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Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum

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  • Check out the hundreds of varieties of flowers in the beautiful gardens.
  • Learn all about historical artefacts from all around the world at the Stewart Museum.
  • Discover secret gardens and ornamental lakes filled with wildlife.
  • Head to the children's playground to let out some energy!
  • Enjoy a spot of tea or a delicious lunch at the Lily Pad café. 

Initially leased in 1901 under the name of The Elms, Burnby Hall was soon given its name by scholar Percy Marlborough Stewart and his wife Katharine, who lived there for many years. Having travelled all across the world, with eight world tours under their belt, the Priestmans brought home many souvenirs and hunting trophies that can now be seen as part of the Stewart Museum collection. Percy and Katharine are credited for making the Burnby Hall Gardens estate what it is today, with many additions to the property including creating the Upper and Lower lakes for fishing purposes. They also introduced Hardy Water Lilies to the lake in 1935, beginning the beautiful National Collection that you can still visit this day. After Percy died in 1962, he left the property to the local people in Pocklington, and the Stewarts Trust was created to fulfil these wishes. Now, Burnby Hall Gardens are visited by thousands of people every year, who travel from all over the world to Pocklington to enjoy the collection and gardens.

There are plenty of brilliant things to do as a family at Burnby Hall, Pocklington, with vast gardens and lakes to explore, as well as hidden spots that kids will love to discover. The Upper and Lower lakes are a great place to admire the famous Burnby Hall National Collection of water lilies and look out for the birds who call Burnby home. In particular, try and spot the kingfisher, who likes to spend time around the Upper Lake in the summer and autumn months, and if you're lucky, you might also find a heron quietly standing in the still waters of the lake. Since the lakes themselves were initially created for fishing purposes, there are also lots of fish including carp, rudd and roach. They are often hungry and love to be fed by visitors!

History lovers should take a look at the fascinating Stewart Museum on their trip to Burnby Hall. Filled with artefacts and cultural exhibits from Percy's travels across the continents. You can read all about his experiences using the interactive stations around the museum, and experience what life was like in the 1920's.

Every year, Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum is home to the Burnby Hall Tulip Festival. Head there in the spring to see thousands of tulips from over 30 different varieties, displayed throughout the gardens. Having won the Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award, the team at Burnby Hall Gardens certainly know what they're doing in regards to flower design, and this is a great way to kick off the summer months. Then, make sure to visit again in summer where you can see the famous Burnby Hall Hardy Water lilies, with over one hundred varieties blooming on the stunning ornamental lakes in the Gardens.

As you make your way around Burnby Hall Gardens, make sure to check out the Aviary Garden, where the main exhibit of the annual tulip festival can be found. Kids can also meet all different types of birds in the Aviary here, at the Edwardian potting shed. Next, take a scenic stroll through the Victorian Gardens, which is filled with beautiful spring flowers and fragrant lavender. Adventurous kids will have a fantastic time exploring the Secret Garden, hidden away in a wooded area, or the Stumpery, where you can find lots of wildlife around the feature made from the stumps of upturned trees. As well as having lots of space for kids to run around and explore, Burnby Hall Gardens also has a playground where they can let off some steam. Kids can also discover the gardens in another unique way, using an interactive trail designed by Sprytar, that can be accessed using your smart phone.

If you happen to get a little peckish on your trip to Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, head over to the Burnby Hall Café, also known as The Lilypad Café. Here, you will find a range of hot and cold meals varying from homemade cakes to jacket potatoes and paninis. This is also a great spot to sit and relax with a cup of Italian coffee. Alternatively, there are lots of picnic benches available within the grounds if you'd like to bring your own lunch.

If you and your family had a blast at Burnby Hall Gardens, why not explore what the rest of Yorkshire has to offer for families, and check out Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park, where you can watch live birds shows and hold a meerkat? Or, for lovers of the ocean, head to The Deep in Hull, where you'll come face to face with sharks and sting rays.

What to know before you go

  • Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum opening times are from 10am-5pm daily, with last entry at 4:30pm. Burnby Hall prices start at £3.25 for children and vary depending on age and if you would like to use Gift Aid.
  • Burnby Hall Gardens are buggy and wheelchair friendly, as well as the gift shop, museum, and café. In Burnby Hall Gardens there are also two designated viewing platforms so wheelchair users and buggies can get a full view of each lake. The only area that is not suitable for wheelchairs and buggies is the rockery.
  • Baby changing facilities and accessible toilets are both available on site. High chairs for younger children are also available in the café.
  • Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted in Burnby Hall Gardens, unless they are Accessibility dogs.
  • Children's bikes and scooters are also not permitted.

Getting there

  • There are multiple ways to get to Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington by car, from East Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. From York or Hull, take the A1079 and follow the signs for Burnby Hall Gardens Pocklington. Or, from Bridlington, head to the Balk and turn left before the roundabout, following the signs.
  • If you choose to take public transport, Pocklington bus station is just a few hundred yards from the Gardens, with East Yorkshire buses running regularly to Hull, Beverley, Driffield, York and Bridlington.

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