National Wildflower Centre

National Wildflower Centre
Court Hey Park
L16 3NA



General enquiries

Ticky Lowe, Learning Activities Officer


0151 737 1819


0151 737 1820

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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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.

Working Nursery
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.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Environmental or ecological centre, Heritage site

Opening hours

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).

Admission charges

Adults - £3.00
Children/Concessions - £1.50
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) - £7.50
Season tickets available

Additional info

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.

Collection details

Natural Sciences

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Rescue Birds of Prey

  • 10 August 2014 10am-3pm
  • 18 August 2014 10am-3pm
  • 21 August 2014 10am-3pm

Come and meet rescue birds of prey here at the National Wildflower Centre. Bring a camera and take a photo of one of these lovely creatures.You can also ask questions about these fascinating creatures.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, donations welcome.



Family Nordic Walk

  • 7 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 14 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 19 August 2014 11am-12pm
  • 28 August 2014 11am-12pm

After a short introduction about nordic walking by the walk leader you will set off from the cornflower cafe to enjoy the splendor of court hey park. The walk will last for approx 1 hour.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


Please note children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Bee on lavender

Nature Walk for Health - Herb Walk

  • 5 August 2014 10:30-11:30am

Join the great outdoors project for a healthy and educational walk around court hey park. Our walk will start at 10.30 from the cornflower cafe and we will then walk along the many pathways of the park to get fit and learn more about our natural world.

Suitable for

  • Any age


photograph of kids cycling

Family Bike Ride: Pedal Away

  • 12 August 2014 2-3pm

Join us for a ride around the park and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't worry if you haven't got a bike. There will be some bikes available to use free of charge - availability will be on a first come first served basis.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Court Hey Park

Nature Walk for Health - Court Hey Park History

  • 2 September 2014 10:30-11:30am

Join the great outdoors project and our resident park history expert Dave for a healthy and educational walk around court hey park. Our walk will start at 10:30 from the cornflower cafe and we'll then take a stroll around court hey park to explore the historical landmarks of the park and learn about the Gladstone family of court hey.

Suitable for

  • Any age