Home of peace and tranquility

How we delight

Rose Castle Gardens with a 790 year history have a rich display of different habitats and species.

Do come visit, and get involved with our future for the garden plans.



Maps & Plans

Gardens are made by a succession of generations who each re-imagine nature and our human relationship within its sanctuary. Our head gardener Janet Queen is challenged daily to bring pockets of their illusions to life through the calendar year and across our diverse garden canvas.

See the Gardens Map

Garden Team

Head Gardener, Janet Queen, has welcomed volunteers since 2003. We are mobilising a renewed volunteer programme so that garden enthusiasts can participate. Why not find out how you can get involved as we re-imagine the Rose Castle Gardens for the 21st Century.

How to become a volunteer

Garden History

With 780 years of residence by the Bishops of Carlisle, we have benefited from the past enthusiasm of certain green-fingered bishops. Come and enjoy this horticultural accumulation and the leading inspiration of both Bishop Nicolson and Bishop Samuel Goodenough in particular.

Discover our gardening history

Diverse Habitats

Rich diversity of habitats includes twelve main garden areas which each have their own remarkable history and showcase a range of plants, textures, colours and scents. Our trees include native Oaks thought to be 300 years old, and non-native trees planted over the centuries for ornamental effect.

Discover our diverse habitats

Stay in touch

We are working on fresh plans to revitalise the gardens, as we get ready to welcome a new host of visitors to Rose Castle after the current Castle refurbishment work underway.

Please get involved, or hear more about our Garden plans via our Rose Castle Gardens Newsletter.

Rose Castle Gardens Newsletter

Once a month Janet Queen, our Head Gardener, will send you a newsletter featuring what she sees around her in the gardens, with her exceptional photography included.