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.

York Gate features in this Heritage Lottery Fund short film Yorkshire’s Back Garden, which shows how HLF funded projects are helping to connect more people to nature.

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


Snow Drop Week 2018

Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd February

12.30pm – 4.30pm

Garden Season Spring/Summer 2018

1 April – 30 September 2018

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

Friday and Saturday CLOSED

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.

Visitor groups are welcome but please book first. Contact us at yorkgate@perennial.org.uk



York Gate Garden leaflet 2017