This is an information page, giving answers to questions we are often asked about the Gardens and facilities.
When is the best time to visit?
The flowering of the plants is of course dependent on the weather, and different varieties bloom at different times. April and May are generally the best months, and if you live within easy reach of the Gardens we would urge you to consider a season ticket, allowing you to view the changing display of blooms throughout the season. If you are only able to make one visit, the Gardens are usually at their peak during the second half of April and the first half of May.
How long should I allow for my visit?
The Gardens cover an area in excess of four acres, with over a mile of pathways. Your ticket is valid for the whole day, allowing you to take as much time as you wish. As a rough guide, first-time visitors may like to allow at least two hours, to walk around the Gardens and visit the Teashop. However, many people stay longer.
Are dogs allowed in?
Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Gardens, but we ask that you do not bring them into the Teashop (guide dogs excepted). There are tables outside the Teashop where they can sit with you.
Do you charge for admission to the Teashop or Nursery?
No, only for the Gardens. The Teashop and Nursery can be accessed without entering the Gardens.
Do you charge for car parking?
No. Parking for cars is freely available on the verge alongside Long Lane.
Do you have toilets on the site?
Yes, including a toilet for the disabled. They are located in the wooden building by the entrance.
Are there other attactions in the area suitable for a combined visit?
Yes, there is a diverse range of attractions for you to consider, all within a few minutes drive. These include:
Cromford Mill, in Cromford – the first water-powered cotton mill, built by Richard Arkwright in 1772. Now largely restored and with a range of shops.
Masson Mill, on the A6 between Cromford and Matlock Bath – another of Arkwright’s mills, now converted into a Shopping Village. It also houses a Textile Museum with a fine collection of working textile machines and other items from mills all over the country.
John Smedley’s Mill at Lea Bridge – world-renowned manufacturers of fine knitwear, with a Factory Shop.
Matlock Bath – an interesting and quirky town, it has something of the atmosphere of a seaside resort, but without the sea!
The area is very popular for both walking and cycling. For example, the High Peak Trail towards Buxton is nearby – start at High Peak Junction (five minutes drive from us) if you’re up for a steep initial climb, or at Middleton Top (15 minutes) if you prefer a level walk.