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.


To maintain social distancing, we need to limit the numbers in the garden, so you’ll need to book your slot before you come and pay on entry at the garden. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy York Gate at its best and its quietest!

The garden is open 11am – 4.30pm | Wednesday – Sunday from April to November.

The cafe is open from 10am – 5pm (last orders 4.30pm) | Wednesday – Sunday all year round.

To book your slot, click here 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.

Please note, 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.

For full terms and conditions, click here

Download 2020 leaflet

York Gate Garden digital archive