Day Trips around Rochester: When you stroll around the backside of Warner Castle and down the grassy lawn, you'll discover the Sunken Garden. It's a peaceful retreat.

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

When you stroll around the backside of Warner Castle and down the grassy lawn, you’ll find the Sunken Garden. From Highland Park, head down Reservoir Ave. toward South Ave.

Warner Castle is open to the public

There is a parking lot in front of the castle, now home to the Rochester Civic Garden Center, with tours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

A popular place for solitude

Often, there are photographers taking wedding and family photos, like anywhere in Highland Park. If you can get there when no one else is about, it’s a peaceful retreat, beautiful anytime of the year. My favorite time, however, is in late fall, when the sun is out but the leaves have all fallen, leaving a blanket of radiant reds and yellows in the garden. This is also my favorite time to visit Mount Hope Cemetery.

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Warner Castle Sunken Garden

Beyond the Sunken Garden

Behind the garden, continue your walk toward Highland Park Bowl–an outdoor amphitheater used for summertime concerts, Shakespeare in the Park and Movies in the Park–crossing the road to visit the incredible tulip beds and the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park.

Check out a nice 360° view at BuffaloVR, saying “The Warner Castle Sunken Garden [is] a significant part of the landscape heritage of Rochester.”

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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