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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

Location: Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD
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Coronavirus update: the gardens, galleries, restaurant, play area, shop and toilets are open. The rest of the hall remains closed. Things are changing rapidly at the moment, visit the website for the most up to date information ahead of your visit.

Inside the Italian-inspired house the grand rooms are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of art on show through changing exhibitions in the Saloon Galleries on the first floor. Currently on display from the Arts Council Collection is the exhibition - In the moment: the art of wellbeing. Explore how art can help you to relax and disconnect from life’s daily worries and experience how the different mediums of art can aid mental wellbeing through the 14 thought provoking artworks by artists such as L.S. Lowry, Tracey Emin, Marc Chagall and Henry Moore.

Relax in the walled garden or stroll among glorious borders with over 8 acres to explore. The year starts with the arrival of a carpet of colour along the ha-ha walk with the thousands of spring bulbs planted in 2016, quickly followed by blossom from over 90 different varieties of fruit trees and stunning tulips among the borders and west formal. Take a seat in the recently installed Pergola complete with white wisteria. 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. 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.

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.

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.

Here are the opening times - booking no longer needed to visit Beningbrough.

Events at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

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29th Sep 2021 - 3rd Oct 2021

Apple harvest

Marking the start of peak harvest period, the garden team celebrate apples with a series of short talks, a chance to ta…

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23rd Oct 2021 - 31st Oct 2021

The pumpkin pretenders

Head to the Beningbrough gardens this October half term school holidays for the latest family friendly adventure alongs…

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4th Dec 2021 - 19th Dec 2021

Storytime with Father Christmas

December will be holiday time for Father Christmas and he's taking a break in the Victorian laundry at Beningbrough ahe…

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