The gardens at East Riddlesden Hall

View of the house across the garden

Let your senses come alive this September as the sweet scent of clematis fills the air and colours change to shades of golds, oranges and purples.

The Wild Garden

The Wild Garden has moved away from centre stage and made way to allow the formal garden to shine. The borders are looking natural and are being allowed to grow into a meadow. It's a great place to sit in with a book or listen to the local wildlife.

The Formal Garden

As summer fades into autumn you’ll begin to notice the change in season as shades of bronze and gold slowly start to appear and bursts of purple add a rich contrast. The spindle tree (‎Euonymus europaea) in the formal garden turns bright red at this time of year and scarlet fruits will open up to expose orange seed heads. The trees that line the paths will be laden with apples, pears, plums, figs and mulberries; a sign of a great harvest.

Throughout September we’ll be exploring natural dyeing using rainbows of colours from crushed flowers, berries, roots and bark. You can come along to the drop in session to try this traditional technique for yourself. Find out more.

The Discovery Garden

The Discovery Garden is a family favourite at this time of year, and the combination of children enjoying natural play surrounded by a multitude of autumn colours is wonderful sight. Look out for bugs and squirrels in this part of the garden. There's a Hobbit House for hiding in, a log for balancing on, a new natural weaving frame, a den building area and the best mud pie kitchen in the National Trust.


Birdsong can be heard throughout the gardens as the birds invite you to take a seat and pause for a few minutes to listen to the sounds of their gentle melodies. Even though nature is at its busiest, you don’t have to be - stop and take time to simply absorb all that's happening around you.

Join every Tuesday in September to meet the gardener to learn about how we keep the gardens looking at their best.