Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? A wander through one of the many National Open Gardens on Manchester’s doorstep should do the trick.

The National Open Garden Scheme opens up some of the country’s most beautiful gardens to the public, raising money for nursing and health charities through admission fees, and food and drink sales.

Check out some of our favourites that are just a short journey from the city centre.

64 Carrs Wood | Altrincham

64 Carrs Wood in Hale Barns boasts two-thirds of an acre’s worth of landscaped garden overlooking the Bollin Valley. Guests can meander through a woodland walk or take a moment in one of the seating areas or terrace.

64 Carr Wood Hale Barns, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 0EP
The Old Parsonage | Cheshire

A two-acre garden hidden in a secluded area of Arley Estate, The Old Parsonage is littered with ancient yew hedges and a variety of splendid greenery and blooms. There’s also a pond with gunnera and water plants making it the perfect spot for relaxation.

The Old Parsonage Back Lane, Arley Green, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6LZ
Parkers Lodges | Bury

Located on the site of a demolished Victorian bleaching mill, a small group of volunteers have lovingly transformed the once-overgrown green space, which spans 12 acres and two lakes, into a welcoming landscape that still allows local wildlife to flourish.

Parkers Lodges 28 Lodge Side, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2SW
Maggie's Manchester | Manchester

World-renowned architect, Lord Foster, and acclaimed landscape designer, Dan Pearson (Best in Show winner at Chelsea Flower Show), have created a stunning space in partnership with the charity Maggie’s, which offers support to those living with cancer.

Within the garden sits a glass house and vegetable garden which are both used by people with cancer to chat together as they plant, weed and sow.


Maggie's, Manchester Kinnaird Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M20 4QL
Laskey Farm | Warrington

A 1.5 acre garden filled with rose borders, a vegetable area, greenhouse and a grass maze. There is also a network of connected pools that provide a home for both specimen Koi and terrapins, and a water garden complete with swimming pond.

Laskey Farm Laskey Lane, Thelwall, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 2TF
10 Statham Avenue | Lymm

An abundance of shrubbery and herbaceous beds create a wild array of colours and shades, offering the perfect peaceful retreat. There are several outhouses to explore, including the ‘Egg House’, and at the top of the garden you’ll find ‘Thomas’s Steps’ below the Bridgewater towpath, part of the Lymm Heritage trail.

10 Statham Avenue Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9NH
Bretherton Gardens | Leyland

Described as a ‘plant-lovers paradise’, a group of enticing gardens are spaced across the award-winning village and conservation area. There’s plenty to see here, including a sculpture gallery, which usually hosts demonstrations at 2pm, pond and plant nursery.

Bretherton Gardens Bretherton, Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 9AD
Pear Tree Cottage | Leyland

Visitors to Pear Tree Cottage can enjoy spectacular views of the West Pennine Moors and a wildlife pond that has become a haven for nesting birds. Elsewhere, the gardens are a hotbed for vegetable growing and a ‘secret garden’ provides guests with a tranquil green oasis.

Pear Tree Cottage Eyes Lane, Bretherton, Leyland, Lancashire, PR26 9AS
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Wed 10 May 2023