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News release - Issued by The National Trust

The National Trust in York opens its doors for the Heritage Open Days festival

Visit Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens and Treasurer’s House for free for the weekend of 10th & 11th September.

The National Trust will be offering free entry to explore two of its iconic houses and gardens in York to coincide with the Heritage Open Days festival. The aim of England’s biggest heritage festival is to bring local history to life through the places on your doorstep. Celebrating history, architecture and culture with the National Trust in York, there is something for all the family to enjoy and explore.

Travel a little to the country to get a flavour of Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival by exploring the house and gardens. Beningbrough Hall is 300 in 2016 and the yearlong celebration continues with the opening of a new display. Maps and Memories is a brand new display adding to the stories of the families and workers of the estate and local villages. With reproduction estate sale catalogues and large maps, plus photographs from the archives, take a seat and travel through time imagining life at Beningbrough through the centuries.

Leave a flowering legacy by joining in the bulb planting bonanza to help mark the tercentenary with 300,000 bulbs being planted over the year to create a new ha-ha walk. There are nearly 100,000 to go – grab some of our tools and gloves and help us continue this challenge.

Especially for the weekend, several items of period furniture, including cabinets, chests and cupboards, will be opened up to reveal the drawers and compartments that visitors don’t usually see. This is the only time in the year that you’ll be able to see inside certain parts of the house collection.

Meanwhile in the city centre, Frank Green’s Treasurer’s House, with his personal collection of antiques, ceramics and paintings will also be opening its doors for free for the weekend. It’s a great time to discover Demolition and Restoration; this display looks not only at the changes Frank made to Treasurer’s House but also other house around Yorkshire that were less fortunate and have been lost over time.

The popular ghost cellar tour at Treasurer’s House will be free on the heritage weekend. Spaces for the tours are limited however, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Alternatively enjoy a relaxed exploration of this interesting collection or simply take some time to relax in the calm oasis of the garden listening to the Minster bells.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens and Treasurer’s House will be free to all on the 10th and 11th September 2016. Phone each property or visit the websites for further details.


Notes to editor:

For more information, or if you would like some images please contact:
Jo Parker
01904 472017 (direct) / 472027 (office) / 07917 174629 (mobile)

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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