Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD – Visit Now
Beningbrough Hall has sat in a regal state near Beningbrough to the north-west of York since 1716 when it was built by local landowner and High Sheriff of Yorkshire John Bourchier, to replace an earlier Elizabethan building. A classic Georgian house in red-brick with gravel drive, Beningbrough Hall is now a well-loved museum whose interiors are full of art and whose gardens are a joy for families to wander in.
The current display, a collection of 20th and 21st-century art by Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and Tracey Emin among others explores connections and relationships in contemporary society. Designed to be immersive, this exhibition asks questions about health and well-being and has received rave reviews in the press.
Beningbrough Hall is now a well-loved museum whose interiors are full of art and whose gardens are a joy for families to wander in
Of course, Beningbrough is also home to Classic 18th century art and design. The National Trust property hosts collections from around the country. You’ll find portraits of the Royal family, actors, painters and politicians from the National Portrait Gallery collection, as well as a fine collection of Oriental ceramics from the Ashmolean Museum. There are also plenty of fine pieces of period furniture.
You can also find high-quality food at Beningbrugh, ranging from coffee-and-a-cake fare to more substantial lunches, especially the one-pot stews. The café also offers fancy cream teas.
The grounds include enchanting gardens, including the famous ‘ha ha’ – a ditch designed to stop livestock from getting into the grounds without breaking the view with a fence. There are over eight acres of gardens to explore, including a kitchen garden and many fascinating trees which are catalogued on the National Trust website. The gardens are set up to accommodate different birds and insects.
For those inspired by the gardens, there’s a well-stocked gift shop, focussing on gardening supplies but also including arts and crafts.