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“Nice place for a quick visit”

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Inspired by his Grand Tour, John Bourchier created Beningbrough; an Italian Palace nestled between York, Harrogate and Leeds. The impressive rooms are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, Beningbrough's long term partner. The paintings feature people who have made, and are making, British history and culture and in 2015 (Mar-Oct)include contemporary portraits in a display of Royals: then and now. A working walled garden, grand herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and a play area for children to let off steam, creates a year round garden. Picture postcard views can be seen from the garden and the parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and hidden wildlife. The hands-on interactive galleries at this award winning property; Making Faces - 18th-Century Style, are perfect for discovering history and portraiture. Sitting for your own virtual digital portrait is a great way to send a lasting memory home or Clarence the Corgi can be your guide on the free family royal trail. A taste of servant life is found in the Victorian laundry and the friendly team bring the stories to life in the house. The walled garden restaurant serves morning coffee, afternoon tea and hot lunches include freshly picked produce. The shop has an extensive home and garden range and second hand books can be found in the library in the hall.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Nice place for a quick visit”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

As National Trust members, we dropped in here for an hour one afternoon after we had finished at Castle Howard. The are small but very well kept gardens and the house is worth a visit. Not the biggest or the best National trust property but if you are in the area then do not miss it.

Visited May 2014
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County Durham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great day out”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Wonderful House ands gardens can recommend the guided tour of the gardens. Lots of interesting things for children to participate in. Home grown produce used in products sold in Cafe.

Visited May 2014
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Sowerby Bridge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Set in beautiful gardens”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We visited here today and were not disappointed. We started with lunch in the cafe which serves all homemade food with salad and veg from the hall gardens where possible. Everything looked very fresh and tasty and we enjoyed our crusty hot pork sandwiches very much.
The hall is beautifully displayed with clear information cards in each room plus helpful volunteers who will offer any additional information. You can also use the free audio guides. The portraits were interesting and there is a display of royal paintings and photos at the moment. The interactive rooms were fun where you could dress up and have your own portrait done. The laundry outside is also well worth a visit.
The gardens are well tended and the extensive parkland looks wonderful, especially as we were lucky enough to be there before it rained.

Visited May 2014
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“Worth a full days visit”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

I was too early to get to my hotel so was looking for somewhere interesting and couldnt have chosen a better place for someone with a WW2 RAF interest. The house and gardens were lovely. The outer walks were great and that area was dog friendly :)

Visited April 2014
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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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“Something for everyone”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The gardens are among the best we visit. They are interesting and well maintained and presented in such away that they appear to be a number of separate almost domestic scale gardens. The food is dependably very good though being the National Trust it is never cheap. The bonus was that the good weather allowed us to eat outside a real treat.
From previous visits over the years the children's play area is excellent one of the best in the area. If you have not visited before the house is well worth a visit particularly if you are interested in art.

Visited May 2014
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