The Yorkshire Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was like viewing a slice of the British countryside which was what it was supposed to be. Job well done then. And, clearly the visitors thought so too because the Yorkshire show garden was voted the People’s Choice Winner. If you were charmed by the Yorkshire show garden you really must get to this English county located near Scotland. Among the many gardens in Yorkshire, there is a RHS garden itself as well as gardens attached to stately homes in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Dales in Miniature
Check out this small scale interpretation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park:
There’s lots of use of York stone which has been mined in Yorkshire for hundreds of years. Behind the stone cottage, a densely tree area evokes woodland.
You have the charming stone-walled cottage with its stone roof. The cottage is surrounded by dry stone walls and a stone bridge provides a path over the nearby stream.
One side of the stream evokes the meadows of the Yorkshire Dales (a very important part of the production of its famous Wensleydale cheese). Yorkshire cows roam these biodiverse meadows and their milk produces a distinctive taste.
The trees and plants are a mix of species local to Yorkshire. You will see the usual suspects though for a cottage garden such as, lupins, euphorbia, foxgloves, alliums and buttercups.
5 Gardens To Visit in Yorkshire
If you are impressed by the charm of this Yorkshire Dales-inspired garden, then you should definitely check out the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Nearby the national park, there are other gardens to visit in Yorkshire that are more garden, less national park. Some of these gardens are also part of some delightful stately homes in Yorkshire.
Located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Newby Hall and Gardens is a stately home in Yorkshire. Its got 25 acres of gardens mostly created in the 1920’s and acres more of woodland woodland. This Yorkshire stately home is particularly family-friendly because it has a working miniature railway, a children’s playground and a collection of approximately 70 dollhouses.
Although not in the Yorkshire Dales National Park itself, Castle Howard is a preeminent stately home in Yorkshire. Although it’s called a castle, it’s not fortified but just replaced a castle that had been in the location previously.
This stately home in Yorkshire dates back to the 18th century and is surrounded by 1000 acres of landscaped beauty. It is one of the most well-known of the stately homes in Yorkshire and has been used in film and video. For example, you may remember it from the 2008 movie Brideshead Revisited.
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens is a National Trust property. This stately home in Yorkshire dates from the 18th century and also has a portrait gallery on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London. Among the gardens is an Italian garden, a kitchen walled garden and formal gardens.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden is not only a National Trust property but also a UNESCO world heritage site. The ruins of the Abbey dates back to the 12th century and the 18th century water garden exemplifies what became known as the English garden style.
Where To Stay
While you are in the area exploring stately homes and gardens, the perfect place to stay is Swinton Park Hotel, set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s a luxury castle and spa hotel set on a working estate with over 20,000 acres. The next best thing would of course be renting your own castle in Yorkshire with 8 of your best friends.
Check out the great TripAdvisor reviews for Swinton Park Hotel.
Swinton Park is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Yorkshire countryside. Not only do you have hotel facilities but also glamping options depending on how close you want to get to your experience with nature.
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