York Gate

A magical one-acre garden near Leeds with Grade II National Heritage status is inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement.

A magical one-acre garden near Leeds, York Gate is one of Perennial’s three gardens.

Given so generously by the Spencer family in 1994, York Gate not only helps us raise much needed funds for our work but gives a huge amount of enjoyment for visitors who come from across the UK to look around.

A palette of colour bursts to life in spring and summer with tulips, bulging borders, tropical leafy plants, succulent exotics and a meadow full of wildflowers and wildlife. Timeless structure draws the eye in autumn and winter with a masterpiece of pattern and topiary and a finale of snowdrops and colourful gems.

Plan your trip


Opening times for


Please note we will be closed on Sunday 7 July due to road closures in the area. Apologies to anyone planning to visit us.
Assistance Dogs: To help us preserve its charm, the garden only allows assistance dogs. We are sorry we can’t admit family dogs or other pets.
Groups (6+) are welcome by prior arrangement, please visit our group bookings page for further information.



Partially Open



  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Cafe
  • Plants Sales
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing


Please be aware that York Gate is difficult for visitors who are solely reliant on a wheelchair due to the narrow paths and gravel surfaces. See below downloads section for our accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair Access

    Please be advised the garden can be difficult for visitors who are solely reliant on a wheelchair - please see above for specific garden details.

    The companion of a disabled visitor is admitted free of charge.

  • Assistance Dogs

    To help us preserve its charm, the garden only allows assistance dogs.

    We are sorry we can’t admit family dogs or other pets.


Sit on the wonderful sun terrace overlooking the sunken Mediterranean garden. Our cafe serves wholesome homemade food, reflecting the seasons and promoting local produce.

  • Our cafe

    There’s nothing like a cup of tea and a homemade scone (or a bacon sandwich) after a stroll round a garden. Sip and enjoy the view of the sunken Mediterranean garden from our café’s sun terrace. 

    Breakfast, lunch, drinks and cakes served daily.

    Check out our sample menus.

  • Afternoon tea

    Treat yourself or someone special to one of our delicious afternoon teas, served on weekends only, booking essential

    Booking essential, please call 0113 2678240

    Further information

  • Opening times

    Wednesday to Sunday
    10:00 - 15:30


Once you’ve toured the garden, visit our fabulous gift shop stocked with seasonal cards, stationery and gifts for garden. There's also our wonderful plant sales area, which has a wide range of plants, including those propagated from the garden.

  • Gift shop

    The perfect place to find something special including gifts for the home and garden. We stock a large range of contemporary giftware, cards, stationery and gifts for gardeners.

    Check out our range of York Gate inspired gifts, new for the 2024 season.

  • Plant sales

    Our plant centre will help you turn your garden inspiration into reality. We offer a wide range of plants including those propagated from plants in the garden. Grown on site by our Head Gardener and team.

  • Online shop

    You can also shop our full range of hundreds of cards and gifts in our online shop.


Download the accessibility map

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How to travel to York Gate


Back Church Lane
West Yorkshire
LS16 8DW


As we have a small car park, we encourage visitors to use public transport where possible.

If you do need to drive please car share if you can.

York Gate is just 25 minutes’ drive from Leeds city centre, 40 minutes’ drive from Harrogate, Bradford and Ilkley and only 50 minutes from York. The garden is 2.5 miles southeast of Bramhope, just off the A660. 

Please be advised our onsite parking in limited.

Additional parking is available in the laybys on Church Lane. Please be considerate to our neighbours by not parking on Back Church Lane then take the pleasant walk through the historic Church Yard and straight on to our garden entrance.

Public Transport

By train

Horsforth Train Station is 20 minutes from both Leeds and Harrogate Station. It is then a 10 minute taxi ride or the No8 Bus can be found just outside the station.

By bus

8 and X84 from Leeds towards Otley and Holt Park 
8 and X84 from Otley and Holt Park
28 from and returning to Leeds through Headingley


Download the garden leaflet

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