Sewerby Hall is one of North Yorkshire’s loveliest attractions. It combines a historic property with beautiful gardens, and a zoo. You can happily spend an entire day there. There are historic tearooms in the stable block, or you can bring a picnic. Sewerby Hall and Gardens won Best National Picnic site in 2008 and 2009.
So what can you expect to find on a day out at this iconic attraction?
There are three gardens to wander around at Sewerby Hall – the Walled Garden, the Pleasure Garden, and the Rose Garden. There is also a beautiful woodland area to explore too.
The Walled Garden is home to flowers and shrubs, bounded by classical box hedges. Full to bursting with a wide range of perennials, it is an absolute joy to behold in high summer. In the spring and autumn the walls of the garden keep these flowering plants protected, promoting a longer flowering period. Visitors also love the walled garden because of the warmth and shelter it offers. There is an ornamental fountain and herb beds – you can catch the scent as you walk past.
Next to the Putting Green you will find the Pleasure Garden, full of Monkey Puzzle trees. Find a seat here to relax in, in or out of the shade. The Rose Garden is formal in design, with more box hedging giving it form. The roses here clamour around the Pandora statue. Walk or sit in the rose garden and enjoy the scented air.
The woodland has a trail you can follow, which takes about 20 minutes. Keep your eyes peeled for woodland creatures!
The Zoo is a real draw for children, with its interesting mix of mammals and birds. Look out for their new ring-tailed lemurs. You can also see pygmy goats, sika deer, alpacas, llamas, capuchin monkeys, pigs, Shetland ponies, rabbits and degus. You can arrange a reasonably priced Animal Encounter in advance, and meet the famous Humboldt penguins face to face. Feeding time is at 3pm every day.
The zoo has a fine collection of birds too. They have a large collection of pheasants, Mandarin ducks and the endangered Laysan teal and marble teal. There are large aviaries which house budgerigars and cockatiels, and you can see finches, parakeets, macaws and conures in the smaller aviaries. The zoo has a resident tortoise in the Finch aviary – see if you can spot him! Don’t forget to greet Eckie, the chatty parrot too. He loves visitors.
Sewerby Hall is a grade one listed dwelling, which was built by the Greame family between 1714 and 1720. If you enjoy Georgian architecture and period dramas, you will love it. There is a new attraction for 2014. You can dress up as an Edwardian servant, talk to costumed guides, try Edwardian cooking, warm yourself in the kitchen range or play with authentic Edwardian toys in the nursery.
The house has a tasteful gift shop and the award-winning Clock Tower Cafe serves a good range of hot and cold food.
So what are you waiting for? Plan on a full day trip, as there is so much to do at this attraction.
Need To Know
Address: Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1EA.
Tel: (01262) 673769