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News Release - Issued by Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

Beningbrough Hall opens doors for York residents’ festival

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, a National Trust property just north of York, will once again be opening its gates to York residents for the city’s annual residents’ weekend this Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February. For one weekend only admission will be completely free not only for National Trust members, but also for anybody with a valid York Card.

There is plenty for families to enjoy; explore the interactive galleries on the top floor of the house, take a walk in the parkland and or build a den in the wilderness play area. Throughout winter the property has been showcasing a selection of hidden stories both around the gardens and through the windows of parts of the hall. Follow the trail to discover more about the people who have made Beningbrough what we see today.

If you’ve been inspired by the recent BBC ‘Winter Watch’ and the RSPB ‘Big Garden Bird Watch’, we’ve the perfect garden to spot wildlife. Beningbrough is home to many nesting varieties through the abundance of food in the walled garden. The designated bird hide and feeding station attracts nearby feathered residents throughout winter for a refuel and water stop. Pick up a free spotter sheet in the bothy and see how many you can find.

Tom Longridge, gardener said “at this time of year it’s common to see blue tits, great tits, chaffinches and if you’re very lucky a great spotted woodpecker. My personal favourites are the friendly robins. They’re very tame and quite territorial and wherever you’re working, there’s never one far away looking for that opportune worm.”

Winter opening hours mean that the estate will be open from 11am – 3.30pm over the weekend. Make the most of your York Card free entry by visiting other nearby attractions. The Treasurer’s House, next door to York Minster will be open specifially for guided tours and conservation in action demonstrations.

For more information about visiting Beningbrough, tel: 01904 472027, visit like us at or follow us on Twitter @NTBeningbrough. For Treasurer’s House call 01904 624247.

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Notes to editor:

For more information, interviews or if you would like images supplied please contact:
Jo Parker
01904 472017 (direct) / 472027 (office)

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About Beningbrough Hall & 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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