One of our favourite days out is a visit to Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington. East Yorkshire. The hall is now the local council offices but the gardens of this once fine hall still remain open to visitors.
The gardens have benefited from lottery funding and they are beautifully maintained and cared for. The car park and gardens are in the heart of Pocklington with free parking available. There is plenty to occupy at least two hours and the more fish food you purchase the longer you can spend there. Why not take a picnic or purchase some tasty food from their cafe and make more of a day of it?
Burnby Hall Gardens Review
The absolute highlight for us is feeding the fish. The fish at Burnby Hall gardens are like nothing we’ve ever seen before. They literally huddle together in a big pack with their mouths wide open hoping for some food. There is one main lake plus a smaller lake and literally no matter where you throw the fish food one will soon pop up to take it. It is pricey though at £1.20 a pot.
The two lakes are stunning and covered in lilies which are an amazing sight when the flowers are blooming. There is a walk that winds around the lakes with plenty to see along the way. Most of the gardens are tucked away off the main path so make sure you wander off at any opportunity.
There is a secret garden, then a garden with a Victoria style aviary. On from here, there is a Victorian garden that is really pretty. One of my favourite areas is the recently restored rockery. It is a lovely area with water running through it.
Then onto the smaller lake which is our favourite spot to sit, feed more fish and eat a picnic. There’s a covered bench and it is the most idyllic spot in the gardens. There’s an ornate bridge and if you’re lucky you should spot lots of wildlife such as dragonflies and water birds.
Make sure you lookout for the ‘resident’ cat, we see it every time we visit and it loves a stroke. At the back of the gardens is the stumpery. This is the mythical area with a centrepiece that looks like a hobbits house and lots of sculptures along the loop path.
There is a small but very interesting museum in the cafe. It is an exhibition of artefacts from one of the previous owners of Burnby Hall, Major Percy Malborough Stewart. He and his wife travelled the world on a grand tour back in the early 20th Century. The museum shows off many of the wonderful items they collected, it is quite an eclectic mix.
Children will love the playground. There’s some new looking equipment with things to climb, swing, slide and spin on.
Please note due to covid not everything may be open at Burnby Hall Gardens. They often have annual events although no events were held in 2020.
Important Information about Burnby Hall Gardens
Address: 33 The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF, East Riding
Car parking at Burnby Hall Gardens – There is a free car park just a short walk from the entrance.
Burnby Hall Gardens Prices – This is a good value for money attraction. A ticket is just under £6 per person. In the winter it is even cheaper at just under £3 each. Under 5s are free, season passes are available.
Facilities at Burnby Hall Gardens: Beautiful well maintained gardens with different themes, lakes teeming with fish you can feed and lilies. Plus a small museum, cafe and play area.
Opening Times: They are open for most of the year with just a few days they are closed over the winter. Please visit their website for up-to-date information.
Accessibility – Please follow this link for information.
Is Burnby Hall Gardens Dog Friendly: Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are there places to picnic at Burnby Hall Gardens: Yes there are benches and grass you can picnic on.
Category: Gardens, suitable for all ages.