For my birthday last week I asked to go to somewhere beautiful and pretty to walk and look around. That might seem like an odd request from a 25 year old, but I feel totally at peace with myself and the world at places of history, beauty and elegance. When you take a step back from the crap of reality and emerge yourself for a few hours into a peaceful country home, a castle or lovely gardens your worries seem washed away. Honestly for me there is no better self-care method then taking a few hours to go to some posh pleb’s manor in the countryside and look around his garden.
So when my boyfriend suggested Cholmondeley Castle Gardens for the day, this was a perfectly suitable suggestion. It was around an hours drive for where we live in Stoke-On-Trent and was just the perfect way to spend the day. So he did give me prior warning we weren’t allowed into the actual castle because the family still live there (it was my birthday and still not invite in) but when you see the gardens this really doesn’t matter.
The castle was first built in 1801 by George James, 4th Earl of Cholmondeley and the turrets were later built in 1828. The current Cholmondeley family divide their time between this estate and their other home in Norfolk.
The Gardens are open between 30th March 2018 until the 30th September 2018. They are open on a Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. They are open between the hours of 11am-5pm.
Plenty of parking just opposite the castle
Suitable for children:
There is a park for the children to play in and lovely gardens to walk around. We did find the paths suitable for prams, however to get to the castle to have a look around the outside was not pram friendly.
There is a little tea shop/cafe located on the grounds where there is cakes, sandwiches and tea/coffee. It was a lovely sunny day when we went so we sat outside, but there was plenty of indoor seating
Adults – £7
Children – £4
Under 4s – Free
Some things to note:
Debit cards/credit cards are not accepted in the tea room so take cash.
Toilets are sparse so we had to change Pippa on a picnic table in front of ALOT of people.
Dogs are allowed but they have to be on a lead
So enjoy these beautiful photos below and if you want to see it even more you can go to my birthday vlog on my Youtube channel (cheeky plug)
We had a lovely time and we will definitely be going back because I saw that they host Dogfest annually so that’s scheduled in my diary for next year.
Let me know if you enjoyed this and whether there is any places I should visit in the Cheshire/Staffordshire or in the UK in general. I’m always up for a road trip.
(THIS WAS NO WAY SPONSORED FYI)
For more information visit their website: Cholmondeley Gardens