Tucked to the rear of a Georgian property not far from Richmond Castle, it’s easy to visit the area and never even realise this garden exists, but stumble upon it and you’ll be greeted by the heady scent of roses and the sight of an English garden of days gone by. Millgate House Garden is accessed through an easily-missed door out on the street and then by following a corridor, so even before you reach it you’ll feel like you’re about to discover a well-kept secret.
This traditional terraced garden benefits from sweeping valleys views in one direction and views of the castle in the other, and considering it’s modest in size it’s packed full of some of the finest flowers you can grow in this country. Part of the garden’s charm is that it doesn’t look too formal, and only avid gardeners can really tell just how much effort goes into keeping it spectacular all year round.
Visit in the spring and you’ll be rewarded with the sight of snowdrops daintily fluttering in the breeze, and little benches dot the garden so although it can be steep in places there’s plenty of opportunity to just sit and enjoy it. Entry is just £2 each and there’s an honest box at the entrance.