Yorkshire's Great Gardens

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.

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  • Bolton Abbey, Skipton

    Bolton Abbey, Bolton Abbey, Skipton

    Escape for a day at Bolton Abbey. Wander along the riverside and woodland paths, explore the Priory Church and Ruins and discover a landscape full of history and legend. Relax by the river and enjoy a picnic or treat yourself to lunch and fresh homemade cakes in the cafes and tearooms.

    During the school holidays enjoy fun and adventure. 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 and spot the pumpkins hidden in the trees, meet Father Christmas and discover the 12 scenes from the traditional carol along the 12 Days of Christmas Trail.

    Opening times: Everyday from 9am.

    Directions: Just off the A59 on the B6160 BETWEEN Harrogate and Skipton. For satellite navigation our postcode is BD23 6EX.

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  • Breezy Knees Gardens, York

    Breezy Knees Gardens, Warthill, York

    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 June, July and August).

    Opening times:
    Gardens - Everyday 10.30am - 5pm (1 May to 30 Sept).
    Nursery - Everyday 10.30am - 5pm (1 April to 30 Sept).
    Cafe - Wednesday to Sunday plus Bank Holiday Mondays (1 May - 30 Sept)

    Directions: 6 miles east of York, 1 mile off A64 between Warthill village and A64.

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  • Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum, Pocklington

    Burnby Hall Gardens, The Balk, Pocklington

    Burnby Hall Gardens are home to a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily. These are cultivated on the Upper and Lower lakes and are in bloom from June to August.

    The Gardens comprise eight acres of woodland and garden, and feature an ornamental bridge, a Victorian Garden, an Aviary, a Rock Garden and a Stumpery.

    The Stewart Museum houses a fascinating collection of artefacts collected by Major Stewart on eight world tours that undertaken between 1906 and 1926.

    Events are held throughout the spring and summer, and include a Tulip Festival in May, Children's events on Wednesdays during the spring and Summer Holiday period, regular Sunday brass band concerts, and outdoor theatre events.

    Opening times: 10 am to 5.30pm March to October; 10am to 4pm during the winter months.

    Directions: At Pocklington off the A1079 – 12 miles east of York. Brown signs direct from all routes into Pocklington. Free parking.

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  • Constable Burton Hall & Gardens, nr. Leyburn

    Constable Burton Hall & Gardens, Constable Burton, Leyburn

    Constable Burton Hall was built for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill by John Carr in 1768 and this elegant Georgian house remains the private home of the Wyvill 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 Estate 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.

    Opening times: Gardens open – Saturday 19 March – Sunday 25 September 2016.

    Directions: Constable Burton Hall & Gardens are located within easy reach of the A1 (8miles) on the A684 which runs through Leyburn, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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  • Parcevall Hall Gardens, nr. Appletreewick

    Parcevall Hall Gardens, Skyreholme, nr Appletreewick

    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.

    Opening times: 1 April – 31 October. Daily 10am-6pm (last admittance 5pm).

    Directions: Brown signs direct from the B6265 and from the B6I60. Free Parking. Groups by prior arrangement.

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  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

    Situated on the outskirts of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, Harlow Carr is the most northerly of the RHS gardens. With its stunning tapestry of herbaceous borders, woodland gardens and the longest streamside garden in the UK, Harlow Carr is the perfect garden for all seasons.

    The garden sits in a gentle valley where elements of stone and water combine with creative planting schemes to relax and inspire. Highlights include an amazing kitchen garden, spectacular plant combinations on the main borders, a children's tree house and ‘logness monster'. With a large selection of plants and gifts in the RHS Shop & Plant Centre, together with the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Harlow Carr offers a truly memorable day out.

    Opening times:
    9.30am – 6pm (March to Oct)
    9.30am – 4pm (Nov to Feb)
    Last admission 1 hour before closing.

    Directions: The garden is situated 1½ miles from Harrogate Town Centre off Otley Road (B6162). Sat nav users please use postcode HG3 1UE.

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  • Scampston Hall & Walled Garden, nr. Malton

    Scampston Walled Garden, Scampston Hall, Nr. Malton

    A stunning modern garden designed by acclaimed plantsman, Piet Oudolf, for the Legard family. Oudolf has used striking contemporary planting, with dramatic grasses and unusual shrubs, inside numerous ‘garden rooms'. Within the garden you will also find the newly restored Victorian Conservatory, hosting temporary and permanent exhibitions.

    Scampston Hall, with its opulent regency interior, opens for tours in the early summer. Guided tours are lively and informative, with experienced house guides – including Sir Charles Legard himself!

    2016 marks the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown, and Scampston's Parkland Trails offer an excellent way to explore and delight in the landscape which he so carefully sculpted. Also with an excellent Restaurant and Plant sales area – Scampston offers a great day out!

    Opening times:
    Gardens: 25 March – 30 October, 10am-5pm daily except Mons. Open B/Hols
    Hall: 29 May – 31 July, by guided tour at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Tues – Fri, plus Sun and B/Hol Mon.

    Directions: Five miles east of Malton, off the A64. Just after the village of Rillington take the turn signed ‘Scampston Only'. Follow signs to the Walled Garden.

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  • The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

    The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

    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.

    Opening times
    Everyday from 24 March- 31 October and then Sundays until Christmas.
    Mon – Sat 12 noon until 6pm. Sundays & bank holidays 10am until 6pm (or dusk if earlier).
    Admission is by pre-booked tickets only – please phone before your visit, or visit our website and book online.

    Directions: Follow signs for Middleham, take the Coverdale road, past Coverham church, then turn right opposite the cottages and through the big iron gates. Sat Nav users please use the postcode DL8 4TQ

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  • Thorp Perrow, Bedale

    Thorp Perrow, Bedale

    At 100 acres, Thorp Perrow Arboretum boasts one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees in the North of England, including the national collections of Ash, Lime, Laburnum, Walnut and cotinus. Open all year, the Arboretum is at arguably at it's most striking through the autumn months when leaf colour changes set the woodland trails ablaze. In spring snowdrops, crocuses and thousands of naturalised daffodils are of note, followed by carpets of bluebells. The Arboretum houses one of the largest Bird of Prey centres in the North which incorporates an exciting mammal section, and also offers a plant shop, tearoom, adventure play area, and a year-round program of events including outdoor concerts.

    Opening times: Open every day (except xmas day) with shorter days through winter – see website for details.

    Directions: Use A1 junction 51. Follow Masham B6268 and turn left for Snape (signposted). Also accessible from B6267 Masham-Thirsk Road (signposted).

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  • The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard

    The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard

    The Yorkshire Arboretum is a glorious, 120 acre garden of trees in a stunning landscape of parkland, wildflower meadows, lakes and ponds.

    As well as being a beautiful place to enjoy in all seasons there's a café serving delicious, seasonal home-cooked food, and a variety of souvenirs and gift ideas are available in the Arboretum Shop. A woodland playground, free weekly tours, family activities, and a busy events programme ensure there's always something to do and see here, whenever you visit.

    We offer weddings in an idyllic outdoor setting, venue hire, and an outdoor education programme for school groups. Under 12's are admitted free of charge and group bookings are warmly welcomed.

    Under 12's are admitted free of charge and group bookings are warmly welcomed.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon.

    Opening times: Open 10am to 5pm every day 1 March - 30 November. Last admission 4pm. Last café service 4pm (4.30pm at weekends, May - October).

    Directions : 15 miles north east of York and easily accessible from the A64. The arboretum is located opposite the main entrance to Castle Howard.

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  • York Gate Garden, Leeds

    York Gate Garden, Adel, Leeds

    Inspirational one acre garden widely recognised as one of Britain's finest small gardens. A series of garden rooms with different themes and in contrasting styles are linked by a succession of vistas including colourful herbaceous borders, ponds, a white garden, kitchen garden, herb garden and a shady woodland garden with a stream.

    Arts and Crafts architectural features play a key role throughout the garden which is noted for its exquisite planting details.

    Round off your visit with delicious light bites and a choice of homemade baked goods in our Tea Room. Choose from locally sourced gifts, gardening gadgets and a selection of interesting plants in our shop to take home.

    Free guided tours available most Sundays (phone for details).

    Opening times: 27 March to 30 September, Sunday to Thursday and BH Mondays, 12:30pm-4:30pm. Evenings: Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 June, 6:30-9pm.

    Directions: North of Leeds. 2 1/4m SE of Bramhope, just off A660. Park opposite the church in Church Lane. Follow the signed pathway through the churchyard.

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  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK's leading outdoor art gallery, an international centre for modern and contemporary art. Discover more than 80 sculptures in the open air by some of the world's most interesting artists, from Henry Moore to Ai Weiwei, as well as a changing programme of major exhibitions in five indoor galleries, including the refurbished 18th century chapel.

    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 and 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.

    Opening times: Open daily (except 24 and 25 December). Opening times vary, see website for full details.

    Directions: One mile from M1, junction 38. Follow the brown heritage signs on the A637 to the YSP Main Entrance. For SatNav use WF4 4JX.

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