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!
Winter Opening: - Stables, Grounds, Stables Kitchen & Gift Shop Open Daily - 14th January to 5th April & 4th November to 31st December, 10am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Summer Opening: - Hall, 6th April to 3rd November, open Tuesday to Sunday, closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays, 12pm to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Stables, Grounds, Stables Kitchen & Gift Shop 10am to 5pm.
Hall Christmas Opening: 23rd November to 18th December, open daily 11am to 4pm, last admission 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
OAP (65+): £11.00
Child (5-18): £5.75
Family (2+2): £30.50
Family (1+2): £20.00
- 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.
Explore the historic parkland at Burton Constable with the Wildlife Sculpture Trail. Each sculpture highlights a different animal that can be spotted around the parkland and grounds including Hares, Woodpeckers and Barn Owls. The new Parkland Waymarker Trail highlights a different parkland feature, for example the Ha-ha, Dog Kennels and the Orangery. Many of the ten waymarkers have a spyhole and all of them feature a rubbing disc. Take a rubbing from each of the waymarkers to spell out the word HOLDERNESS. The trails are 30p each and can be collected from the ticket desk on arrival.
Burton Constable has had its share of what would probably have been called ‘difficult’ women over the centuries: or perhaps ‘spirited’, ‘independent’, ‘challenging’, or ‘capable’ women, depending on how you view them!
In 2019 the spotlight throughout the Hall will fall on these generations of women, and their varying impacts on, and contributions to, the development of the Constable Family and the Hall itself, through their fascinating and sometimes surprising, stories.
From the dedication of Winifred Constable, who accompanied her brother William on a Grand Tour to try and find a cure for his gout to the flamboyant Rosina, second Lady Clifford Constable, who enjoyed the freedom and financial independence brought by widowhood, and ‘sacked’ Burton Constable of valuable contents to pursue a colourful life in Italy, yet returned to Yorkshire along with much of the collections, to finally be buried in the family mausoleum.
This exhibition is included with the normal hall admission charges. Please note this event is free for Historic Houses members.
For further information please visit our website.
We welcome visits from primary schools.