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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

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Address: Beningbrough YO30 1DD, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 472027
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Inspired by his Grand Tour, John Bourchier created Beningbrough; an Italian...

Inspired by his Grand Tour, John Bourchier created Beningbrough; an Italian Palace nestled between York, Harrogate and Leeds. The impressive rooms are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, Beningbrough's long term partner. The paintings feature people who have made, and are making, British history and culture and in 2015 (Mar-Oct)include contemporary portraits in a display of Royals: then and now.


A working walled garden, grand herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and a play area for children to let off steam, creates a year round garden. Picture postcard views can be seen from the garden and the parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and hidden wildlife.

The hands-on interactive galleries at this award winning property; Making Faces - 18th-Century Style, are perfect for discovering history and portraiture. Sitting for your own virtual digital portrait is a great way to send a lasting memory home or Clarence the Corgi can be your guide on the free family royal trail. A taste of servant life is found in the Victorian laundry and the friendly team bring the stories to life in the house.

The walled garden restaurant serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and hot lunches include freshly picked produce. The shop has an extensive home and garden range and second hand books can be found in the library in the hall.

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An interesting location whatever the time of year

Another excellent NT property that is different depending on when you visit. We've seen children's toys, RAF and family history displays depending on when we've been. The hall is... read more

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Yarm, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another excellent NT property that is different depending on when you visit. We've seen children's toys, RAF and family history displays depending on when we've been. The hall is very impressive and an excellent opportunity to see how the other half lived! Painting and sculptures are very interesting, the house is impressive, the kitchen garden and orchard is crammed with... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently revisited Beningbrough Hall - took my parents for first visit. Pleasant autumn day short drive from Harrogate where we were staying. Route took us over the curious little toll bridge (30p) between Little Ouseburn and Linton-on-Ouse. The Hall is off beaten track in lovely countryside. The hall is well maintained and worth looking round. Many interesting portraits and other... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Afternoon walk in the park and house gardens. We were accosted by a couple of volunteers to have a chat and view the clock tower. The ladies were very informative, gave full insight to the history of the tower. Been under it a few times before but never been inside and upstairs to see the "single hand" clock workings. Building... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Having been here before we could remember parts of it and we knew we had enjoyed our last visit. We were able to park near the entrance (disabled) and the entry was quick although it was very busy. We explored the gardens first and for the time of year, they were brilliant. The walled garden particularly was still colourful with... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Great tea rooms and quirky large teapot at the entrance, the gardens still had a lot of colour in the borders. Worth a visit for families of all ages something for everyone. Loved the large pumpkins growing like an old kitchen garden would have grown years ago.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A beautiful old house in a grand park by the Ouse. The gardens are splendid and full of fruit trees and other interesting things. With Andy Sturgeon in charge for the next ten years the gardens will be stunning. The contents of the house are long gone, but have been partially replaced by museum loans, purchases, inheritance etc, but the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Went to this place on a day there was apple tryi g out the head gardener was brilliant .when we spoke to him about his garden. The place is well kept with a lot of unusual ideas for plants especially liked the wisteri poles . Even though its late in the season the borders were still trying to give colour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Visited the hall for the afternoon Very nice place Went into the hall which was interesting Gardens are very nice

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Perfect family day out! As well as the beautiful historic house to view, great gardens, there is an adventure playground for the kids. National Trust. Also has a nice gift shop and a very good food area. Just to the North of York.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I have been here a couple of times before and never been disappointed. The gardens are special - a wonderful mix of fruit and vegetables which are used in the cafe, herbaceous borders and formal garden rooms. The cafe is excellent. The outbuildings are fascinating. The house itself is nice but not as spectacular as most NT properties. There are... More 

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