Burton Constable Hall & Grounds is East Yorkshire’s finest historic day out – there is so much to enjoy and discover for families of all ages!
This fascinating Elizabethan gem nestles in over 300 acres of natural parkland and offers visitors unrivalled access to 30 rooms of faded splendour that are filled with fine furniture, paintings and sculpture.
Discover the extraordinary 18th-century ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ and uncover the fascinating characters from the Constable family whose home it has been for the past 700 years.
Explore the historic parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown with our walks and nature trails or relax and find your favourite spot to picnic and play in this glorious setting.
Discover our restored Stable Block, with displays and exhibitions telling the story of stable life in past times and not forgetting ‘The Burton Constable Whale’ a 60 foot long skeleton of a Sperm Whale stranded on the coast nearby in 1825 now restored and lurking in the Great Barn!
Today’s opening hours
Stables and grounds only: 1 March to 31 December, 11am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).
Hall: 24 March to 4 November; 26 November to 31 December; Tuesday to Sunday, Bank Holiday Mondays, noon to 5pm (last admission 4pm).
Stables, Grounds, Tea Room & Gift Shop: 1 march to 21 December. Daily 11am - 5pm.
Hall at Christmas: 24 November to 16 December. Daily 11am to 4pm and last admission is 3pm.
Burton Constable is situated in Holderness in East Yorkshire, 10 miles north east of Hull and 15 miles east of Beverley.
The route to the Hall is clearly marked by Historic House signs. From Beverley (15 miles) take A1035 Bridlington road, turn right at White Cross roundabout then follow A165 towards Hull (10 miles). From Hull (10 miles) follow A1033 towards Hedon, turn left at Saltend roundabout and then follow signs to Preston and Sproatley.
By train - our nearest train station is Hull Paragon Interchange. From here, Burton Constable is a 25 minute taxi journey, cost c.£15.00.
By bus - Our nearest bus stop is located on Balk Lane, Sproatley. East Yorkshire Motor Service 277 departs regularly from stand 34 in Hull Paragon Interchange. From the bus Burton Constable is approximately a 2 mile walk.
By bike - Burton Constable is located only a few short miles from Route 65 of the Trans Pennine Trail, straight out of Hull City Centre - a flat scenic trail that is great for families.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Hall, Stables & Grounds
Child (5-18): £5.50
Family (2+2): £29.00
Family (1+2): £19.00
- Access statement available
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
Burton Constable Hall, just 10 miles from Beverley and Hull, is one of Yorkshire’s most spectacular historic country houses, and one of its best kept secrets: a real treat for group visitors!
With dedicated free parking for coaches, and a newly restored Stable Block, Tea Room and Gift Shop to enjoy, Burton Constable is a great place for groups at any time.
The Cabinet of Curiosities of William Constable (1721-1791)
Cabinets of Curiosities emerged in Europe during the 16th century and were generally known by the term Wunderkammer, meaning ‘cabinet of wonder’. In this instance the word ‘cabinet’ refers to a room rather than a piece of furniture, containing collections of natural history, geology, archaeology, ethnography, numismatics, works of art and antiquities.
Exhibits often included specimens relating to mythical beasts that were believed to exist, such as mermaids, dragons and unicorns and experiments involving magic and alchemy. Originally the preserve of monarchs and princes, by the 18th century these precursors of modern museums had also become popular amongst gentlemen and merchants, many of whom were Fellows of the Royal Society.
Despite advances in scientific thinking, even in 1769 William Constable still believed that it was possible to cross breed rabbits and chickens, as is revealed in his correspondence with the notable biologist and Catholic priest John Turbeville Needham (1713-81).
Although William Constable’s collection at Burton Constable was by no means unique in the 18th century, it is now the most significant collection surviving in its original country-house setting.
Two walks are available at Burton Constable:
- Woodland Walk approx 45 minutes
- Lake & Parkland Walk approx 1.5 hours
All visitors receive a free visitor guide which includes a map of the walks and parkland.
Our Easter Petting Farm offers visitors of all ages a unique opportunity to get close to lots of cute Spring time animals! Discover cute chicks, fluffy Easter bunnies and cuddly Lambs in our Easter Baby Barn throughout the school holidays. You may even get chance to feed the lambs too!
Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the grounds with our fabulous New Wildlife Sculpture Trail and the Easter Bunny Trail is ideal for those little legs that don't want to travel so far! Pick up your trail sheets from the ticket desk when you arrive.
There are lots more exciting Easter activities planned so please check our website for further details.
Adult: Normal admission charges apply
Children 5 - 18: £1 + Normal admission charge
Under 5's - £1
Under 2's - Free
Please note Historic Houses members are subject to event fees, but not general admission, on these days.
We welcome visits from primary schools.
We welcome requests for filming.
Burton Constable Hall & Grounds is East Yorkshire’s finest Elizabethan country house nestling in over 300 acres of stunning natural parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century complete with a beautiful serpentine lake.
We offer unrivalled access to 30 rooms of faded splendour that are filled with fine furniture, paintings and sculpture.