The Gardens

The garden is divided by yew and beech hedges into a series of smaller gardens, each with its own theme and style.

The Dell at York Gate
The Dell at York Gate, showing the folly designed by Robin Spencer

From the formality of the Herb Garden with its topiary, to the Dell with its half-hidden pathways and stream, every area has an intimacy and charm of its own. Traditional materials are used with extraordinary creativity and invention.

The Herb Garden at York Gate
The majestic herb garden at York Gate

From pretty paths to pergolas, detailing throughout is exquisite. Evergreens, clipped into strong architectural shapes are used to spectacular effect throughout the garden.

The traditional wildflower meadow is open for families to enjoy the wilder areas of York Gate. Mown paths lead you through the tall grass, interspersed with winter flowering fruit trees with the ancient Adel woods as your backdrop. Swathes of pignut take hold in May, followed by knapweed, vetches and achillea throughout the summer.

OPENING TIMES

The garden is now closed.

Due to Leeds being in Tier 3, York Gate’s Cafe and Gift Shop are closed until further notice.

Snowdrop Week 2021

To maintain social distancing, we need to limit the numbers in the garden, so you’ll need to book your slot before you come. Payment will be taken on entry at the garden. The garden will be operating a cashless system, so please bring your card and use contactless payments where possible.

Friends of York Gate Preview Day | 15 February | 10am – 5pm. 
General Entry | 16 – 21 February | 10am – 5pm.

Click here to book your slot or call 0113 733 3753.

We kindly ask that you make your way around the garden during your allocated slot before visiting the cafe, gift shop and plant nursery in order for us to maintain social distancing.

For full terms and conditions, click here.

2021 Seasonal Opening Times

Friends of York Gate Garden Preview Day | Wednesday 31 March.

Garden and Gift shop open 1 April–31 October Wednesday –Sunday | 11am –4.30pm.

Cafe open and gifts available all year | Wednesday –Sunday | 10am–5pm.

Click here to download your copy of Perennial News.

Download 2020 leaflet

York Gate Garden digital archive