16: Visit Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall has been described as one of the 20 best historic homes in England.
Burton Agnes Hall has been described as one of the 20 best historic homes in England.

Four hundred years ago Sir Henry Griffith built Burton Agnes Hall. Twenty-three 
generations of the same family have since lived in, looked after, and loved the magnificent Elizabethan home that you can enjoy today.

Robert Smithson architecture and a diverse art collection including exquisite Elizabethan carvings and the finest contemporary works, inspired Simon Jenkins, author of England’s Thousand Best Houses, to describe Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’, one of England’s 20 finest alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House.

Concealed within its brick boundary, the Elizabethan walled garden will leave visitors mesmerised by flamboyant seasonal displays of colour, shape, texture and scents. Visitors are invited to explore several thousand plant varieties, while children and adults alike will find entertainment in the giant board games and may lose their way in the maze.

To the north of the Hall lies tranquil woodland with wildlife figures to discover along the path. In February, thousands of snowdrops cover the ground to create an enchanting white carpet, and at Easter this historic woodland hosts thousands of enthusiastic chocolate egg hunters.

The artist in residence programme allows visiting artists to stay and work at Burton Agnes, year-round. Their artwork is displayed in the Summer House and inside the Hall.

The courtyard shops and café are open daily when the gardens are open.

Access to the courtyard is free and unusual and handcrafted gifts and souvenirs can be found in the ‘Home and Garden’ Shop and Gift Shop and a year-round programme of local artists display and sell their work in our courtyard gallery. Open until 31 October and from 14 November to 23 December, Burton Agnes Hall truly is the perfect English house.