There’s something new to discover each time you visit this unique place of changing fortunes. Temporary exhibitions and parts of the national collation fill the walls in the hall and the garden is part way through an exciting re-design by RHS Chelsea gold winner Andy Sturgeon.
Located in the Yorkshire countryside between York and Harrogate, the arrival along a striking lime tree avenue with a grand red bricked hall sets the scenes for a memorable day out. This ‘Italian Palace in Yorkshire’ was created after a young man’s Grand Tour. Inspired by what he saw in Europe and especially Italy, John Bourchier built the hall with Yorkshire stone, brick and craftsmanship. Surrounded by seven acres of formal gardens including a two acre walled garden – the season starts with over 300,000 spring bulbs opening in February and lasts right through to late summer colour in October from borders full of Dahlias.
New for 2018 in the Saloon Galleries is ‘Making her mark: celebrating creative women’. Created in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition showcases 16 diverse portraits of influential women who have made an outstanding contribution to art and culture. Set over four rooms, each focusing on a different aspect of the arts. Look out for the large and striking portraits of Dame Judi Dench and Dame Darcey Bussell or listen to some music of the artists on display on the jukebox. Alongside the contemporary works are eighteenth century portraits including a painting of a young Giorgiana plus one of the dresses worn by Keira Knightley in her portrayal of her in The Duchess.
Stepping outside, be one of the first visitors to sit in the new Pergola. Relax under white wisteria in this newly created part of the garden next to the restaurant – the second phase of RHS Chelsea gold winner Andy Sturgeon’s design. The cool and calming colour palette of plants is set off by boxed yew and makes the most of the south facing aspect, producing a place of quiet contemplation in a currently underutilised part of the garden.
Of course there’s everything you might expect from a day out at a National Trust place. The large shop in the stables has a good selection of items inspired by our places and others from local Yorkshire suppliers. For much of the year there are plants and garden items in the outdoor shop to help you make the most of your own patch of green. In the restaurant, sample seasonal hot lunches and fresh bakes for a sweet treat or simply pause with a pot of tea.
To discuss anything further your group might need, contact 01904 472024 and we’d be happy to see how we could bespoke your visit. Quote CTUK20 at the time of booking for a £20 gift voucher for your visit. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough for further details.