We have been to Burton Agnes many times over the years. It ticks a lot of boxes in terms of space to run around in, interesting things to see, a decent cafe and dogs are allowed in the grounds and gardens.
Burton Agnes Hall, situated between Driffield and Bridlington in East Yorkshire, is an Elizabethan stately home which is still family owned. You can look around the house, which contains several interesting features. At Christmas the house has a different Christmas tree in each room which is always worth a look to get you into the proper Christmas spirit. Outside, there is also a woodland walk where you follow the trail through the trees. Look around you as there are things hidden in between the trees and up above you...
Then there is the Walled Garden – this garden is interesting all year round. It has lots of different areas with different types and colours of flowers and plants in and a very impressive vegetable garden, the type that Peter Rabbit dreams of I imagine. In the summer months, the garden really comes into its own with a spectacular show of flowers. It really is a very relaxing experience. I could sit there for hours listening to the birds and looking at the flowers. The Child however, is not after a relaxing experience and is not that keen on the prospect of sitting quietly for any length of time really, so it is lucky that there is also a giant chess set within the walled garden, draughts, coits and snakes and ladders, all in their own corners of the garden.
Last but not least in the garden is a maze which has provided us with a lot of fun over the years. It is more fun now, now that I know that The Child will eventually find his way out, even if I am not following him. It was less fun a few years ago when he ran into it and got lost with me in hot pursuit trying to find my way to him. It took a while but I found him in the end!
The cafe is a good cafe with hot food, sandwiches and cakes on offer and there is an ice-cream van in the courtyard. You can sit inside or outside in the courtyard. There is also an area where you can sit inside with your dog if the weather is not in your favour. There are also a few interesting shops with lovely gifty things and also plants for sale.
There is a new playground just before the woods with good slides and a double zip-wire which is a great addition and completes the requirements for a family day out!
Burton Agnes is open mostly from February until Christmas, but do check as they are closed for the odd day / week here or there (and closed for 3 weeks in March).
Prices: Hall and Gardens = Adults £10.50, Children £5 (under 4s free). Gardens Only =Adults: £7 , Children £4. You can also get annual membership.
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