This has to be one of the most beautiful places in the Wirral, a true hidden gem. The cafe is amazing with lovely home cooked food and delightful staff who can't do enough for you, a lovely way to spend a lazy day strolling around. It's worth visiting in every season as it changes so much.
I would recommend anyone coming to the Wirral to make time to slot this into their schedule.
Living only four miles away, we have now become 'Friends of Ness Gardens' and have been several times already this summer (I retired from work at Easter). The Management continue to make improvements all the time, and each time we see changes. If you go three ti,mes or more a year , its well worth joinging the Friends as you will save money. ITs a bit like asmall version of BOdnant Gardens in N Wales for those of you who know it.
Edit, visited again 13/3/13 with wife , mother in law and grandauaghter. For the first time we had lunch in the cafe, good quality and well presented food, nice ambience.
In 1898, Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a Liverpool cotton broker, founded Ness Gardens by building his house on a gorse covered sandstone outcrop. He systematically incorporated surrounding fields into what has now become one of the country's leading botanic gardens, a learning garden with plant introductions from all over the world. On his behalf, pioneering plant collectors scoured the temperate regions of the Far East for alpine and hardy plants which could be cultivated in our climate.After his death the gardens were bequeathed to the University of Liverpool by his daughter in 1948. A notable garden of international repute, it continues its excellence in research, conservation and public education.
This really is the answer to Kew in the North West and a must see oasis of charm in an otherwise hectic world.
Ness gardens is somewhere I remember being dragged to as a child and having to walk around looking at 'boring old plants'. Now that I am a parent I find myself inflicting such visits on my own children. To my surprise, a recent visit to Ness showed some changes had been made and modernisations taken place. I was very pleasantly surprised and the kids had fun too.
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