Homestead Park

Homestead Park is a beautiful 14-acre garden in Clifton, York. It is owned, managed and maintained by Joseph Rowntree Foundation for visitors to enjoy.

Location

Location

Homestead Park is located 1.5 miles west of York City Centre at 40 Water End, Clifton, York YO30 6WP. There is pedestrian access from Water End and Shipton Road. Vehicular access is via Shipton Road only (use postcode YO30 5RE for satnavs).

History

History

The park was opened in 1904 by English social reformer Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, son of Joseph Rowntree, owner of Rowntree’s Chocolate Factory. Homestead House was the home of Seebohm and his family from 1904 until 1936. As soon as the house was inhabited, he announced in the Yorkshire Gazette that the fields behind his house would be made available to children attending the York Elementary Schools for outdoor activities. The house was greatly extended in the late 1970s and converted into offices. It is now the head office of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

Visiting Homestead Park

Visiting Homestead Park

The Homestead Park is open all year round and is free to all.

Opening times
Day Time
Weekdays and Saturdays 09:00
Sundays 10:00
Closing times
Period Time
Winter months (late October to early March) 16:30
Early March 17:30
14-24 March 18:00
End of March to October 19:00

Note: The children's play area is locked 45 mins before the main park.

Homestead Park’s extensive herbaceous border

Awards

Awards

The park enters the annual Yorkshire In Bloom Awards in summer. In 2011 and 2013 it was awarded a Silver-Gilt and in 2012, and 2016 a Gold award. In 2014 Homestead Park was awarded Gold and a Special Certificate of Achievement for a floral bedding display commemorating the centenary of World War 1. In 2015 the park was awarded Gold and Best in Category for Country Houses, Estates and Parks and Gardens. 

Homestead Park Cherry Walk in spring

Park facilities

Park facilities

Known for its glorious seasonal floral displays, the park’s main features include herbaceous borders, prairie border, medieval garden, circle garden, main lawn, extensive shrub borders, a tree-lined avenue, the Backhouse Pond and rock garden, wildflower meadow, woodland and an extensive range of native and ornamental trees. There is also a popular children’s play area, pop-up café, plenty of seating, picnic area, notice boards, signage and toilet facilities.

Homestead Park is a fantastic place to view a wide variety of wildlife. There is a leaflet suggesting some wildlife you may see on your visit. Please pick up a copy from the notice board at either entrance to the park or download a copy below. We also offer various tree-trail walks around the park and an informative guide to the design and choice of planting for the medieval garden. All leaflets can be collected at the park’s noticeboards, or download a copy below. 

You can keep up to date with everything on Homestead Park’s Facebook page and Instagram page.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Is cycling allowed in the park?

Cycling is permitted through the park (except the Backhouse Pond footpath). Please note pedestrians have priority at all times. There are cycle racks at both Shipton Road and Water End entrances.

Can we have a BBQ in the park?

Fires are not permitted in the park but disposable BBQs can be used by prior arrangement. Please ring the Garden’s Office on 01904 406251 or speak to a member of staff or security.

Are dogs allowed in the park?

For everyone’s health and safety, dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. No dogs are allowed in the children’s play area except for assistance dogs. Dog water bowls are provided near the toilets and café area. Please plan your visit and do not leave dogs in hot cars. 

Feedback

Feedback

You can leave us feedback and suggestions about the park by emailing parkfeedback@jrf.org.uk or speaking to a member of the Landscapes team. 

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