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The Homestead Park


Gardens Department, The Homestead, 40 Water Lane, York, YO30 6WP
River Ouse

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About us

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has continued to manage, maintain and develop the Homestead Park for the benefit of the people of York, as the Rowntree family wished. The park today includes a children's play area for children up to 12 and has special equipment for children in wheelchairs. The equipment was updated in 2004 as part of the Foundation's Centenary.

The planting in the park is designed to provide colour and interest throughout the year, particularly the herbaceous border and formal beds. There are over 46,000 bedding plants which create the formal beds. These are grown in our glasshouses which are managed by a gardening team who also look after the park.

Opening Times

* From 28 May - 30 October 2016, visitors will be able to take advantage of a brand new 'pop-up cafe' in the park which will be opened by Explore York, serving homemade hot and cold food, delicious cakes and craft coffee.



  • Disabled access


  • Children welcome


  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

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

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Smoking allowed

Road Directions

Access to the park for cars/coaches 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 or if you are travelling on foot, pedestrian (no vehicular) access is available next to JRF Headquarters at Water End.

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