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 Perennial, it is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period. Arts and Crafts architectural features play a key role throughout the garden which is noted for its exquisite planting details.
The garden is divided by yew and beech hedges into a series of smaller gardens, each with its own theme and style. From the formality of the Herb Garden with its topiary, to the Dell with its half-hidden pathways and stream, every area has an intimacy and charm of its own. Traditional materials are used with extraordinary creativity and invention.
From pretty paths to pergolas, detailing throughout is exquisite. Evergreens, clipped into strong architectural shapes are used to spectacular effect throughout the garden.
York Gate was bequeathed to Perennial in 1994 so that so that it could continue to live on and be enjoyed by the garden-loving public. Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people working in horticulture when times get tough, providing free advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in or retired from horticulture.
Round off your visit with delicious light bites and a choice of homemade baked goods in our Tea Room or choose from locally sourced gifts, gardening gadgets and a selection of interesting plants in our shop to take home.
Free guided tours available most Sundays and group visits are welcome when arranged in advance. Please phone for details.