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Ellicar Open Gardens
Time: 11am - 4pm
Adults: £5.00
Children over 2 yrs: £3.50
Proceeds will be donated to British Red Cross

Visit Ellicar Gardens

Join us for an enjoyable relaxing day out and find out what’s happening in our garden.


Explore Natural Pool

Sanctuary for visitors, haven for wildlife

The swimming zone and regeneration areas are separated by low submerged walls leaving you plenty of space to enjoy clear, hygienic, living water without the need for chemicals.

The water appears effortlessly natural by a carefully planned hydraulic system hard at work below the surface circulating the water through biological and mineral filters, ensuring it’s hygienic and fit for swimming all year round.

The result is a balanced pool, with water that feels like a mountain lake close to its source: soft, sparkling and with an energy that’s both rejuvenating and relaxing. And just like your garden, natural pools change with the seasons, giving you a still, reflective surface in winter which is where they get their name, sky mirrors.

Explore our award-winning natural swimming pool at Ellicar Gardens

Explore 5-acres of naturalistic gardens

Discover our amazing wildlife.

Meet our friendly rare breed menagerie.

Say hello to our beautiful Golden Guernsey goats and this year’s adorable kids.

Treat yourself to a delicious home baked cake and cup of artisan coffee in our rose garden.

Relax beside our award winning natural swimming pool.

Treat yourself to some UK-grown plants.

Parking on the left-hand verge outside the property. Single parking only to allow access for farm machinery.
No dogs
No dogs are allowed in the gardens except guide dogs.
No swimming
We ask you kindly not to paddle in our natural pool please. Unfortunately we can no longer take bookings for swimming.
Our gardens are largely wheelchair friendly, there are some gravel paths which can be avoided. Please let a member of staff know on your arrival if you require further assistance.


Garden flowers

Gardens for all seasons

Ellicar Gardens are tucked away down a quiet lane on the edge of the low-lying Gringley Carrs. While our gardens are easily accessible, you’ll be met by an oasis of calm. They’re a sanctuary for visitors and a haven for wildlife.

Once a farmstead, our family gardens are set amongst farmland and sit like an island. A 7-acre field sits at the back of Ellicar Gardens with views onto the surrounding countryside and is home to our menagerie of rare breed farm animals. Elsewhere in the 5-acre gardens, you’ll find our friendly Golden Guernsey goats, a rescue pig, a couple of curious llamas, and Pekin chickens, guinea fowl and a pair of giant Toulouse geese roam freely. 

For garden lovers and wildlife enthusiasts

With specimen trees, fragrant shrubs and carpets of bulbs, the gardens transform with the seasons. Expect to see blossom and bulbs in spring; naturalistic borders and flower meadows packed with pollinators in summer; glorious grasses, blazing leaves and berries in autumn; and a sepia landscape in winter, with borders left standing amid swathes of coloured Cornus and willows.

Beautiful, ecologically friendly planting schemes support an abundance of diverse wildlife too. including our resident kingfisher who regularly visits our natural pool.

Our natural swimming pool is the focal point of Ellicar Gardens. It draws you in and is a magnet for wildlife. So why not sit and relax while you watch swallows dip and dragonflies dart by.

And what better way to finish your day than with a pit stop in our rose garden terrace to enjoy delicious home-baked cakes and a cup of tea or artisan coffee. It’s the perfect place to refuel before visiting the plant yard for unusual plants, gardening tools and gifts. 

Dates 2021
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11am - 4pm
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Adult £5 / Child £3
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No booking required
Fri 15th Oct
Fri 22nd Oct
Fri 29th Oct
‘Due to staff shortages resulting from COVID, our gardens are closed until further notice. We hope to open again in late October. Please keep an eye on the website for updates and we are sorry for any inconvenience’


Natural pool

At the heart of the gardens is our magical, award-winning natural swimming pool - the focal point of family life and showcase for our work as natural pool and living water specialists.

The pool's crystal clear water is chemical free, biologically filtered and purified with water plants. Exquisite water lilies flower in summer, colourful marginals fringe the edges from spring until autumn and in winter the pool is a huge sky mirror. Read More...

It's a magnet for wildlife too. You can relax beside the water with a cup of tea and watch birds bathing, dragonflies darting and swallows dipping in summer. And you may even glimpse our resident kingfisher who likes to perch on a deck chair.

Ellicar Natural Swimming Pool


After exploring the gardens, our tearoom is the perfect place to refuel and relax with a cup of tea or pot of real coffee, and choose from our selection of delicious, home baked cakes. You can sit and browse through gardening magazines inside or wander outside and enjoy your refreshments on our sunny terrace overlooking the rose garden.

Our tearoom is a great meeting place to catch up with friends and chat with other like-minded visitors and gardeners.

Tearooms staff

Gardener's shop & plant yard

We stock a range of tried and tested, hand forged gardening tools, bespoke gardening equipment and gardening workwear. Plus handmade soaps and hand creams for gardeners along with artisan crafted local produce including Gringley honey - ideal gifts for fellow gardeners.

Please ask for a tool demonstration. We’re very enthusiastic about our garden tools and the only stockists in the UK for the incredible de Tuinheeren warren hoe which turns weeding from a chore into a pleasure.  Read More...

We have an interesting range of grasses, perennials, herbs along with unusual shrubs available for you to browse and purchase.

We source and contract grow plants for your garden and supply trees during the tree planting season too. Plants are sourced direct from our trusted UK growers so you can be sure of their excellent quality.

Gardener's Shop


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Find us

Ellicar Gardens, Carr Rd, Gringley on the Hill, Doncaster, DN10 4SN

Sat Nav brings you to our gate. For those coming from Misterton, ignore your sat nav and drive to the village of Gringley on the Hill, turn left onto Leys Lane, follow the road out of the village for about 1.5 miles and we are situated on the left, the last obvious property opposite a cream house on the right. Look out for the swing signs at our gate.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about our Open Gardens, or have specific requirements we need to be made aware of, please feel free to get in touch.

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