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Garden Open Day – Visit the restored Walled Garden

May 14, 2023 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free – £6.00
Walled Garden at Netherby Hall National Open Garden Scheme

In association with the National Garden Scheme

Admission: Adult: £6.00 – Child: Free

Tickets are no longer available to book online, but will be available on the gate.

Netherby Hall garden covers approximately 36 acres and consists of a 1.5 acre walled kitchen garden with herbaceous borders, a Victorian pleasure ground, woodlands with many fine specimen trees, lawns with Azaleas, Rhododendrons and a wildflower meadow.

The garden really comes to life in spring with an extended performance of flowering bulbs from Snowdrops and Aconites in the early spring followed by many varieties of Daffodils then Bluebells in late May and June with Tulips in the walled garden and Irises in the pleasure ground.

Netherby Hall is built on the site of a Roman Fort, Castra Exploratorum, a frontier garrison for the Roman army and the location has been occupied by various settlements before and since. There is some evidence that there were settlements at Netherby long before the Romans came and so there is probably a history of gardening here that stretches back into the mists of time.

The gardens in their present form date back to the latter half of the 18th century, there is date of 1786 on one of the beams in the present Head Gardeners’ house which gives an estimated age for the walled garden. This matches up with the tenure of Dr Robert Graham who implemented an extensive remodelling of the house during this period. An article by James Dickson dated 8th February 1877 in the Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener describes the garden in some detail. He mentions that many of the trees had reached maturity indicating that the grounds had been laid out for some time, good evidence for this being the late 18th century. He goes on to describe flower beds with bedding schemes typical of Victorian gardens. He also goes into some detail describing all the different glasshouses and what was grown in them.

Discussions with local residents indicate that the walled garden has been used for growing commercial crops such as tomatoes and chrysanthemums. There are also photographs thought to date from around the 1950s which show nearly all the walled garden covered with glasshouses. They have now been demolished and the present owners have initiated a programme of garden restoration. The new glasshouses are Victorian replicas, but with biomass heating linked to an electronic climate control system, with heated beds and benches for the year-round production of micro veg and other salad crops. Other produce that requires warmth, such as tomatoes, aubergines and peppers, are grown in season. Grapevines will be trained underneath the glasshouse roof and peaches, apricots and nectarines will be espaliered against the walls. This year will see the addition of no-dig beds and areas specifically earmarked for the cultivation of cut flowers and new fruits, including a hot bed trial for melons.

The kitchen garden is being put back into use for its original purpose of growing vegetables for the kitchens at the nearby Pentonbridge Inn, an award-winning restaurant with rooms.

Further information

Entry to the grounds between 10 am and 4 pm on Sunday May 14, 2023.

General admission is £6 per person (children free)

Tickets are no longer available to book online, but will be available on the gate.


May 14, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – £6.00


Netherby Hall


Netherby Hall
Carlisle,CA65PRUnited Kingdom
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The Netherby Hall team collecting the award for self-catering accommodation of the year at the 2024 Cumbria Tourism Awards

Cumbria Tourism Award 2024 Winner!

Netherby Hall, near Carlisle, was named the winner of its category at the 2024 Cumbria Tourism Awards on Tuesday, July 2.

As winner of the self-catering accommodation category, Netherby Hall will go forward to represent the county at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2025.