The gardens at East Riddlesden Hall

The grounds covered in a carpet of autumnal red leaves

The ever-changing colours and scents make the gardens worth visiting in any season. Hit the pause button and find a moment of peace as you sit and enjoy nature at its best.

The Formal Garden

Shades of bronze and gold are appearing and bursts of yellow and purple add a rich contrast. There are late flowers such as asters, verbena, rubdekia and heleniums still to be enjoyed.

As you walk through the garden you may spot some of the gardening team preparing for winter. There's lots of dead-heading and weeding to be done and leaf-litter to compost. The lawns are given their autumn feed, and harsh scarifying will remove some of the dead grass. Preparations for spring have also begun which includes planting narcissi bulbs - a gardener's job is never done.

The borders are an ever-changing palette of colour
The purple and white flower borders in Autumn
The borders are an ever-changing palette of colour

The Wild Garden

The Wild Garden takes on a meadow feel during the autumn months, yet a few splashes of purple can still be seen amongst the sea of green. There are plenty of places to sit and relax in this part of the garden, and a secret tunnel through the trees will take you to the Wild Play Garden where children can set their imaginations free.

The Wild Play Garden

The Wild Play Garden is a family favourite at any time of year. Look out for birds and squirrels in this part of the garden as well as bugs - wriggly, prickly and slimey ones. There's a Hobbit House for hiding in, a log for balancing on, a natural weaving frame, den building area and a mud pie kitchen that's guaranteed to keep young chefs busy.

Splat! Let's make mud pies in the garden at East Riddlesden Hall
Three children making mud pies in the garden
Splat! Let's make mud pies in the garden at East Riddlesden Hall