Welcome to Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum

A haven of peace and tranquillity on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds

A National Collection of Hardy Waterlilies

Enjoy Waterlilies on the Lakes and beautiful themed Gardens

Fun For All The Family

Great days out for all ages!

Special Events

There's something for everyone!
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The History of Burnby Hall Gardens


The Gardens




For a fun filled family day out.

Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum are situated in the charming town of Pocklington on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, and are seven-times winners of the Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award for Country Houses, Estates, Parks and Gardens (2010 to 2016).
Originally the estate of Major Percy Marlborough Stewart, adventurer and collector, and his heiress wife Katharine, the Gardens were developed by them and left in trust to the people of Pocklington on the former’s death in 1962.
The Gardens comprise Upper and Lower Lakes set in nine acres of woodland and gardens, and are home to a National Collection of over a hundred varieties of Hardy Water Lily (Nymphaea) which bloom on them from mid-June to the end of August.
There are walkways around both Lakes, an ornamental bridge, a Victorian Garden, an Aviary, a Rockery and a Stumpery, the latter being the most recent addition to this popular visitor attraction.
The Stewart Museum houses a fascinating collection of artefacts collected by Major Stewart on eight world tours that were undertaken between 1906 and 1926, several of which have been deemed by UNESCO as being of national and international importance.
Events are held throughout the spring and summer, and include our annual Tulip Festival in May, Children’s Events on Wednesdays during the spring and summer holiday periods, regular Sunday brass band concerts, and outdoor theatre events.
A café, gift shop and playground are situated on the site, and all facilities are wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

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

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Upcoming Events

Photographic Competition 2018

Start date: July 1, 2017

End date: June 29, 2018

Throughout the year, we actively encourage our Visitors to take photographs that can be submitted for our annual photography competition. 2018 will be our third year of running this really popular event, and we really enjoy looking at all the […]

An Edwardian Easter

Date: April 2, 2018

Time: 11.00 - 16.00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Travel back in time and become an Edwardian child for the day, take part in Easter Egg rolling, Easter Art and Crafts and meet our real lambs, chicks, ducklings and bunnies. As well as an Easter themed trail around the […]

Barton Community Band

Date: April 22, 2018

Time: 14:00-16:00

Paul Moon Photographic Workshops

Date: April 29, 2018

Time: 11.00 - 1500

During our forthcoming Tulip Festival, local Photographer Paul Moon is running 3 one and a half hour photographic workshops here in the Gardens on Sunday 29th April. These are open to visitors who wish to take part, with a maximum […]

Tulip Festival

Start date: April 29, 2018

End date: May 13, 2018

Time: 10:00 - 17:30

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington are seven times consecutive winners of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award, and we are holding our fifth annual Tulip Festival from 28th April to 12th May. Whilst best known for our […]