The Kitchen Garden at York Gate
Looking across the Kitchen Garden at York Gate

Help to preserve one of the country’s most important small gardens for future generations by becoming a Friend of York Gate. 

Become a Friend of York Gate

For an annual membership of just £30 you will benefit from:

  • Free entry to the garden for you and a guest on all our public open days
  • And invitation to private Friends events for you and two guests outside public opening hours
  • Advance information about special events and developments at York Gate
  • Priority booking for Perennial’s national Special Events programme
  • Perennial News, Perennial’s twice-yearly newsletter, and our gifts and Christmas cards catalogues


Friends’ Events

As a thank you for being a Friend of York Gate, you are welcome to visit the garden  during special members only Friends’ openings. It is a chance to experience the garden as if it was all your own in peace and tranquility.

On these exclusive Friends’ events you are welcome to bring two adult guests (plus children) with you free of charge. If you wish to bring more people than this, they will be very welcome but we ask for the normal entrance fee (£6.00) for the additional adults.

  • Monday 25th March 10am – 12pm – pre-opening preview morning
  • Monday 20th May 10am – 12pm Spring into Summer morning
  • Wednesday 12th June 6.30pm – 9pm Private Evening Summer Event
  • Wednesday 26th June 6.30pm – 9pm Private Evening Summer Event
  • Monday 19th August 10am – 12pm Summer morning viewing
  • CANCELLED – Monday 14th October 10am – 12pm Autumn morning viewing – unfortunately the garden will be fully closed at the end of the season to allow for renovation works.

Please bring your Friend of York Gate membership card with you. As usual, park in the lay-by opposite the church in Church Lane and take the public footpath through the churchyard to the garden.



York Gate is now closed undergoing redevelopment works and will reopen on 1 April 2020. Therefore, we will not have a Christmas week or Snowdrop week this year.

Garden and gift shop opening times

1 April – 1 November 2020 | Wed – Sun | 11am – 4.30pm

Cafe opening times

Cafe open all year from April 2020 | Wed – Sun | 10am – 5pm

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 2019 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.)