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.
Let the world wait and enjoy a day on the Bolton Abbey Estate. Wander along the riverside and woodland paths and let the countryside and grounds evoke serenity. Explore the Priory Church and Ruins and discover a landscape full of history and legend. Find the perfect spot for a picnic or treat yourself to lunch and fresh homemade cakes in the cafes and tearooms.
During the school holidays why not meet the Estate Bunny, brave the Welly Walk and see if you can master all the obstacles and climb to the top of the tree, unravel the witch’s spell, meet Father Christmas and discover the 12 scenes from the traditional carol along the 12 Days of Christmas Trail.
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 recent visit, 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 (plus Wednesdays in July and August).
Contact - Tel: 01904 488800
Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, the Gardens are a haven of tranquillity and beauty. The Upper and Lower Lakes are home to a National Collection of over 80 Hardy water lilies, and there are ornamental fish which can be hand fed. The nine acre Gardens include a Victorian Garden, rock gardens, a stumpery, secret gardens, formal beds and natural shrubbery.
The Stewart Museum comprises a variety of fascinating artefacts collected by Major Percy Stewart on his eight world tours between 1906 and 1926, many of which are recognised by UNESCO as being of national and international importance. Events days and Brass Band Concerts are held throughout the year, with an annual Tulip Festival in the spring.
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
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.
The Forbidden Corner is one of England’s most recent follies.
The Brainchild of Mr C.R Armstrong C.M.G, OBE was originally built as a private folly but due to public demand was subsequently opened.
A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
The Temple of the underworld, the eye of the Needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere and extraordinary statues at every turn. There are decisions to be made and tricks to avoid. A day out with a difference, which will challenge and delight children of all ages. Self catering holiday accommodation available, please visit our website for details or phone us.
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 – Meet The Owls at 11.30am, see our Meerkats, Wallabies, Donkeys and watch one of our entertaining Flying Displays at 1.30 or 3.30pm.
Contact - Tel: 01677 425323
Wentworth Castle Gardens boasts 60 acres of formal gardens, which include a colourful Victorian flower garden and stunning national collections of Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons.
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 battricar.
The stunning Victorian Conservatory is finally open to visitors, also housing a new visitor information area showing the history of the family and the conservatory restoration – plus a few things to amuse younger visitors too!
Located in South Yorkshire, Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest privately-owned house in Europe, is finally awaking from its slumber. Wentworth Woodhouse is one of the most expensive ever built and ranks amongst Britain’s largest and most important country houses. It is one of the finest and grandest Georgian houses in England. The current house was built by the 1st Marquis of Rockingham and incorporates part of an earlier manor house built in 1630.
After being inaccessible to most members of the general public for over 60 years this sleeping giant is finally opening up to the wide world. Join us for a tour or at one of our special events. Be a part of Wentworth Woodhouse’s exciting future.
Contact - Tel: 01226 351161
Inspirational one acre garden widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest small gardens. A series of smaller gardens with different themes and in contrasting styles are linked by a succession of delightful vistas. Striking architectural features play a key role throughout the garden which is also noted for its exquisite detailing.
You will find colourful herbaceous borders, ponds, a white garden, kitchen garden, herb garden and a shady woodland garden with a stream.
You can also enjoy tea and cake in the garden during your visit. There is always a selection of interesting plants for sale and a free guided tour most Sundays (phone for details).
Contact - Tel: 0113 2678240
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK’s leading outdoor art 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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