Visiting Goddards garden - what you need to know

A quiet spot in Goddards garden

Step in the footsteps of the Terry family in their former garden, hidden from the busy suburbs of York.

We look forward to welcoming you.

On weekdays you don’t always need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

The gardens are open on selected days in 2021:

  • 22 & 23 March 
  • 19 & 20 April 
  • 17 & 18 May 
  • 21 & 22 June
  • 19 & 20 July 
  • 16 & 17 August 
  • 20 & 21 September - tickets due to be released around 9 September

New tickets are released on Thursdays for the following week or so. On the weeks between opening, no available dates will show on the ticket page. 

Book your visit

Booking is recommended to visit the garden at Goddards. Final open days for 2021 will be Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 September.

When you arrive

  • Have your booking details and membership card or payment to hand. (Please note we are only able to accept card payments).
  • Visitors are asked to arrive within 10 minutes of their timed ticket. If there is capacity we will be flexible but please note last entry is 3.15pm.
  • Goddards has accessible parking only, all other visitors are asked to arrive on foot.

Staying safe

  • Face coverings are not compulsory but we recommend that you wear one in any area on your visit that is enclosed and crowded.
  • A QR code is available at admissions for anybody who wishes to use it.
  • If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don’t visit.

What is open?

Tranquil garden rooms to explore

The five 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, kitchen garden 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 and 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.

The pond is home to wildlife and the occasional heron
View across a formal pond and lily pads with a house behind
The pond is home to wildlife and the occasional heron

What is different?

The house and tearoom are closed.

However you can still pick up refreshments for your walk or have a moment on one of the garden seats. There are takeaway drinks and light snacks available from the terrace - card payments only.

To use the assisted access toilet please ask at admissions.

How to book

Every Thursday we release tickets for the following two weeks.

  • Entry and accessible parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don't need a ticket.
  • You'll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only.
  • Bookings are for your use only and are not available for resale.
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Changing your booking

If your plans change and you can’t make your timeslot, you can easily change or cancel your booking. We really appreciate you doing this as soon as possible so the tickets can be made available for other visitors. 

If you’re a member, the option to cancel or change your booking can be found in your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage your order online' underneath your order summary. 

For non-members, please ring us on 0344 249 1895 to discuss changing your booking.

Extend your walk

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

Wall mural from the old chocolate factory
Wall painting showing a chocolate orange and the words Welcome To Chocolate Orange from the old chocolate factory
Wall mural from the old chocolate factory