The Walled Garden open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 4.00pm.

There is so much to do at the Walled Garden!

Historic Walled Garden

Ripon Walled Garden was originally built as the kitchen gardens for the neighbouring historic Bishops Palace.  When the Bishop relocated, the site was taken over by Barnardos as part of Spring Hill School. The garden fell into disrepair over the years until being brought back to life as a joint venture by Barnardos and Ripon Community Link in 1992 as a site for therapeutic horticulture.  Ripon Community Link now own and operate the site independently and continue to care for and develop this wonderful place.

Please be aware that due to the Corona Virus we do not currently have public toilet facilities.

Free Entry and Parking

There is no charge to enter the garden, though as a Charity we would appreciate a donation. We have ample parking including disabled bays at the entrance gate.

The Garden

The garden currently has limited access due to social distancing measures.  You are welcome to walk in the garden and the plant nursery and shop are open for business!

The Orchard

Our Orchard has a wonderful variety of apple trees and fruit bushes.  We have some extremely rare apple types.

In summer the ground is full of beautiful wildflowers.  An ideal place to relax.  We have recently installed some benches in the orchard so visitors can stay and enjoy a drink and snack from the shop while maintaining a safe social distance.

The Woodland

After a period of closure our wonderful woodland is now open! Thanks to a grant from Betty's Trees For Life and the invaluable support of volunteers including a team from Rudding Park it is now possible to take a walk in the woodland to enjoy the wildlife and peace and quiet!

The Tearoom

We have taken the decision not to re-open to Tearoom at the present time.  To ensure that we are able to bring our Members back to site safely we are re-purposing the Tearoom as an extra learning space enabling social distancing.  We know that this is disappointing for our visitors but you are still able to buy hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and cakes and scones in the shop and take them to the seating in the orchard to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings.  We hope you will continue to support us with this slightly different service and can understand why we have made this decision - we want our whole community to be safe.

The Shop

Our shop sells a range of products including our famous jams and chutneys, made onsite using produce from the garden, our apple juice made from the apples we harvest in the orchard and honey from our hives onsite and from a local producer.  We also sell a range of items from local artists and crafted by our service users.  One of our brilliant volunteers makes wooden items for the garden such as bird tables and planters.  These can be custom made to order.

The Plant Nursery

Our service users and staff work all year round in the gardens to maintain and develop the site.  We grow a range of plants all selected to offer a wide range of choice throughout the year.  In Spring the sales area is filled with young plants and bedding ready for summer colour in your garden.  In Summer there are perennials and in the Autumn a selection of bulbs.