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Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland

There has been some form of ‘pleasure garden’ and parkland at Sheffield Park since the 1700’s. Today’s garden is a horticultural work of art created from centuries of different approaches to landscape design. Each owner has left their impression – whether it was the creation of the lakes, the construction of the Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk or the introduction of many different tree and shrub species from around the world.

Four lakes form the heart of the garden with meandering paths circulating in and out of the glades and wooded areas that surround them. There are over 87 champion trees planted throughout, some of which help to provide the vibrant colour show that Sheffield Park and Garden has become famous for in the autumn season. The national collection of Ghent Azaleas combined with a selection of rhododendron hybrids supply a blaze of colour over the late spring and early summer months.

Our historic parkland would once have played host to deer and game hunting for the guests at Sheffield Park House, which are thought to have included Henry VIII. In a woodland copse within the parkland is our natural Woodland Play Trail offering adventurous play and den building for explorers young and old.

At the bottom of our parkland runs the flood meadow and river Ouse that form our wildlife haven.  Exciting plans are a-foot to restore the river and flood meadow to their original condition, which will involve rebuilding the meanders in the river that once cut across the meadow. Already a mass of wildlife activity in the spring and summer with dragonflies, butterflies and birds buzzing around, the restoration of the meanders is expected to attract even more species to the area – a bonus for wildlife enthusiasts.

Enjoy the 50 Things challenge with us

Den building - number 4 on the 50 Things list

Den building - number 4 on the 50 Things list

There are loads of activities to tick off your 50 things to see and do before you're 11¾ list at Sheffield Park and Garden. Check our events listing to see what's coming up or download our map showing where to tick off some of the self-led activities. We have compiled our top ten favorites but there are over 30 to complete within our estate so there's nothing to hold you back from reaching your final goal.

Picnic time this summer

Picnic by Middle Lake at Sheffield Park and Garden

The garden and parkland are great places to enjoy a picnic, with plenty of space and beautiful scenery to drink in while you relax and unwind.

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What to see in the garden

A Tulip tree flower at Sheffield Park and Garden © Nina Elliot-Newman

Tulip tree

The magnificent Tulip tree is in full bloom just near the reception building. The unusual upright flowers sit like tea cups on the branches.

What to see in the garden

Waterlilies in bloom © Mike Perry


The lakes are starting to look colourful with our different water lily species coming into bloom. Colours range from white and pink to crimson and lemon yellow.

What to see in the garden

Common spotted orchid © Mike Perry

Common spotted orchid

These white and purple flower spires can be spotted emerging through the long grass particularly off Woodland Walk.

Outdoor summer games

Enjoy outdoor games this summer

Over the summer holidays our outdoor play tent will be set up again on the mansion lawn. There will be lots of equipment to help yourself to from skipping ropes to egg and spoon races and much more.