Saturday 11 October 2014

Visit to Sewerby Hall.

Aye up me ducks, I've been to Yorkshire today. The sun was out this morning so it was too good a chance to miss. I decided to go back to Bridlington and see the north side of it this time. I've never been to Sewerby Hall before, so I checked the web site for opening times and admission fees. That's a nice surprise the estate is free to enter at the moment, and the house and zoo have a small charge. The car park is also free.
There are 50 acres of award winning landscaped gardens, numerous woodland walks, and hundreds of benches to rest your weary legs as you walk around. There's a golf course, picnic areas, Clock Tower Tea Rooms, and the Stables Shop, they even have holiday cottages if you want to stay there. 
The Hall is a grade one listed building constructed throughout 1714 to 1720. Between 1808 and 1856, lots of additions were made to The Hall, and last year it went through a major refurbishment project. 
I must say the exterior looked fresh and clean, and well cared for. 
The archway at the side of the house goes through to the courtyard, with seating for picnics, and a shop.

Clock Tower Tea Rooms, lots of people sitting outside enjoying the sunshine. I took my pack up as usual and sat on a bench at the front of the house, where there is a wonderful sea view.

There was still a lot growing in the walled garden, though some of the beds in other places were empty. Would be best to come earlier in the year to see the beds in all their glory. 
Walking through to the Rose Garden. Not many roses left but lots of greenery and a few flowers.

What a cheek! Oh yes, and Rocky came too. 

Photo not so good, shooting into the sun. Nice colours.

This is The Pleasure Garden, and contains a collection of monkey puzzle trees. They are said to be amongst some of the oldest in England. 
Stunning Sewerby Hall.

We couldn't go in the Hall as buggies are not allowed, couldn't go in the zoo either, dogs not allowed. Not to worry, it was lovely to bimble around the grounds. It's just a short walk to the cliff top from here. That's where we went next. I'll split it here, and tell you about that tomorrow. Too many photo's for one post. If you are ever in East Yorkshire, try and visit, it's lovely.
Toodle pip.


  1. Very beautiful, Ilona....what a treat and for free!

  2. It looks like you had a lovely day out, Ilona. Whenever you write about your days out I always look it up on a Google a Maps just to get an idea of your location. I've always loved maps.

    The gardens look beautiful even though summer is over. Rocky is lucky to have you to take him on adventures.

  3. Another great post, Ilona, with some lovely photos. We live in Flamborough and Sewerby Hall is a favourite destination for our walks along the clifftops. The Hall has recently been renovated at great expense and is well worth a visit with lots of period furniture borrowed from the V and A on display. The Amy Johnson exhibits have been retained as a tribute to that pioneering aviator. We have a seasonal pass which sounds expensive (I think it was about £17 this year) but for us is terrific value as it allows free entry to house and gardens all summer with the bonus of 10% off at the cafe. In the season there are also free concerts on a Thursday which can be jazz, classical or 'easy listening'. These are held in the Orangery, the glass extension to the right of your photo of the facade. I'm not employed by East Riding Council who own and run the property but I think it is an underrated gem in an area that often gets a bad press! ...and we haven't even seen your photos of the fantastc chalk cliffs yet! Thanks again for this and all your other informative, entertaining and thought-provoking posts, Ilona. Victoria

  4. Wow! what a beautiful place

  5. We went to Sewerby Hall when we were staying in a log cabin at Bridlington Golf Course for a week in 2012, and really enjoyed our day there. I agree that it is brilliant value for money - we paid the small fee and had a look around the museum inside the house, and the zoo. We had a picnic in the garden, and the FH managed the grounds well back then with just a walking stick. The pleasure gardens were beautiful, and I would definitely go back if we are in the area again. We were lucky enough to see the Town Crier there on the day we visited and had a wee chat with him about his role. Well done, Yorkshire, on a great place to visit.

  6. Beautiful gardens...nice to have a bit of sun to shoot into! It's a pity more places don't allow dogs; I suppose you can imagine why, but it would be nice not to shiver with our flask, just occasionally! If you are ever in Shropshire (great walking country), the Castle Cafe in Ludlow is built right into the wall of the castle and they do have a dog friendly area...and space for buggies.

  7. We will put it on our to do list for half term. It does look lovely.

  8. I know that you don't watch tv but Look North had an item on Sewerby Hall fairly recently on the refurb. Thanks for posting lots of information and photos about it.

  9. It looks well worth a visit. Great photos.

  10. Beautiful gardens and Hall. That would be a good place to visit many times, each visit would reveal new charms, and gardens are ever changing.

  11. Been to the concerts (mentioned above), had tea in the tea rooms several times in the past. Visited the zoo too. I wonder if they still have archery there. It was my first time seeing that sport ever. I must have been about 12 years old. Used to ride the old double decker bus that went through the High Street to school every day. It went to Brid from Flamborough via Sewerby all those years ago.

  12. Wow! Your display gardens past their best are better than our flower gardens in their prime. I have to spend a spring and summer in England. At least once in my life!


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