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Grange Road, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST8 7SD


01782 510624

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
21st Feb - 27th Feb; daily; 10.30am - 3.30pm
3rd Mar - 31st Mar; Thurs - Mon; 10.30am - 5.30pm
1st April - 31st Oct; Daily; 10.30am - 5.30pm
4th Nov - 19th Dec; Fri - Mon; 10.30am - 3.30pm
Open BH Mons. Closes dusk if earlier. Last admission 30mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Pre-booking is advised, group rate on admission price is available for groups of 15+

Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

17 July and 18 September

Best Times of Year to Visit:


To see:

Rhododendrons Dahlias Autumn colour, particularly the Golden Larch and Acers in the China Garden

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets):
Adult £7.35 (£6.68), child £3.70 (£3.36), family £18.40 (£16.72).
Joint ticket available with Little Moreton Hall Wednesday to Sunday 6 April to 30 October only (Standard Admission): adult £12.75, child £6.40, family £32

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Guide and Hearing dogs only. Limited access for the disabled, there are many steps throughout the Garden, unsuitable for people with mobility problems. Picnicking in the carpark area only.

Garden Features & Events

A rare and exciting survival of a high Victorian garden; Tunnels and pathways lead the visitor on a miniature tour of the world; Rare and exotic planting and architecture: from an Egyptian court, to elegant Italian terraces; Unique Chinese garden, including a temple, enclosed within its own Great Wall of China; Victorian eccentricities: an upside-down tree and strange stone sculpture. Refurbished woodland terrace area and joint ticket with Little Moreton Hall.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Chapel Croft B&B, Biddulph
Lion & Swan, Congleton
Bulls Head, Congleton


The Monument, Biddulph

Inns & Pubs:

The Talbot, Biddulph
The Coach House, Timbersbrook

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Peak District National Park

Description of Garden

This fifteen acre garden has everything, and in extraordinary measure, and must be visited to be properly appreciated. Where else would you find an Egyptian tomb, a Scottish glen, a Chinese water-garden with a design based on the familiar willow pattern porcelain and complete with pagoda, an imitation Great Wall, a Stumpery, a half-timbered Cheshire cottage leading into a Pyramid, an avenue of wellingtonias, a gilded water buffalo under a canopy and an enormous stone frog? Just one or two of these would make any garden worth visiting but Biddulph Grange has them all, cleverly linked by subterranean pathways, stepping stones across water and narrow paths around rock faces and with each hidden from the other so that the experience of walking round the garden is a series of sudden, delightful surprises. This is one of the most important and influential gardens of the 19th century, but its unsurpassed originality and beauty still capture the imagination. Now open is the unrestored Geological Gallery.

History Of Garden

The estate was bought by James Bateman's grandfather for coal mining, but when James and his wife, Maria, moved here in 1840 they recognised the potential of the place to create a spectacular garden around the Italianate mansion they had created from the original vicarage. They were assisted by their friend, the marine artist, Edward Cooke who designed many of the architectural features and rockwork. The Batemans drew heavily on the results of the early plant-hunting expeditions to the Himalayas by Joseph Hooker in 1849-51 and Robert Fortune's expeditions to China and Japan in the 1840s and 1850s, as well as acquiring Wellingtonias from Veitch in 1853. Robert Heath acquired the property from the Batemans in 1871 and continued the programme of planting, especially oaks, yews and hollies. The National Trust took over the garden in 1988 and, after launching an appeal, began the huge task of re-construction, which has been triumphantly successful.

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