The kitchen garden, Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire

Cold frames and a glasshouse in the Kitchen Garden at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire

One of the first kitchen gardens to be renovated by the National Trust in 1995, Beningbrough’s one-and-a-half-acre Victorian walled garden. It's home to a myriad of fruit, vegetable, salad, herbs and less common plants like liquorice, grapes and figs.

Everything grown in the kitchen garden contributes to the menu of the Walled Garden Restaurant with popular seasonal treats including moist beetroot cake and asparagus quiche. You might get some inspiration from the catering team of how to deal with gluts from your garden or allotment.

Visitors interested in finding out more about the delicious and unusual produce grown at Beningbrough can talk to one of the dedicated volunteers or the gardener who looks after the walled garden. Mark has worked here for over 20 years and is happy to share his his knowledge and experience. Bring your green fingered questions and see if he can help your garden grow. 

The gardens have over 50 varieties of apples grown in a variety of shapes including espaliers, cordons, pyramids and full sized trees in the nearby orchard - growing mainly rare Yorkshire varieties. Spring is a fantastic time to visit with blossom on every branch and bees hard at work pollinating.

One of the most photographed features at Beningbrough is the striking avenue of pears to walk under – just make sure you wear a hat if you visit in autumn. A popular feature every autumn at Beningbrough is the annual apple celebrations with a striking display of all the apples, specialist talks and pressing demonstrations producing the tastiest and freshest juice you might possibly ever try.