A Different World - Through the Eyes of the Travelling Chichesters


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A Different World : Historic House Reveals Glimpse of Aristocratic Lives Abroad in New Exhibition

Behind closed doors at Burton Constable Hall on the outskirts of Hull is a hive of activity as staff prepare the Elizabethan mansion for its grand reopening on 9th April for the 2022 season.

Most exciting of the changes being made this year is the creation of a brand new exhibition room and its transformation into A Different World - an exploration of the adventures of the travelling Chichester family in the 19th Century. With never-before displayed archive material featuring sketches by the globe-trotting military officer Sir Charles and his wife Mary Barbara and diary entries and emotional letters between them and their children half a world away, this year there is something new for everyone to discover. 

A life of excitement,  tragedy,  adventure and affluence is told almost entirely through the words of this extraordinary couple, whose travels took them across Europe, the Mediterranean,  the West Indies and North America. These long voyages saw the family cross the Atlantic frequently in the days when steam ships were still a new innovation,  when colonialism was at its height and when a simple train journey from London to Hull could take 19 hours! From the earliest days of their courtship,  through early married life apart as Charles built his career in the British military,  to the couple's terrible parting in Toronto,  this exhibition explores their lives together. 

Letters to Charles and Mary Barbara's eldest sons,  4000 miles away at their school in northern England, portray the stark differences between the worlds that each were experiencing - but also show the strength of the bond of love and long-distance parenting that prevailed even when the world was a much bigger place! Of the couple's eleven children, only five survived to adulthood - many were born overseas in Trinidad,  Toronto - and even onboard a troop ship! This exhibition reveals the way the couple coped with the hardships they faced, as well as reveling in the high life of parties and picnics they explored in all the countries in which they lived. 

Come to explore this different world with us - and in reading the words of a bygone age yourself,  draw your own conclusions about that world and the people who lived there....



Perfect for adults and children alike - Have fun exploring our parkland and gardens to see what beasts and bugs you can find with our Parkland Explorer Packs and discover more about the history of this wonderful house and grounds with our detective trails and parkland walks. We have a fun play area in our indoor riding school with direct access into the tea room so you can sit and enjoy delicious homemade cakes and savouries baked on the premises while the children let off steam. All dogs on lead are welcome in the grounds and parkland and we have now opened up a lovely warm bright room where you can dine with your dog. Why not get together with your friends and family for a picnic on our lawns, we have plenty of space for you to play football or cricket, you could even arrange your own sports day!
Take a trip back to the 18th Century in our restored Stable Block which was completed in 2014. Discover the lives of the workers who supported this country house and explore newly restored horse stalls, stable lads quarters and tack rooms.

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Free Parking
Regular Entertainment
Groups Accepted
Disabled Access
Guided Tours (by arrangement)

Pleasure Grounds & Parkland

Over 300 acres of historic grade II* listed parkland designed by 'Capability' Brown surrounds the Hall making it a stunning place to visit.

The Stables Kitchen

The Stables Kitchen is the perfect way to begin and end your visit to Burton Constable Hall.

Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are in the Stables Courtyard. We have designated parking in the car park and also at the front of the house (not always available on event days).
The Hall is disabled friendly with an ambulant stair lift to first floor and wheelchair loan (maximum 2 people at any one time),however in the event of an emergency disabled visitors must be able to get down the stairs on their own or with the help of their friends, family or carer.
Surfaces both inside and outside may be uneven, the paths/walkways are mainly gravel. Wheelchair loan is also available for the grounds.
Visitor's own manual wheelchair can be used on the ground floor

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

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  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Pushchairs available


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

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  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

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  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

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  • Regional Tourist Board Member

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  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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    By Road:From Beverley and Bridlington follow A165 towards Hull. Follow the brown historic house signs. From Hull follow A165 Bridlington road then B1238 to Sproatley.By Public Transport:From Hull follow the A165 towards Bridlington. At the 2nd roundabout take the B1238 towards Sproatley and follow the historic house signs.The nearest railway station is Hull, which is 10 miles away.

    Burton Constable Hall & Grounds, Sproatley, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN
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    Opening Times

    A Different World - Through the Eyes of the Travelling Chichesters (9 Apr 2022 - 18 Dec 2022)
    Monday - SundayOpen


    Burton Constable Grounds, Stables, Gift Shop and Stables Kitchen
    1st January to 31st December
    Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
    Open New Year’s Day
    Open daily 10am to 4pm
    5pm British Summer Time
    Admission to the Stables Kitchen & Gift Shop is free, normal admission charges apply for the Stables & Grounds

    Burton Constable Hall
    Christmas Opening - 21st November to 20th December
    Open daily 11am to 4pm
    Last admission 1 hour before closing

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