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 on the Bolton Abbey Estate. Wander along the riverside and woodland paths. 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 meet: the Easter Bunny; during the summer, brave the Welly Walk (can you master all the obstacles and climb to the top of the tree); unlock the doors hidden along the Pumpkin Trail and unravel the witch's spell; and in December meet Father Christmas, find the 24 Advent presents and discover the 12 scenes from the traditional carol along the 12 Days of Christmas Trail.

    Contact - Tel: 01756 718009

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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.

    Contact - Tel: 01904 488800

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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 Rockery 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.

    Contact - Tel: 01759 307125/307541

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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 the celebrated architect John Carr in 1768. An elegant Grade I listed Georgian house which remains the private home of the Wyvill family to this day. 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. 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.

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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.

    Contact - Tel: 01756 720311

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  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

    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

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  • Scampston Walled Garden, nr. Malton

    Scampston Walled Garden, Scampston Hall, Nr. Malton

    You can be sure of a warm welcome at this stunning, modern garden created by acclaimed plantsman, Piet Oudolf for the Legard family. Striking contemporary planting, in multiple ‘garden rooms', and the dramatic use of grasses, bulbs and unusual shrubs ensures that there is always plenty to see. Allow yourself enough time to explore the 4 acre Walled Garden, and, new for 2015, a Heritage and Learning Centre, housed in a restored Victorian conservatory within the garden. Scampston Hall, with its opulent regency interior, opens for guided tours in the early summer and groups are often greeted by Sir Charles. The addition of delightful parkland trails, family activities, excellent catering and a specialist plant sales area makes for a great day out.

    Contact - Tel: 01944 759111

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  • The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

    The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

    The Forbidden Corner is one of England's most recent follies.

    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.

    Contact - Tel: 01969 640638

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  • Thorp Perrow, Bedale

    Thorp Perrow, Bedale

    85 acres of woodland to explore with trees and shrubs from around the world, some dating back to Medieval Times. The Arboretum has 66 Champion Trees (biggest in Britain). Spring brings fantastic displays of daffodils, lilac, cherries 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 – join one of our forays. Discover over 100 birds of prey from around the world – Meet the Owls at 11.30am and watch our very entertaining and informative flying displays at 1.30pm & 3.30pm. See website for a calendar full of events!

    Contact - Tel: 01677 425323

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  • The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard

    The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard

    A glorious, 120 acre garden of trees in a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds on the Castle Howard Estate near York. New trees are planted each year, and the grounds enhanced by wildflower meadows and flowering bulbs. As well as being a beautiful place to explore 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, children’s activities, and a busy events programme ensure there’s always something to do and see here, whenever you visit.

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

    Contact - Tel: 01653 648598

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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 smaller garden rooms with different themes and in contrasting styles are linked by a succession of delightful 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. There is always a selection of interesting plants for sale and a free guided tour most Sundays (phone for details). Major renovations planned for 2015 include extended tea room and shop plus seminar space for groups with plans to open the adjacent meadow for picnics.

    Contact - Tel: 0113 2678240

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  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield

    Named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014, 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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