Days out: Walled gardens around West Yorkshire

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Take a look at our brief guide to walled gardens in Yorkshire.

Red House, Gomersal - This delightful restored 1830s garden provides an enchanting setting for Red House, a former cloth merchants’ home. Charlotte Bronte often visited her friend Mary Taylor here in the 1830s and featured it in her novel ‘Shirley’. See scented old roses climbing arbour and arches, ornamental ‘flower basket’ beds and borders filled with period plants such as lilies, lavenders and black hollyhocks.


Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall - beautifully restored late 17th century house with walled gardens to the rear. The hall was built in 1583 and has significant civil war connections. Charlotte Bronte visited regularly in the early 19th century.

Shibden Estate, Halifax - Welcome to Shibden and its 15th century timbered hall, the home of the Lister family for over 300 years. Explore Shibden’s beautifully restored grounds, cascades and the “Paisley Shawl” inspired Victorian bedding designs. Events and activities at Shibden include live entertainment, music, walks, guided tours, storytelling and crafts in the park. Craft fairs, exhibitions, workshops and working demonstrations take place regularly.

York Gate is a one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds. Created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century and now owned and managed by Perennial, it is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period.