The Gardens

The gardens at Holker have evolved over many hundreds of years, under the guidance of generations of the Cavendish Family.  Each owner has made their mark, adding new features and plantings, to create a garden that is now rich in character and beauty.  At its heart, it remains a family garden and while its scale is grand, it retains an intimacy in its planting and design.   

The 23 acres of immaculately kept gardens comprise of a series of formal gardens set within a more informal landscape of interesting trees, shrubs and meadows. They are planted to offer year round inspiration for casual visitors and keen gardeners alike. The spring is a riot of colour with displays of tulips, daffodils, wallflowers and spring meadows, framed by majestic Rhododendrons and Magnolias. Summer brings billowing borders packed with colour and exciting tender plants, and wonderful summer flowering trees such as Styrax, Stewartia and Eucryphia. Autumn brings its own show in the stunning autumn colours across the gardens.  

Much of the gardens you see today, were developed by Lord & Lady Cavendish over the last 40 years. They are a credit to their eye for detail, sense of fun and love of exotic plants, which they have brought together to give the garden its unique character. The gardens are now entering a new phase with their daughter Lucy Cavendish and her Husband Tor McLaren now starting to make their own mark.  

The gardens have won numerous awards, most recently BBC Countryfile Garden of the Year 2016.

Our friendly and knowledgeable garden team is always happy to help with any questions you might have. If you cannot find anyone during your visit, please feel free to email your question to gardeners@holker.co.uk and we will get back to you.  

Seasonal Highlights Spring 2018

  • Stately Rhododendrons flowering throughout the gardens
  • Stunning displays of tulips, daffodils, bluebells, fritillaries and wood anemones
  • Early cherry and crab apple blossom
  • One of the best collections of Magnolias in the North of England
  • Many other unusual flowering trees, shrubs and perennials

OPENING TIMES

Friday 23rd March to Sunday 28th October 2018

 

Hall (11am-4pm) & Gardens (10.30am-5pm) : Wednesday – Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

 

Gift Shop (10.30am - 5pm): Wednesday - Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

 

Café, Food Hall & Park (10.30am-5pm) :  Daily

 

Ilex Bar & Brasserie (From 12noon, last orders 3pm): Wednesday - Sunday

 

Occasionally the Hall opening may vary to accommodate special events. Please check the website before visiting.