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“Work in progress?” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Goddards Garden

Goddards Garden
27 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1GG, England
01904 702021
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Ranked #19 of 116 Attractions in York
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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“Work in progress?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I have been pondering how to review this property. Despite it being the regional HQ for the National trust it has no decent signage to help locate it. Parking is restricted to disabled visitors. The exterior of the house and the gardens are lovely. However the interior is remarkably sterile as the original furniture has been moved into Fairfax House in York. There are interesting insights into the lives of the great Terry family and their chocolate factory but somehow it was like eating half a bar of chocolate: I wanted the rest of it too! The exhibits brought back childhood memories of "Saturday night treat" when my father would come home with a bag of choc bars. The visit felt like a work in progress. The staff were really helpful, the tea rooms up to usual NT standards and the gardens enjoyable. However that indefinable something that takes it up a notch seemed missing. If you do visit also have a look at the nearby church where the Terry family were regular worshippers.

Visited June 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Excellent for a few hours visit and tea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Chocolate historians must visit Goddards, the former home of the Terry family. Everyone of my age remembers Terry's All Gold. Exhibits and rooms of interest to visit. Nice tea rooms. Beautiful gardens leading to racecourse.

Visited June 2013
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York, UK
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“Has it suffered in the heat wave?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

As others have said, a new addition to the National Trust's properties open to the public - although it has been in their hands as a regional office for some time. The staff are, again as has been said, very helpful but is the property worth a special trip? Unfortunately, I have to say no. If like me, you are a York resident then a short stroll in the garden or as seemed to be the case, a picnic visit for families within small children, might just about be justified but presumably only if as a National Trust member you did not have to pay the £5 entrance to the gardens (more for the house).
The gardens are fairly limited and, probably due to the July heat, well "past their best". We arrived just on 11am when the property opened and were on our way home by 12:10 having spent quite some time sitting on various garden seats. There is a tea room for light snacks and drinks and despite the entries in the NT handbook saying "no parking" there did seem to be ample parking space, at least on a weekend when the NT offices are shut.
In summary, worth popping in if you are (a) an NT member, (b) local and (c) looking for a brief escape from the traffic and noise that is York on a summer Saturday. As it is right alongside the race course, a quick check to ensure that there is not a race meeting would be in order.

Visited August 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating house & lovely gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The first thing I'd like to share is how great the staff were at Goddards (The former home of the Terry's chocolate family). The staff really made the kids feel welcome which is a lovely change from some National Trust properties (which often have a lot of things that children are not allowed near). You are actually allowed to sit on the furniture in the lounge. The highlights for the kids were: the traditional typewriter (in an upstairs room) that they could use, chess & games downstairs, and a little troll under the bridge in the garden. The staff showed the kids where the children would put on plays on the landing which the kids thought was brilliant. As we are NT members, the staff told us we were welcome to come back and bring a picnic anytime as there is a gorgeous bench under a tree near the grass tennis court. The tearoom was lovely (but slightly on the expensive side). They do need more drink options for children as the lemonade was sour but for grown ups it was heavenly.

Visited July 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“First visit and very impressed.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

First of all I'm a local, York born and bred and this was my first visit (it only opened last year). It isn't just a garden; it's a historic property also. The staff were very friendly and unlike most National Trust staff they weren't trying to force National Trust annual membership on me like other sites do. It really is an idyllic location and I was pleasantly surprised to find a lovely tea room in the house also. I would definitely recommend a visit to this lovely house and garden.

Visited June 2013
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