Created from scratch in just 18 years and never intended to be open to the public, Mount Pleasant is a lush, palm-filled tropical garden on an open and often windy hillside, where the bold planting schemes are cleverly protected by shelter-belts. Numerous underground springs and a temperate southwesterly aspect have enabled the garden’s rapid development. Cascading down the hillside, the stunning tiered gardens look out across the Cheshire plain and the Welsh hills. Dotted around the 10-acre site are sculptures by several talented artists including Andrew Worthington, the garden's resident sandstone sculptor. Andrew also runs regular sandstone carving workshops on site. Visitors can buy a variety of home-grown plants and shrubs to take home with them. There is a sculpture trail all season.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, Wed, Sat, Sun and BH Mon 12-5. Also open Thu and Fri during Sep for sculpture exhibition
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About the area
Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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