Built in 1716 on the Yorkshire meadows, Beningbrough Hall served as a family home, inherited and passed down and around over many generations during the 1700 and 1800s. During the Second World War Beningbrough was called into service and used to house airmen from bomber squadrons. It wasn’t until the late 1970s when The National Trust began restoring its Baroque interiors that it became popular with visitors.
Art lovers especially will enjoy spending time inside Beningbrough Hall. Thanks to a unique partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, nearly 130 portraits are on exhibit. The walled gardens contain flowers and vegetables, and staff gardeners have been known to offer growing tips to interested visitors. Families are also welcome at Beningbrough Hall. There’s a wilderness play area and assorted activities like art workshops designed to entertain.
Free guided garden walks are also held every Wednesday and Saturday. Beningbrough Hall is 8 miles north-west of York, off A19 and A59.