Group visits to Beningbrough
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.
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.
The hall and art gallery
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
Ormesby Hall and the Pennyman family
An introduction to one of North Yorkshire’s oldest and most influential families.
The National Trust in Northumbria
Discover the National Trust’s properties north of the Tees.
The National Trust in Yorkshire
A wander through Yorkshire with the National Trust.
Mount Grace Priory
Discover the only accessible Carthusian monastic site in the country, its reclusive monks and the links to a 19th-century industrial Titan and his family.
A Walk round Fountains Abbey
A tour of this world-famous Cistercian Abbey, looking at why, when and how it was established, a description of a monk’s life at the abbey, the purpose and use of the main areas and why, when and how it was closed.
A Walk round the Studley Royal 18th-century Water Gardens
The history of the gardens and the Aislabie family who created and designed them and how the gardens became a World Heritage Site. The talk also discusses scandals concerning the Aislabies. Later owners (1923–1966) the Vyner family, were close friends of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
A Walk round the Studley Royal Deer Park
The illustrated talk includes the beautiful Wm Burges designed 19th-century St Mary’s Church and its link with Christ the Consoler at Newby Hall; the story of Studley Royal and the fire which destroyed it; the deer and the Deer Park; taking in the Glacial Valley, the Lime Kiln and the Ice Houses.
The Rise, Fall and Rise again of Seaton Delaval Hall
The history of the Delaval family and the work done by the National Trust since taking over in 2009.
Seaton Delaval Hall – what’s new?
Focussing on the changes resulting from a four-year project, current work and plans for the future.
The Families of Wallington Hall
Development of the hall under the Fenwicks, Blacketts and Trevelyans.
An overview of the house and gardens plus current information.
The Pleasure Gardens of Gibside
The development of the pleasure gardens under George Bowes; subsequent inheritance by Mary Eleanor Bowes and what happened next.
The National Trust in Northumbria
A travelogue around the region, regularly updated.
Wentworth Castle Gardens
The history of the house and its owners.
It started with a riot! The story of Fountains Abbey
The history of the Abbey from its creation to become one of the most powerful abbeys in England, then to its dissolution.
Conservation, Restoration and Maintenance at Fountains and Studley
Maintaining a World Heritage Site and keeping it in pristine condition.
East Riddlesden Hall
'Heavens to Murgatroyd': the history of the site and the 17th-century manor house, telling tales of the ambition, success and failure of those who lived and worked there.
Studley Royal and the Aislabies
The history of the site and owners, in particular John and William Aislabie who created the Water Gardens and how it ultimately became a World Heritage Site.
The House built on Love and Chocolate
The property Goddards in York, the family home of Noel Terry (of Terry’s chocolates).
Treasurer’s House, York and the rise of the Green family
How the 19th-century ‘nouveau riche’ Green family rose in society, mixed with royalty but nearly lost their reputation and how eccentric Frank Green created Treasurer’s House.
Strange and Ghostly Tales of Treasurer’s House in York
Is Treasurer’s House really the most haunted house in York? Whatever your view, dare to hear the scary stories and creepy tales.
Stitches in Time
A spoken and illustrated 'sampler' of handwoven and sewn work in historic houses including carpets, embroidery, tapestry and other needlework.
Where Earth and Sky Meet
National Trust gardens in the York area – Treasurer's House, Goddards and Beningbrough Hall.
Elizabeth Montagu and the founding of the Bluestockings
An 18th-century woman challenged the idea that women should be seen and not heard. Hear about the creation and legacy of the Bluestocking Movement.
What Medieval Monks & Nuns didn’t want you to know
Discover what was found when Bishop’s representatives made visits to English Monasteries & Nunneries.
How Yorkshire began
Find out in our history, how Yorkshire began and by whom.
Discover when, for the first time, the word 'Yorkshire' was written and why.
Fountains Abbey: from Simplicity, to Splendour, to Ruin
407 years of Cistercian life in a remote valley in Yorkshire which almost did't happen.
The incredible story of poverty, to unimaginable wealth and status, then to loose it all!
Yorkshire’s Coastal Secret: Incredible but True
The beautiful Yorkshire coastline was scared for life with the birth of a new and unique industry never seen before in England!
Who Do We Think We Are?
Where did we come from as a population, our origins, our languages and customs as a British nation?
Yorkshire’s ‘Glistening Dale’
(Exploring Nidderdale and its history)
Wool, Metal & don’t forget the Cheese: how the Cistercians transformed the Yorkshire economy
How the eight Yorkshire Cistercian abbeys were instrumental in "levelling up" the local economy following the devastation that accompanied the Norman Conquest.
To organise a talk for your group, please note down the name of the speaker and talk you are interested in, and send an email with those details and your contact information to our talks service email address. Once submitted, our team will forward the email onto the speaker and they will get in touch with you directly to discuss dates, topics and practical arrangements.
Our volunteers are great ambassadors for the work we are doing in the North of England. The talks they offer help to support our conservation work in this part of the country and promote the projects that we’re passionate about.
We don’t charge a fixed fee for our talks, but instead, we welcome a donation in lieu which can be agreed with your speaker in advance. Please note: all financial rules covering registered charities will be adhered to.
Our speakers will provide a projector for showing their images, but may not have a screen. They will tell you what equipment you will need to provide at the talk venue. In turn, if your audience has particular requirements please discuss those in good time before the talk.
Our speakers will comply with whatever public health measures are in place at the time of the talk and are happy to discuss your preferences.
If for any reason the speaker is unable to attend your meeting, you'll be contacted as soon as possible by phone or email. If circumstances allow, we'll try to arrange an alternative speaker or a new date for your talk. If you need to cancel or postpone a booking, please contact your speaker.
To enquire about our service and request a talk, please email us at NorthTalksService@nationaltrust.org.uk. The inbox is checked Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Discover the formal gardens, walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and wildlife areas, each with its own style and beauty. Find out more about this RHS partner garden in Yorkshire.
Explore what to expect visiting the historic rooms on the ground floor, from feats of engineering, striking architecture and symbolic pieces of the collection marking moments in time. Find out more about the recent work on the hall and what's on in the Reddihough Galleries.
Discover what art exhibitions are on or coming up in The Reddihough Galleries on the first floor of Beningbrough Hall. See Inspired by Italy until 17 March (on open days). Explore the rooms and what to expect when you next visit.
Uncover the history of this enigmatic house, including its early beginnings, a close call with Charles II, romantic love stories and its wartime connections.
Choose from a range of tasty snacks and drinks at Beningbrough's two eateries, and find out where to refuel with your dogs. Stop off at the stables shop to find a range of gifts inspired by the places we care for.
Find out how award-winning landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon was appointed by the National Trust to help revitalise the garden at Beningbrough, the work that has already happened, as well as what is planned for the future.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.