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

Henry Graham Show (Vocalists)

Date: July 22, 2018

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Following their very popular concert in the Gardens in August 2017, we once again welcome the Henry Graham Show to Burnby Hall Gardens to perform popular music from the 1950’s to the present day.

Big HLF Community Day – Children’s Activity Day

Date: July 25, 2018

Time: 11.00 - 16.00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Big HLF Community Family Event Day – What’s on! Join us in celebrating the success of our Project so far with a fun packed day of family and community activities. You can enjoy: A fantastic time travelling performance inspired by […]

Vintage Rhythms

Date: July 29, 2018

Time: 14:00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Vintage Rhythms at Burnby Hall Gardens.

The Great Wizard Gathering – Children’s Activity Day

Date: August 1, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Come along and encounter all things magical at our special children’s event! Children’s crafts and trail and the chance to join our resident magician Professor Fumblefoot as he throws open the doors of his Magical Academy!

World War One Discovery Day – Children’s Activity Day

Date: August 8, 2018

Time: 11.00 - 16.00

Location: Burnby Hall Gardens

Assemble the troops and join us for a World War I Discovery Day to mark the 100-year centenary. Find out more about Major Percy Stewart and the stories of others from the western front. Crafts in the bandstand including Pin […]