Welcome to the Aysgarth Edwardian Rock Garden website
Aysgarth Edwardian Rock Garden is open to the public during daylight hours throughout the year. There is no formal charge for entry but contributions (via the donations box near the entrance) towards the upkeep and development of the garden are greatly appreciated .The Grade II listed Rock Garden stands on a 0.14 acre walled site measuring approximately 14 by 42 metres and lies around 230 metres above sea level. It wasconstructed by the Backhouse firm of York and is a rare surviving example of their work. The Rock Garden was designed as a kind of “walk through grotto” withhuge waterworn limestone blocks rising to about eight metres in places, low stone lintels and narrow winding paths. A mountain stream and cascade add to the alpine atmosphere and at the rear of the garden the visitor emerges into an open south facing lawned area with mixed borders that provides views of adjacent fields and trees. Unfortunately the garden is not suitable for disabled or wheelchair access due to narrow and uneven paths and steps. Visitors enter at their own risk and are requested to keep to the paths and to be aware of low stone lintels, open water and other potential hazards. Please follow the links at the top of this page to learn more about the garden, its history and plants.
Aysgarth Edwardian Rock Garden: A Story of Creation and Re-creation is now available. Written by Rosemary Anderson, co-owner of the Rock Garden, this book details the history of the garden’s development and includes a descriptive guide and colour photographs. For further information please follow this link