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Millgate House Free Access

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Millgate House
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JN


01748 823571



Bottom of Market Place; first house in Millgate on left.

Opening Times

10am–5pm; daily; 1 April to 21 October. And by appointment in winter.


Adults £2.50; Children £1.50. RHS members free (Member 1 only).


  • Herbaceous plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Good topiary


Tim Culkin & Austin Lynch


This is a walled garden in the middle of the town, and thus remarkably sheltered. Since starting work in the garden in 1980, the owners' aim has been to create structure, bulk, year-round interest and a sense of profusion. They have achieved this by redesigning the garden to suggest that it is much larger than it really is, and by planting only the best plants of every type. The most prominent are roses, clematis, hostas, snowdrops, hellebores, ferns and foliage shrubs. The garden continues to improve: Professor David Stevens calls it 'a sophisticated study in both the manipulation of spatial concepts and [in] planting design'. It is immensely stylish and closely planted, a model for all town gardens. Only one caveat - it is so dense that your trousers will get soaked by brushing against plants in wet weather! B & B available in the house.

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