Gardens to Visit in Yorkshire

Set against the timeless scenery of the Yorkshire dales and moors, the fine gardens of this spacious county offer a wide variety of interest from grand and formal layouts to peaceful water parks and naturalistic displays.

Breezy Knees

Breezy Knees Gardens © Ian Capper (CC2)

Covering some 15 acres, these exquisite gardens are packed with over 6000 varieties of flowers, planted in borders, rockeries and meadowlands. Good all season interest with mature shrubs, trees, water features and fountains.

Facilities: parking, plant sales, cafe
Open: May to September, daily
Address: Common Lane, oakhill, York YO19 5XS
Tel: 01904 488800
Web: breezyknees.co.uk

Brodsworth Hall

Formal Gardens © Paul Howarth (CC2)

Faithfully restored Victorian gardens that are a real delight in any season. Brodsworth is garden full of surprises, with intricate bedding schemes, statue lined walks, beautiful wild rose gardens and a Fernery planted with many unusual specimens. Features include clipped evergreen shrubs and many magnificent trees.

Facilities: parking, shop, cafe
Open: all year (weekends only in winter)
Address: South Yorkshire DN5 7XJ
Tel: 01302 722598 - Run by English Heritage
Web: english-heritage.org.uk

Burnby Hall

Lavender Walk (by Danielle Spence CC0)

Pleasantly located on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. With two large lakes it is home to one of Europe's largest collection of water lilies. In addition to the water gardens there are seasonal beds, a rock garden, Victorian garden, aviary garden and a secret garden. The aviary garden hosts an annual tulip festival in late April / May.

Facilities: parking, shop, cafe, guided tours
Open: daily
Address: York Y042 2QF
Tel: 01759 307125
Web: burnbyhallgardens.com

Burton Agnes

Large ornamental pond © JThomas (CC2)

An interesting garden with a mix of both conventional and unconventional themes. Features include a walled garden, a potager & herb garden, jungle garden and a riddle maze. Take a stroll along the Woodland Sculpture walk, where you will see sculptures of caterpillars, squirrels, birds and butterflies among the trees. Also noted for its fine collection of Campanula.

Facilities: parking, shop, cafe
Open: February to December
Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes YO25 4NB
Tel: 01262 490324
Web: burtonagnes.com/

Castle Howard

Castle Howard (by skeeze CC0)

One of England's most magnificent stately homes. The gardens provide a perfect place to relax and enjoy the idyllic landscape. Here you will find formal terraces with graceful statues, richly planted rose gardens, woodland walks and peaceful lakeside pathways. Produce from the vegetable garden is used in the garden restaurant and can also be purchased from the farm shop.

Facilities: parking, plant sales, shop, restaurant
Open: February to November, daily
Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
Tel: 01653 648333
Web: castlehoward.co.uk

East Riddlesden Hall

© National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

The gardens of this fine Jacobean manor house were built circa 1640. Rambling climbers and roses cover the ruined walls, providing the perfect backdrop to the romantic cottage style layout. Wild flowers, herbaceous borders and fragrant herbs provide all year round interest.

Facilities: parking, cafe, picnic area, shop
Open: February to October
Address: Riddlesden, Keighley BD20 5EL
Tel: 01535 607075 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Harewood House

Harewood House Lake (by Radoslaw CC0)

Set in extensive parkland, designed by Capability Brown. The grounds include a formal parterre, oriental rock garden, Himalayan Garden and a walled garden. Visitors can also enjoy lakeside and woodland walks. Plus a magnificent Bird Garden containing many exotic and rare birds. There is also an adventure playground for children to enjoy making Harewood an ideal family day out.

Facilities: parking, cafe, picnic area, shop
Open: March to November
Address: LS17 9LG
Tel: 0113 218 1010
Web: harewood.org

Helmsley Walled Gardens

Walled Garden © Carol Walker (CC2)

Walled kitchen garden circa 1758, set against the backdrop of Helmsley Castle. Highlights include an orchard, kitchen garden, clematis collection, a hot border, long border and a white garden. The kitchen garden produces many unusual varieties of vegetables and herbs, plus heritage apples and grape vines.

Facilities: parking, shop, plant sales, cafe
Open: April to October
Address: Helmsley, York YO62 5AH
Tel: 01439 771427
Web: helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Ripley Castle

(by PublicDomainPictures CC0)

A garden for all seasons and with something for everyone, including a medieval castle, old temples and follies. The extensive castle grounds host a colourful walled garden, a tropical hot house and many fine specimen trees. The Capability Brown designed pleasure grounds include lovely woodland walks and a deer park.

Facilities: parking, shop, plant sales, cafe
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AY
Tel: 01423 770152
Web: ripleycastle.co.uk

Sheffield Botanic Gardens

© Steve Fareham (CC2)

A good example of Victorian garden architecture and style. Covering some 19 acres, it displays around 5000 different species of plants. It has some of England's oldest glasshouses, hosting collections of temperate plants, organised by habitat. The rose gardens, prairie garden and national plant collections are all worth seeing. Guided tours available by appointment.

Facilities: Free Entry
Open: all year
Address: Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN
Tel: 0114 268 6001
Web: sbg.org.uk/

Newby Hall

The Long Border © Bill Harrison (CC2)

Take a relaxing walk around 25 acres of award-winning gardens with magnificent planting schemes, from subtropical plants to old fashioned roses. Rock and water gardens, extensive double herbaceous border, with good colour themes. Rewarding at any time of year. Riverside and woodland walks and a contemporary sculpture trail. Children's adventure garden and miniature railway.

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop
Open: April to September
Address: Newby Hall, Ripon, Yorkshire HG4 5AE
Tel: 01423 322583
Web: newbyhallandgardens.com

Nunnington Hall

(by Mike Mahony CC0)

Impressive 16/17th-c. stone country manor house with lovely gardens of sweeping lawns and fine hedges. Located near the River Rye, the garden has been managed organically since 2002, combining both traditional and modern horticultural principles and apparatus.

Facilities: parking, cafe, picnic area, shop
Open: March to November
Address: Nunnington, YO62 5UY
Tel: 01439 748283 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Parcevall Hall

From the Red Borders © Bob Cantwell (CC2)

A superb Dales garden, that includes formal terraces, natural limestone rock garden, rose garden, water features, a large rhododendron collection and extensive woodland areas. Created in 1927 by Sir William Milner, who also contribution to the development of Harlow Carr.

Facilities: parking, cafe, plant sales
Open: all year, daily
Address: Skyreholme, North Yorkshire B023 60E
Tel: 01756 720311
Web: parcevallhallgardens.co.uk

RHS Harlow Carr

Spring Display © Seasonal Gardening

Outstanding ornamental and woodland garden, set in a gently sloping valley. A luxuriantly planted stream runs along the valley, landscaped to either side with many themed areas, flowing borders, bulbs, heathers and roses. Plus an alpine hot house and fruit and vegetable plots. The arboretum and woodland area is under planted with wild flowers and filled with spring flowering rhododendrons & azaleas.

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, plant centre
Open: all year (exc. Xmas)
Address: Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB
Tel: 01423 565418
Web: rhs.org.uk

Scampston

Walled Garden © Pauline E (CC2)

Contemporary gardens, created by the acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. His 'new wave' planting style has been used to transform this derelict walled garden into a contemporary design, with grasses and prairie style planting. The garden also features a striking perennial meadow, traditional spring and autumn borders and a good selection of autumn grasses.

Facilities: parking, cafe, plant sales
Open: March to October
Address: Scampston, Malton YO17 8NG
Tel: 01944 759111
Web: scampston.co.uk

York gate

York Gate

© GSP

Modest size garden that has a great feeling of space, by being divided into a number of small intimate enclosed areas, separated by clipped yew and beech hedges. Gravel, stone and cob pathways link the individual spaces together. At the centre is a raised circular lawn surrounded by herbaceous planting that contrasts with a tranquil den reached by secret pathways.

Facilities: shop, cafe, plant sales
Open: April to September
Address: Back Church Ln, Leeds LS16 8DW
Tel: 0113 267 8240
Web: perennial.org.uk

Yorkshire Arboretum

Sata Pond © Pauline E (CC2)

A naturalistic planting of trees and plants that provide a network of peaceful walks through a beautiful landscape of vistas and stunning views. However, its not just trees that grow here, there is also a spectacular collection of both conventional and unusual shrubs and other plants from around the world.

Facilities: parking, cafe
Open: February to November
Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY
Tel: 01653 648598
Web: yorkshirearboretum.org

Wolds Way Lavender

Lavender Fields (GSP)

Located on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, with many varieties of flowering lavender and Mediterranean herbs. The lavender, which freshly grown on this 12 acre plot, is harvested and distilled on site. The shop offers a range of locally manufactured aromatherapy and wellbeing products.

Facilities: parking, tearoom, shop, plants
Open: March to September, daily
Address: Wintringham, Malton YO17 8HW
Tel: 01944 758641
Web: woldswaylavender.co.uk


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