If you are in North Yorkshire, Beningbrough Hall is a great place to spend a few hours.
The elegant hall, owned and managed by the National Trust, houses a collection of paintings on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. The hall has interesting architectural features and furnishings, and has frequent temporary displays in addition to the permanent collection.
The main attraction for us, though, is the wonderful gardens. If you have any interest in growing your own vegetables, or are just interested to see how particular vegetable plants grow, you will love it here.
There are laid out vegetable plots, cold frames and glasshouses growing a variety of edible plants. It is both educational and attractive, and may well give you ideas for your own garden.
The photos here were taken in winter and spring visits, before the main growing season has begun, but you can see how many of the plots are prepared ready for use. Hopefully we will visit again in the summer to show how the gardens develop through the year.
It’s not all about vegetables. In addition to the kitchen gardens, there are also flower beds, lawns, water features and many little nooks and crannies to explore.
Surrounding the formal gardens are woodland and open parkland with grazing cattle.
There are many magnificent old trees.
Beningbrough Hall, with its portrait collection and lovely gardens and, is well worth a visit in any season.
Beningbrough Hall is situated off the A19 between York and Thirsk – just follow the clear signs.
There is ample parking, a gift shop and an excellent tearoom/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
If you like to visit National Trust properties regularly, membership makes a lot of sense.
As a member you get free access to over 500 National Trust properties (including National Trust for Scotland), and free parking in many NT car parks. Just a few visits will recover the membership fee and you will then be saving money. You can visit as often as you like, and you will be contributing towards the care and maintenance of these very special places.
For information about access, opening times, prices for non-members, and more general information about the history of this property, follow this link.
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