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York Gate

York Gate, Back Church Lane, Leeds, LS16 8DW, United Kingdom

This magical one-acre garden near Leeds with Grade II National Heritage status is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. Diverse plant combinations show through a series of inspirational garden rooms, creating one of the best small gardens in the world for a charming day out.

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. The ancient Adel woods create a scenic backdrop.

Following the death of Sybil Spencer, York Gate was gifted to the charity Perennial in 1994 to help people in horticulture. The garden brings learning and pleasure to visitors from 3rd April to 31st October, on Wednesday to Sunday from 10am till 4pm.

As an award-winning visitor attraction with a 2022 and 2023 Travellers’ Choice award, its plant centre has a wide range of plants, including those propagated from the garden, its gift shop is stocked with seasonal cards, stationery and gifts for gardeners, and its popular café serves homegrown produce.

It’s hard to imagine life without gardens like York Gate. Green spaces sustain, nurture and support us, but they also tell the story of the people who grow, tend, protect, design and build them. Despite the contribution their work makes to our collective wellbeing, people working with plants, trees, flowers or grass need help. Jobs in horticulture can be hard – seasonal, low paid and dependent on good health and family support. 36% more people asked Perennial for support last year, and as the only UK charity helping everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, the charity relies on the support of all of us who enjoy the benefits of their hard work.

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Opening Times

3rd April – 31st October

Wednesday - Sunday

10.00 - 16.00

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Adult (Standard Admission)


Adult (Gift Aid Admission)


Child (16 and under)


Annual membership


We welcome:

Gardeners’ World 2-for-1 Card. Payment will be taken at the garden and discounts will be applied on presentation of your 2-for-1 card. Please note the card is not transferable.


Yorkshire’s Great Houses Castles and Gardens, Family or Staff Pass. Please bring your pass with you to validate your booking.


Free guided heritage tours around the garden run during busier times.


The companion of a disabled visitor is admitted free of charge, but please be aware that the garden is difficult for visitors who are solely reliant on a wheelchair due to the narrow paths and gravel surfaces.



Car Parking


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