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The Homestead Park


Gardens Department, The Homestead, 40 Water End, York, YO30 6WP

Tel: 07800615125

Herbaceous borders.


Homestead Park is a beautiful 14-acre garden in Clifton, York, about 1.5 miles west of the city centre along the riverside. It is owned, managed and maintained by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The park was opened in 1904 by English social reformer Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, son of Joseph Rowntree of Rowntree’s Chocolate Factory. Homestead House was the home of Seebohm and his family from 1904 until 1936. As soon as the house was inhabited, he made an announcement in the Yorkshire Gazette that the fields behind his house would be made available to children for outdoor activities. The house was greatly extended in the late 1970s and converted into offices. It is now the head office of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Open all year except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. It is free to all.

Known for its glorious seasonal floral displays, the park’s main features include: herbaceous borders, extensive lawns, shrub borders. tree-lined avenues, The Backhouse Pond and rock garden, wildflower meadow, woodland and an extensive range of native and ornamental trees.

There is also a popular children’s play area, a pop-up café run by Explore (the city's library service), plant sales, plenty of seating and space for picnics.

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Opening Times

* Open all year except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Due to Covid restrictions our opening times are:

Monday: 9:30 - 4:30
Tuesday: 12:30 - 4:30
Wednesday: 9:30 - 4:30
Thursday: 12:30 - 4:30
Friday: 9:30 - 4:30
Saturday: 9:00 - 7:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 7:00

Please note: The children's play area is locked 45 mins before the main park.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Guided tours for groups - Contact for details

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Mobile phone coverage


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Road Directions

Access to the park for cars is from Shipton Road (A19) between Ouselea and Beverly House, on the left hand side as you leave the centre of York, 200 metres beyond Clifton Green (YO30 5RE for satnavs) or if you are travelling on foot, pedestrian access is also available next to JRF Headquarters on Water End. There are cycle racks at both entrances to the Park.

Public Transport Directions

There are a number of bus routes, including the Rawcliffe Park and Ride. These can stop at Ouse Lea, opposite the entrance to our car park on Shipton Road, or at Water End which is opposite the pedestrian access gate.

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