Thornton Open Gardens (Yorkshire)

 approx 15 gardens open Thornton, near Bradford, West Yorkshire
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July 2021
12.00noon to 5.00pm

A fascinating selection of beautiful hillside gardens in the birthplace of the Brontés. The gardens range from a work in progress family garden to a terraced hillside plot, some have wildlife ponds and wilderness corners. Several gardens have vegetable plots and others have extensive herbaceous borders and shrubberies. Some are small and hidden away and some are extensive and have wonderful views of Thornton Viaduct. One of these is the garden of Kipping House where Elizabeth Firth, friend of the Brontés, lived.

As well as the private gardens, you can visit the community-run Sapgate Garden, some of the unique hedged Top Royd allotments as well as the gardens in the Bell Chapel where Patrick Bronté used to preach. To get from one garden to another be sure to explore the snickets and ginnels wending their way through the village.

The Community Centre marks the start of the route around the gardens. Refreshments are available at several village locations. Dogs on a lead welcome.

All proceeds to Sapgate Gardens, Thornton Community Centre and the Bronte Bell Chapel.

Cost:  £5.00 per adult, covers both days, accompanied under 16s free.

How to get event passports:  On the day from the Community Centre or any participating garden; in advance from Thornton Furnishings or Plenty at the Square.

Number of gardens:  Approximately 15 gardens will be open, but the total may vary from day to day - please contact the organisers if you need exact numbers.

Contact the organisers:  Phone: 07989 185 499  Email:

Directions:  Thornton Community Centre is at Market Street. This is a one-way street accessible by turning off the B6145 Thornton Road onto Spring Head Road following the brown sign to the Bronté Birthplace. Then keep left onto Bronté Old Road, leading onto Market Street. The Community Centre is on the left. There is limited parking there, but plenty of space to park on Thornton Road itself. The Centre is accessible by foot from Thornton Road via Craven Avenue (by Boots the Chemists).

Location:  Yorkshire.  Use Sat Nav postcode: BD13 3HW (please verify before travelling)

Please ... tell the organisers that you found them on the Open Gardens National Directory.
and ...
thank them for making a donation this year to help with our running costs.