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A woman taking photographs of the blossom at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire
Join in #BlossomWatch as you explore Yorkshire's gardens | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Gardens and parks in Yorkshire

As the gardens start to wake up and spring flowers begin to bloom in Yorkshire, discover the new sights and smells of a National Trust garden near you.

Best places to see blossom in Yorkshire

Blossom is a welcome sign that spring has arrived. There are many varieties to spot, both on your doorstep and at a National Trust place. Share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #BlossomWatch to spread the joy of spring.

Man holding a young boys hands as he walks on a small pond wall, woman with a pram, walking under a blossoming arch
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Blossom at Beningbrough 

Beningbrough’s walled kitchen garden boasts many apple and pear trees, trained into shapes to maximise fruit production. They put on an impressive display of blossom in springtime especially the stretch of arched pears. Elsewhere look out for cherry blossom later in the season. The carpets of colour created by the fallen petals make a beautiful sight.

Front of Nunnington Hall from the garden during spring
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Blossom at Nunnington Hall 

As spring arrives, the fruit orchards at this Yorkshire manor house burst into life with clouds of pear, apple and cherry blossom. The gardens here are managed organically – sheep fleece is packed around young fruit trees to act as a mulch, and each year the gardeners install local bee hives to help pollinate the flowers. As well as doing an important job, these special insects also produce delicious honey, with a delicate taste that varies depending on the variety of plants in bloom at the time.

Pink almond blossom in the gardens at Nostell
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Blossom at Nostell 

Walk to the menagerie garden, beyond the lake, for the pink and white blooms of magnolia in spring.

Apple blossom at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
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Blossom at East Riddlesden Hall 

The apple, pear and cherry trees at East Riddlesden Hall are full of blossom in May, adding a flush of colour to the intimate gardens surrounding the historic manor house and rustic barn. There’s also a newly planted area, with cherry, plum, crab apple and blackthorn trees, which will blossom for the first time at East Riddlesden Hall this spring.

Delicate pale pink flowers bloom on tree branches against the blue sky
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Blossom at Ormesby Hall 

At Ormesby Hall, the blossom on the crab-apple and cherry trees on the old tennis lawn helps to create a wonderful spring picnic spot in April and May. In autumn 2021, a new orchard was also planted, with apple and pear trees as well as plums, damsons and gages, which we hope will blossom in future.

Spring gardens in Yorkshire

Spring flowers including tulips in the forefront with a formal lawn, pond and trees beyond
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Explore the garden at Goddards 

Stroll through the gardens at Goddards, a private haven on the outskirts of York, and discover scented borders, a terrace, ponds and year-round wildlife.

Grandparent with grandchild in spring at Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire
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The garden at Ormesby Hall 

Soak in the sight of thousands of colourful tulips creating a bright and welcoming spectacle.

View of the 18th-century water garden at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal on a sunny day
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Studley Royal Water Garden 

Designed by John and William Aislabie in the 18th century and granted World Heritage Site status in 1986, the gardens at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal boast views, ponds and garden buildings as eye-catchers across the landscape.

Lots of brightly coloured tulips in the foreground with a path through a hedge and corner of a red bricked hall behind
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The garden at Beningbrough Hall 

Discover the formal gardens, walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and wildlife areas, each with its own style and beauty. Find out more about this RHS partner garden in Yorkshire.

Looking down the long spring flower borders with the back of the fountain statue in the foreground
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The garden at Nostell 

Discover edible delights in the kitchen garden, unwind beside the orangery or escape to the menagerie garden before exploring the winding paths of the pleasure grounds.

Visitors on Lady Lucy's Walk in spring at Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire, with pushchairs small children and dogs
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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.

A family with their dog walking in the garden at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
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The garden at Nunnington Hall 

The garden at Nunnington Hall is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. Peaceful hidden spots, colourful peacocks and colourful flowers offer a great day out.

Apple blossom at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
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The garden at East Riddlesden Hall 

Take a stroll through the gardens and experience spring at East Riddlesden Hall.

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Side view of York Minster across the garden of Treasurer's House
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Treasurer's House 

In the shadow of the Minster, right in the heart of York, is the small city garden of Treasurer's House. Free to relax in, see the seasons evolve and watch the city wildlife at work.

Parklands and estates to visit

A group of deer in Studley Royal deer park, Yorkshire
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Things to do at Studley Royal 

The evocative ruins of the abbey are set beside the grounds of Studley Royal, a medieval deer park in Yorkshire. It was declared Yorkshire’s first World Heritage Site in 1986.

A woodland carpeted with bluebells
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Exploring the estate at Nostell 

Follow the paths and tracks at Nostell to discover ancient woodland, an abundance of wildlife and rolling views across this enchanting Yorkshire landscape.

Four black cows grazing on a sunny day with trees in the background at Beningbrough Hall
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The parkland at Beningbrough 

The 380 acres of parkland at Beningbrough offer the chance to stretch your legs and reconnect with nature, as well as being home to wildlife including birds, rare bats and the iridescent tansy beetle. Park for free in the visitor car park before heading out on one of the routes.

Gardens to visit further afield

A visitor admiring blossom in the orchard at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Gardens and parks in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

From the glorious garden at Dunham Massey to the industrial garden landscape at Quarry Bank, this corner of the North West is full of blossom and spring flowers.

A grandmother and grandchild play together in the gardens, Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire

Gardens in the North East 

As the weather gets warmer, there are some quite spectacular moments in store in gardens across the North East this spring. Discover wow moments set to lift your spirits, delicate, gentle blossom and colourful borders teeming with wildlife.

Visitors enjoying the gardens at Sizergh, Cumbria

Gardens in the Lake District 

The Lakes is known for its dramatic, wild landscapes, but it's home to some intriguing gardens too. Explore castle grounds, a cottage garden that inspired Beatrix Potter, and more.

Couple walking through the grounds of Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

Discover more in Yorkshire

Home to abbey ruins, houses, gardens and stretches of coast and countryside including the Dales and the North York Moors.