Things to see and do at Goddards House and Garden

Adults sat on the grass in a garden with a house in the background

Step in the footsteps of the Terry family in their former garden. Imagine growing up with this as your personal playground, hidden from the busy suburbs of York and close to the factory that made your world famous family chocolate.

Just so you know...

We're working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However, Goddards House and Garden is currently closed. Check our homepage for the most up to date information about visiting. The closest place to visit is Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens.

Tranquil garden rooms to explore

The four acres of gardens were designed by the renowned George Dillistone to complement the house. As well as the floral displays there are yew-hedged garden rooms, intricate water features, rockeries, lawns, trails and hidden pathways.
 
The gardens feature a bowling green, tennis lawn and an original glass house which is used to this day by the gardening team. There's a young orchard with promise of yields to come which for now has wonderful views over the racecourse to the site of the old factory and the iconic clock tower.
 
The latest addition is a fragrant garden, restoring some of the historic features that would have been around at the time the house was built.
 

Extend your visit

Goddards is just a pleasant stroll from central York, it's an easy walk to the city centre that will take you through years of Terry family history. Download the Goddards Easy Walk (PDF / 0.3MB) download