The hall at Beningbrough

Long driveway with grass flanks and red bricked hall at the top

The hall and galleries are currently closed for a 2.3 million infrastructure project and are due to re-open in summer 2023 with a new exhibition in autumn 2023.

During the coming months we will be undertaking a package of essential works within the hall. This will include crucial electrical and fire protection improvements along with remedial conservation tasks. 

With so much happening within the fabric of the building it is not possible to open during this time from a safety point of view. We plan to share news of progress and any exciting finds as the team are lifting floorboards and carpets, and working behind panelling on all four floors. 

" Thank you for your patience as we carry out this essential work"
- David Morgan, General Manager, York

You may notice a little more activity and fencing around the hall as the contractors will be operating on open days. Rest assured, the gardens are fully open, and it’s a great opportunity to soak in the striking exterior architecture of the hall as you wander outside. 

A black and white photo of a man, a dog and two women sat on steps

What to expect in the future

Much of the work will be hidden so not readily obvious when the hall re-opens. When the doors first open, visitors will be able to meander through the ground floor once more, taking in the Great Hall and cantilever staircase. Here uncover some of the stories of the people who have lived on the estate and shaped the place we see today. Pictured are Lord and Lady Chesterfield on the steps of the hall in 1924, with their Farm Secretary, Miss Crick. Sadly, we don't know the name of the dog.

Professionally designed lighting will enhance the architecture as well as new gallery lighting on the first floor to illuminate the artwork and allow exhibitions throughout the year; with a new one opening a few months after the doors first open. 

Beningbrough has received several bequests over the years and a recent bequest will pay for this work, which is estimated to cost in the region of £2.3 million. 

By visiting and supporting the charity you are helping to ensure the future of this beautiful building for the next generation and beyond. 

A little more about the story of Beningbrough

Until you can visit the closed rooms again, uncover a little more around the stories of the people who have shaped Beningbrough through the years and different periods of estate life.

Delve a little deeper

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