Magnificent Walled Gardens of York, England
Garden Design's self-guided day trip to picturesque English walled gardens
The walled city of York in northeast England offers so much to the visitor. From the narrow, cobbled streets of The Shambles, dating back to medieval times, to the famous Gothic Minster and quintessential English tearooms, this ancient city is steeped in history.
For a change of pace, take a short scenic drive to explore three enchanting gardens. Begin your adventure at Sledmere, a charming country house serving as a delightful backdrop for the revitalized Walled Garden, potager, and formal fruit garden. From here, you will travel to Scampston Hall, one of the finest regency country houses in North Yorkshire, where you'll enjoy the Walled Garden designed by renowned Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Finally, round out the day with a visit to Helmsley. Set on the edge of the North York Moors and dating back to 1758, this is the perfect garden in which to simply relax and absorb the surrounding beauty.
If you have additional time, check out the National Garden Scheme for other public and private gardens that may be open when you are in the area.