Stately homes and gardens

Beautiful, historic, family friendly and breath-taking; these are just some of the ways that visitors describe our eclectic mix of stately homes and gardens. 


What is there at stately homes

Stately homes and gardens are fantastic way to spend a day out in the area. Take a tour of halls filled with East Yorkshire’s history, from dated and classic décor to historical artefacts. Many offering interactive elements that are great fun for children and adults alike. Then enjoy the acres of grounds, including woodland trails, walled gardens, nature walks and open, green spaces to play and picnic in.


An animal quality

Sledmere House’s Rare Breed Farm Park and Sewerby Hall’s Zoo offer extra furry and feathered creatures to meet. Watch the penguins playing in their pool at Sewerby or the magnificent horses galloping around the fields at Sledmere.


Play areas

For children, often the most important aspect of their day out is the play area! With each offering unique play areas with various themes and equipment there’s always plenty of choice. Burton Agnes Hall has a maze to explore and giant outdoor games to play with the whole family. A visit to Sledmere House in the summer means there is even more to explore with their maize maze, garden games and woodland play area.


Food and drink

After all the fun its time to refuel and what could be more inviting than a homemade cake or scone, sandwiches or meals. All of our stately homes have a fantastic food offering and lovely seating areas to enjoy the grounds, but picnics are welcome with plenty of spots on the grounds to enjoy your sandwiches.


Step back in time and see the splendour of the Elizabethan, Edwardian and Regency era, where you will discover special places, unique artefacts and stunning floral displays.  Secret walled gardens, ghost stories and tales of the past, all add to the mystique of these magnificent buildings and their beautiful settings. See as many as you can whilst you are here.