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Group visits to Beningbrough

A group of people walking and laughing together at Lyme Park in Cheshire
Visiting with a group is an alternative way to explore Beningbrough | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Inspired by the romance of Italy but proudly Yorkshire through and through, there are over eight acres of formal garden waiting to be explored, a selection of historic rooms and changing art exhibitions. Find out everything you need to know about arranging a group visit to Beningbrough.

When to visit

  • Please note we are currently unable to accept coach bookings until June 2024 due to construction work impacting the coach park.
  • June - August, Monday - Friday
  • September - May, Monday - Saturday on open days (except bank holidays)

Please check the day you wish to visit is an open day ahead of completing your booking form.

Explore the garden with your group

With over eight acres of formal garden to explore, green-fingered enthusiasts will love the huge variety of gardens on offer, whatever the season.

The gardens are slowly undergoing a renaissance with designs by RHS Gold award winner Andy Sturgeon. Work to develop a new Mediterranean Garden is ongoing and due to open summer 2024.

Herbaceous borders

Meander the blooms of the herbaceous borders and formal gardens flanking the hall and sweeping south lawn, or maybe take the route less travelled where nature is left to do her thing before spilling out into the wider parkland beyond.

Walled kitchen garden

The specialists in the group won’t be disappointed either with a selection of rare and unusual trees as well as a two-acre walled kitchen garden, cultivated using traditional methods.

Visitors in the Walled Garden at Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire
A summer visit is a must for garden lovers in your group | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

The historic rooms on the ground floor of the hall are now open after nearly two years. Groups will be able to explore the spaces at their leisure, taking in the intricate architecture of the building, better than ever before with new lighting throughout. A country house story is told through key pieces of the collection, moments in history and people who shaped the estate over the centuries.

A new exhibition, Inspired by Italy, is on the first floor Reddihough Galleries. Running until 17 March on open days, the exhibition highlights the romance and reality of Italy and the Italian influence on one of Yorkshire’s great houses.

Refreshment and shopping break

Having fully explored the garden, your group will probably be in the mood for some refreshments. The restaurant welcomes all groups to sit down and relax over a cup of tea or, if you’ve worked up a bit more of an appetite, enjoy the delicious range of seasonal and locally sourced food on the menu.

Complete your trip to Beningbrough with a visit to the stables shop, filled with locally inspired gifts and treats. As with the restaurant, any profit made supports the work of the charity helping us to look after places like Beningbrough for future generations, so thank you in advance for your custom.

Four people exploring around a large wooden staircase
Your eyes might trick you when you first see the cantilever staircase | © National Trust / Anthony Chappel-Ross

Essential information 

  • Discounts are available for pre-booked groups of 15 or more.

  • Meet and greet available on request.

  • Free coach parking on site, 20 yards from the entrance (limited space – booking essential).

  • Approach from A19 only to avoid Aldwark toll bridge as there is a weight limit. Follow the coach signs on arrival to avoid the entrance at Newton-on-Ouse with a low arch.

  • Free admission and £10 restaurant voucher  for coach driver.

  • Three electric scooters and two wheelchairs are available for hire, free of charge (booking essential).

For further information please contact us on 01904 472027 or send us an email.

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

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Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.

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North Talks Service

The volunteer talks service in the North of England offers a variety of illustrated National Trust themed presentations to local groups, clubs and organisations, all given by our experienced volunteer speakers. You can hear about past families, spooky tales of ancient properties, gardens and estates or find out more about the buildings, countryside and coastline we look after and how we care for them. For those who are further afield, we offer some online presentations.

Our speakers and their topics

Further information

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