Arley Hall Gardens
Beautiful Arley Hall Gardens are situated near the village of Great Budworth. The Arley estate has been held by the Warburton family since the end of the twelfth century, it presently covers 2000 acres of parkland and has over 12 acres of formal gardens. The present gardens were created in the 1830s, and were developed during the 20th century.
The gardens, which were voted in the top 50 in Europe and in Britainīs top 10, have been lovingly created over 250 years with each generation of the family making its own contribution.
Outstanding features are the renowned double herbaceous border, the Quercus Ilex and pleached Lime Avenues at the front of the house, which were planted in the 1850s and the sheer variety of rhododendrons, azaleas and specimen trees in The Grove.
The magnificent double Herbaceous Border at Arley Hall was laid out in 1846 and was one of the first to be planted in England. Between the sections of the border are yews which have been pruned into various decorative shapes. To the south of the herbaceous border is the Ilex Avenue which consists of seven pairs of holm oaks clipped into the shape of cylinders. In the angle between the Herbaceous Border and the Ilex Avenue is the Shrub Rose Garden.
The Sundial Circle contains a sundial surrounded by a lawn and borders of shrub-roses and other flowering shrubs. From the Sundial Circle a path leads into an area known as the Victorian Rootree. The Fish Garden has a small sunken garden containing a pond. The Walled Garden was formerly one of the kitchen gardens at Arley but was redesigned in 1960. It contains a pond surrounded by statues of four heraldic beasts which were originally on the roof of the house. In the centre of the pond is a modern flower sculpture designed by Tom Leaper.
There is also specialist plant nursery.
Stockley Farm, part of the Arley estate, is an additional visitor attraction for children and families.