Recently we visited Arley Hall and Gardens, in Cheshire for a family day trip. It can be difficult taking family day trips because we have our
naughty beloved Dalmatian puppy Fawn. So when we find a place like Arley Hall and Gardens, who welcome family members of the four legged variety, we are always excited to visit.
During our visit we didn’t actually visit the Hall itself because we had the dog and so only paid for entrance into the Gardens. This did however cover access to the Gardens, the Chapel, the Grove and Woodland walk, the sculpture trail, the adventure play zone and the Tudor barn restaurant.
The Gardens themselves are absolutely stunning and for anyone (like myself) who enjoys gardening, it is a place teaming with inspiration. You can meander around the grounds for hours and still miss parts out. The gardens are incredibly peaceful, even when there are a lot of other people walking around. There are outhouses and building in the gardens that look like they belong in a fairytale, which creates an enchanting feel to the place and is perfect for imaginative little minds.
The sculpture trail was interesting. There were wicker works of fairies and stags, which continued the fairytale theme and again was perfect for imaginative little minds. As an adult, it was nice to appreciate different pieces of art in such a beautiful setting and helped layer the visit so it could be enjoyed by the entire family.
As a family we do try to spend as much time in the great outdoors and so we particularly enjoyed the woodland walk. It is such a contrast to the perfectly developed borders from the Gardens themselves, which kept Oliver interested as it was a change of scenery for him. The woodland walk wasn’t as busy as the gardens and so there was a much more peaceful feel to the place. It was nice to wander around and only be able to hear the sounds birds and rustling of trees.
Oliver absolutely loved the adventure play zone and it was nice to take some time to enjoy some playtime throughout the afternoon. The adventure play zone is an outside area that has swings, slides and tunnels. There is also a wooden structure that housed some interactive toys such as a very large abacus and a sandpit. Unfortunately Fawn couldn’t come into the play zone, but there were picnic tables situated outside that we could tie her lead to while we took Oliver in the play area. Because the adventure play zone is outside, it meant we could keep an eye on her while we were playing with Oliver.
The staff were so helpful throughout our visit and really made an effort to explain all the different areas of the Gardens we could explore, they even provided us with ‘doggy poop’ bags when we realised we had forgotten to bring some with us.
It was nice to do something a little different and we really enjoyed our day at Arley Hall and Gardens. I would suggest that you bring your own food though as the Tudor Barn café was extremely busy and by the time we managed to get a seat, they had stopped serving food. Thankfully we always carry snacks and a pouch of Ella’s Kitchen around with us, otherwise we would have had a complete disaster on our hands. Aside from that though, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I would highly recommend visiting if you ever find yourself in the beautiful county of Cheshire.