Beningbrough Hall

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About

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Beningbrough Hall, with a rich history spanning over 300 years, has been shaped by the diverse individuals who called it home, from a teenage inheritor to its role as an RAF billet. The ground floor of this estate houses a fascinating collection of architecture and artifacts, narrating the story of a grand country house. Meanwhile, the first-floor Reddihough Galleries play host to ever-changing exhibitions featuring both contemporary and traditional artwork.

Garden Design by Andy Sturgeon

The internationally acclaimed garden designer, Andy Sturgeon, has crafted a long-term vision for Beningbrough’s garden. This revitalised space now boasts a Pergola, a ha-ha walk and a brand-new Mediterranean Garden. These additions harmonise with the traditional herbaceous borders and a walled kitchen garden, offering year-round visual delight. Beningbrough Hall extends a warm welcome to dogs in most parts of the garden and selected areas of the restaurant.

Family-Friendly Attractions

Families visiting Beningbrough Hall can let off steam in the wilderness play area or explore the exciting activities available during school holidays. Refueling options are available at the walled garden restaurant or the brewhouse, or you can grab a quick takeaway to enjoy while exploring. The shop offers a selection of plants and an extensive range of home and garden items, perfect for rounding out your day at Beningbrough.

Historical Enigma

Despite being one of England’s most remarkable baroque houses, Beningbrough’s history remains shrouded in mystery. From its Elizabethan origins to its wartime service as a billet, uncover what little is known about this intriguing hall. The lack of historical archives for an estate of this age leaves curators, archaeologists, and historians piecing together the jigsaw puzzle of Beningbrough’s past.

Beningbrough Today

Today, Beningbrough welcomes more than 120,000 visitors each year while diligently preserving and enhancing the hall, its collections, garden, and parkland. The first-floor gallery now showcases artwork from international artists and lenders in ever-changing exhibitions, while the ground floor continues to share the history of Beningbrough.

Hall and Art Gallery

The ground floor of Beningbrough Hall offers a glimpse into the captivating story of a country house and the individuals who have shaped its destiny. Meanwhile, the Reddihough Galleries on the first floor serve as a dynamic platform for rotating exhibitions of contemporary and traditional artwork.

Garden Oasis

Explore the 8-acre formal garden adorned with spring bulbs, herbaceous borders, historic trees, and a walled garden bursting with fruit blossoms that provide year-round colour. Under the skilled hands of award-winning garden designer Andy Sturgeon, watch as the Pergola takes shape and the new Mediterranean Garden comes to life.

Family-Focused Activities

During school holidays, Beningbrough offers changing trails and led activities on selected days, making it an ideal destination for families. Children can enjoy swings, slides, climbing frames, and a den zone in the wilderness play area. Alternatively, bring along a ball or kite and head to the expansive south lawn for some quality family time.

Dining and Shopping

Satisfy your appetite with seasonally changing homemade lunches, delectable bakes, and refreshing drinks available at the restaurant, where both indoor and outdoor tables are available. On busy days, the dog-friendly brew house offers light snacks, ice creams, and takeaways. Explore the stables and outdoor shop for homeware, local products, and unique finds for your own green space.

Prices

  • Free entry for National Trust members and children under five.
  • We also accept various other passes, including but not limited to RHS membership, Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens Cards, Max Card, and the Visit York Pass.
  • Adults: £12
  • Children: £6

Please Note: Beningbrough Hall closes during the winter season.

For accessibility information, please refer to the Accessibility Statement.

Where

Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
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