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York Gate Garden Plan

York Gate Garden Plan

Credit: Illustration, Lorna Cross


As seen on TV’s Glorious Gardens from Above
with Christine Walkden and featured on BBC’s Gardeners’ World
York Gate is a one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds.

Created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century, and now owned and managed by horticultural Perennial, it is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period.

York Gate was a proud winner of a gold award in the RHS’s 2014 Yorkshire in Bloom competition. Indulge your senses with picture-perfect vistas, stunning architectural features and colourful blooms. Soak up the garden’s intimate atmosphere and relax on the lawn or in our newly renovated tea room with a cup of tea and delicious cake.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic gardening amateur or a horticultural expert, you’ll be inspired by York Gate’s ingenious use of space, meticulous attention to detail and resourceful use of architectural features across the fourteen garden rooms in just one acre, including:
• 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.
Complete your visit to York Gate with a permanent reminder of the garden. Purchase a plant grown in our garden or a gift from our locally sourced selection in the newly extended gift shop.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groups

Gold award in the RHS’s 2014 Yorkshire in Bloom. Filming and photography on request.

Opening details

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


Adults Standard £5.00 / Gift Aid £5.50
Children (16 and under): Free


Garden Administrator

0113 267 8240


Back Church Lane,
West Yorkshire,
LS16 8DW



See location of York Gate Garden on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 275402  Lat: 53.85764 Long: -1.58260

By Bus
No. 28 From Leeds to Adel – Alight at Sir George Martin Drive – East Moor Lane (terminus). 7 minutes walk to the garden along Sir George Martin Drive.

No.1 From Leeds to Holt Park – Alight at Otley Road – Greenfield Court. 10 minutes walk to the garden via Church Lane.

No. X84 From Skipton to Leeds (Ilkley to Leeds on Sundays) – Alight at Otley Road – Holt Lane. 10 minutes walk to the garden via Church Lane

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds or Horsforth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

Gold award in the RHS’s 2014 Yorkshire in Bloom. Filming and photography on request.