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Free Entry


Logo GentianAs a member of the Friends you enjoy free entry to the gardens during public opening hours all year, on selected days over the christmas period when the gardens are closed to the public and until dusk between 1 March - 31 October. 

During opening hours just show your membership card at the Admissions Desk. After opening hours please have your membership card with you in case of occasional security checks.  


Dates 1st November - 28th Feb
1st March - 31st October
The Gardens

10.00am - 4.30pm
(last admission 4pm)

10.00am - dusk*

Garden Kitchen 9.30am - 4.30pm (last orders 4pm) 09.30am - 5pm
Shop 10am - 4.30pm 10.00am - 5pm
Garden Store 10am - 4.30pm 10.00am - 5pm

* After 5pm, please use the Friends gate by the main drive to access and exit the Gardens as the Visitor Centre will be closed. There is also an exit gate from the Terraces.  The toilets next to the Potting Sheds will be open. 


Friends also gain free entry to the following Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew & Wakehurst Palace

Oxford Botanic Garden

Birmingham Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and its satellite gardens: at Benmore, Argyll. at Dawyck, Scottish Borders & at Logan, Dumfries & Galloway.

These are the only gardens where reciprocal arrangements apply and each venue has its own entry requirements. Prior to your visit, please check the venue's own website for details.


Please remember

Free Entry to the Gardens for Friends is granted at the discretion of the University of Liverpool

Occasionally, due to an event taking part in the Garden, free entry may be suspended and Friends will have to pay the event admission price in order to enter the Gardens.

The Gardens stage events throughout the year and it may necessary to close the gardens or part of the gardens early, to all Friends and visitors, in order to set up events.

In cases of extreme bad weather, it will be necessary to close the Gardens to all Friends and visitors on grounds of safety.

There will be occasions when the Garden (or part of the Garden) are closed to all Friends and visitors for maintenance and development.

We will endeavour to notify all Friends and visitors, of such closures with as much notice as possible, via the website, Ness Garden Facebook page and twitter feed @ness_gardens.