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 six consecutive years (2010-2015).

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

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We need your help! We’re currently looking for Garden Heritage Volunteers to join us at Burnby Hall Gardens over the next three years to help us with our exciting Heritage Lottery Funded Project. To find out more about this opportunity please visit our Volunteers Page on the Gardens section of this website.



To commemorate the centenary of one of our most unique Stewart Museum Exhibits, we have published "1917 - Herbert Galloway Stewart's Diary of the Russian Revolution". The booklet uses Herbert's own pictures of the period and includes a full transcript of the diary published for the very first time.

Now available for £2.00 from our Visitor Centre.



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.