For the first time in over thirty years, the Grade II Kirkleatham walled gardens have reopened to the public after a major renovation.
The historical attraction in Redcar has gone through a £9.8million refurbishment after being closed to the public. In addition to the gardens opening, the refurbishment also included a science garden, areas for activities, a glasshouse, a café for visitors to enjoy refreshments and shop.
The renovation will see 37 jobs be created and will also include a catering and horticultural academy, which will offer around 160 traineeships and apprenticeships. It is likely to attract an extra 30,000 visitors a year to Redcar and Cleveland area and provide a lasting boost to the borough’s economy.
The leader of Redcar and Cleveland council, Councillor Mary Lanigan says, “The garden will undoubtedly bring new visitors to the region and richly enhance the fantastic attractions our borough and the wider Tees Valley have to offer.
“It will bring huge economic and cultural benefits to our region and, most importantly, it will provide local jobs for local people and give them the opportunity to train for a career which will, in turn, bring prosperity and better lives for families in the future.”
The refurbishment of the site was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
The Kirkleatham gardens is the perfect place to come to enjoy a family day out, another landmark place to come visit in the Tees area.
When visiting the gardens, you can visit the onsite café which serves hot lunches and hot and cold drinks. All the café’s produce is locally sourced.
There will also be a garden shop open all year round, with a seasonally-changing stock of garden-grown produce and plants, local craft and specialised gardening goods and books.
Ticket prices to visit the gardens are priced at £4 for adults, £3 for children; family tickets £10 (2 Adults and 2 Children).
The gardens are open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5.30pm.