York Gate garden is commonly regarded as one of the finest examples of garden designs of its time. Once a private family garden it was donated to Perennial in 1994 and is now open to visitors five afternoons per week throughout the Spring and Summer. York Gate is a one acre garden, divided into a series of smaller ‘rooms’ with different themes and in contrasting styles. These include the Dell with half-hidden pathways and a stream, the famous herb garden with topiary and summerhouse, and a newer more contemporary garden with grasses and summer-flowering perennials. It is maintained to very high horticultural standards providing an exceptional learning opportunity for someone wishing to begin or continue a career in horticulture with an interest in historic and botanic gardens.

Trainees are taught and assessed as they work alongside and learn from our experienced gardens team including our inspirational Head Gardener Ben Preston. Ben is highly regarded in the industry and under his guidance it is a very exciting time at York Gate, as an expansion of this unique garden is underway with great opportunity for the trainee to be a part of this project. The placement is full-time and runs for 2 years.

Full information and details on how to apply here.


Garden Season Spring/Summer 2019

Open between 1 April – 30 September 2019

Monday 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Tuesday 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Thursday 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday – closed

Saturday – closed

Sunday: 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Our popular Tea Room is open throughout the garden’s opening times, you can enjoy 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.

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Visitor groups are welcome but please book first. Contact us at

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.)