National Wildflower Centre
National Wildflower Centre
Court Hey Park
Ticky Lowe, Learning Activities Officer
0151 737 1819
0151 737 1820
Come and see simple combinations of wildflowers that can easily be replicated in your garden. A variety of growing habitats are shown, including a waste area, that demonstrate the range of places and surfaces where wildflowers will thrive. Let this part of the centre encourage you and act as your inspiration to have a go in your own garden. There is also a wildlife pond, filled with rainwater from the roof, that contains wildlife such as dragonflies and newts.
The former walled garden of the Gladstone estate is now a place where you can see some of the work involved in harvesting and cleaning wildflower seed grown locally from over 100 acres of fields around Merseyside. This area is also where about 60 different species of plants are grown and prepared for sale in the Centre's shop and via mail order.
There is also a wooden compost barn, built using shaker construction methods, that contains a range of advice and information about composting and a working wormery. The Centre's RIBA award-winning concrete building has an innovative 160 metre-long rooftop walkway that can be accessed at both ends and via a lift. From here you can view the whole Centre and look out into Court Hey Park. Information panels along the length of the walkway provide information about wildflowers associated with the different months of the year. The cafe roof also features a wildflower blanket and a beehive from which honey is collected and sold in the shop. Children can burn off excess energy in the play area, make some sounds on the giant wooden xylophone or test their climbing skills on the traversing wall. There are also a variety of indoor activities for children to do and things to see in the Centre's craft and exhibition barn. The strikingly modern concrete and glass cafe is open during Centre opening hours and is open to non-visitors. We serve a wide range of hot and cold snacks, meals and refreshments, all at reasonable prices. The shop stocks an extensive range of horticultural gifts and items, with something for every budget. A range of publications are available with advice on growing wildflowers and we also sell plants and seeds cultivated locally by Landlife.
Environmental or ecological centre, Garden, parklands or rural site
The National Wildflower Centre is open to the general public between April 1st and September 30th every year. We are open seven days a week between 10am and 5pm (last entry 4pm).
Adults - £3.00
Children/Concessions - £1.50
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) - £7.50
Season tickets available
Access: The National Wildflower Centre is fully accessible for people with disabilities and we have a wheelchair and electric buggy for visitors to borrow, if they wish.
Please note: Unfortunately we do not allow dogs on the National Wildflower Centre site. Guide dogs only. Dogs are allowed in Court Hey Park that surrounds the centre.