In June 2021 we visited RHS Bridgwater which is a brand new Royal Horticultural Society Garden in Salford, which is part of Greater Manchester. In fact it’s here:
Price & Entry 💷
Due to COVID restrictions, you have to book ahead to go and like most visitor attractions, it’s on a timed entry system. You can book online though and it’s relatively straightforward. The price for 2 adults was £24.20.
There is a large free car park at Bridgewater and lots of spaces for disabled drivers along with quite a few electric ⚡️ charging spaces too. 🏆
Accessibility ♿️ and Facilities 🚻
One thing I loved at Bridgewater was that all the paths and areas of interest were wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Lovely flat, wide paths meant we saw people of all ages and abilities happily making their way around the gardens.
As someone that has chronic IBS, I always wanna make sure I know where the toilets are in any place that I go to. As far as I could tell there were two sets of loos, one in the visitor entrance building as you arrive/leave and a second one just past the walled gardens near the small house and experimental plants.
Our timed entry was 10:30 and I think this was a good time for us as the car park was maybe only 3 or 4 rows full as we arrived. As we left about 3-4 hours later they were filling up the overflow car park!
The garden has a grand visitors entrance which leads to a beautiful entrance, large lawns, a man made lake and the start of the Bridgewater experience.
There are walled garden which include a kitchen and a paradise garden 🪴, this leads to a wooded area and a chinese water garden and streamed area and eventually up to another huge lake. There are plotted walks around the lake which lead you through a wooded area and it was just lovely. The whole thing opened about a year late in mid May 2021 and this means that some of the areas are fresh and sparsely planted in the woods, so I am looking forward to going back during another season to see how things have developed.
Everywhere you look there are plants… it’s a garden, so of course… but I mean EVERYWHERE you look there is something beautiful to feast your eyes on. All of the plants look amazing, some smell fantastic and they are from all over the world. There is even a section in the garden that is managed by various local community groups from the surrounding areas of Salford and GM.
We had a simply lovely day just wandering around the various gardens and plants and I was pleased to see that there were benches and places to sit and admire your surrounding literally all over the place. As 95% of Bridgewater is outdoors, your visit is always going to be weather dependent and luckily when we went, it was dry and sunny. But I guess, because it’s all outside, then it’s a COVID safe as it’s ever going to be – which is a win in my books!
So if you are looking for a chilled, outdoor experience, looking at beautiful gardens, plants and water features… then I would highly recommend.