We recently visited Scampston Walled Garden near Malton in North Yorkshire. We’d never been before and I’d noticed that it was one of just a few local places that had an Easter trail. The stately home has an award-winning walled garden with Capability Brown designed parkland. We spent a couple of hours there but we could have spent longer had my son wanted to play on the playground and had the hall been open to visitors.
Scampston Walled Garden Review
We visited Scampston Walled Garden in early April which meant that the walled gardens weren’t quite yet at their usual splendour so having a trail to follow certainly kept my son entertained. I noticed that they have nature trail bags that are free to pick up from just outside the ticket office so I can recommend that you pick one up for your kids.
We started our visit by walking around the walled gardens. There are different themed areas to see plus a fountain in front of a large conservatory. The highlight of our visit was seeing the blossom on the trees.
The gardens are open from Easter until October and were opened to the public in 2005 following an extensive renovation. I would imagine that the gardens are ever-changing in look throughout the year and I would certainly like to return in the summer, the grasses look like they are pretty spectacular when fully grown.
After walking around the walled garden we headed out into the parkland. We had picked up a map from reception which I recommend you do for your first visit. There are recommended walks to follow although we were following clues from the Easter trail.
The parkland is really beautiful. It takes you past Scampston Hall so if it’s open this would be a good opportunity to have a look around (if you can time it well). The hall is still a family home and you can look around by guided tour only.
There are limited tours, most of which take place in the summer. Currently, on their website, the hall is open from late June until mid-August. Tours are Wednesday to Friday, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays. Guided tours only: 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm.
We then continued into the parkland. First, there is a large rockery you can wander around. You then spy views of the water which is a beautiful river fed pond with a building with columns that is also a bridge. It’s a really beautiful spot and there is also an old building which is the original pump house.
We then headed through some trees to the play area. This is a small assault course. There isn’t much to do but it’s a nice spot to sit and enjoy a picnic. My son was too concentrated on the Easter trail to spend any time playing. We then followed the trail up to the cascade and the old ice house. This is also very picturesque and from here we crossed a field back to where we started on the trail.
Their website does mention parkland trails such as the Cascade circuit which is what we did. This trail also mentions the Fairy Forest. I don’t know if we were missing something but we saw no sign of any fairies.
If you want to extend your walk there is the Parkland Trail. This is a half-mile extension to the Cascade Trail which allows you to experience more of the open parkland, views and mature trees. An alternative extension, open at certain times of the year, is the Old Aviaries Trail which includes a walk through an area currently being restored back into parkland.
At the end of the trail, he was able to collect a mini Easter chocolate bunny as a surprise. We also decided to purchase some lunch which was a very tasty pulled pork sausage roll. The cafe looks nice and very modern and I’d certainly like to return when it’s open properly again when the gardens are a bit more in bloom and we can book a guided tour around the house.
Important Information about Scampston Walled Garden
Address: Scampston, Malton YO17 8NG, North Yorkshire
Car parking at Scampston Walled Garden – There is a car park on-site
Scampston Walled Garden Prices – A gardens only ticket costs £8.50 for an adult, £5 for a child. Hall and gardens costs £12.50 for an adult and £6.50 for a child. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Facilities at Scampston Walled Garden: Large walled garden with modern designed interior, parkland with features and a small play area, historic house with guided tours. There are toilets and a cafe.
Opening Times: The walled gardens and hall have a varied timetable and are sometimes closed for special events. Please visit their website for up-to-date information.
Accessibility – Information on disabled access
Is Scampston Walled Garden Dog Friendly: Visitors are advised that, with the exception of assistance dogs, dogs are not allowed in the Walled Garden or the Hall Gardens. However, there are routes through the Parkland where you may walk your dogs on leads. Please ask in the Ticket Office on arrival for dog-friendly routes.
Category: Historic House, suitable for all ages.