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“Magnificent Gardens”

Breezy Knees Gardens
Ranked #13 of 205 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 20 acres of extensive gardens featuring over 7,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. One of the largest gardens in Northern England if woodland and parkland are excluded.
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Magnificent Gardens”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

These are gardens that Gardeners’ World should visit (if they haven’t already been!). In my opinion the displays are better than at RHS’s Harlow Carr.

The car park is part hard standing and part grass and is next to the entrance and the café. The café has plenty of seating inside and outside, some of which is under the trees and so always in the shade. The café offers light lunches and the usual drinks and cakes at a price you would pay elsewhere. We were very happy with the two slices of cake that we tried. The toilets were spotlessly clean and had both hot and cold running water. There is a separate toilet for the disabled and for baby changing. The staff warn you before setting of that there are no toilets in the gardens.

Next to the café is a small vegetable plot. I am not quite sure why it is there. It is too small to be a display item and they don’t appear to make a feature of it. It was interesting to see a very healthy crop of carrots, free of root fly and not covered with protective netting. If you are interested in seeing a model vegetable plot then you will be disappointed as this is all there is.

Leaving the entrance to the gardens you then need to walk about 200 yards to where the displays start. This is down a path of paving stones if I remember correctly with a flower border on either side. Walking this path you can understand why ‘Breezy’ is in the name of the gardens because this path is very exposed to the elements.

Once you reach the main gardens you are in a different world. The mature trees and hedging protect you from the elements and if it rains you can shelter in the poly tunnel. The gardens probably cover around 5 or 6 acres and are immaculately kept. I don’t think that I saw a weed throughout our visit which is mainly the result of using bark chippings throughout the gardens.

One different planting area leads into another using paths of tarmac, gravel, bark chippings and grass. Each area is of a good size and there is plenty of room for young children to run around without spoiling it for other visitors, provided of course the parents or in our case grandparents, take their role responsibly. Have a look at Breezy Knee’s web site to see the many differently planted areas and the best time of year to see each one.

Virtually all of the plants were labelled, so take or notebook, a camera and your smart phone with its camera and note making facilities.

We spent one and a half hours there with few stops to sit down on the many benches that are carefully placed around the grounds, and we didn’t manage to see all areas. Living locally we will be back, particularly as our RHS membership allows free access on a Wednesday.

This place is a gem: you will not be disappointed.

Visited August 2014
Thank yorkie2
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English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Peace and Tranquility”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Visited recently on a hot Sunday afternoon -No I've never seen it advertised either & only knew of it by picking up a leaflet. The gardens are a mixture of formal borders & wildflower gardens in glorious colours. It is also a haven for bees & butterflies. There is a small cafe as you enter with a good choice of food (we had some very nice home-made quiche). It is £5.50 entrance with no concessions but the grounds are very extensive. Quite a few benches where you can just sit & contemplate -but not for too long as, in our case there was still time for tea & scones before leaving !

Visited July 2014
Thank Susan R
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Hull england
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A truly inspiring garden (or should that be selection of gardens)”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Who ever is behind the design for these gardens knew what they were doing and have an eye for planting. every time you turn a corner you get a surprise and an idea for your own garden. The cafe provides quality food at a reasonable price, although you may want to take a snack as you will not get round all the gardens without needing refreshment and it is quite a walk back to where you leave off. As a Hosta enthusiast I was aware of how few of the many varieties had been used and I would have liked to have seen more use of the colour and shape that these plants can provide. but this did not stop me from having a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Visited July 2014
Thank Kev W
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Perigueux, France
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fabulous garden”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is one of the best gardens I've visited, rivalling RHS gardens. It's huge with different themes and bursting with colour. I hadn't heard of it, but the flower planting was only started in 2006 so it's fairly recent, but what an amazing job they've done. Lots of ideas to take home too. Very good paths suitable for wheelchairs, except in the cottage garden.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Elizabeth O
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2014

excellent gardens. they went on forever with colour bursting from every bed. A true delight. We will return here again, maybe in winter to see the contrast

Visited June 2014
Thank shelly k
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