Summer Gardens at Quarry Bank

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Summer gardens at Quarry Bank
John Millar

Summer gardens at Quarry Bank, 9 July–30 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) - Visit now

Take a trip to Quarry Bank this summer and see the picturesque summer gardens at their very best. We really love that the gardens are set in a dramatic valley on a number of different levels with something different to see around every corner. Take a stroll to take in the summery scent, discover spectacular views and displays of colour.

During the beautiful summer months, you’ll find Peonies, geraniums, nepeta and tiarella in full bloom; elsewhere in the garden, lots of fruit and vegetables coming through – onions, garlic and runner beans ripening and strawberries on their way.

With stunning views down the River Bollin, Quarry Bank gardens were first established in the 1790s by Samuel Greg and his wife, Hannah. A perfect emulation of nature, paths trail upwards through the valley passing by caves, cliffs, fantastic mature Beech trees and rhododendrons. A lot of the trees and plantings that the Gregs cultivated back in the eighteenth century are still thriving today.

Wander around the upper garden at Quarry Bank and marvel at the recently restored glasshouse. With thousands of panes of glass, shimmering and sparkling in the sunlight, it is home to many exotic fruits and plants. A perfect spot for taking in the spectacular views – grab an ice-cream at the Garden Café and enjoy the vantage point.

Bursting with lots of wildlife, the lower garden has plenty to keep little eyes, hands and minds active. Take time to spot the many trout in the meandering river Bollin and if you’re visiting as a family make sure you grab a tracker pack from the garden kiosk. Complete with binoculars, microscope and sheets to record your findings, little ones will love spotting dragonflies, butterflies, bugs and many other wondrous creepy crawlies.

The gardens at Quarry Bank are all maintained and loved by a dedicated team of 60 staff and volunteers. You’ll see them out and about, pruning and planting vegetables, during the warm summer months. There’s plenty to explore this summer at Quarry Bank. Keen gardeners and lovers of the outdoors, of all ages, will find that Quarry Bank offers a wealth of green-fingered inspiration.

Summer gardens at Quarry Bank

9 July–30 September 2019
Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)