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The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY, Tel: 01653 648598

A glorious, 120 acre garden of trees in a stunning and serene landscape of parkland, lakes & ponds. We welcome visitors of all ages to enjoy woodland walks, tours, family activities, a café & gift shop.

 
 
Gardens
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33 The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF, Tel: 01759 307125

These magnificent and beautifully laid out gardens incorporate two lakes which contain. A National Collection of water lilies. The Hall is also home to Victorian and Secret Gardens and a Primrose Wood.

 
 
Rievaulx Terrace & Temples (NT)
National Trust

The National Trust, Rievaulx, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ, Tel: 01723 870423

An 18thC grass-covered terrace, landscaped from wooded hillside with views of Rievaulx Abbey, 2 classical temples, 1 furnished and decorated as a dining-room.

 
 
Stillingfleet Lodge Nurseries
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Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, YO19 6HP, Tel: 01904 728506, Email

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nurseries is a hidden gem on the outskirts of York, where you can spend a few hours enjoying peace and tranquility.

 
 
Harlow Carr
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Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB, Tel: 01423 565418, Email

Inspiring 58 acres of stunning gardens, perfect for relaxation and ideas, with year round events for all. Fabulous Betty's Tea Room, extensive RHS shop & plant centre.

 
 
Scampston Hall
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Scampston, Malton, YO17 8NG, Tel: 01944 759111

An exciting 4 acre contemporary garden, created by Piet Oudolf, with striking perennial meadow planting as well as traditional spring/autumn borders. Scampston Hall also opens to visitors for a shorter season in the summer

 
 
Breezy Knees
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Common Lane, Warthill, York, YO19 5XS, Tel: 01904 488800

14 acre gardens are packed with over 6,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees, and have been designed through careful successional planting to be at their best throughout the summer.

 
 
York Maze
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Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT, Tel: 01904 607341, Email

Visit the world's largest maze! Meet the farm animals, play a round of crazy mazy golf, fun for all the family. Maze open from mid July until mid September and runs Halloween and Guy Fawkes events

 
 
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
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The Estate Office, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate, Ripon, Harrogate, HG4 3DY, Tel: 01765 608888

This breathtaking World Heritage Site includes a Cistercian abbey, elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park.

 
 
Castle Howard
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Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA, Tel: 01653 648444, Email

Magnificent 18th Century historic house and Stable Courtyard within 1,000 acres of breathtaking gardens. Located just 15 miles North East of York.

 
 
Yorkshire Museum & Gardens
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Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR, Tel: 01904 687687, Email

If you want to see York, see the Yorkshire Museum first. From prehistory to the city's medieval splendour, see the whole story in our fantastic galleries.

 
 

Hamilton Drive, York, YO24 2NS, Tel: 01904 550099

 
 
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