Our wonderful, award winning gardens provide an array of bright colours, lovely perfumes, beautiful views and vistas, whilst our abbeys retain a sense of peace and that special aura of spirituality. Enjoy nature in all its glory by visiting our great gardens.
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the River Wharfe this
country estate is the Yorkshire home of the Duke and Duchess
of Devonshire and a magnet for visitors drawn to its
• Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend.
• Wander along the woodland and riverside paths.
• Enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tearooms and cafes.
• Indulge in a little retail therapy in the varied gift shops.
• Relax and enjoy a picnic whilst the children play.
• Pre-booked guided tours of the Priory Church are available April to October.
Contact - Tel: 01756 718009
A flower lovers haven with 15 acres of gardens including extensive herbaceous borders, fragrant rose garden, rockery, cottage garden, annual meadow, special June and September gardens and much more. Featuring over 6,000 varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees the main borders remain packed full of colour throughout summer, supplemented by new highlights, like the poppies and irises of May and June, the roses of mid-summer and the late summer blooms of the September garden. Come and see why after a visit in 2011, renowned plantsman Roy Lancaster commented - “What I saw exceeded all expectations and I for one was bowled over.” Plus, our specialist nursery has a particularly fine selection of perennials and our new café is open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Contact - Tel: 01904 488800
Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds these Gardens are a haven of beauty and tranquility. The two lakes are home to a National Collection of Hardy
Water Lilies and ornamental
fish which can be hand fed. The nine acre Gardens include a Victorian
garden, rock gardens, stumpery, secret garden,
formal beds and a natural shrubbery. This Spring we host our first week long Tulip Festival.
The Stewart Museum hosts a collection of artefacts which the adventurous Major Stewart brought back to Pocklington from his 8 World Tours between 1906 and 1926, many of which are recognised by UNESCO as of national and international importance. Events and Band Concerts throughout the year.
Wheelchair friendly with wheelchairs available free of charge.
Contact - Tel: 01759 307125/307541
Constable Burton Hall was built for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill by the celebrated architect John Carr in 1768 and this elegant Georgian house is now home to Mr and Mrs Charles Wyvill and their family. Enjoy the peaceful rural setting and abundant wildlife of this idyllic location. Wander the trails through extensive woodland and formal gardens with their stunning seasonal displays of snowdrops and daffodils. Throughout the open season, group tours of the Hall and Gardens are invited by prior arrangement through the Gardens office. Each year, on the first May Bank Holiday weekend, Constable Burton Hall plays host to a magnificent Tulip Festival, sponsored by Chelsea award winning nursery ‘Bloms Bulbs’. With over 6,500 bulbs planted annually, vast expanses of flowers grace the gardens in a glorious display of colour.
Contact - Tel: 01677 450428
The sweeping grass terraces, towering veteran trees, and classical temples have been described by historian Christopher Hussey as ‘perhaps the most spectacularly beautiful among English landscape conceptions of the 18th century’. Beside superb views over the Rye valley, visitors will discover woodland walks (including the ‘yew tunnel’), ornamental parterres, and a ‘secret garden’ at the Orangery. The garden and surrounding parkland, which extend to 103 ha (255 acre), are designated a National Nature Reserve for the rare insects and fungi which thrive on the dead and dying limbs of ancient trees.
Contact - Tel: 01439 770213
A tranquil five acre walled garden originally built to supply the Fevershams at Duncombe Park. Today the garden is run as a charity and social enterprise providing horticultural therapy for those in need. Within the garden you will find a 120m 'hot' border, wild flower meadows, soft fruit and vegetables, a collection of Yorkshire apples trained in all forms, a physic garden, cottage flower garden and large range of glasshouses. Over the season the plant centre will hold at least 400 varieties of perennials, many grown on site. New for 2013 will be the development of the clematis garden.
Contact - Tel: 01439 771427
Located in a tranquil and picturesque setting steeped in history, Parcevall Hall Gardens are the largest and the only RHS and English Heritage registered gardens open to the public in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The 24 acres consists of colourful and intricate formal terraces, specimen trees and shrubs collected from Western China and the Himalayas, a natural rock garden considered to be the finest of its type in Northern England, historic rose garden displaying around 200 varieties and an orchard containing old and unusual apple varieties. Rhododendrons thrive and there are also Woodland Trails, the Herb Garden, Camellia Walk and Chapel Garden to enjoy. A pure delight for lovers of gardens and a wonderful place to visit for a peaceful stroll in glorious surrounds.
Contact - Tel: 01756 720311
Situated on the outskirts of the spa town of Harrogate, Harlow Carr is the most northerly of the RHS gardens. A garden of great character and intimacy Harlow Carr is a stunning tapestry of herbaceous borders, wildflower and woodland gardens and boasts the longest streamside garden in the UK.
The garden sits naturally in a dished valley where elements of stone and water combine with creative planting schemes to relax and inspire. Highlights include a beautiful kitchen garden with a focus on self-sufficiency, spectacular plant combinations on the main borders, a children's tree house and bird hide in a tranquil woodland setting, as well as the famous Bettys Café Tea Room, all providing the perfect setting for a wonderful day out.
Contact - Tel: 01423 565418
A stunning, modern, garden created by acclaimed plantsman, Piet Oudolf. Striking perennial-meadow planting, which explodes with colour during the summer, contrasts with a green 'silent garden', and the dramatic use of grasses, bulbs and unusual shrubs extends the season. Allow plenty of time during your visit to explore the Walled Garden, with its specialist plant sales area and excellent catering, and the delightful Cascade Circuit Walk with a small children's play area.
Scampston Hall, open for a short period in the early summer, contains a fine collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture and guided tours are often led by the owner. This combination of a period family house and gardens, together with the C21st planting in the Walled Garden, make for a great day out.
Contact - Tel: 01944 759111
85 acres of woodland to explore, with trees from around the world, some dating back to Medieval Times. The Arboretum has 66 Champion Trees (the biggest in Britain). Spring brings fantastic displays of daffodils, lilac, cherry blossom and bluebells, which are followed by wildflowers. Bring a picnic and relax in our picnic area or wander along one of the many trails. Autumn brings acres of spectacular autumn colours and weird and wonderful fungi. Fungus Forays and many other events throughout the year. Over at the Wildlife Park you can discover birds of prey from around the world, meerkats, reindeer, llama and daily entertaining displays - see website or ring for details.
Contact - Tel: 01677 425323
Historic gardens, deer park and wedding venue, just 2 miles from Junction 37 of the M1. The formal gardens and parkland are open to visitors 7 days a week, year round. There are 60 acres of formal gardens, which include a colourful Victorian flower garden and stunning national collections of Magnolias, Camellias and Rhodendrons.
In addition there are 500 acres of parkland, with red and fallow deer and miles of waymarked woodland trails. Dogs are welcome in the parkland on a lead.
Facilities include car and coach parking, tea room, gift shop and an adventure playground. The Gardens are hilly, visitors with disabilities can pre-book a golf buggy or batticar.
The Trust is currently restoring its beautiful Victorian Glasshouse which will open to visitors in the summer.
Contact - Tel: 01226 77604
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Wolds Way Lavender is a tranquil oasis of innovative lavender planting set within twelve acres of gardens and nature ponds. Our undulating two acre wildflower and sculpture trail enhances the five acres of lavender. Woodland walks planted with thousands of bulbs and wildflowers, under a canopy of native trees, extends the season from Spring through to Autumn.
Stroll through our gardens, play chess or simply sit and breathe in the heady lavender perfume. Watch the bees at work or take a train ride through the wildflowers. Raised lavender beds and individual displays allow access for all. Distillation of the lavender harvest takes place throughout the summer. The rich lavender oil is used in our unique lavender products. A family day out that spans generations.
Contact - Tel: 01944 758641
A beautiful one acre garden and outstanding example of late
20th century design.
Divided into a series of ‘garden rooms’, you will find colourful herbaceous borders, ponds, a white garden, kitchen garden, herb garden and a shady woodland garden with stream. The garden is also noted for its striking architectural features and a succession of exquisite vistas.
You can also enjoy tea and cake in the garden. There are plants for sale and free guided tours some Sundays.
Contact - Tel: 0113 2678240
FREE ADMISSION Yorkshire Lavender, winner of Visit York Tourism Award ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ 2011 and Gold Winner of Yorkshire in Bloom 2012 is set in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The award-winning gardens are a mixture of different styles including a Lavender Spiral, Mediterranean Garden, Sensory Garden and a Wildflower Meadow. Other attractions include a Lavender Maze, Mirror Pond, Lavender Amphitheatre, Deer Park, Sculpture Park, hillside Snakes and Ladders and a Specialist Plant Nursery where you will find the largest selection of lavender probably in England together with unusual varieties of herbs, perennials and grasses and lots more. The Gift Shop has the ultimate collection of lavender and purple products then visit the award winning EJ's Tearoom. A must!
Contact - Tel: 01653 648008
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK's leading open-air gallery, an international centre for modern and contemporary art. Discover more than 60 sculptures in the open air by some of the world's most interesting artists, from Henry Moore to Andy Goldsworthy, as well as a changing programme of major exhibitions in five indoor galleries.
Set within the 500-acre Bretton estate, the Park was designed by a contemporary of 'Capability Brown'. Historic features include the 18th century Deer Shelter, the 18th century Shell Grotto, and the 19th century Camellia House.
Don't miss the Park's award-winning visitor centre with stylish gift shop stocking contemporary design and homeware, and the YSP Restaurant with fantastic views of the Park and Henry Moore bronzes.
Contact - Tel: 01924 832631
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