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“Bare bottom by the lake...”

Cholmondeley Castle and gardens
Ranked #109 of 341 things to do in Cheshire
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Lovely gardens here.

The Duckery and the Temple Garden are beautiful. A couple of little lakes with Temple structures, little bridges and islands with sculptures.

There is no card machine at the entrance gate so have your cash ready!!

You have to park on the field at the bottom and walk up quite a steep bank. Not advised if you have a wheel chair.

We never seen any toilets or refreshment area so make sure you're empty and you bring a picnic.

There is a shop which is the worst shop I have ever been in. Imagine a really bad charity shop with half the stock on the shelves. It was full of useless things similar to items people leave behind at carboot sales that didn't sell.

Worth popping in for the Gardens.

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Visited on a charity day for the Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust. Arrived at 11.00am with pre-booked tickets so no delays getting in. The grounds are lovely. You have a nursery, plant sales, a Chapel to visit, an animal enclosure area (rabbits, guinea pigs, exotic birds, llamas, pigs, goats and horses) There are private areas and the actual 'castle' is not open to the public but there are lots of landscaped areas (Temple Garden, Rose Garden, The Duckery) with lots of woodland to walk. Children have play areas and the Tea Room has tasty food and ice creams. Plan to return when there is no event so we can go round the bits we missed the first time. If you like nature/gardens then it is a nice day out.

Thank 555BevM
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

We ventured out from Chester city centre to the gardens at Cholmondeley Castle. Took about 30 minutes to get there, well sign posted. £6 entry fee, cash only since they don't have a credit card system available at the entrance gate. Great price. MONEY WELL SPENT! The gardens are a true delight. We walked first to the Temple Water garden and from every angle it provides a wonderful array of colour, textures, views. Perfect for the keen photographer. There is a lovely wrought iron domed feature just above the garden from which you have a magnificent view of the water garden and a panorama of trees. Can't wait to see it all in Autumn colours when we go back later in the year.

The rose garden had lots of lovely types and colours of roses. The scent from these and other perfumed plants wafts across the garden, the bees seem almost dizzy. From there we went to the tea rooms and enjoyed an excellent selection of sandwiches and cake. They also offer hot meals and all at good prices. By the time we headed to the animal paddocks it was raining heavily. The cattle and llamas didn't mind so much but everything else, including us, decided to head indoors. We retraced our steps and went to the gift shop, viewing the lily pond on route.

Rain stopped play! Consequently there was much that we weren't able to see and do, such as the Chapel, the duckery and the nature trail walk. For the kids there was an adventure playground being constructed, so it would make for a good family day out. I can't believe you get so much for such a small entry fee. Another visit is definitely on the list for the future.

Thank Bigardafan
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Reviewed 30 May 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed childrens playparks and small animal farm. Gardens fab and happened to go when brass band playing. Four year old contented and relaxing day!

Thank pipdive
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

If your after a superb relaxing stroll around some exquisite gardens, then this is the place to come :) Absolutely no pressures to be found here, only beautiful landscaped nature. Come early as there are so many hidden treasures here to be found and enjoyed by yourself or your loved one. Bring a picnic to be enjoyed on the lawns, or find yourself a tranquil spot by one of the lake sides. You can also try their own tea room, which we thought looked really tempting, may be next time when we come it will be sampled.
All in all we had a lovely romantic day and look forward to coming again to see what we missed. Check out the opening times before you come !! The best £6.00 each you will spend. Enjoy.......We did very muchly :)

Thank olimpilot
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