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Notice: The railway bridge on Station Lane, Shipton-by-Beningbrough, is closed until 23 October. Please follow diversions - if travelling north on the A19, continue beyond the village to pick up the next bridge at Chapman's Lane.

Glorious gardens surround this baroque mansion with National Portrait Gallery paintings

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 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 discover hidden wildlife.

What's on

Open 11am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday

There is something for all the family from school holiday activities to specialist tours. A brand new archive film exhibition opens in September. Plus workshops run by carefully selected partners including willow weaving and photography.

A right royal Yorkshire occasion

A taste of the unique film from Yorkshire Film Archive, new exhibition from 8 September until 1 November (Tuesday - Sunday)

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Following your visit we appreciate feedback to know what we're getting right or where we could improve. Please complete a visitor survey and you will be entered in the prize draw.