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.
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - SATURDAY 28th JANUARY
If you didn’t get chance to attend on our Behind the Scene Tour in December, then why not come along and join us for our next tour on Saturday 28th January. The ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ is free and includes admission to the Garden! Find our more about our exciting Heritage Lottery Project and the history of this magnificent Garden, including exclusive access to areas of the Garden currently not open to the public. The Tour will take place at 11am, and will last approximately 1 hour. Places are limited so hurry to book your place either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01759 307125. We look forward to seeing you!
UPDATE 16 JANUARY: THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. WE PLAN A FURTHER ONE IN FEBRUARY. PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS!
EDWARDIAN GARDEN TOOLS NEEDED!
Our Heritage Lottery Fund project work includes the restoration of an Edwardian Potting Shed on site as a visitor feature. The plan is to recreate how it would have looked in its Edwardian heyday and we're very keen on sourcing period gardening tools from 100 years ago that might be free to a good home and which we can display in the restored potting shed.
We're interested in any period garden tools such as forks, spades, shears and lanterns etc. The only proviso is that they have to be around 100 years old. We're also looking for terracotta plant pots for a rack in the potting shed.
If anyone can help, please contact us at the Gardens on 01759 307541, or via e mail on email@example.com
Owing to the work on the rock garden currently underway, our Children's Playground will be closed on weekdays until further notice. This is for safety reasons as works equipment is being used in the area to remove shrubbery from the rock garden during the winter period.
ROCK GARDEN RESTORATION BEGINS - 5TH DECEMBER
The next stage of our exciting Heritage Lottery Fund project begins today as work commences on restoring the Rock Garden. Old overgrown plants and shrubs will be removed, the rock garden left fallow for 12 months to restore the soil, and the autumn of 2017 will see volunteers re-planting the entire area using the original planting plans that the original designers used. 2018 will also see improved access to this garden being created.
BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS - SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER
We're trialing two gardens guided tours on Sunday 11th December at 1100 and 1330. If you'd like to learn something of the Gardens' heritage and be told all about our three-year Heritage lottery Fund project to restore them, why not come along? The tours last about an hour. Places are limited and can be booked via our Visitor Centre on 01759 307125.
New Web Cam Launched for Live views of the main lake.
SEE THE GARDENS 24/7 - NEW WEBCAM FITTED!
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?
HLF WORK UPDATE - 14th NOVEMBER
Work on de-silting the Upper and Lower Lakes is now complete and, on Monday 5th December, work on restoring the rock garden commences. This will see overgrown plants and trees removed, revealing the original Backhouse stonework. The rock garden will then be left fallow for 12 months, after which it will be completely re-planted using the original planting plans to re-create its original appearance .
OUR HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND PROJECT BEGINS OCTOBER 2016!
Work on the first stage of our exciting Heritage Lottery Project begins on Monday 10th October 2016 and will extend over the winter period.
Whilst this work is underway, the following areas of the Gardens will be subject to periodic closure:
- Grass Walk
- The Lower Lake
- Part of the Rock Garden
The remainder of the Gardens and the Café will be open as usual.
Please come along and see the work in progress.
BURNBY HALL GARDENS SECURES HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND AWARD!
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.