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Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness CH64 4AY, England
+44 845 030 4063
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Excellent gardens with lots to see.

There are open spaces with good borders, views towards the River Dee and Wales, and rock gardens... read more

Reviewed today
Geoff J
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Greasby, United Kingdom
Beautiful gardens

Ness gardens are beautiful with the changing face of each season, the gardens now present the early... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Susie Q
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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The superb gardens at Ness on the Wirral Peninsular, overlooking the Dee Estuary were founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley; a Liverpool cotton merchant with a passion for gardens and plant collecting. Today the stunning 64 acre gardens have won a succession of awards including Large Attraction of the Year for Cheshire and Liverpool City Region and coveted RHS Gold Medal display garden at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. The Horsfall Rushby Visitor Centre provides a warm welcome to this Cheshire Garden of Distinction. Ness Botanische – display garden by TV presenter and garden designer Chris Beardshaw and Making Waves garden by award winning designer Pippa Probert. Our newly launched restaurant The Garden Kitchen serves quality locally sourced food along with the Garden Grub kiosk in the garden. An extensive events programme runs throughout the year.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“rock garden” (21 reviews)
“dee estuary” (18 reviews)
“north wales” (17 reviews)
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Ness CH64 4AY, England
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+44 845 030 4063
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Reviewed today

There are open spaces with good borders, views towards the River Dee and Wales, and rock gardens set amongst beautiful trees. If your time is limited I suggest you keep to the left once in the gardensandwork your way in and around all the spectacular...More

Thank Geoff J
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ness gardens are beautiful with the changing face of each season, the gardens now present the early summer with flowers and shrubs a framework for the wildlife that is maturing from spring. The best place for a picnic with a lovely coffee shop if you...More

Thank Susie Q
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Although well laid out, the beauty of the plants was difficult to see past some of the perennial weeds. The majority of the plants weren't labelled. The guided tour was disappointing as there were many areas of the gardens which we didn't see. We do...More

Thank ThePurpleRaven
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Something for everyone here. Large open spaces for families to picnic and children to run off steam. The gardens are spread out so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes, wheelchair accessible paths are also in place. Always something new to see with the ever...More

Thank Christine M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looks good on arrival. Good car park. Nice entrance and cafe. Friendly helpful staff. Lovely walks and views across to Wales. However I agree with some reviews as far back as May that many areas have been allowed to become weed infested. If docks, thistles,...More

Thank Richard L
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NessBotanicGardens, Manager at Ness Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed the views and found our staff friendly and helpful. Our staff and volunteers are always willing to assist in any way they can. I have passed your comments onto our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really great gardens. Wonderful variety of trees, shrubs and other plants. Combine with visit to Bodnant. Café is limited but recommend you bring a picnic

Thank WestGardener
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NessBotanicGardens, Manager at Ness Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope you visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Ness Gardens and I've been coming for years with my young family, they enjoy the trails and the natural play areas as well the freedom to just run and roll all over the place! In the past I've always picked up a take...More

Thank Heather G
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NessBotanicGardens, Manager at Ness Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review about the gardens. It's always great to see so many families enjoying the gardens and trails! I will pass your comments onto the catering manager for review. Feedback is really important to us...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the beautiful gardens and cafe today, made even better by the lovely weather. Received excellent service in the cafe and were able to cater for dietary requirements. Their regular tuna mayo has dairy in so the chef made me a different one. Little things...More

Thank DaleW115
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NessBotanicGardens, Manager at Ness Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are so glad you had such a pleasureable experience in both the cafe and the gardens! We do hope you visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Feeling very disappointed, these gardens are very poorly maintained many areas with not just a few weeds but weeds that have been germinating for months. Including several areas have bindweed. The main route being the nature trail has areas that I can only describe as...More

Thank Whisper68
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NessBotanicGardens, Manager at Ness Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I have passed your feedback onto the garden manager for review. Your feedback is really appreciated as it allows us to see areas which need improvement. I apologise for your disappointing experience at Ness but...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely time haven't visited for 20 years Gardens have developed well colour as I remember especially Rhododendrons. Want to mention tea room staff, especially Naomi who was excellent at organizing a busy lunch and tea time moving tables for larger parties and making...More

Thank Pamela S
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NessBotanicGardens, Manager at Ness Botanic Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Our rhododendrons were looking particulaly beautiful at your time of visiting the gardens! Naomi is a very valued member of the catering team so it's great to hear such complimentary feedback....More

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dona salina b
11 March 2018|
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Response from Ly2ns74 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, best advice would be to go on their website, find the contact us, email or ring them & ask, at worst they could say no.
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CBLT83
14 February 2018|
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Response from neil548 | Reviewed this property |
I recently answered the question "...are there any outside covered picnic areas ?". I have recently visited the gardens and can report with confidence there are two albeit relatively small covered with open sides. One is... More
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Response from NessBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for you question. Could you please advise which leaflet you have as the majority of our information has photographs and I will be happy to find the information for you. Thank you
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