Burnby Hall Gardens are situated in the charming market town of Pocklington, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. These unique Yorkshire Gardens have been described as "a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown” and have been awarded the prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award for seven consecutive years (2010-2016).

The Upper and Lower Lakes are home to a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily, and offer a wonderful array of changing vistas. The Gardens also include a Rockery, Stumpery, a Victorian Garden, Secret Garden, formal beds and natural shrubbery.

Burnby Hall Gardens are often referred to as "a haven of beauty and tranquillity” and were the inspiration of Major Percy Marlborough Stewart. He was an amazing man who made eight round the world tours between 1906 and 1926. The Stewart Museum within the Gardens is dedicated to his extraordinary life and contains the fascinating artefacts he brought back to Pocklington.

Throughout the year the Gardens host many special events including Brass Band Concerts, Open Air Theatre, Children's Events, and much more.

The Lilypad Cafe offers a wide range of refreshments and there is a beautiful Gift shop.


We regret that, with the exception of Assistance Dogs, we do not allow dogs in the Gardens.

Hardy Water Lilies

Latest News


18th & 19th November

(Voluntary donations appreciated)


Repairs to the Upper Lake from 13th November 2017:

As part of our exciting 3-year Heritage Lottery Project, work commences on repairing the edges of the Upper Lake from Monday 13th November and will continue over the winter months.

This work will necessitate the draining of the Lake in sections to enable the repairs to take place and the temporary removal of some of our waterlily plants.

We apologise or any inconvenience this might cause, but we hope that visitors over this period might be interested in seeing the work on our 100-year old Lake being completed as part of our Heritage Lottery funded project.



2018 Dates for Scampston (Members Only):

The reciprocal arrangements with Scampston for Members have proved popular, and it has been agreed that they be continued next year. The dates agreed are 30th March to 26th May and 4th September to 28th October. 

This benefit ONLY applies to 2017 Burnby Hall Gardens pass-holders and free entry does not include access to the hall.



Members’ Free Entry to Scampston Walled Garden and Parkland for Burnby Hall Gardens Passholders.

As an extra members' benefit, we have just negotiated free entry to Scampston walled garden and parkland on production of your Burnby Hall Gardens Members’ Pass between the following dates:

14th April to 20th May

4th September to 29th October

This benefit ONLY applies to 2017 Burnby Hall Gardens pass-holders and free entry does not include access to the hall.

Please note that Scampston is closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays).



New Web Cam Launched for Live views of the main lake.

Click here to view our live webcam



As part of our exciting Heritage Lottery Fund project we've now got a webcam fitted to our Visitor Centre. This gives a fantastic panoramic view down the Upper Lake which will enable you to view the water lilies on display in the summer, the changes through the seasons, and some lovely sunrises in the winter. You'll also be able to watch work being completed as part of this project in the autumn of 2017. Why not give it a try today?  



We're pleased to announce that Burnby Hall Gardens have secured Second Round Heritage Lottery Funding for the Stewarts Burnby Hall Gardens Golden Jubilee Restoration Project!

This exciting project, supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £634,800, will allow a three year programme of work to be financed to preserve our National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies, restore the Upper and Lower lakes and repair the concrete edges, restore and develop the Edwardian potting sheds / summerhouse, restore and replant the Edwardian Rock Garden, and preserve the fish stock within the lakes of Yorkshire’s unique Gardens.

And, just as importantly, it will ensure that the Stewarts’ wonderful legacy will be enjoyed for generations to come.