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Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

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Address: Astor Drive | Grappenhall, Warrington WA4 3DS, England
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+44 1925 213638
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 13:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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. As a result of assistance from the local community, the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden and funding provided by English Partnerships and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the four-acre walled garden has now been restored to its former glory. The garden compromises of a Victorian kitchen garden with eight fully restored glass houses and a pleasure garden with three ponds. 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 and events. New amenities include a community space, toilets, picnic tables and the Fountain Room Cafe which is open from 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays. The cafe may also open for selected events so please check the website or contact the office in advance. Closed Mondays

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Hidden Gem

Small compared to nearby Walton Gardens but definitely worth a visit. Gardens are well looked after and have a cafe open at weekends. Great if you just want a quiet walk for an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Small compared to nearby Walton Gardens but definitely worth a visit. Gardens are well looked after and have a cafe open at weekends. Great if you just want a quiet walk for an hour or so, I've never seen it crowded.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After years living in Warrington I have only just discovered Grappenhall Heys. Its simply a pleasant place to walk alone, with kids or a dog (on a lead in the gardened/pond area). I go into the woods with the dog down the long path running through the fields. You have different places to explore. Lovely little fruit trees walled garden... More 

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GHwalledgarden, Community Outreach Officer at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, responded to this review

Just to let you know that the café is very dog friendly - you can leave your dog just outside whilst you place your order and then either enjoy your food/beverage at our tables outside the glasshouses or if the weather is inclement, under the gazebo in the rear yard. More 

Warrington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Lovely food and friendly service, although very slow at times and could possibly be improved with waitress service. The glass houses are very atmospheric, and lighting would mean that they could open more in winter months for private parties and other events.

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Thank nellsmum
Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My friend and I discovered this beautiful garden recently whilst out walking our three Siberian Huskies. A gorgeous place, and such lovely staff. The atmosphere is so calm and serene, so relaxing, the drinks and home made food is excellent. I would happily sit here all day and take in the atmosphere and lots of beautiful home made cake.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We went today, nice set out gardens, approx 4 acres, well maintained. Cafe was clean and the cakes were nice. Tea was average at best. Coffee was nice. Staff were friendly

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Just took my mother in law who is 78, had a lovely walk around the gardens even though is is an autumn day. Had a lovely cup of tea and coffee, didn't eat here but they had a lovely menu. The cakes looked amazing, home made. They are having a Christmas fayre on 27th November so will definitely be returning.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

It's always a pleasure to visit this fantastically restored walled garden which is maintained by people that care with a passion. The food from the cafe is fresh, tasty and good value.

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GHwalledgarden, Community Outreach Officer at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, responded to this review

Thanks Mike - we love the place, but are obviously biased! It's great to hear that others think the same :-) More 

Warrington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Beautiful gardens and lovely setting for afternoon coffee. Service is really slow but the quality of food is good.

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Wellesbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Walked to the garden as very local for us. Great choice of coffees tea and soft drinks. There was a local fruit/veg stall all resonably priced. Great customer service, friendly and efficient. Events promoted on board at front of entrance. Will defo return. Thanks

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Well worth a visit nice tea rooms, gardens of a first class standard, get your veg in season, ponds to sit around and relax.....what more would one want,

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