Breezy Knees Gardens
Breezy Knees Gardens
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Described by Monty Don as "a beautiful modern garden created on the grandest possible scale", Breezy Knees is one of the largest gardens in Northern England with 25 acres of extensive gardens featuring more than 10,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees.
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  • Laura N
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remarkable garden
    A remarkable garden with a vast number of plants and trees, planted beds complemented by wilder areas. Spent 5 hours there, so much to look at. Thoughtful planning and knowledge in arranging the various beds, with different themes for each garden area. In June the lupins are particularly splendid. Had a delicious lunch and cake in the cafe. Will definitely go again - it will be amazing to see the changes in the garden as the season progresses.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Hutch
    Filey, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Hidden gem a short distance off the A64
    Fabulous Hidden gem a short distance off the A64. Suberb selection of plants and imaginative planting schemes gives you so much to see. Puts places like RHS Harlow Carr to shame. Topped off by a lovely little café and nursery.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Teresa C
    Colchester, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing visit
    We stopped here on our way to North Yorkshire. What a lovely find! We went around the garden which was organised in separate garden it was heaven, relaxing time enjoying all the plants and views across the countryside. We bought some plants in their nursery. It was great to relax and have lunch in their small but very friendly cafe. They had gluten free bread which was great for me. Would definitely visit again.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • David J
    London, United Kingdom9,408 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large gardens full of interest at every turn.
    Really enjoyed our morning at this large interesting garden made up of many sections and areas and they get better the further on you go. So many different plants and planting ideas means that each section offers something different. Nice little cafe and a good nursery offering a wide range of plants from the gardens. We visited on a short break to York and this is the day out that I will remember most fondly.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • shona c
    Eskdale, United Kingdom79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cracking day out for gardeners.
    Just returned from my first visit to Breezy Knees it will not be my last, delightful modern garden lots of prairie type planting and large room areas each with their own theme so I guess will be interesting at different times of the year. We had a pleasant lunch of freshly made sandwiches and salad, gluten free provided for one of our group. The nursery had a great selection of perennial plants, perhaps a little pricy but good size pots and all looking in good health. I would certainly recommend for “proper” gardeners. Gardens excellently maintained for such a large area.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Brian B
    Ilkley, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent garden to visit when in Yorkshire
    Good coffee/tea and cake when we arrived.Gardens are getting better every visit,new plants,further developments,stunning displays. Their notices give a very fair reflection of what to see now and what is past its best in the season. We visit numerous gardens and this is always one of the very best.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Ali V
    94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Really superb beautiful gardens... So much to see.... Allow PLENTY of time... Decent little cafe at the start/end and nice clean loos. Nursery ( plant) too selling good quality stock
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Mark B
    Sheffield, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous day out
    A wonderful garden full of colour & interest. The plants are all fine examples and many are labeled. Lots if succession planting giving a good display throughout the season. The entrance fee is excellent value.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • FamilyT22
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    A wonderful garden and still in full bloom even in late August. Lovely new discoveries around every corner and quirky, fun moments too. A real delight to have found this place - it deserves to be much better known.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Suffolk Filly
    United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens with a hint of humour
    We were not sure what to expect when we visited here and were surprised at how colourful and beautiful the flower beds were, even in September. It was wonderfully peaceful wandering along the paths and admiring all the beautiful plants – some of which we recognised and some we didn't. Some of the areas had humorous touches, like the 'Duke of Wellington' and 'Hedge-Henge' which all added to the enjoyment, and we were surprised to round a corner and see the water fountains, sparkling in the sunshine. We spent longer here than we had anticipated, there was just so much to see and admire.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
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Natalie D
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Jun 2020 • Family
It’s not particularly expensive however our experience was a complete waste of money. We paid our money to get in and within 2 minutes realised we were about to get caught in a thunder storm. Not really what you want with two young children as it could have been unsafe. I wouldn’t have expected a refund but I thought it would have been reasonable to allow us to visit at another time when we could have experienced the gardens safely. I felt this was not only unsafe but poor in terms of customer service. It was a shame as it spoiled our experience and will probably stop us from Visiting again or recommending to anyone else.
Written June 27, 2020
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I'm very sorry to hear about your experience and I totally agree with you. Please email me on admin@breezyknees.co.uk so I can put this right.
Written June 29, 2020
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Tracy N
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Sep 2020 • Couples
This is such a beautiful garden. Absolutely stunning. The conifer garden is so serene and gorgeously green that it moved me to tears with its beauty. The September garden was breathtaking. The plants had obviously been chosen with care to complement each other and the colours were wonderful. If you are a gardener, I highly recommend a visit. You need a good 3 hours to see everything, plus extra time if you want to use the cafe and browse in the nursery.

Points to note: there are toilets at the entrance but none in the gardens themselves. If there aren't many people in the gardens, the owner may start locking up early, so if you want to browse in the nursery, leave enough time in your visit.

There is a standard accessible toilet and a lot of the paths are tarmac. Some of the gardens aren't suitable for wheelchairs (notably the cottage garden) but there are signs advising of this. I believe the owners are working towards making it all wheelchair accessible.

Definitely recommended for anyone remotely interested in plants and/or garden design. We will be going back.
Written September 12, 2020
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Ann H
York, UK2,396 contributions
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Aug 2020
Having driven past the signs for this place many times we finally took the plunge and went for the day and we are so glad we did. Definitely won't be the last visit we make. Plenty of parking and a one way system in and out of the gardens for social distancing worked really well. The admissions staff never got too near and the walk to the gardens was explained well. The walk was through some lovely wildflower meadows and gave you an idea of how this gardens would be. They are divided up into smaller themed areas - the map was very helpful and the flowers, trees, statues etc were amazing. It would be interesting to visit at different times of the year to see different aspects of the planting too. We stopped for lunch - plenty of outside spaced seating and a safe ordering of food system.
If I had any negative to say, I found the nursery to be a little disappointing, maybe the time of year didn't help.

All in all a great place to go at a very reasonable price of £8 per adult admission.
Written August 26, 2020
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theheadgardener
England, UK109 contributions
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Jul 2022
Fabulous gardens which I still believe haven't got the recognition they deserve as when I mention them to the gardening fraternity locally they haven't heard of them. I do encourage people to visit as it well worth a visit, there is plenty to see for at least three hours if you are in a hurry and a good five hours if you like to take notice of the detail. Be prepared to walk, it is a large site and a considerable distance from the entrance to the gardens. Some quirky features, not to everyones taste but all in good humour and fabulous planting with unusual cultivars for the plants person.

The cafe is an honest offering, and serves the basics with few frills but fair for the price they charge, wasn't so keen on the sponge cake however tasted a bit like it was from a factory but the coffee was good. The plant nursery is also very good but I hope in future they will propogate more plants from the gardens because there was little on sale that reflected what was growing in there.

On another note, watch out for creepy instagram type women, each time we have visited they have been there as individuals using the gardens as a photographic opportunity. Today for example we wanted to walk through the meadows but stumbled upon a woman crouched on the the floor with blankets, camera on a tripod crawling about flicking her hair. It was very strange and we think quite innapropriate to be doing this in someones private garden. Goodness knows what kind of pictures she was taking and for what kind of person! Last year on our visit there were two of them in the meadows dressed up in hats and had taken over an area for themselves, so they must use the gardens for this quite often as it's a bit of a coincidence for twice in two visits.
Written July 14, 2022
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kate859
Yorkshire, United Kingdom32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I was pleasantly surprised to see so much colourful and clever planting, easily good enough to rival the long beds at Newby Hall and RHS Harlow Carr. Everything is well kept and a tribute to the owners/gardeners is well deserved. The setting is peaceful, surrounded by woodland with plenty of car parking. I saw a few people in wheelchairs although there are some sections of paths marked as unsuitable for wheelchairs. There are enough restful benches throughout the site and none of them have awful plaques commemorating dead people, I'm glad to say. The cafe is small indoors so I'm not sure how it accommodates everyone in wet weather but there are lots of outdoor dining tables and we sat outside on our visit. (Very nice veggie quiche and definitely recommend the cakes, they look home made.) The only toilets are next to the cafe, a good 20 minute walk if you're at the far end of the garden. Staff were all very pleasant and welcoming. We spent about 2 hours looking at the gardens and I could easily have stayed longer to enjoy following the many paths from different perspectives but my husband was tired. (Wimp.) The plant centre was disappointing, but that's a small thing compared to the loveliness of these gardens. I plan to go again soon, alone, with great respect to my lovely husband.
Written August 29, 2021
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Blackbat
Selby, UK9 contributions
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Jun 2021
A hidden gem, well worth a visit. These gardens are so well maintained by only two full time gardeners, a real credit to them. Lots of variety and thought has gone into the layout and a pleasure to walk round. The conifer area is spectacular, the sheer size and formation is beautiful. We were well informed at reception on where to go and what was best for the time of year we visited. The cafe was reasonably priced, lovely sandwich and homemade chips with a pot of tea and plenty of outdoor seating. All in all a lovely trip out.
Written June 23, 2021
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Georgina B
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Aug 2021 • Solo
Fantastic large themed gardens with a wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees. Lots of pleasant meandering to do in peaceful surroundings. Important to pick up a map so that you don't miss anything.
The cafe queuing time was relatively short due to the military, organisational skills of the manager and her team. A humorous experience in the best possible taste. Nice area to sit and have refreshments too. Lovely day out.
Written August 11, 2021
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Steve L
Hucknall, UK540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Not a specifically well known place so I wasn’t expecting too much. What a surprise, this garden is much bigger than you imagine and easy to navigate most of it even with a wheelchair. The cafe is perhaps too busy with only one person serving and making drinks which makes it a long line waiting to order but that can be forgiven as the food is reasonable and very nice. The garden has an incredible wide range of plants, many of which you can then buy at the nursery afterwards. You can take a long time to walk around and enjoy this place and sit and enjoy the tranquillity. A great place to spend a sunny day.
Written July 13, 2021
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Hobboman
Holmfirth, United Kingdom8 contributions
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Aug 2020
This is a remarkable set of 17 or so distinct gardens, each with a different theme. Mostly perennials, and planted in a more traditional manner than the modern fad of prairie planting, which means you can actually get some useful ideas for your own garden rather than acres of different grasses...... There are also some very interesting shrubs and trees here as well, but the perennials are the main stars of this place. You move from one garden to another through a set of gates, and as most of the 'rooms' are enclosed by hedges, it feels like walking round an art gallery. Very effective, and the labelling of the plants is generally very good as well. Don't go expecting huge landscape vistas stretching into the distance, this is a much more detailed experience. The COVID precautions were very well thought out and observed, but I'd say take some hand sanitiser as you'll be opening and closing a lot of gates. The nursery has a good range of plants for sale, all perennials, some of them unusual. We didn't stop at the cafe, but it looked popular. Parking is easy, and there are picnic benches along the edge of the car park. The garden is flat so no steep steps to negotiate. Lots of seating is dotted through the gardens. I think my only tiny niggle would be the choice of name - to me it sounds a bit superficial, and detracts from the fact that this is one the great gardens of the UK with some serious, knowledgable plantsmanship behind it. Highly recommended, we'll be going back.
Written August 12, 2020
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William H
Bridlington, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Just made our second visit here, as last year we didn't manage to get round it all! We love visiting gardens, and this is now one of our favourites. Although only started 20 years ago, it has now fully matured, with many superb trees. Amateur gardeners will love it for its excellent varied planting across 20 distinct 'rooms' in 20 acres. Many of the plants are labelled which is great for anyone with a real interest. We always like to see this in a garden as it adds horticultural interest rather than just hits of colour (nice though those are, too).
It's all on the flat, and about 90% of the paths are tarmaced, which means it's fine for pushchairs, wheelchairs and scooters. And young kids will enjoy exploring all the little hidden paths and corners. Good to see a 'no dogs' rule, too.
Give yourself a full day to enjoy - you'll need it once you factor in a snack at the cafe and a look at the nursery plants for sale, and they lock the gates at 5pm sharp.
The 'poppy meadow' was absolutely stunning, among many other treats for the eye.
Written July 27, 2020
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