Perennial’s York Gate Garden Wins 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

York Gate

We’re thrilled that York Gate Garden has been recognised by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travellers’ Choice award winner.

York Gate’s great traveller reviews have landed it a place among travellers’ favourites and in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.

The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveller reviews from around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, York Gate stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to travellers.

Peter Newman, Chief Executive at Perennial, said: “We are over the moon that another of the Perennial Gardens has been recognised for a Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice award. When travellers visit our gardens they become part of a lifeline supporting us in building better futures for people in horticulture and their families. The positive reviews we receive from visitors mean so much to us and with this accolade we look forward to welcoming even more travellers to York Gate.” 

“Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travellers’ Choice Awards recognise the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests. Ranking among the Travellers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travellers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity.”

York Gate is a magical one-acre garden created by the Spencer family between 1951 and 1994. Frederick and Sybil Spencer along with their son Robin, laid out and nurtured what is now one of the finest small gardens in the country. The design of ‘rooms’ interlinked through a succession of vistas and executed with meticulous attention to detail owed much to the Arts and Crafts movement, complemented by Sybil’s skills as a plantswoman.  In accordance with Sybil’s wishes, on her death in 1994, York Gate was given to Perennial. York Gate has been granted Grade II national heritage status in a list of post-war gardens and landscapes for England. It is an amazing garden, and it should be protected. It’s not a stately home, it’s a family home. It would have meant a lot to Sybil, to see the family name and legacy live on.  Ben Preston, Head Gardener.

York Gate Cafe

Our new cafe serves wholesome homemade food, reflecting the seasons and promoting local produce.

Breakfast Menu (sample menu)

Lunch Menu (sample menu)

Drinks and Cakes Menu (sample menu)

Afternoon Tea – Booking essential

Sit on the wonderful new sun terrace overlooking the newly created sunken Mediterranean garden. The cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday all year round. Please note, we are unable to take bookings.

Plant Nursery

Our new larger plant centre will help you turn your garden inspiration into reality. We offer a wide range of plants including those propagated from plants in the garden. Grown on site by our Head Gardener and team.

The Gift Shop

The perfect place to find something special including gifts for the home and garden. We stock a large range of contemporary giftware, cards, stationery and gifts for gardeners.

How Perennial Helps

Perennial is the UK’s only charity looking after people in horticulture and their families at any stage of life. If you work with flowers, plants, trees or grass, our friendly and experienced team are here to deliver completely free, confidential and personal support. We understand the devastating impact unexpected personal challenges and financial pressures has on lives. If you need help or know someone who does please contact us on 0800 093 8543 or visit

We love our one acre gem – but don’t just take our word for it. Have a look at our TripAdvisor reviews.

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

Back Church Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 8DW, UK


2022 Season Opening Times 

Cafe open | 30 March – 30 October 2022 | Wednesday – Sunday | 10am-4.30pm | Open Bank Holidays

Garden, nursery and shop open | 1 April – 30 October 2022 | Wednesday – Sunday | 10am – 4.30pm | Open Bank Holidays | Booking essential 

Groups (6+) are welcome by prior arrangement


We can only accept assistance dogs at our gardens. Please leave all pets at home.

For full terms and conditions, click here. 



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