York’s Goddards Extends Opening Hours and Introduces Garden Talks This Summer

Pink Rose in a York Garden

Goddards, a hidden gem in York, is set to enhance its visitor experience this summer by extending its opening hours and introducing new garden talks. This picturesque oasis on Tadcaster Road will now be open four days a week, offering more opportunities for visitors to enjoy its serene outdoor spaces.

Starting tomorrow, June 6th, the National Trust garden will welcome guests from Thursday to Sunday throughout June, July, and August. Once the private retreat of the Terry family, this tranquil haven, situated near York Racecourse, is a significant part of York’s chocolate heritage.

The five-acre gardens at Goddards are beautifully designed, featuring a series of garden rooms adorned with scented borders, mature trees, ponds, and wildflowers. During summer, the gardens burst into vibrant life, with the double herbaceous borders showcasing a stunning array of delphiniums, sedums, and brightly colored rudbeckia blooms.

In addition to the extended hours, Goddards is introducing regular garden talks. Starting from June 7th, members of the garden team will offer free thirty-minute talks every Friday at 12 pm and 2 pm. These talks will delve into the unique history of the garden, its creation, and its evolution over the years.

Tom Longridge, National Trust’s senior gardener, expressed his enthusiasm: “The scented blooms, herbaceous borders, and fragrant garden truly come into their own during the summer months. The gardens are a joy to explore. We’re pleased to offer visitors more opportunities to discover the gardens with the extended summer opening hours, whether it’s their first visit or a return trip.”

Visitors can enjoy more than just beautiful blooms. The garden also features a tennis lawn and bowling green, perfect for garden games. Challenge your friends and family to a game of croquet or tennis, or simply relax with a picnic in the lush surroundings.

From July 25th, Goddards will introduce a new family-friendly trail, inviting visitors to explore the garden using all their senses. This “sense-sational” trail is designed to engage and delight visitors of all ages, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to their visit.

The extended opening hours and the new garden talks aim to make the most of the summer months, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the beauty and history of Goddards. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning to rediscover its charm, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Mark your calendars for the extended opening hours starting on June 6th and don’t miss the insightful garden talks beginning on June 7th. Experience the tranquil beauty and rich heritage of Goddards this summer, and make the most of the longer days in this delightful York garden.

Full details about the talks and to plan your visit can be found on the National Trust Website.

Free entry to National Trust members and under-fives or from £7.50 per adult.

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