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Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

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Address: 1 Witherwin Avenue | Grappenhall, Warrington WA43DS, England
Phone Number: 441925213638
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 12:00 am - 3:30 pm

Grappenhall Heys walled garden was created around 1830 by Thomas Parr, a...

Grappenhall Heys walled garden was created around 1830 by Thomas Parr, a Warrington banker, as part of his estate totalling 150 acres. In the 1950's the estate was broken up and land was sold. In the 1970's the family mansion was destroyed in a fire and was demolished. The only surviving part of the original estate was the walled garden which over time became neglected and managed by different groups.

Due to assistance from the local community, the friends of the gardens and with funding provided by English Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the four-acre walled has been restored to its former glory. The garden compromises of a Victorian kitchen garden with eight glass houses and a pleasure garden.

Today, this secret garden is a true asset to the community with an array of events, school programmes and workshops for adults, groups, children and families. Charges apply for some activities.

New amenities include a community space, toilets, picnic tables and a cafe is open on Saturday & Sunday afternoon by volunteers. Cafe may open for selected events so please check the website or contact the office in advance. Closed Mondays

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We've been before but earlier or later in the year. Very pretty area with plenty for the family too. We bought produce grown in the gardens and enjoyed the walk round looking at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We've been before but earlier or later in the year. Very pretty area with plenty for the family too. We bought produce grown in the gardens and enjoyed the walk round looking at the ducklings and plants.

Thank WirralBeaniebabe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here when they had an apple picking event and it was so much fun the ground of the garden are absolutely beatiful, it has an amazing pond and sells delicious food in its cafe, the overall garden is also surrounded by a wood to the left of the gardens which has a very entertaining rope swing . overall... More 

Thank ghost hunter m
Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To me, this is like a secret garden, you walk in through the gate and feel like you're in another world. It's so peaceful and is lovely on a sunny day. I'm not sure if you can buy fruit and veg that they grow they, I know they use it in some of it in the café. The only downside... More 

Thank auntieenemy
Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

A fantastic credit to all the volunteers who made this place such a wonderful garden to visit.👍👍👍 What a fantastic place to take friends and family for a lovely walk around.they also have plenty of events on.

Thank kensteph2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Took the two grandchildren for an hour out.what a lively place to visit.the gardens were beautiful all the foliage was out round the ponds which had plenty of fish.koi carp.only a small walled garden but you could stay for hours have a picnic plenty of seating area.the cafe was lovely with lovely staff.we had drinks and cake.you can take your... More 

Thank Caroleandphil2015
Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

In the area and called in on the off chance. Pleasant well maintained gardens recently restored run by volunteers. I think, only open Sunday's. Enjoyed a loverly afternoon walk followed by drinks in the cafe and the chance to purchase home made produce. Staff very welcoming, would visit again if in the area.

Thank Ian W
Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Just back from a lovely walled garden only just found this little gem near Appleton. Beautiful gardens. Only opens 1.00 to 4.00pm. Also has a cafe but that only opens on Sundays. Looking forwrd to returning to try it. Lots of activities during the childrens holidays.

Thank lynbaz32
Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gardens with ponds, great for dog walking. The glasshouses have now been refurbished and there is a cafe open at weekends

Thank Sally M
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Spend a lovely hour here strolling around the garden and sitting by the pond. Sadly the café was not open when we visited (I believe it only opens on Sundays). The glasshouses have some very interesting plants and the flowerbeds were planted with beautifully colourful spring flowers.

Thank Rosedalebull
Warrington, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Accompanied yr 2 school children last week on a trip for pond dipping/lifecyle of a frog..lovely location, well planned session, knowledgeable staff. I have in the past also been with Rainbows for a nature trail. The children in both groups of all ages thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and the experience brought them closer to nature. Indoor classroom and toilets make... More 

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GHwalledgarden, Public Relations Manager at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, responded to this review

Many thanks for your positive review of the community and school workshop session which mainly run in the week. The community space within the glasshouses, which were funded and restored by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been a valuable asset in reaching out and involving the community in various ways. Positive feedback and good ratings have also meant we have... More 

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