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“Beautiful and peaceful place to spend an afternoon”

Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Pocklington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Burnby Hall Gardens is a haven of beauty and tranquility nestled on the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Wolds.The Gardens are spread over 8 acres and include 2 lakes which hold a National Collection of Hardy Water Liles and gigantic Koi Carp which can be handfed.It contains many ornamental gardens and formal bedding areas including a Victorian Garden, a Secret Garden, a Rockery and Stumpery.The Stewart Museum contains artefacts from all over the world brought back to Pocklington by Major Percy Stewart, a keen traveller and adventurer.On his death in 1962 the Major bequeathed the Gardens in trust for the benefit of the people of Pocklington.The Gardens also has a playarea for children, a tea room serving light meals and snacks and a beautiful book and gift shop.The Gardens (with the exception of the Rockery) is fully accessible to wheelchairs and prams and has received an award from Age Concern for its facilities for disabled people.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is compact but what it lacks in size it makes up for in colour. The water lilies are stunning and the carp are like creatures from another world. The trees and recently restored rock garden show the care of those people who planted i. The colours and forms are feast for the senses.

Thank Lynn M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place to spend a couple of hours wandering around the lake and gardens and if course feeding the fish

A spot if lunch in the cafe which was prepared to order and good value for money

Thank Tracy D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The water lilies have been well thinned out but were starting to flower nicely.(late June), other works are in progress but my favourite area was the Stumpery with a number of spookily stunning wire-mesh animals posed in and around. It was also cool and shaded here - relief from the hot sun on our visit.

The cafe prices are reasonable and the Yorkshire Wolds ice cream can be recommended - the fruit scone was very nice too.

However the stars of the show are the Carp that inhabit the lake and follow you around hoping for food. Providing great amusement for children and adults alike they clamber over each other, mouths agape and the frenzy for a handful of fish food sometimes splashes those that venture too close. The smaller fish wisely stay back from the edge though we are quite sure one of the larger fish swallowed at least one of the small ones near the bottom of the upper lake. The slurping sounds made here by fish sucking at some floating root balls was hilarious especially as the very tip of the lake is screened by a bush and very loud slurping noises were coming seemingly from within. .
All in all a very entertaining afternoon - if we had managed to hit one of the Brass Band performances - which seem to be every other Sunday over summer - it would have been the icing on a very nice cake.

Thank mscnoe
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recently visited Burnby Hall Gardens. My last visit was when I lived in England around 30 years ago. I couldn’t believe it was the same place, it has improved so much. We fed the abundant greedy fish, and walked around the beautifully manicured lawns. Shame to Rose garden has gone, I loved the scents from the different varieties. Loved seeing the birds in the aviary. Happy to see the work in progress with the rock garden. Most of all I loved the Woodland walk, what a wonderland, a fantastic grotto, a new experience at every turn. We saw the team of gardeners working hard, they must love their jobs, they work very hard to maintain these magnificent gardens. Well worth a visit, happy to pay the entrance fee to see such beautifully tendered gardens

Thank Chezza_King
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a real hidden gem. Well worth a visit. Friendly and helpful staff. Good tea room and shop. Fascinating small museum included.

Thank andynorrington
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