Visit Treasurer’s House in the heart of York for free on the weekends of 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 September. Head to the city fringes for a wander around Goddards House and Garden on 8 and 9 September or head out to the countryside for a stroll around Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens on the weekend of 15 and 16 September.

The National Trust is offering free entry to explore three of its special houses and gardens in York to coincide with the Heritage Open Days festival this month. England’s biggest heritage festival brings local history to life through the places on your doorstep. Come and celebrate history, architecture and culture with the National Trust in York, you’ll find something for all the family to enjoy and explore.

Frank Green’s Treasurer’s House tucked behind the Minster, is lavishly filled with his personal collection of antiques, ceramics and paintings collected from around the world. The house was visited by Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as Prince and Princess of Wales along with their daughter Victoria and rooms were named in their honour. Treasurer’s was also once the home of Georgian astronomer John Goodricke who made an amazing discovery in the night sky. Join a tour on both weekends to find out more about the star that influenced the course of science.

Hop on a bus and find Goddards House and Garden on the edge of the Knavesmire. Goddards is an intimate Arts and Crafts style home commissioned by Noel Terry who wanted to create a comfortable family home close to the chocolate works for Kathleen, his wife and his children. This gorgeous hand crafted house was finished in 1927 and today is home to fascinating mementoes from the Terry family and the chocolate business. The five acres of gardens include abundant herbaceous borders, pristine lawns divided into rooms, a craggy rock garden and a working kitchen garden. Take a moment on the terrace and enjoy a traditional scone with a cup of tea.

Travel a little out to the country to get a flavour of Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens on the Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th by exploring the house and gardens. Beningbrough has seen some exciting new developments this year with its largest temporary portrait exhibition, ‘Making her mark: celebrating creative women’ in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. Many portraits had not seen outside of London and they’ll be returning this autumn. A new Pergola has been installed in the eight acres, providing a beautiful, tranquil spot to relax for a moment and there’s plenty of late summer colour with dahlias on the south border.

Treasurer’s House will be free to all on the two weekends of 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 September 2018
Goddards House and Garden will be free to all on the 8 and 9 September 2018
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens will be free to all on the 15 and 16 September 2018. Phone each property or visit the websites for further details.


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For more information, or if you would like some images please contact:
Kat Nellist
01904 472001 (direct) / 472027 (office)

About Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Built in 1716, Beningbrough Hall is a grand red brick mansion just north of York.  Today, the hall is home to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of 18th century portraits, whilst the garden boasts labyrinth paths, grand borders, hidden woods and a working walled kitchen garden.

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About Treasurer’s House
Only a few metres from York Minster, Treasurer’s House has a history spanning 2,000 years, from the Roman road in the cellar to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics, and thirteen period rooms in between. Treasurer's House was donated to the National Trust in 1930 by industrialist Frank Green. He had purchased the house in 1897 to house his vast collection of art and antiques. It was the first house given to the National Trust complete with all of its contents and also included a beautiful sunken walled garden that is an oasis of calm in the city centre.

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About Goddards House and Garden:
Goddards is the former family home of Noel Terry, of the famous Terry’s of York chocolate firm. Built in 1927, the house was home to Noel, Kathleen, Peter, Betty and Richard Terry until in the 1980s it was bought as the National Trust regional office. In 2012, part of the house and the garden was opened with a tearoom to visitors who can now enjoy a mix of period rooms, beautiful gardens and exhibitions.

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About the National Trust:
The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy.  More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does.
Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 778 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
More than 24 million people visit every year, and together with 5 million members and over 65,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.
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About Heritage Open Days:

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General number for Beningbrough: 01904 472027