Beningbrough, on the outskirts of Harrogate, with its eight acres of gardens and 18th century hall 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 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.
Discover Winter Wildlife in Print by Gerard Hobson. A series of fourteen scenes around the garden and outdoor buildings inspired by the wildlife that calls Beningbrough home. There's an indoor selling exhibition in the Hayloft showing more of the artists work (room accessed by stairs only).
For garden lovers
The garden is experiencing something of a renaissance with designs by RHS Gold Award winner Andy Sturgeon slowly taking shape. The year starts with 300,000 spring bulbs along the ha-ha walk. The blossom of the fruit trees in the walled garden comes next and the newest addition, the Pergola adds to the summer borders. during 202, the Mediterranean will be developed - see how it's going on a visit.
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 changing exhibitions 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. From 3 March 2020, In the Moment: the Art of Wellbeing opens in partnership with the Arts Council Collection.
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.
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 and offers a dog friendly place to stop for a pause.
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 scooters (for outdoor use only) available to borrow - pre-book to ensure available
• Dogs on leads are welcome in selected parts of the garden and in the parkland
The hall and galleries are closed for an essential conservation project during winter 2019/20 re-opening 3 March 2020. Garden, restaurant and shop are open as usual.
See other National Trust properties around the Harrogate District.
|Open New Year|
|Winter opening hours - Gardens & Restaurant Only. (9 Nov 2019 - 1 Mar 2020)|
|Main season opening hours - House, Gardens and Restaurant (5 Mar 2020 - 3 Nov 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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