Gardens to visit in Yorkshire

Even in the winter, if you're looking for gardens to walk through in Yorkshire, there's plenty to chose from. Whilst spring and summer blooms may feel a long way off, across Yorkshire you can discover green gardens, and formal spaces.

The ha-ha walk covered in winter snow at Beningbrough

Beningbrough Hall 

Beningbrough's garden changes with the seasons. In winter there's a little less colour than other times of year, but it's no less beautiful. Wander the walled kitchen garden, the American garden and ha-ha to see nature stripped back. As the season progresses, we'll soon be rewarded with snowdrops, winter aconites and crocus.

See Studley Royal water garden covered in frost this winter

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden 

Nestled within the Skell Valley near Ripon, this landscaped masterpiece was designed by John and William Aislabie in the 18th century. Granted World Heritage Status in 1986, these gardens hold a place on the world stage.

Winter at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall 

Open Fridays - Sundays from 26 November - 19 December wrap up warm for a walk around the garden. The fruit trees have shed the last of their harvest, but there's still plenty to enjoy on a walk around the tranquil garden, which boasts views back to the honey-coloured mansion.

The back of Ormesby Hall showing the trees and plants in winter with no flowers or leaves

Ormesby Hall 

The shape of Ormesby's garden is truly evident in the winter months. As with many other gardens at this time of year, herbaceous plants are sleeping and awaiting warmer days. Where possible, we've left plants with seed heads to help provide winter food for birds, whilst hollow stems provide a safe haven for insects. As January starts to come round, look out for winter jasmine and the early signs of snowdrops.

The low autumn sun shines through the trees just behind the folly ruin of Stainborough Castle

Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Explore centuries of history in this spectacular south Yorkshire landscape. With formal gardens, inspiring monuments and a folly that isn’t quite what it seems, there are lots of intriguing features across Wentworth Castle Gardens. Wander up Lady Lucy's Walk to the castle folly to see the changing season emerging.

The Menagerie House by Robert Adam at Nostell, near Wakefield


Nostell's parkland and gardens stretch over 300 acres. As the trees in the parkland shed the last of their leaves, make time for a walk over to the menagerie garden. Once home to a variety of flora and fauna, today it's a calm, quiet spot, that looks stunning on a frosty morning with the low winter sun lighting the buildings.

A row of empty plant beds along with two wheelbarrows propped against a shed

East Riddlesden Hall 

The garden takes on a bit more of a stripped back appearance in winter, as plant life, including the herbaceous border, slumbers. The structure of the hall shines through with the old walls clothed in ivy, adding some greenery to the view. Open winter weekends, at this time of year the garden is always a peaceful place to wander.