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Notice: Due to essential conservation works we are currently unable to offer Hidden House tours.

18th-century house with interactive galleries and National Portrait Gallery paintings

Beautiful gardens, parkland walks and an intriguing house to explore. Beningbrough is a great place to relax and be inspired all year round. Enjoy colourful Edwardian borders, working Victorian walled garden, labyrinth and family trails.

Meet the most powerful and influential people of the 18th century in our outstanding portrait collection. In an imaginative partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, paintings and sculptures are brought to life throughout historic rooms and hands-on galleries in the Italian-inspired house. Furniture and ceramics complement a grand interior, where the people in the portraits would feel at home - you may even meet a few.

Upcoming events

  • Family friendly art workshops
  • Holidays - Easter, Halloween & Christmas
  • School's out activities
  • Specialist days - conservation, garden, history
  • Workshops, walks and talks

Two days in two minutes

Ever wondered how large portraits are hung in a historic hall? This timelapse video shows the teams from the National Portrait Gallery working with the conservation team to switch the position of King George I and replace with The Royal Family: A Centenary Portrait by John Wonnacott.

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Tourism awards

In 2013 Visit York Awards crowned us Visitor Attraction of the Year. We were also finalists at the 2013 White Rose Awards, and have previously been shortlisted for the national Kids in Museums Award.