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Beningbrough, on the outskirts of Harrogate, with its eight acres of gardens and 18th century mansion is a real treat to enjoy all year round.
Outside, you can explore the beautifully arranged formal gardens, several herbaceous borders, less formal areas managed for wildlife as well as sweeping lawns. There are many perfect spots for a picnic and visitors return time after time to watch the seasons changing when different plants are at their best. During the winter months, the gardens will also feature a themed outdoors art exhibition.
Picture postcard views can be seen from the garden and the 370 acres of parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and hidden wildlife on walks from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
With a diverse history of prosperity and loss, ranging from the dreams of a wealthy teenager, to tenants paying just £1 a week, Beningbrough is a place of reinvention. Read the stories about the different owners through its 300 year history.
For art lovers
The collection inside the house includes 18th century portraits on permanent loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as a changing, annual exhibition of artwork including sculptures, from a number of lenders. Also in the house is a fine collection of porcelain and furniture, as well as intricate craftsmanship on the wood carving, plasterwork and wrought-iron work.
The wilderness play area is perfect for children to let off steam; popular activities include building a den, climbing the pyramid tower, walking the rope bridge or sailing off in the boat. Bikes and trikes are also available for the little ones to use whilst you wander round the gardens.
Inside the house, the hands-on interactive galleries can be enjoyed. Dress up as lord or lady of the house, sit for your own virtual digital portrait or try sculpting a new nose for a sculpture.
During the school holidays there are trails and activities for a full day out, these are updated on the website and social media.
Eating and Shopping
The Walled Garden restaurant serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and hot lunches made from seasonal home grown and locally sourced produce as well as children's lunch boxes with sandwiches, snacks, drinks and fruit.
The Brew House close to the children's play area is open on weekends and during school holidays and serves hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes and ice creams.
The stable shop has an extensive home and garden range and second hand books can be found in the library in the hall.
• Lift access to all floors in the hall
• Accessible toilets in the stable block, behind the Brew House and in the hall
• Baby change in the stable block, behind the Brew House and in the halland hall
• Wheelchairs and electric scooter available to borrow - pre-book to ensure available
• Dogs on leads are welcome in selected parts of the garden and in the parkland
Parts of the hall are closed for conservation in winter but the interactive galleries, garden and shop are open at the weekends plus extra for seasonal Bank Holidays and the local half-term.
See other National Trust properties around the Harrogate District.
|Main season opening hours (5 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019)|
|Winter opening hours (9 Nov 2019 - 1 Mar 2020)|
* Open Mondays during June, July and August.
Please note the Hall and Galleries will be closed from 4 November 2019 to 2 March 2020 for essential and extensive conservation work. The gardens, restaurant, shop and parkland are open as usual for visitors with a wide range of activities to enjoy. The Hall and Galleries will re-open on 3 March 2020.
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