Activities on the Swinton Estate

Parkland and Gardens

Two hundred acres of heaven

Swinton Park Hotel sits amid 200 acres of heritage parkland and gardens. An 18th Century listed landscape, influenced by the great landscapes of Capability Brown, the parkland was created by Danby family during the 1760’s. A deer park, five lakes, gardens and follies were laid out and planted. The gardens are beautiful whatever time of year, awash with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells throughout winter and spring; with summer resplendent with rhododendron and blossom.

Walking routes abound, with maps and suggested routes that take in Coffin Lake, Dales View, Quarry Gill and Top Lake with its standing stones and island. The shortest walk, around Coffin Pond, takes about 30 minutes, but to explore the whole area will take several hours!

Hotel residents, diners of Samuel’s Restaurant, those taking Afternoon Tea, County Club and Spa Members and Spa Day guests, all receive complimentary access throughout their visit.

A gravel path leading through flowers and trees at Swinton Park's walled garden on the Swinton Estate in North Yorkshrie

The Walled Garden

Our four-acre Walled Garden, one of the largest in England, is a working kitchen garden, growing huge quantities of seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables (over 60 varieties) used across the Estate restaurant kitchens. In the growing seasons, it is a hive of activity, and you will often see chefs wandering into the garden to collect ingredients.

The Walled Garden is also home to a cutting garden, flowers from which are used throughout the hotel.

The fallow deer herd sitting under a tree at Swinton Estate

Home Lake and the Aviary

The beautiful ‘serpentine’ stretch of water in the parklands of Swinton Park is Home Lake. A delightful feature that can be seen from several bedrooms and public rooms, you will also see fly-casting lessons taking place here during the fishing season. Hotel and visitors to the parklands and gardens can also visit the Birds of Prey at the aviary at any time, housed in what was once the Orangery. 

Spa Gardens

With a fixed, holistic eye on ‘earthing’ your wellness, the space provides a dedicated outdoor environment for exercise and classes; from yoga and tai chi, to Pilates and meditation. There is also a ‘barefoot path’ for you to use at any time with your parkland and gardens pass.

Woodland Wellbeing Space

Our Woodland Wellbeing Space, located behind the Walled Garden, is a space designed to unwind and relax. When you arrive, be aware of the tranquillity of the environment, and absorb the sounds, colours and textures. Our hammocks in the trees offer a tranquil space where you can absorb the natural sights and sounds. ‘Wellness packs’, including a woollen blanket and hot water bottle to keep you warm, are available from the Estate Shop, for a small refundable deposit.

Wild Swimming

With a purpose-built swimming platform, our ‘wild swimming’ pond in the grounds of Swinton Park, is ready for you. Whether you have tried wild swimming before or not, we highly recommend you give it a go. 

Swimming ‘wild’ is incredibly beneficial to your wellbeing; both physically and mentally. Benefits can include; reduced muscle soreness, reduction in inflammation, immune system boosting, improved circulation and there is also claims it boosts brain power!

Parkland and gardens admission charges

In order to maintain the conservation and sustainability of the parkland and gardens at Swinton Park, we kindly ask for a contribution for it to be enjoyed by many more guests in the years to come.

Hotel residents, diners of Samuel’s Restaurant, Spa members and Spa day guests all receive complimentary access throughout their visit.

Day pass

The Day Pass provides access across the Estate, including parking at Swinton Bivouac. Available from the Estate Shop, located at the entrance of Swinton Country Club.

£10 per adult
£2.50 per child (5–16yrs)
£12.50 family of four (2 adults, 2 children)
Under 5’s free

Annual pass

The Annual Pass provides access across the Estate, including an annual parking pass at Swinton Bivouac.

£60 annual pass (pass holder and a guest)

Walking routes are by kind permission of the Swinton Estate. There are no public rights of way within the parkland. All walks can be accessed via the AllTrails walking app available for Android and iOS, and online here.

For parkland access conditions of use, please click here.

Please call our friendly reservations team on 01765 680900 or email