentally conscious and have dietary requirements.
Written 24 June 2021
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Kz66
Birmingham, UK22 contributions
Rose perfume and orchid delights
Jun 2021
We have visited Chomondeley Castle Gardens several times since 2012 and have seen a few changes, but despite these our visit today to this beautiful, peaceful place was very enjoyable. We walked down to the chapel - just for the walk really, as the chapel was closed due to Covid, then we followed the mown paths through the arboretum, explored the beautiful water gardens and breathed deeply in the rose garden where the scents were delicious. One astonishing thing for me was the delicate beauty in the orchid walk - I have never seen so many orchids growing among the long grass, the daisies and the buttercups - just beautiful. Next time we come we will try and find time to walk out to the large lake, which we could not fit in today,
Written 23 June 2021
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