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“Excellent house and gardens”

Goddards House and Garden
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #22 of 205 things to do in York
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent house and gardens”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

This was a highlight of my trip to York. I was most surprised at how much time I spent here. The house used to be the family home of the Terry family (of chocolate orange fame) and then offices of the National Trust before being opened to the public. The gardens have long been open.

The house is very nice and pretty and there is a games room where you can try out table tennis, pinball and other early 20th century games. There is a history of the family and of the Terrys factory too.

The highlights of the visit were the gardens and the tearoom. The weather was amazing on my visit so the gardens were looking stunning and the walk around them lasted a long time. You can also play croquet there and dominos too.

The tearoom was fantastic. We had great service and the food was very well made. It's not expensive, but it's not cheap either, but with good service, surroundings and taste the prices were correct. The chocolate orange inspired cake is nicer than it sounds, light and not too sweet.

It is walkable from the city centre if you want to. It took my group about 20 minutes from the station to arrive there. For those who don't want to walk, you can easily get a bus.

Visited May 2014
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York, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Wonderful place to visit one of York's hidden Gems”
Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

We booked a table in the drawing room for a special afternoon tea
We were not disappointed it was a perfect afternoon the food was delicious and presented so well
The staff were amazing who served us
Thank you all for a fantastic afternoon tea at Goddards

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Ron796
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York, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“a hidden gem”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Even though we live in York,this was the first time that we visited Goddards,it was a lovely sunny day and the garden is perfect for just to relax or have a cup of tea with homemade scone :) or a light lunch.
I would recommend it to anyone it is one of the most amazing places in York and it's not far from city center at all!
Can't wait to go back!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Budapest-York82
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York, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Interesting visit.”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

The house took a bit of finding, being so close to the middle of town, there aren't any signposts and the one at the entrance is quite small. But it was worth the effort. We were surprised by the size of the garden, it was very pretty and interesting. The pond has been restored and is very pretty. Plenty of seats if you want to have a picnic. There is parking, not a huge car park, but we had no trouble. The house hasn't been open to the public that long, half of it is still NT offices, but what is open is interesting. They make up for the lack of original furniture by allowing you to sit and enjoy the literature and photos scattered all around. A chap did a talk about one of the sons, who died in the airforce, then also chatted about the factory later, in a bedroom which is now an exhibition room. I had a trip down memory lane using the old typewriter in there!
All in all an interesting afternoon. If the weather had been nice, we could have spent a bit longer in the garden. They have put some lovely wicker garden chairs on the terrace, where you can have tea brought to you, or just sit and watch. The staff even brought blankets out for a couple who were sitting there, as it was a bit windy and chilly!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank davidandjanet65
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Hereford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
295 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Beautful house and gardens.”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Visited whilst staying in the area.A lovely house and beautiful gardens.Shame there is no parking other than on the roads which is limited to an hour.We could have spent a lot longer there.As it is the NT regional office the parking is for the staff and very limited disabled spaces.One single multi sex toilet "out the back".They do cater for functions on the lawns and can get very busy.Dogs on leads in grounds only.Very knowledgeable staff in all the rooms and they have a model of the very extensive housing and remodelling of the Terry's factory that is in progress.

Visited May 2014
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