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Millgate House Garden

3 Millgate, Richmond DL10 4JN, England
+44 1748 823571
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Delightful award-winning hidden garden

A secret garden accessed through a door at the bottom of Richmond's cobbled marketplace. A... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Richmond, United Kingdom
As a child I loved 'The Secret Garden' and I believe I've found it!

Walk through the gate and find a little piece of heaven if you love plants as I do! What has been... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Behind the unobtrusive facade of Millgate House at the bottom of Richmond's Georgian Market Square lies one of the most suprising gardens in the North of England. The garden won first prize out of 3200 entries in the R H S National Garden Competition and is now a Royal Horticultural Society's "Recommended Garden". It is described in the Good Gardens Guide as "a gem""a delightful garden...skilful underplanting...never feels contrived...just natural and generous...it is a wonderful education in the handling of a small space." The garden has been featured in magazines all over the world.A recent article in the Sunday Times said..."the most densely planted garden I have ever seen." The praise is fulsome...don't miss this garden whilst in Richmond. Many return again and again at different seasons. Open Daily 10 00 am til 5 00pm April til Oct Entrance £2 00
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good12%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3 Millgate, Richmond DL10 4JN, England
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

A secret garden accessed through a door at the bottom of Richmond's cobbled marketplace. A gardener's garden, lauded by all the greats from Titchmarsh to Monty Don.

Thank aktemac
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Walk through the gate and find a little piece of heaven if you love plants as I do! What has been created at Millgate House is a tapestry of different colours and shapes of foliage with no earth visible. It all looks as though it...More

Thank mariandot
Reviewed 21 September 2017

It would be worth visiting Richmond just for the delight of walking round this gem of a garden although the town has other attractions to make the trip really worthwhile. Hidden behind the side door to a beautiful town house (now a B & B)...More

Thank argent7
Reviewed 18 September 2017

In most places there are public gardens to visit that have teams of staff to make everything perfect but Millgate is a treasure because it is a true gardener's garden and it is a privilege to be allowed to tour it. the owners have done...More

Thank leapn
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Stumbled across this garden after walking up the hill and seeing the sign. After hesitating for a bit (could I really go in?), I did and was delighted. Storybook pathways and unexpected views of the river work with clever topiary to make this garden utterly...More

Thank Calvin1927
AUSTIN l, Owner at Millgate House Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank goodness for people like you! What an encouraging review. We love the garden but after some negative reviews recently from ignorant visitors we were thinking the that maybe the time had come to close for good to the public. Then up pops a review...More

Reviewed 5 September 2017

Went out for a late night walk in Richmond and came across Millgate house, I returned the next day with my family. What a treat, this place is an absolute delight, very relaxing and peaceful. Would love to see this at different times of the...More

1  Thank falknerster
Reviewed 1 September 2017

This garden and it's setting is a pure delight. It is on a slope as is the whole of Richmond, this means you get to see the garden from so many viewpoints and the garden itself creates a wonderful frame for the views of Richmond....More

1  Thank Sdow77
AUSTIN l, Owner at Millgate House Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

How lovely to have such a positive review! We were beginning to think the world was full of nay Sayers after the previous three reviews! Mind you many reacted with horror to their comments and countered with your word "inspirational" Interestingly ... on the front...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017

The garden was how can I say - OK, nothing really special in our opinion, but others have rated it high. As others have said there is generally a lack of flowers & in some ways colour. Bushes & trees were often surprising and interesting...More

Thank ailsasurf
AUSTIN l, Owner at Millgate House Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Hmmmm...difficult to know what to say to this kind of uninformed comment....the special nature of the garden has been celebrated by just about every garden critic and magazine there is.... and clearly Gardeners' World think it quite special having filmed here now three times. Alan...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017

It's ok. I've Seen much better NGS gardens in the area. It Seemed overgrown. Lacked of flowers and too many hostas.More

Thank Yvonne H
AUSTIN l, Owner at Millgate House Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

I hesitate to engage with your negative remarks but feel obliged to not let these remarks remain unanswered. I have run your thoughts by several garden visitors over the last two days. Their responses have been very reassuring....some unrepeatable. Their comments and re actions have...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017

Precipitous terrain and less than friendly welcome at this hidden garden. Garden itself looked good but you need to be fit to access it....it's very steep with no handrails. Sorry to report that it was something of a disappointment for us.More

1  Thank Ladywoodthorpe1939
AUSTIN l, Owner at Millgate House Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for helping us to raise awareness about the garden and what it does and does not offer. We do find ourselves irritated when people do not read the details which are clearly posted....for example when they come expecting not to have to pay,...More

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28 May 2016|
Response from AUSTIN l | Property representative |
Sorry we love dogs but our own feel it is their garden and do not like visiting dogs! Ours can be a bit territorial and therefore we ask visitors not to bring dogs in.... Sorry Austin Owner Millgate Gardens
Kathryn A
22 May 2015|
Response from AUSTIN l | Property representative |
Train Kings X to Darlington then bus or taxi to Richmond Regards MGH