Nunnington Hall


Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Nunnington
York
YO62 5UY

11½ miles north of Malton and 21 miles north of York.

6.2 acres

Tel
01439 748283

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Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Herbaceous border
  • Organic management
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
National Trust

The garden at Nunnington Hall is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. Restful hidden spots, flamboyant peacocks and colourful flowers offer a wide variety of features to enjoy.

Nunnington’s garden has been managed fully organically since 2002, reviving traditional horticultural methods while also embracing modern techniques and technology. You can see much of this work in practice as you explore. This includes a four-bay composting system, a wormery, fruit cages and an organic vegetable patch. Every year, sheep fleece is packed around the base of young fruit trees. Not only does this suppress weed growth and help the soil to retain moisture, but it also slowly releases nutrients as the fleece decays into organic mulch. Wildflower meadows intersected by grassed pathways create a delicate balance between formality and environmental stewardship.

Features include a rose garden, an iris garden and a terraced walk. Topiary cones stand on the south lawn in homage to the garden’s 17th-century past.

The garden sits alongside the River Rye, which plays host to a range of wildlife. Spend some time by the river and you may just catch a glimpse of brown trout, otters, kingfishers and swans.

The garden is fully accessible for all visitors, with gravelled paths and grassed slopes.  

Please note: the garden has EV charging points.

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Primulas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.