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Family Days

With 64 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and natural countryside Ness Botanic Gardens has room to relax in peaceful tranquillity and play in the wide open spaces, making it the perfect day out for all the family. 

Lots of free parking, easy paths for travelling round with buggies or wheelchairs, bring a picnic or visit our cafe for that all needed cuppa, meal, snack or ice-cream. There is also our gift shop and plant sales area to take a part of Ness home with you.  

We are open 7 days a week with the exception of the Christmas Holidays with the garden staying open until dusk from March to October (last entry 5pm). Children under 5 go free!

Family day tickets (up to two adults & three children) are only £20 with 50% discount for staff and students of the University of Liverpool.

If you are planning to come more then 2-3 times a year why not join the Friends of Ness Gardens? Year round entry to the Gardens from £5 per month for families.

Families tell us that they love:

  • Our chickens - some are rescued ones 
  • The play area with a brilliant climbing frame, tyre swing and a log walk
  • Toy tractors for having a drive
  • Space to play and enjoy picnics
  • Hidden corners like Woodhenge with spectacular views
  • Wildlife-tastic areas like WilderNess with the enormous Bug Hotel
  • Grass Labyrinth for that all important run around
  • Family Fun Trails for every season
  • Half-term, Easter, Christmas and Summer Holiday activities
  • Dog-free environment
  • Family Friendly Cafe


See what's on this summer for families in our free 6 week guide.

Don't forget children enter our Photography Competiton for free.

Next events:

Earth Science Family Fair - Saturday 7th October 12 noon to 4.00 pm - Hands-on science activities. Free event with most activities taking place in the Visitor Centre and some in the garden*.

*Garden admission applies

Halloween Half Term Fun - Saturday 21st - 31st October - Spooky Tree Trail; Craft sessions 25th, 27th, 30th and 31st October; Dracula shows on 31st October

Christmas Family Trail, Crafts and Santa    - more details soon


Family Days