Gardens to visit near Malton and York

Malton is a beautiful place, but sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than the hum of busy bees and the visual stimulation you’re gifted with when you visit a lovingly planted and maintained garden. Here are some of the best in the area:

Burnby Hall Gardens

I’m cheating by placing this first on the the list… it’s because this is my favourite. Not only are the gardens lovely – but the journey from Burythorpe is stunning as you drive over the top of the Wolds – with the added adventure of visiting the very famous gallery of Robert E Fuller, which is literally on the way to Pocklington.

There is a cafe within Burnby Hall Gardens, but I prefer to venture out to one of two fantastic places to go for brunch/ coffee and cake (both do GF and DF) – The Hide and The Whisk.

The Lavender Fields

There are TWO lavender farms near Malton. Both are lovely – one is close to my favourite bakery so I tend to head over that way but the cafe at the other one is lovely too!

Yorkshire Lavender

This lavender farm is set in a spectacular hillside farm of nearly 60 acres within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it’s worth a visit simply for the view.

If you’re travelling from Burythorpe/ Malton you could also stop by Dogh, in Welburn for more baked goods or include a trip to Castle Howard if you’re looking to cram in as much adventure into one day as humanly possible!

And if you’re a fan of bakeries like I am, you can stop here on your way home:

Wolds Way Lavender & Nature farm

There is more going on here, and it’s a lovely place to visit – and you can stop off for a coffee or shopping in Malton on the way back if you want to make a full day of it. The only thing to note is that you travel up to the A64 to get there – the same way everyone tries to get to the beach – so if its hot, and the school holidays, plan your timings before setting off 🙂

Sledmere House & Gardens

I love gardens hidden away behind a wall – it’s the magic left behind I think by my childhood favourite, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

There is also a cafe, gallery and lovely plant shop here. 

They offer walking tours with their head gardener but you’ll need to book ahead.

Not staying with us yet?

Wrap yourself yourself in warmth within our salt-water hot tub before unwinding with a glass of Chateuneuf du pape in the cosy core of our recently restored Garde II listed farmers cottage in the idyllic rural village of Burythorpe, which is just 7 minutes drive from the thriving market town of Malton. 

Scampston Walled Garden

This is a beautiful trip out to visit a garden designed by the much admired Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

In the summer months you can also book guided tours of Scampston Hall, one of the finest regency country houses in North Yorkshire.

 Note that the route here includes the A64 so plan your trip wisely if it is a sunny day in the school holidays (otherwise you’ll get stuck in traffic trying to get to the beach).

Breezy Knees

Situated just 5 miles outside of York this award winning gardens feels hidden away – but is full of surprise and delight. 

This is a modern garden on a grand scale – I was taken aback by the colours – they have 20 acres bursting with colour all summer long.

Take a picnic, visit their cafe, or stop off at The Balloon Tree farm shop and cafe in Gate Helmsley which is on your way back.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is many things – but it is in my mind, gardens. There is open grassland, and plenty of space to enjoy sculptures and lakes – but the walled rose garden is divine and I adore watching the birds swim on the lake while supping a hot tea from the lakeside cafe.

It doesn’t hit you in the face with colour like the gardens at Breezy Knees, or surprise and delight you with hidden pathways like Burnby Hall gardens – but the sheer magnificence of the landscape, and the diversity of environments makes this a a great choice for a visit.

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