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Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens

The magnificent stately house and stunning gardens of Burton Agnes Hall is a must-see in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Described as ‘the perfect English house,’ Burton Agnes was listed as one of England’s twenty finest houses alongside Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

This glorious example of Elizabethan architecture was built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, and it has stayed in his family for more than four centuries.

The family’s passion for collecting and commissioning art has created an impressive and unusual collection including many French Impressionist paintings, tapestries, contemporary furniture and striking modern pieces.

But step outside into the Elizabethan walled garden, and there is plenty more to explore.

The award-winning wonderland contains over four thousand different plants, a potager filled with herbs, fruit and vegetables, herbaceous borders, giant board games, a maze, a jungle garden and a national collection of campanulas.

To the north of the house is a serene woodland with wildlife sculptures to find whilst walking - often housing artists and photographers looking for inspiration.

The Courtyard Artist Gallery offers an array of exciting exhibitions by local artists and is open throughout the year for visitors to view and purchase art.

Many treats await visitors in the courtyard; homemade meals (made using fresh produce from the gardens) are available in the café, along with indulgent cakes and desserts.

Green-fingered visitors will also find a broad range of home-grown plants, all from the award-winning gardens, to recreate something of the Burton Agnes estate at home.

FACTS

  • Address: Burton Agnes, Driffield, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 4NB
  • Admission: Hall and Gardens: Adults £11, children £5.50. Gardens only: Adults £7, children £4
  • Opening Times: Hall, cafe, shops and gardens open daily between 11am - 5pm
  • Phone: 01262 490324
  • Website: burtonagnes.com