Millgate House and Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The garden is planted in delightful country style, featuring shrub roses, topiary, and a profusion of overflowing plant pots. Millgate Garden was awarded the Daily Mail/Royal Horticultural Society's National Garden of the year award in 1995.
The garden is located at the bottom (south end) of Richmond's large market place. You enter through a doorway onto Millgate that opens into a passage beside the house, which is now run as a bed and breakfast. There is an honesty box in the passage, with a laminated placard about the garden which you can take with you as you explore. The passage leads directly to a gate into the garden, which is arranged as a series of terraces set into the sloping ground running downhill in the direction of the River Swale.
To say that Millgate Gardens are closely planted is an understatement; the plants are so closely packed that they seem to fill every inch of the space below the house. Most of the plants are very well labelled and we found ourselves making note of plant names as inspiration for our own garden at home.
Millgate seems to be something of an secret amongst visitors to Richmond. We did not see a single other visitor the whole time we explored the gardens.
Millgate Gardens are a delight; the sheer variety of colourful plants in such a small garden site is remarkable.
The house is open by appointment only, but the gardens are open throughout the main visitor season and are well worth exploring. There is no dedicated parking, but there is plenty of parking in the market place.
About Millgate House and Gardens
Address: 3 Millgate, Richmond, Yorkshire, England, DL10 4JN
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: At the southern end of Richmond's market place
Website: Millgate House and Gardens
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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