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New for 2023

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

YO62 5UY

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

5 acres

01439 748283

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Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

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


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


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

About the garden

Owned by
National Trust

New for 2023: Nunnington Hall & Gardens is a beautiful and picturesque spot on the banks of the River Rye, nestled between the Howardian Hills and North York Moors. This hidden gem has been managed organically since 2002 and is a nature- and wildlife-friendly haven.

The main lawn at the south of the house creates the centre piece of the garden. Three small orchards – an apple orchard, pear orchard and stone fruit orchard featuring traditional and local fruit varieties – flank the sides of the main lawn. The orchards are underplanted with wildflower meadows, which contain a diverse range of wildflowers and grasses from a display of snowdrops, cowslips, daffodils, snake’s head fritillaries, buttercups, camassias, oxeye daisies to traditional hay meadows.

The meadows provide a rich habitat for many insects, including bees and butterflies. Two long mixed borders sit alongside the terrace path in a mixed cottage-style planting with shrubs providing structure and height. A sweet iris garden is the perfect sun trap to create a pause and tranquil moment in your journey around the garden.

The cutting garden provides space for the team to showcase the organic management techniques and grow seasonal produce to use in the tearoom. Finally, the rose garden, created by Mrs Fife in the 1920s, provides a parade of colour and delicate fragrances throughout the seasons.

Please note: This is a partially accessible garden (most of the garden is accessible but some parts are not easily accessible).

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Primulas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • 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.