Burton Agnes Hall is a stately home in the village of Burton Agnes close to Bridlington in East Yorkshire. It is an Elizabethan manor house with beautiful grounds and a relatively new adventure play area. We live near the hall and have visited on many occasions. The first time we went they didn’t even have a play area, it’s a fantastic addition to the woodland and my son loves playing there.
Burton Agnes Hall Review – Things To Do
During the pandemic, they installed an outdoor pizza oven and they have made some mouth-watering pizzas. I hope they keep it. If they don’t, when life is back to normal there is a small cafe which serves some excellent food. This is located in the courtyard which is also where the only toilets are located.
The first thing you may, or may not come across is the English Heritage maintained part of Burton Agnes. Just to the left of the main house and behind the courtyard wall is the medieval manor house. This has a rare and well preserved Norman undercroft which is worth popping in to have a look at.
I notice so many families giving this part of Burton Agnes a miss which is a shame as although small it’s nice to look inside. You can also climb the narrow spiral staircase to the second floor.
From here you will then see the ‘newer’ hall which was built in the early 17th century. It’s a beautiful house and certainly one of my favourites. We always enjoy a wander around and there are some beautifully decorated rooms. There are two floors of rooms to look around and most of the house can be explored.
Outside there are some landscaped gardens with the pond in front of the house being particularly impressive. There’s fish in the water so make sure you take a closer look. Off to the right, there is a walled garden which is spectacular in the warmer months. There is a small hedge maze that my son loves to run around in. It’s not too challenging so perfect for kids.
If you head through this area and down to the back right of the walled garden you will find another walled garden. Here they have a few separate areas with giant board games such as chess and snakes and ladders.
Once we’ve looked around here we head for the woodland. Once you are in the woodland if you take the path to your left you will find the adventure playground. This has been installed very recently and there’s equipment for all ages.
There is a large tower with a tube slide, a smaller play area for toddlers, things to climb and bounce on plus they even have a Gruffalo sculpture. There is a long zip wire and a large swing. It’s a great, well thought out area and it makes a great addition to Burton Agnes Hall. I’m glad they eventually got permission to install it.
You can then go on a walk around the woodland. Make sure you look out for the fairy doors. The woodland is spectacular when the snowdrops are out and well worth visiting at February half-term for their snowdrop trail.
They often have special family-friendly trails in the woodland and their Halloween trail is especially good. We go every year! There isn’t a huge amount to see in the woodland and as the path eventually leads to a dead end you can choose to walk as much, or as little of it, as you want. This is certainly part of the woodland that I think they could improve on.
We usually spend a good three hours at Burton Agnes, even longer if there is a special event.
Burton Agnes Hall FAQ & Further Information
Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB, East Yorkshire
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
What are the ticket prices?
An adult garden and house ticket costs £12, £8 just for the gardens. Children 4-15 are £7 and £5.50. Under 4s are free. Annual passes and family tickets are also available.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Historic house you can explore, walled gardens with a small maze and giant games, woodland with trail and wooden adventure playground. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
Open days vary however everything is usually open from April until late October with additional opening days during school holidays. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is free on-site parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome on a lead, they are not permitted indoors nor in the play area.