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Church Street, Goldsborough,
Yorkshire, HG5 8NR

01423 867321

0845 6383806

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Sun; 12th Feb; 10am - 4pm - Snowdrop Day
Sun; 19th Feb; 10am - 4pm - Snowdrop Day
Sun; 2nd April; 12 noon - 4pm
Sun; 23rd July; 12 noon - 5pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Parties - min. 10 people Coaches - yes

Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: Yes

Parties can visit house and have a tour - by prior request only.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

2nd April; Sun; 12 noon - 4pm
23rd July; Sun; 12 noon - 5pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Jul - Sep

To see:

Two 120' long borders, replanted in Gertrude Jekyll style. Woodland and Snowdrop Walks

Admission Prices

2 Snowdrop Days - Adult £5, children free. NGS Days: Adult £5; children free

Onsite Facilities
Parking: No
Shop: No
Teas: No
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: No
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: No
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: No
Lunches: No
Picnics: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Luxury guest accommodation at Goldsborough Hall (12 rooms)

Inns & Pubs:

Bay Horse, Goldsborough Tiger Inn, Coneythorpe

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Goldsborough Village Knaresborough town (2 miles) Harrogate (5 miles) York (16 miles)

Description of Garden

Over the past few years owner Clare Oglesby has restored the garden to its former glory. With a backdrop of fantastic specimen trees, the gardens have been laid out in the style of Capability Brown. The trees include an ancient yew, beech, and pseudo-acacia trees together with a giant redwood, wellingtonia and a very old horse chestnut.

There is a copse of Japanese cherry trees, given to HRH Princess Mar, the Queen's Aunt, as a wedding gift from the Emperor of Japan. Heading south is an avenue of lime trees, planted by Royal visitors during the 1920s, including King George V and Queen Mary. The Lime Tree Walk is underplanted with 50,000 daffodils.

The long borders and rose borders have been replanted in the style of Gertrude Jekyll and are a riot of colour and beauty in the summertime. These borders will flower continuously from June to October.

Two new flower borders were planted in 2014, featuring the new rosa 'Yorkshire Princess' named after HRH Princess Mary.

A new orchard was planted late 2014 with old Yorkshire varieties of apples, along with pears, plums, damsons, greengages, quince and medlar.

History Of Garden

The 12-acre garden at Goldsborough Hall is situated in the grounds of the Grade II* 17th century home. The land was formerly a deer hunting park, but in the mid-18th century the formal landscaped gardens were laid out by Richard Woods in the style of Capability Brown. More recently the hall was home to HRH Princess Mary, the Queens's aunt and daughter of George V. Princess Mary came to live at the hall following her marriage to Viscount Lascelles, son and heir of the 5th Earl of Harewood.

From 1922-30 Princess Mary made many changes to the house and garden. The hall was re-modelled by Leeds architect, Sidney Kitson, while in the gardens a vista was created to the south with the planting of a walled terrace and a beech avenue with herbaceous borders centred around Princess Mary's sundial. The Lime Tree Walk was begun with the first tree planted in 1922 by Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles. The gardens were first opened for the NGS by Princess Mary on 4th July 1928, taking £180 13s 6d.

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