Days Out: Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, Pocklington

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So the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has come and gone for another year, but Welcome to Yorkshire’s garden, God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire will live long in the memory, as it picked up a Silver medal and the BBC People’s Choice Award for 2016.

Going to the Chelsea Flower Show is a way for Welcome to Yorkshire to spread the word about all of the amazing gardens to behold in God’s Own County and one brilliant example is Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum.

Described as ‘a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown’ Burnby Hall Gardens are situated in the charming market town of Pocklington and have been awarded the prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award for six consecutive years.

Burnby Hall Gardens are home to one of the biggest arrays of Hardy Water Lilies growing anywhere in Europe in a natural setting, and can be seen in all their splendour throughout the summer months, reaching their peak in June and August.

One of the original features of the garden still remains in the form of the Rock Garden. Visitors of all ages will love this feature as they explore its tiny bridges and narrow pathways.

In 1904 Major Percy Marlborough Stewart and his wife Katharine bought the estate and then devoted their lives to creating gardens of outstanding beauty. The on-site Stewart Museum, tells their story and about how they also managed to fit in 8 World Tours between 1906 and 1926.

Also visit the Lilypad Café.


Prices: Adult £5.00, Senior £4.30, Child (5-15) £2.80, Family £13.85

Opening Times: Daily 10am to 5.30pm (last entry at 4.30pm)

Address: The Balk, Pocklington, York

Car Parking: Free parking at the gardens

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 01759 307541

Sat Nav: YO42 2QF