I am delighted that you are planning to visit Bluebell Cottage Gardens. Our facilities are simple and rural, but you are always assured of a warm welcome, great plants and simple refreshments. We want to make sure you really enjoy your time here so do please check the information below and if we can be of any further help please let us know.
Bluebell Cottage Nursery is open from March to October each year, with the gardens open between April and September. There is a small charge for admission to the gardens, (RHS members enjoy free admission). Please check the opening times page for our exact opening times, days, and current prices.
The gardens are located just outside Dutton, Cheshire, a few minutes from Junctions 10 or 11 on the M56. Please see the location page for full travel directions and maps.
There is plenty of free parking available for visitors. Disabled visitors are welcome to park at the top of the track, next to the tea room. Don't be put off by the narrow lane or the canal bridge, just take it slow, but please don't beep. Coach parking for groups is available by prior arrangement only. Please see Group Bookings for more information on coach parking and access.
We welcome visitors in wheelchairs and mobility scooters to the gardens and nursery. The nursery and garden are on gentle slopes with no steps. However two small areas of the garden are inaccessible to wheelchairs as the paths are narrow. We make no entry charge to the gardens for wheelchair users because of this reduced access. The disabled parking space is right next to the nursery entrance, with room to get a chair or scooter out of the car. We don't have wheelchairs or mobility scooters for hire. We do not have a fully accessible toilet. Visitors do need to be able to leave the chair for a few steps to use it.
Hot and cold drinks, locally made cakes, and Cheshire Farm Ice Cream are offered on a self-service basis in the nursery tearoom during the week. At busy weekends, Cathy from "Cake Day" will be here to serve her excellent selection of home-made cakes and lemonade. There is plenty of seating both inside and out. You are very welcome to bring a picnic lunch, and we have tables by the tea room that you are welcome to use. We do request that visitors don't take picnics into the garden as it can detract from the enjoyment of the gardens by others.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the gardens and nursery sales area. Visitors may walk dogs in the meadow and woods. Dogs are also welcome to sit with their owners at the outside tables near the tea room. We do ask that dogs are kept on a close lead at all times.
Walkers and cyclists are very welcome. Car parking for walkers is usually available just inside the main nursery gate. Please don't park on the lane as it very narrow and causes obstructions. For cyclists we have a bike rack just outside the nursery entrance by the tea room for your use. The area is superb for walking and cycling. The gardens are adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal and just ten minutes walk from Dutton Locks on the River Weaver. There are plenty of circular walks in the area, we provide maps at the nursery.
Canal boaters are very welcome. The gardens are on the Trent and Mersey Canal about a mile south of the Preston Brook Canal. Just moor up near bridge 213, walk through the slip path by the bridge and keep going down the hill. The entrance is 100 yards on the right.
If you have any unanswered questions about visiting the Bluebell Cottage Gardens, please do not hesitate to contact us.