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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.
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, loss and reinvention, ranging from the dreams of a wealthy teenager, to tenants paying just £1 a week, 'Short Stories and Untold Tales' exhibition is a great chance to find out what made Beningbrough what it is today. As you wander around the garden and hall, you can uncover these fascinating stories through special displays and portraits.
For art lovers
The collection inside the house includes over 100 18th century portraits on permanent loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as the changing Visiting Portraits Gallery with portraits selected by the Director of NPG. 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.
|Winter opening hours (10 Nov 2018 - 3 Mar 2019)|
|Summer opening hours (5 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019)|
* Open Mondays during July and August.
Open Boxing Day and New Year's Day
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