About Kirkleatham Walled Garden

Kirkleatham Walled Garden is a Grade II-listed Walled Garden within the Kirkleatham Estate, built in the 17th Century by the Turner family. The Walled Garden was an integral part of the Turner estate. The garden was primarily a working kitchen garden, providing Kirkleatham Hall with its fruit and vegetables – yet it was still as grand in scale as the rest of Kirkleatham’s architecture. Later, it remained a functional garden but became more ornamental in character, this functional and ornamental ethos has been maintained in the modern restoration.

In 2021 the garden was carefully restored back to its former glory and, whilst utilising much of it’s original design, now features formal gardens, a splash area, an art gallery and a glasshouse, along with a café, a retail area and a 350-seat pavilion, which is available for events such as weddings, Gala Dinners and corporate events.

Our Tea Rooms serve a delicious range of home-baked favourites, light bites, hot meals, and hot & cold beverages. There is plenty of seating both indoors and on our outdoor on the terrace, so you can enjoy an al fresco meal overlooking the lovely gardens.

Our retail area is open all year round, with a seasonally-changing stock of garden-grown produce and plants, local craft and specialised gardening goods and books.

We also have a programme of in-house events, from horticultural & craft workshops, to gala dinners that take place throughout the year with activities and events for all ages. Check out our ‘What’s On’ page to find out more.

The garden is accessible and welcome to everyone (even your four legged friends), whether you you wish to wind your way round the beautiful gardens, or make a splash in our water play area!


The Kirkleatham Estate

The Walled Garden is situated within the wider historic Kirkleatham estate, which is also home to the Kirkleatham Museum, a local heritage museum which features a wide range of exhibitions and displays covering local industrial, maritime and social history. Kirkleatham Museum also plays host to an annual programme of exciting exhibitions, family events, musical performances and seasonal activities. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful grounds found around the museum, with excitement and adventure for children of all ages.

In addition to the museum, visitors to the estate can also stop by The Kirkleatham Owl Centre, the UK’s oldest established Owl Centre. Over the years the collection has grown to include a wide range of creatures, ranging from Vultures and Meerkats, to Rabbits and Emus and lots more besides!

“The Estate includes a cluster of visitor attractions, including the Owl Centre and popular Kirkleatham Museum, which welcomes over 100,000 visitors per year as well as thousands of school children through its award-winning learning programme.”