Listed in The Times 2017 as ‘The 7th Best Garden to Visit in the UK’

York Gate Garden in Leeds is a popular visitor attraction. The garden is one acre in size, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest examples of garden design of its time. Once a private family garden it was bequeathed to charity Perennial in 1994, who now open it to visitors five afternoons per week throughout Spring and Summer.

Treat yourself to afternoon tea or a light lunch in the Tea Room. You will be seated in what were once Sybil Spencer’s drawing and dining rooms, with delightful views of the garden. Our cakes are fresh home made delights, created by our talented catering manager. Service in the tea room is run by a wonderful team of volunteers. The Tea Room is open during garden opening hours.

The plant nursery offers a range of plants for sale, all propagated and grown here at York Gate, so you can take a piece of the magic home with you.

Please allow one to two hours for your visit, but on fine days a whole afternoon can be lost taking in the enchanting surroundings of York Gate.

Our Team

We have four full time staff that run the garden and visitor element of York Gate and over 80 volunteers that care for the garden and look after our guests during open seasons.

About Perennial

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. Our national team of trained, professional Caseworkers and Debt Advisers visit people in their own homes and provide free, confidential advice and financial assistance for as long as it takes to get people back on their feet. If you are a horticulturist in need of assistance, or you know someone who needs help, please call 0800 093 8543 or click here.


York Gate is now closed undergoing redevelopment works.

Garden and gift shop opening times

To be confirmed

Cafe opening times

To be confirmed

Our cafe serves light lunches and afternoon teas, or a selection of freshly home baked cakes, including a daily gluten free choice.

Please park on Church Lane and walk through the church yard, then straight on to come out opposite the garden gate.

Download 2020 leaflet

York Gate Garden digital archive

We ask that groups of 6 or more please book with us first by contacting

To help us preserve its charm, the garden does not permit dogs, other than assistance dogs.
(Please note the advice in the National Garden Scheme handbook that dogs are permitted is unfortunately incorrect.)