GROUP VISITS of a minimum of 20 members ( pre booked) welcome on Tuesdays  by car or coach.  We’re sorry we can’t accommodate large groups at any other time.  Photography groups welcome on Tuesdays and half term week for autumn colour. Must be booked in advance.

AVAILABILITY. Unless you have already made a group reservation we now have only TUESDAYS in  SEPT or OCTOBER available.

SCHOOL VISITS Our apologies to the little people but as a gardeners garden with 5+ water features the gardens are unsafe for visiting school / nursery groups .  

 GARDEN TOURS WITH Coffee & Cake ( Gardeners’ lunches or Cream Teas can be provided on request)

The gardens are closed to the general public on Tuesdays (April-Oct) and  we have reserved the day to make it a special day for private coach parties/groups of 20+, when they have the garden to themselves for up to 4 hours. (10am-2pm ) Bookings are made for a minimum of 20 and paid for in advance. We’re sorry we can’t  accommodate large groups on other days. 

To book or enquire about a group visit or talk;

  1. email us with a preferred visit date & contact telephone number.
  2. Christine will call you to confirm that your requested date is available within one week. 
  3. We will provisionally reserve that date for you until six weeks before your visit date. If you decide against the visit please email us asap. so that the date is available for another group.
  4. Six weeks before your visit or earlier  please pay the full amount for 20 persons to secure your day. Card or cash payment only.  ( Numbers can be added until one week before your visit.
  5. Confirmation of payment, Access Statement & Directions will be sent as an email.

Pre-paid Groups of 20-30 will be welcomed by the owner Christine Liddle and given a guided tour of the gardens. Refreshment tickets will be distributed on arrival and will avoid queuing in the coffee shop. It also allows individuals to roam between the nursery, coffee shop and gardens at will and in their own time if they do not want to be included in the tour. We can comfortably accommodate 25 people at present inside the coffee shop should the weather be inclement. On fine days there are seats for another 30 on the tea terrace. Christine will be around to answer questions  for the duration of your visit.

We are flexible, a number of variations are available, call us to see if we can help with your group visit.

The Pre booked rate of £ 12.95 per person  includes garden entry, guided tour of the gardens with the owner + Tea or Filter Coffee & a Cake or Pastry.  Gardeners Lunches can be arranged, please ask for menu.

We have on-site parking for small coaches / 22 cars and a drop off point with near off- site parking for very large coaches.

Special Evening Groups Tuesdays June /July only: min 25 – 30; cost £ 15.50 per person inclusive of entry, guided tour with the owner, Tea/ Filter Coffee & a cake or pastry.


Illustrated talks for winter evenings or daytime – suitable for mixed interest groups: U3a ,W.I.,  Horticultural Societies etc.

Local Area: £90. Venues over 30 miles away from the gardens –  please ask.


Birkheads- a growing obsession
Up the Garden Path
Gardening in Exposed Situations
Making the Most of Small Gardens
Cottage Gardening
The Year in the Secret Garden at Birkheads


FOR YOUR DIARY- SNOWDROP WEEKENDS – PLANNED DATES BELOW- please check nearer the time, we may have to change dependent on weather conditions.

FEBRUARY 23, 24. 25th 10.30am-3.30pm

MARCH 2nd, 3rd & 4th 10.30am -3.30pm 

COFFEE SHOP 10.30am-3.30pm

On March 7th we revert to normal opening times. Wed- Sun. 10.30.-4.30pm 

Adults: £5.00 Seniors & Students £4.50
Child: aged 4-15 £2.50 includes a Key for the wishing tree and a garden trail sheet.

RHS Members Please check your handbook.

SEASON TICKETS If you’re planning to visit the gardens more than twice this year, the season ticket will save you money.     Adult/Senior single season tickets: £12.50 or  Bring a friend (double) season ticket: £25.00

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS SPECIAL OFFER -bring your key ring from last year and your replacement will be discounted to £12 or £23.

SEASON TICKETS– grant unlimited access to the gardens, nursery & coffee shop during normal business hours. 


OFFERS & DISCOUNT Coffee Loyalty Card

Club CC Cycle to the Secret Gardens and show your card to receive 10% discount on food & drinks