Houghton Hall garden centre is an expansive garden centre and café on the outskirts of Carlisle, near Houghton. Here, customers can peruse a wide selection of gardening equipment and plants in their three-floor building. As well as plant, Houghton Hall also stocks a large range of outdoor furniture, homeware, and gifts for any occasion. Travelling downstairs into the basement will take you into an excellent quality craft shop and The World in Miniature Museum. The small museum is perfect for young families and you can admire tiny train tracks and houses that bring to life a range of scenes. Furthermore, there is a food hall and butchers that supplies fresh, high quality produce from local vendors. You can also explore their pet section, where Houghton Hall sells a range of supplies and you can even spy some animals for yourself; including rabbits, hamsters and fish!

After all the exploring and shopping, you can take a break in their delightful café. Here, you can choose from a variety of hot and cold dishes, drinks and sweet treats. There is indoor and outdoor seating allowing you to admire the remaining architecture of old Houghton Hall. Similarly, by the café is a outdoor play area for children including elaborate climbing frames, slides and plenty of sand!

Houghton Hall Garden Centre is a popular location for lunch and shopping with customers in the local area. While you can visit all year round, Houghton Hall is decorated marvellously during the festive season and stock an impressive assortment of decorations and trees for customers to choose from.

You can reach Houghton Hall through the local bus services. Alternatively, they have a large car park and disabled parking spaces for customers to freely use.

Things to explore:

  • Garden centre stocking indoor and outdoor plants, equipment and seeds. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to give advice;
  • Homeware, gifts and furniture;
  • Craft shop;
  • Food hall and butchers selling high quality produce;
  • Café selling a range of homemade meals;
  • Outdoor adventure playground.


Houghton Hall has level access across its floors and outside. The first floor and basement can be reached using stairs or via lift. The aisles are wide with plenty of room to manoeuvre. Additionally, the café has a wide range of tables and chairs that can be moved as needed.

The café serves an assortment of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please talk to staff about any allergies.

There are disabled bathroom facilities.

Furthermore, the car park has designated parking spaces. Staff are happy to help carry things to your vehicle.

The bus stops are directly outside the main entrance.

All dogs are welcome at Houghton Hall Garden Centre. However, only assistance dogs are allowed in the café and food hall.

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Q Does Houghton Hall accept National Garden vouchers?

Yes, they do.

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