York Gate Events

York Gate Snowdrop Week | 15 -20 February 2022 | 9am-4pm (last garden entry 2.30pm)

Head Gardener, Ben Preston tells us more about this wonderful event.   
Snowdrop week is back in February and we are delighted to welcome you back to the garden this winter. As I am a little bit of a galanthophile myself, we have been working hard on our Snowdrop collection over the past few years.  
Many are now dotted through the garden and join our wonderful collection of Galanthus S. Arnott, Sybil’s favourite. We have around 60 varieties and cultivars, The White Garden is now home to a significant collection of the Greatorex Doubles, and we have a few prized yellow snowdrops, my favourite being Wendy’s Gold, my mother’s namesake, nodding quietly in the fern border.
Although snowdrops are the star of the show at this time of year, the garden has so much more to offer. Firstly, the amazing backbone and design that the Spencer’s sculpted over decades. The yew hedges and topiary are tightly clipped and at their architectural best. The distractions of summer have been cut back by the frost, leaving the timeless hard landscaping to be admired. Circular mill stones, reclaimed cobble paths and ancient york stone paving shows off the garden’s foundations.
Other winter flowering gems are also on show. Swathes of winter aconites in the orchard are complimented by crocus and cyclamen. It really is the beginning of the gardening calendar, I hope you can join us. 

Our café and gift shop will be open all week and our plant nursery will all be open with a selection of snowdrops and late flowering bulbs for you to take home.

You can book your tickets now and we would ask that you only make one booking, to ensure as many visitors as possible have the opportunity to visit. 
If you are bringing a guest, please make sure that you book two tickets (one for yourself and one for your guest).  

Standard garden entry applies 
Standard admission £7
Gift Aid admission £7.70
Children: (16 and under) Free
Annual membership is available for £30

We have limited tickets available so book now to secure your place. 

Afternoon Tea in York Gate’s Cafe

£15 per person – pre-booking essential, please get in touch. Gift vouchers also available. 


  • Freshly prepared dainty sandwiches and savouries
  • Selection of homemade cakes
  • Freshly baked scone with preserve and clotted cream
  • Yorkshire tea or cafetière of coffee

Event Space for hire

If you are interested in hiring our Spencer Suite for a class or workshop, or for small group events, please get in touch.


Snowdrop week 

15-20 February 2022 | 9am – 4pm 

For more information click here.

2022 Winter Opening Times

Garden and Nursery are now closed for the winter.

Cafe open  | Wednesday – Sunday | 9am–3.30pm  



Click here to find out more about York Gate’s specialist workshops. 

York Gate’s policy of asking people to wear masks inside enclosed spaces will continue. 

Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs or any other pets at York Gate, apart from assistance dogs.

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