The Old Vicarage

The amazing secret gardens in Yorkshire that are only open for a few days each year

These beautiful gardens across Yorkshire are all open for a brief period this summer.

They're mostly privately owned gardens or plant nurseries that aren't usually open to the public - but are allowing visitors on certain days this summer, or by private arrangement, as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Most have a small entry free for adults but are free for children to visit. Refreshments including home-made teas are served.

This Queen Anne house near Selby has a four-acre walled garden with kitchen garden, herb maze, pool, orchard and Italian garden. Open: June 6, from 1-4pm. Entry 5, children free

1. Skipwith Hall

This Queen Anne house near Selby has a four-acre walled garden with kitchen garden, herb maze, pool, orchard and Italian garden. Open: June 6, from 1-4pm. Entry 5, children free
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Shandy Hall in Coxwold was the home of 18th-century author Laurence Sterne and is owned by a charitable trust. Two walled gardens and wildflower areas where 430 species of moth live. Open: June 7, 6.30-8pm. Entry 3.

2. Shandy Hall Gardens

Shandy Hall in Coxwold was the home of 18th-century author Laurence Sterne and is owned by a charitable trust. Two walled gardens and wildflower areas where 430 species of moth live. Open: June 7, 6.30-8pm. Entry 3.
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This country house near Ripon is owned by Lord and Lady Downshire. There are river walks, wooded pleasure grounds, a wild flower meadow and Victorian walled garden. Open: June 9, 2-5pm. Entry 5.

3. Clifton Castle

This country house near Ripon is owned by Lord and Lady Downshire. There are river walks, wooded pleasure grounds, a wild flower meadow and Victorian walled garden. Open: June 9, 2-5pm. Entry 5.
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Walled flower garden in Whixley which overlooks a deer park and has hidden seating areas and romantic corners. Home-made teas are also served. Open: June 9, 1.30-5pm. Entry 6.

4. The Old Vicarage

Walled flower garden in Whixley which overlooks a deer park and has hidden seating areas and romantic corners. Home-made teas are also served. Open: June 9, 1.30-5pm. Entry 6.
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