Pocklington’s unique Gardens are situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and are home to a National Collection of over eighty varieties of Hardy Water Lilies which bloom on the Upper and Lower lakes between June and August. The Gardens are seven times winners of the Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award (2010 to 2016) and comprise a Victorian Garden, an Aviary Garden, a Secret Garden, an extensive Edwardian Rock garden, a Stumpery and a Birch Walk, along with walkways around both Lakes.Events include an annual Tulip Festival in late April / early May, children’s events and Sunday band concerts. The Lakes contain extensive numbers of Carp and Roach, which can be hand fed by visitors. The Stewart Museum houses a fascinating collection of artefacts collected by Major Percy Marlborough Stewart and his wife Katharine, the original owners of Burnby Hall, who travelled the world between 1906 and 1926.
Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum is located in Pocklington and is so impressive that it has been called “a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown”.The gardens are immaculate; the lakes are mesmerising and are beautifully thought-out and wonderful to walk around. In the summer months, the hundreds of water lilies on display are an incredible sight to behold as are the thousands of Carp and Roach which live amongst them and which can be hand fed by visitors.The Stewart Museum is an accredited museum and contains family artefacts and items from all around the world collected by Major Percy Stewart who lived at the hall between 1901 and 1962. The Gardens are wheelchair friendly and have ample picnic spaces available. There is also a children’s play area, a gift shop, and a café which serves a selection of excellent food, locally sourced where possible. Definitely one to visit.