York Gate is a one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds.

Created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century in the Arts and Crafts style, and now owned and managed by Perennial, it is a garden of immense craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period.

York Gate was bequeathed to Perennial in 1994 so that so that it could continue to live on and be enjoyed by the garden-loving public. Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people working in horticulture when times get tough, providing free advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in or retired from horticulture.

With special thanks to John Whitaker, Clare ForbesJonathan Ward, John Glover and Ben Charles for the photography used on these pages.


9 April – 28 September 2017

Sunday to Thursday (and Bank Holiday Mondays): 12:30 – 4:30pm

Evenings in June
Every Wednesday in June:
7th, 14th, 21st & 28th: 6:30pm – 9pm

York Gate Garden features a bright new shop stocked with a lovely range of gifts.

Our popular Tea Rooms serve sandwiches and savoury platters as well as a selection of freshly baked cakes, including a daily gluten free choice.

Note – the garden will be closed for a special event on 4th July, click here for more info and tickets.

York Gate Garden leaflet 2017