The Gardens

The original garden, although only one acre in size is divided into 14 different garden rooms all with their own unique character, separated by formal yew and beech hedging. The backbone of the garden is quite wonderfully designed using clever vistas, topiary and creative garden structures providing a garden for all seasons. The herb garden provides one of the most quintessentially York Gate views, with the tightly clipped box spirals and succession of culinary and medical herbs.

The carpet path, design by Robin Spencer in 1981 is the main border dissecting the garden. The criss-cross granite cobbles leading to the dell, another clever vista.

The yew sails stand proud in the centre of the garden and can be seen from every room, giving context to your location.

In the wilder areas of York Gate beyond the garden, the traditional hay meadow with mown paths leads you amongst native wildflowers and down to our hives. We also have our own beehives tended to by our volunteer beekeepers.

The new develops at York Gate, giving you access to 4 acres and a number of new garden rooms. The pillar garden, Mediterranean and woodland walk bring a wider collection of unusual plants and compliment the Spencer legacy, providing a new entrance to the one-acre gem.

The new map of the garden gives you an incite into the many different garden rooms and the diversity of plant communities in this wonderful little garden.


2021 Seasonal Opening Times

Garden and Nursery open 14 April – 31 October Wednesday –Sunday | 11am –4.30pm. We are also open on bank holiday Mondays. Book your slot here or call 0113 267 8240.

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

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

We’re still limiting 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.

We kindly ask that you make your way around the garden during your allocated slot before visiting the cafe, gift shop and plant nursery. 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.

For full terms and conditions, click here. 

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