Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum

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Located in the heart of Pocklington, Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum is a gem in Yorkshire, offering natural beauty and cultural history. The destination is renowned for its remarkable collection of Hardy Water Lilies and summer events.

Discover the Gardens

  • Experience the legacy of Percy and Katharine Stewart in the meticulously maintained formal gardens.
  • See over 100 varieties of Hardy Waterlilies in the breathtaking Upper and Lower Lakes.
  • Enjoy themed gardens, including the Aviary and Walled Gardens, each with its unique charm and botanical displays.

Highlights of the Gardens

The Lakes

The lakes at Burnby Hall are a sanctuary for over 100 varieties of Hardy Waterlily, blooming vibrantly from June to August. The symposium of 1993 acclaimed these lakes as Europe’s best natural setting for water lilies.

The Aviary Garden

Home to the Edwardian summer house, the Aviary Garden is the centrepiece of the annual Tulip Festival, showcasing a spectacular array of tulips and seasonal blooms.

The Edwardian Rock Garden

Designed by James Backhouse and Son, the historic Edwardian Rock Garden, restored through the Heritage Lottery Fund, offers a kaleidoscope of colours and plant varieties.

The Stumpery and Birch Walk

Discover the enchanting Stumpery, inspired by the King’s garden at Highgrove House, and the tranquil Birch Walk, both recent additions enhancing the Gardens’ allure.

The Stewart Museum

The Stewart Museum celebrates Major Percy Stewart’s global adventures, featuring artefacts from his eight world tours, recognised for their cultural significance.

Unique Exhibitions

  • UNESCO-recognised artefacts, including a Maori feather cloak and a ceremonial facemask from Papua New Guinea.
  • See Herbert Stewart’s diary of the Russian Revolution.

The Lilypad Café

Relax at the Lilypad Café, offering a range of light meals, homemade treats, and beverages, with options for all dietary needs.

Accessibility and Visitor Information

  • Comprehensive facilities for disabled visitors, including wheelchair-friendly paths and viewing platforms.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome, and disabled parking is conveniently located.
  • Open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM, with last entry at 3:30 PM.

Enjoy the landscapes and heritage of Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, a Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award winner.


Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum, The Balk, Pocklington, York, North Yorkshire, YO42 2QF
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