High Royds Memorial Garden
Buckle Lane, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6DG
The paupers’ graveyard (closed in 1969) which belonged to High Royds Psychiatric Hospital (closed in 2003) was restored in 2011 to create a tranquil garden of remembrance. The Heritage Chapel which contains details of all the 2861 former patients (including three babies) who are buried there will open for the first time this year (2012). It will remember those who have gone before and help with the campaign to remove the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. We can make arrangements for supervised children’s groups
Saturday 8th September: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600
Sunday 9th September: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600
Wheelchairs can use front entrance but double yellow lines and other restrictions apply. The grounds and paths of the Garden have been designed for wheelchair use.
No age restrictions as such and all are welcome. But young children are best accompanied by adults. Refreshments are available at the High Royds Sports and Social Club which will be open at the same times as the Garden/Chapel to give people the chance to see a display of nostalgic photographs in one of the old wards. The Club is in the main grounds approx. 1 mile from the Memorial Garden. The rear entrance to the Memorial Garden is through the car park and then walking through the adjoining Menston Cemetery which is connected to the Memorial Garden by a rough footpath ( not suitable for wheelchairs or disabled people).
The Garden is on Buckle Lane in the Village of Menston on the outskirts of Leeds/Bradford. It is next to the West Yorkshire Ambulance Depot on the main A65 road leading to Ilkley/Skipton. The Hare & Hounds pub on the main road is immediately opposite Buckle Lane. Parking available at rear of garden. Not suitable for wheelchair or disabled access. Permission has also been applied for to use the large Hare & Hounds car park the other side of the main road. Traffic lights will help with crossing the road. BUS – The Garden/Heritage Chapel is on the main bus route from Leeds/Bradford. RAIL – Menston railway station is approx. 1 mile away. Grid reference: SE1742NW Map link
Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden