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

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

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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?  


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 Stewarts' original planting plans, re-creating its original appearance .



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

-        Stumpery

The remainder of the Gardens and the Café will be open as usual.


Please come along and see the work in progress.



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.