Ness Botanic Gardens is a place for everyone, and we want to make it easy for all our visitors to enjoy their day with us.

Weather Warnings and Closures

Check our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages for weather warnings and closure updates.

If wind speed exceeds 50mph, our policy, in accordance with public health and safety regulations requires us to close the gardens. Please refer to the above social media streams for updates.

We will also close the gardens in the event of other forms of extreme weather.

Parking at Ness

All car parking at Ness Botanic Gardens is free. There are eight extra wide disabled parking bays in our main car park directly in front of the Visitors Centre (The right hand car park as you drive in from the road). If these are full, please ask a member of the team for assistance.

Getting around Ness Gardens

Please click here to read our 2019 Disability Access Statement

An accessible route is shown on our visitor map which is available from the Admission Desk. Due to the topography of the site, there are some areas which will remain inaccessible to wheelchairs and pushchair users.

If you require a wheelchair, we have wheelchairs available to pre-book, please contact us before your visit.

There are approximately 200 benches sited around the garden at regular intervals, along with picnic benches and deckchairs.


Please click the link to view a PDF map of the gardens

The solid dark line indicates an accessible route, while the dotted lined indicates a less accessible route.

Assistance dogs

Visitors with registered Assistance Dogs are welcome and can access the Gardens and buildings, including the Visitor Centre.  There is a small patio area outside the Botanic Kitchen Café which is dog friendly and accessible to all owners and their dogs.  Please ask in the Café if you would like water for your dog.


You will find accessible toilet facilities in the Visitor Centre and in the Gardens at the bottom of the Herbaceous Area. There are also baby changing facilities in the Visitor Centre.

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