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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

Main season starts 28 February, Tuesday - Sunday plus Bank Holidays and Mondays in July and August.

There is something for all the family from school holiday activities to plant sales and specialist tours. Next events are on Mothering Sunday and during the Easter school holidays.

Two days in two minutes

Royals: then and now returns 28 February 2015 with a brand new collection of contemporary art from the National Portrait Gallery. 

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