Stapeley Water Gardens

Stapeley Water Gardens closed at the start of 2012. We have kept this listing online as many of our readers are still searching for information about its status.

Situated just outside Nantwich, Stapeley Water Gardens features a popular garden centre, the largest angling store in the North West, and a small zoo.

Garden Centre

The garden centre offers an extensive selection of outdoor and houseplants, plus garden furniture, equipment and tools, and more.

The fish and pet centre sells a wide range of pets including rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, budgies, canaries, and cockatiels. Bedding, kennels, hutches, cages, aquaria and other related products are also available.

Angling and Outdoor Centre

This large stores stock a huge range of fishing rods, poles, nets, clothing, fishing tackle, bait, and more. Sections are carp, sea, game, and match and course.

The camping department is equally impressive. It offers a massive range of tents, sleeping bags, camping equipment, clothing, and rucksacks from all the major suppliers.

Bugs of Fun

The Palms Tropical Oasis, a small zoo, closed in September 2010 to make way for a new housing development. In October it was announced that the project had been delayed for around 12 months and the attraction would reopen.

As many of the animals had already been re-housed the attraction was renamed Bugs of Fun. Although the focus is now mainly on insects, spiders and frogs and toads, there are also meerkats, prairie dogs and piranhas here.

Other Facilities

Other facilities include a restaurant and gift shop.


Entry to Stapeley Water Gardens, except Bugs of Fun, is free.

Tickets for Bugs of Fun cost £3.45 for adults, £3 for concessions, and £1.75 for children (aged 3 – 15). The price for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) is £9.50.

Opening Hours

Stapeley Water Gardens is open 7 days a week. Opening times for individual sections vary.

The Garden Centre is open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The Angling and Outdoor Centre is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Bugs of Fun opens at 10 am in the morning. It closes at 5 pm at weekends and school holidays and 4 pm midweek.

Location & Directions

Stapeley Water Gardens is located in Cheshire, just outside Nantwich. To reach it by car leave the M6 at Junction 16 and take the A500 to Nantwich, following the brown tourist signs. Just before entering Nantwich turn left onto the A51 and then at the next junction turn left onto London Road. Stapeley Water Gardens is about 100 m on the right. Satellite navigation owners can use the postcode CW5 7LH.

There is a large car park with free parking for customers.

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  1. There used to be a lovely coffee bar overlooking the water feature is that still there?


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