RHS Bridgewater Gardens – 14th August [14-08-2024]

from/per person £34.00
  • Barnsley


RHS Garden Bridgewater is the fifth RHS garden and one of the largest gardening projects undertaken in Europe in recent years. The transformation of this 154-acre green space will enrich the lives of local communities and their environment for the future 

Once visited by Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, Worsley New Hall survived a fire and two World Wars before it was demolished in the 1940s

in its heydey, Worsley New Hall, standing in its glorious, formal landscaped gardens, was a notable residence of its era.

Built for the 1st Earl of Ellesmere between 1840 and 1845, this grand Gothic-style mansion was designed by the architect Edward Blore – whose speciality was Tudor and Elizabethan-style architecture, and whose reputation was for completing projects on time and to budget. This particular project cost just under £100,000 to build, the equivalent of around £6.7 million today.

Queen Victoria’s visit

Like many a fine garden in its era, there was a croquet lawn and a tennis court. An area of woodland towards the west of the hall separated the formal gardens from the gardener’s cottage and the 11-acre walled kitchen gardens. From these kitchen gardens, staff sent out ‘flowers and evergreens’ at Christmas and Easter to local churches, Sunday schools and workhouses.

Queen Victoria visited the hall twice, in 1851 and 1857. For her first visit the Queen and her party travelled to the hall via the Bridgewater Canal. In honour of her visit, the canal was dyed blue and the Earl of Ellesmere commissioned a Royal Barge and built a landing stage on the banks. 

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra visited in 1909 for a review of the East Lancashire Division of the Territorial Army in the grounds of the hall.

War hospital and training ground for troops

Worsley New Hall became a British Red Cross hospital during the First World War, but afterwards, with the departure of the Egerton family from the Worsley Estate, the hall and the gardens fell into decline.

In the Second World War parts of the hall were requisitioned by the War Office, its gardens used as training grounds by the Lancashire Fusiliers.

During the early 20th century the hall fell into disrepair. Weakened by dry rot and following a fire in 1943, this once-grand building was finally demolished by a scrap merchant, who had bought it for just £2,500. By 1949, after a century of heritage, the hall became part of the Salford’s historic past. In subsequent years parts of the grounds have been used as a garden centre, a Scout camp and a rifle range.

Looking to the future

The RHS master plan for RHS Garden Bridgewater will embrace the site’s heritage while also giving it a future.

Commenting on the plans, broadcaster and RHS Vice President, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, said: ‘The development of the RHS’ new fifth Garden will be the biggest hands-on gardening project the charity will have undertaken in its 211-year history. Watching how RHS Garden Bridgewater takes shape and grows is going to be fascinating, especially some of the major restoration projects like the Walled Kitchen Garden.’

RHS Garden Bridgewater – the history of Worsley New Hall / RHS Gardening


The majority of trips return from destination between 16:30 and 17:30. The driver will inform you of the exact time on the day, dependant on outward travel times. Whilst we do not guarantee a W/C on board most of our excursion fleet do have toilet facilities. For your comfort we allocate seating at time of booking, however reserve the right to alter or amend your seat allocation for utilisation purposes.

Our Pick-ups are as follows:

  • Wath-Upon-Dearne – Bus Stop On Church Street
  • Brampton – Outside The Bulls Head
  • Wombwell – Summer Lane Car Park
  • Platts Common – Sammys (Old WMC)
  • Hoyland Southgate – Bus Stop Outside Co-op / Town Hall
  • Hoyland Common – Outside / Opp Co-Op
  • Birdwell – Working Mens Club
  • Worsborough – Ship Inn Vernon Road
  • Barnsley Interchange – Stands 23/24

Tour Date


Pick Up / Departure Point

Wath-Upon-Dearne- 08:00 +£0.00*
Brampton- 08:05 +£0.00*
Wombwell- 08:15 +£0.00*
Platts Common- 08:20 +£0.00*
Hoyland Southgate- 08:25 +£0.00*
Hoyland Common- 08:30 +£0.00*
Birdwell- 08:35 +£0.00*
Worsborough- 08:40 +£0.00*
Barnsley Interchange- 09:00 +£0.00*


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