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Goddards House

The former home of Noel Goddard Terry of the famous York chocolate-making firm is now run by the National Trust.

This summer the family home of Noel Terry (yes, of Terry’s Chocolate Orange fame) will be open to visitors for the first time. Goddards is tucked away on the Tadcaster Road, a stone’s throw from York city centre.

The house is a Grade I listed building in the Arts & Crafts style. It was home to the Terry family from 1928 and was purchased by us in 1984. Since then it’s been home to our regional offices, with the gardens open to visitors since 2006.

What's the plan for Goddards?
The full plan for the visitor experience of Goddards house is underway. It will include lots of fascinating insights into the lives of the Terrys and their part in York’s chocolate heritage.

We’ll keep our offices here but changes have been made to open part of the house to the public. Staff are used to seeing visitors already, with nearly 6,000 coming to enjoy the garden last year.

In the garden
You’ll still also be able to explore the garden, designed to complement the Arts & Crafts style of the house. Formal planting schemes create distinct 'rooms' throughout the garden, given character by its rose beds, lawns, informal ponds, rockeries and winding pathways. See Goddards Garden for more information...

Chocolate time
As part of the new plans, you’ll be able to stop off for something chocolatey after exploring the house and gardens. We’re planning to open a tea-room and small gift shop to help complete your experience of this fascinating place.

Keep an eye out for more news as our plans develop. In the meantime, you can learn more about the history of the Terrys on our Easy Walk from Goddards to York city centre, which you can find in the Related Links section of this page.

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