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York Gate Garden


Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8DW

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York Gate Garden is an incredible one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel (worth a visit itself), on the northern outskirts of Leeds (LS16).  In 2017 York Gate was voted the '7th best garden to visit in the UK' in The Times.  It was created by the Spencer family as their own private garden between 1951 and 1994, when it was then bequeathed to Perennial, the UK's only horticulturist's charity. We open York Gate Garden for you to enjoy on 5 afternoons a week from April through to September. Please check our web site for our exact opening times before setting off. 
We have a cafe offering light lunches and afternoon teas, as well as a gift shop and small plant nursery for you to take home a peice of York Gate.

The garden reflects many of the characteristics of an Arts and Crafts garden. It's divided up into forteen garden rooms, which are linked by clever vistas. It's a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period. Thousands of visitors come each year, and whether you come just to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the garden, or if you are a keen gardener or designer yourself, you can pass a very pleasant hour or two here soaking in the magic of York Gate.

In 2016 Perennial were awarded a Heritage Lottery grant to research, capture and preserve the story of York Gate and its creation. See emerging presentations of the Spencer family's story as the York Gate volunteer team work hard on researching, archiving, cataloguing, digitilising and presenting the heritage for you to enjoy.  Some of the highlights of the garden:

• a Pavement Maze • the Old Orchard • Pinetum and Arbour • Woodland Dell • Nut Walk • Sybil’s Garden • Canal Garden • Fern Border • Herb Garden and Summerhouse • Alley and Sundial • White and Silver Garden • Kitchen Garden • Paved Garden • Front Garden


Road Directions

By Car - Please park in the lay-by opposite the church in Church Lane and take the public footpath through the churchyard to the garden. This pretty walk takes about 4 minutes.


From Leeds/City Centre: Take the A660 towards Otley.

Turn right at the first set of traffic-lights after the intersection with the ring road (A6120) just before the Davino restaurant, signed Adel and Eccup.

At the T junction, turn left into Church Lane and park in the lay-by opposite the Church.

On foot the public footpath through the churchyard and out through the gate at the far end. Continue straight on and through a second gate. The garden can be seen across the road on the left-hand side.

From the north, take the A660 through Bramhope. Turn left at the first set of traffic-lights after the Leeds Parkway Hotel. Turn left into Church Lane and proceed as above.

By Bus

No.28 Leeds, Liberty Dock - Adel

Stay on the 28 until it terminates at the Adel ‘village shop’. Continue down the hill on foot until you get to Back Church Lane on your left. York Gate is 110m down there on the right. It is a pleasant 5 minute walk from the bus stop.

No.1 Leeds Centre - Holt Park & No. X84 Leeds - Skipton

Alight at Otley Road, Lawnswood, Greenfield Court. Outside Davino Restaurant.

Walk south down Otley Road for 70m then turn left onto Church Lane and turn left again at the T junction. When you see the church on your right, follow the path through the churchyard, and continue straight on with the church hall on your left. You will come out opposite York Gate Garden.

Accessible by Public Transport: Leeds or Horsforth station is 3 miles away.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Catering by in-house Caterers
  • Groups: Coach Group Coffee/Meal Stop
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available
  • Serve lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Children’s packs

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Education/study area
  • Encourage Use of Public Transport
  • Event venue
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • First Aid
  • Garden/patio for guests use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Meeting rooms
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Leisure Facilities

  • Classes and activities
  • Eating Out Within Walking Distance

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
  • Off site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 to 2 hours
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Cash Accepted
  • Cheques accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Groups: Booking Essential - email
  • Max group size - 30
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Opening Times

* Wednesdays in June: 1,8,15,22,29 - 6.30-9pm.
Open by special arrangement for groups, Friends of Perennial and Friends of York Gate. Please ask for details

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