Arley Hall & Gardens


The Garden

Amongst the finest in Britain and Europe the gardens have been created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family and thus offer an unusual blend of long history and traditional design with inspired modern ideas and additions. The result is a garden rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality – a wonderful example of the idea that the best gardens are living, changing works of art. 

The garden's best known feature is its Herbaceous Border which was probably the first border of its kind planted in England, this along with the unique Quercus Ilex Columns, Pleached Lime Avenue of trees and the furlong walk make this simply the most amazing and interesting garden. 

Within its eight acres of formal gardens, which can take you several hours to meander around, there are many different areas, each with its own distinctive character, on the NE side of the house, beyond the Chapel is The Grove, a well established arboretum and a Woodland Walk of about 6 or 7 acre. The Grove has a pathway approx 1/3rd of a mile long and it will take you approx 30 minutes to walk around depending on your pace and interest in the planting, while the Woodland Walk is approx 1/5th of a mile long and will take you approx 15 minutes to walk, once again depending on your pace. 

At Arley you will see a huge range of different plants of all kinds, making it a treasure trove both for the keen plantsman and for the less specialised visitor.  View Map

The Gardener

These magnificent gardens are maintained by a fantastic team of gardeners led by Head Gardener Gordon Baillie. We are extremely lucky to have a number of excellent volunteer gardeners; however the award winning team consists of: Dave Groom, Doug Rustage, James Youd and Mark Ormerod-Jordan.


Garden Details

Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA, England
Arley is signposted from Junction 9/10 on the M56 and Junction 19/20 on the M6. Follow the brown tourist signs.
To book ring 01565 777353 ext 20
Gardens, Chapel, Gift Shop & Tudor Barn Restaurant (Monday - Sunday inclusive) March & October only
11am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
April - September
11am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
The Hall (Tuesdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays only)
March & October only
12noon - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
April - September
12noon - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Gardens Only Admission Price, March & October only - Adults £3.75, Concessions £3.50, Children (5-12) £1.50, Family (2+2) £9.00
Gardens Only Admission Price, April - September - Adults £7.50, Concessions £7.00, Children (5-12) £3.00, Family (2+2) £18.00

Hall & Gardens Admission Price, March & October only - Adults £5.00, Concessions £4.50, Children (5-12) £2.00, Family (2+2) £12.50
Hall & Gardens Admission Price, April - September - Adults £10.00, Concessions £9.00, Children (5-12) £4.00, Family (2+2) £25.00
Cafe/Resaurant Available
Whilst visiting Arley Hall & Gardens rest awhile in the delightful surroundings of our Tudor Barn Restaurant. Conveniently located in the cobbled courtyard, the licensed Tudor Barn offers a wide choice of freshly prepared food and drinks. You can choose from a simple snack, various sandwiches, homemade soups or a number of main meals and daily specials.

Hot and cold drinks are available including speciality coffee’s which will make a great accompaniment to our range of tasty handmade cakes, scones and tray bakes.
You are welcome to enjoy your own picnic at the tables near the children's playground.
You may choose to eat in the main restaurant, take advantage of the tranquil outdoor seating area overlooking the hall or simply purchase one of our takeaway sandwiches, soups or salads.
Wheelchair Access
Both The Grove and Woodland walk are not suitable for wheelchair access during wet periods, however The Gardens has good wheelchair access, no matter what the weather, please be aware though that the pathways throughout the Gardens are all either grass and gravel .
Dogs Allowed
Our gardens are a great day out for the whole family, including your dogs, whatever the season!
Children Allowed
Children's Garden Trail. Find the clues hidden around the gardens and make up the answer to the trail question with the letters you find.
The take your answer to the shop and collect your prize!
There is swinging, sliding and jumping throughout our Children's Play Area.
Arley is a magical venue with enormous character, charm and interest. Guests arriving at the Estate will be struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home. Set amidst breath-taking surroundings; Arley Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian Country House built in the Elizabethan style and is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the country. The lavish ceilings, elaborate carvings, plaster work and stain glass windows create a wonderful feeling of grandeur and add to this perfect setting for any wedding celebration.
Plants/Other Sales
The Nursery March - September 2014 (Monday - Sunday inclusive)
10am - 5.30pm.
The Arley gift shop offers a fine range of gifts from Roy Kirkham china mugs, glassware and garden books to PURE by Coppercraft jewellery. Caspari birthday and celebration cards can also be purchased along with many gifts exclusive to Arley including watercolour prints by Elizabeth, the late Lady Ashbrook and an illustrative book "The Story of a Garden ARLEY 1831 - 1991" also written by Lady Elizabeth. Arley tea towels and stationery are also available.
Guided Tours
Arley Hall welcomes groups of all ages and interests. Whether you have a full day or a half day to spend at Arley, we can organise an itinerary to make the most of your time here. Whether you are a coach tour operator, schools coordinator or run an interest group of any sort Arley can offer you a great day.
Other Facilities

Arley Hall is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The elaborate ceilings & oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents are not the only features which make Arley Hall so special. Visitors are enthralled by entering a piece of living history, which gives an intimate insight into life in the Hall and the history of a family that has cherished Arley as their home for over 550 years.

Arley Hall provides a professional Cheshire event venue for corporate business meetings; seminars; conferences; presentations and banquets. The team here at Arley have extensive experience in corporate hospitality and managing events.