Beningbrough Hall, York

This is one of our closest National Trust sites, so a visit here was well overdue!

Approaching from the A59, you get to go over Aldwark toll bridge (40p)- its a great bridge and worth the detour! Entering through Newton-on-Ouse there were a couple of nice looking pubs which we spotted for a stop on the way home 👍

Beningbrough Hall itself is a lovely property, and although our daughter isn’t a fan of visiting houses, there was a portrait room to dress up in and pretend to pose, as well as a basic soft play room- so she was happy enough to look around…

The gardens were what makes the visit, and is scattered with children’s bikes & scooters that you can pick up and use when you wish. Finding one free wasn’t too difficult on a January morning- but I imagine during summer months they’d be a little stretched!

The Wilderness play area was a big hit, and there was a den building area that backed onto it. There is also a Bare Foot Trail that our toddler can’t wait to try when it’s a little warmer. The walled gardens have lots of opportunities for exploring, and if you fancy combining the day with a country walk there’s a lovely circular 5k route to try out (best as carrier only)- and dogs are welcome!

I think as is often the case with these types of places, the best visits will be enjoyed when it’s warmer (and drier) -when playing/picnicking/running about on the grass can be enjoyed. But with plenty of events on through the year, it’s worth the 40 minute drive from Leeds!

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