Things to Do, Attractions, Family Friendly, Gardens, Art Galleries
Beningbrough - National Trust
For garden lovers
Relax in the walled garden or stroll among glorious borders with over 8 acres to explore, a beautiful garden cared for by the National Trust.
As spring bulbs and new buds mark the start of the year, this is quickly followed by blossom by the abundance of fruit trees and stunning tulips among the borders and west formal. Take a seat in the Pergola complete with white wisteria, the first complete garden designed by award winning landscape designer Andy Sturgeon as part of a long-term vision. The new Mediterranean Garden will be built over autumn and winter, due to open by summer 2024.
Please note, some areas of the garden may be closed during construction.
Come high summer, the borders are bursting with colour right into autumn with dahlias looking striking through to the first frosts. Harvest time is worth returning for to see how the produce has grown, we don't like to boast but are pretty sure we grow some of York's biggest pumpkins. Wintertime lets the structure shine through with mature trees including Yorkshire champions, formally trained fruit long the brick walls and pops of colour from berries...equally welcomed by visitors and wildlife.
For history lovers
Step inside and uncover the architecture of this grand hall. Created after John Bourchier’s Grand Tour and especially time spent in Italy. The detailing and craftmanship is even more evident since the installation of a new lighting scheme as part of recent work.
The ground floor historic rooms tell the story of a country house. Through the people of the estate and key collection items, find out about different periods of time and pockets of history and their influence on what you see today. Don’t miss the second-hand book room in the library, take time out and browse the shelves or head to the Victorian laundry and potting shed for views of a time gone by.
For art lovers
Inspired by Italy, 16 September - 17 March 2024 (on open days). The exhibition brings together the work of Kate Somervell, a Yorkshire based black and white photographer, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an eighteenth-century Italian artist. It highlights the romance and reality of Italy and the Italian influence on one of Yorkshire’s great houses. Both artists take inspiration from architecture despite working 300 years apart. Hidden views of Venice, contrast with newly commissioned images of Beningbrough, alongside classical Rome.
The wilderness play area and den zone are popular with families. The gardens are perfect for your own adventure and if you're looking for inspiration you can tick off many of the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' play list. Otherwise take your ball or kites to the large south lawn and literally kick back with a picnic and enjoy time together. In the school holidays look out for family trails or led activities on selected days. Now taking bookings for Storytime with Father Christmas - Elf Antics.
Eating and shopping
The walled garden restaurant and brew house (open on our busiest days) offer a range of hot, home-cooked meals, light lunches, snacks and refreshments. The shop in the stables has a large selection of local items from regionally suppliers and craftspeople. Many other lines are unique to the National Trust and their designs are inspired by some of the places the charity looks after.
Stretch your legs in the parkland
If you want a longer walk, the gardens are surrounded by 380 acres of parkland where the tenant farmer's cattle graze. There are three walks available from 20 minutes to two hours taking in secluded woodlands, carpeted with bluebells in late spring, and along the riverside with the chance of spotting a kingfisher darting past.
Good to know
Dogs welcome in most areas of the garden and parkland. Free entry for National Trust and RHS members, under-fives and valid Visit York Pass holders. Plan your visit.
Visiting, volunteering and spending supports the charitable work of the National Trust - thank you!
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January and February Friday - Sunday, 10am - 3.30pm
Plus 9 - 18 February for half term.
March and April Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Plus 25 & 26 March and 1 & 2 April for the Easter school holidays.
May - August open daily 10am - 5pm
September Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Open all year round. Check the opening times for the rest of the year.
- Disabled toilets
- Lift in hall and art gallery
- Wheelchairs and electric scooters available to borrow
- Credit cards accepted
- Locally sourced produce
- On-site catering
- Picnic site
- Special diets available
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Free WIFI
- Free Parking
- Gift shop
- National Trust Property
- Groups welcome
- Coach parties accepted