About the garden
In the Yorkshire countryside between York and Harrogate sits Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens. Discover the 3.2 hectare (8 acres) of formal gardens including a near-1 hectare (2 acre) walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and newly designed areas. Each area shines at different times of the year, giving visitors a reason to return. Historic trees and wildlife pockets add to the year-round appeal and for the first time in 2022, RHS members can visit for free any day the garden is open.
Beningbrough is not a place where time stands still; previous owners have shaped every aspect of the estate and this continues today. Working alongside the National Trust team, RHS Chelsea winner Andy Sturgeon has developed a long-term vision for the garden: to refresh, improve and, in some areas, reinvent the formal gardens. This began with the planting of 300,000 spring bulbs and the completion of the first new garden, the Pergola, where visitors can now sit under oak beams in the shade of white wisteria. Further areas will be created as the years progress.
The herbaceous borders give a different feel as the season progresses, from subtle pastels in the double border in early summer, through to the vibrancy and late colour in the south border. Distant views seen between Yorkshire champion trees and over the parkland offer glimpses of the river and countryside beyond. The walled garden is the place to see how the edibles are growing; try out the latest harvest on the menu in the restaurant while you have a moment before deciding where to explore next.
Beyond the garden, the parkland is perfect for exploring and seeking out wildlife with footpaths taking you through woodlands carpeted with bluebells in late spring, past the historic fishponds and along the riverside.