Open Day
Saturday 20th May
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Opening Times

The gardens are open daily throughout the year from dawn until dusk, and the Visitor Information Centre is open from April to October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 


Click here to see the Holehird picture gallery.



Welcome sign

Visitor Amenities

Volunteer wardens are present during the opening hours of the Visitor Information Centre and gardeners work throughout the year.


Notices on such things as climate, soils and plant trials conducted by the Society are on the notice boards by the plant sales area.


On Wednesday mornings, from Easter to October, at 11.00 a.m. there are guided walks through the gardens for small parties.


A self-service hot drinks machine is available for the purchase of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.  Chilled water is provided free of charge. There are, however, many eating places in neighbouring Windermere and Ambleside.





Group Visits

Coach parties are welcome but it is essential to book in advance.  The small coach park is situated about 400 yards from the Reception building and the Walled Garden, with walking access only for visitors along a steeply sloping tarmac drive.  Alternatively there are more gently sloping paths through the lower garden followed by several stone steps to reach the higher level.


To book a group visit please contact us at:


Please include in your email the date and time of your visit, the number of people in your party and your contact name, telephone number and email address.




Most of the Walled Garden is accessible to disabled visitors, who may find it easier to enter through the North gate.  Much of the heather and winter gardens as well as the National Collection of Astilbe can be viewed from the main drive which has a gentle incline.  Please note, however, that the rockery slopes are steep and not suitable for wheelchairs.


There are toilet facilities, including a toilet for the disabled.


Dogs, except support dogs, are not allowed in the gardens.



Admission Charges

Admission by donation, £4 per adult suggested.  Free parking is available.



How to Find Us 

The Lakeland Horticultural Society, Patterdale Road, Windermere Cumbria, LA23 1NP.


Please note that using the Society's postcode in your Sat-Nav is not 100% reliable.


From Windermere take the A591 Windermere to Ambleside Road, follow the brown road sign and turn right at the mini-roundabout on to the A592, signposted to Ullswater via the Kirkstone Pass.  Holehird Gardens are 1 mile along this road, just past Windermere School (LA23 1NW).  


Visitors from the north please note that the directions given by Google and other online mapping sites may direct you via the tiny Dodd's Lane to the north of Holehird where there is no access to the Gardens.  Please ignore these directions and stay on the A592 until you see the signposts for Holehird Gardens.



Walking from Windermere

Click here to download a leaflet describing two walking routes to Holehird Gardens from Windermere.  The leaflet is designed for printing on A4, folding into three and keeping handy in your pocket as you walk from Windermere to the Gardens.