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Ness Botanic Gardens

Fascinating botanic gardens with superb views on the Wirral Peninsula.

  • 4.6

  • from 465 Google reviews

A sign on the side of a road
A sign on the side of a road

Ness Gardens entrance by Rept0n1x. CC BY-SA 3.0

About the garden

While much about these award-winning gardens has transformed over the last century, including its size and layout, one thing has remained – its commitment to uphold founder Arthur Kilpin Bulley’s ambition to share the space and its diverse plants with others.

Part of the University of Liverpool, this 64-acre plot offers delightful vistas of the Dee Estuary and houses a major collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Spot fascinating bark markings on the Birches and vibrant Witch Hazel adding a pop of colour against wintery skies. See Magnolias bloom accompanied by spring birdsong, plus the beautiful Mediterranean Banks are not to be missed in summer. Then, revive with a hot meal or sandwich, made from locally sourced ingredients, in The Botanic Kitchen Cafe.

Nowadays, Ness Botanic Gardens increasingly aim to prioritise research, conservation and education of the public, so visitors can also join guided walks and attend lectures to learn more about the gardens.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Ness Botanic Gardens.

Opening times

Year Round Every Day 10AM - 5PM

Useful details

Garden area

64 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes - We have two push wheelchairs available for hire, there is no charge.

Cheshire, CH64 4AY

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Find the garden

Ness Botanic Gardens
CH64 4AY
Sat Nav Postcode
CH64 4AY
Public Transport
487 bus from Liverpool or W1 bus from Neston train station (2 miles away).
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 465 Google reviews

Nicola Whitley

3 months ago


We visited over the weekend, it has been a good few years since we last had been around the gardens. A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, taking in nature and appreciating the natural beauty that surrounds us. Lots to look at and explore, it truly was a haven of calm, a quiet, peaceful space to relax within and spend time.

Patricia Hobson

3 months ago


Absolutely stunning gardens , peaceful and beautiful. Lots of very old trees to sit under in the shade. Nice food and drink in the cafe everywhere very clean. Take care on uneven paths but if you are careful you will enjoy the day out.

Victoria Alice Westwood

4 months ago


I had an excellent oat milk latte to go from the cafe. The gift shop is also fantastic with a wide selection of nature themed gifts, cards and books. In the photo is a family of Robins that came to say hello with 2 chicks. For the size and scope of the garden the £8 entrance fee is very reasonable.

David Jones

4 months ago


First visit to Ness Botanic Garden and was not disappointed. Lovely sunny day just enhanced this beautiful garden, full of mature shrubs, Rhododendrons and Camelias, a South facing sloped garden full of giant Echiums, which also featured in other areas, including the Woodland garden and Water garden with pond and waterfall. The garden slopes down from the Visitor Centre & Cafe which means there are steps, but wheelchair & mobility scooter users can take the easier route. There are superb views of the distant Dee Estuary & North Wales. I highly recommend this beautiful garden, it may take more than one visit, there is so much to see. Enjoy

A Google User

7 months ago


Always a lovely day out. The gardens are always stunning, and it is nice to come at different times of the year and see how things change with the changing of the seasons. Always something new to see, or an idea to take away. Staff are always friendly and helpful.

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01517 956300

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