Burton Constable

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Skirlaugh, Hull,
Yorkshire, HU11 4LN

01964 562400

01964 563229


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Easter Sat - 26th Oct; Sat - Thurs; Grounds 11pm - 5.00pm, Hall 1pm-5pm
Christmas Opening: Sat 22nd Nov - Sun 7th Dec; 12pm - 4pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Please book in advance £6.95 per person.

Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: Yes

Hall open 1pm - 5pm (12pm to 4pm Christmas) Last admissions 1 hour before closing

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

All the year during normal opening dates.

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £7.95; Child £4.00; Over 60s £7.50 family £20.00
Grounds & Stables only. Adult £4.00;OAP £3.85; Child £2.50, Family £12.25,
Season Ticket (grounds only) £24.00
Group visits £6.95 pp

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Easter Egg Hunt Sunday 20th April
Friday 16th May - Museums at Night
Sunday 22nd June - Open Air Theatre - The History of Britain
Friday 5th September - Last Night at the Proms
Sunday 7th September - Classic Car Show
Friday 31st October - Halloween Ghost Tours

Garden Features & Events
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

Constable Arms, Sproatley
Railway Inn, New Ellerby
Blue Bell Inn, Sproatley
Wrygarth, Great Hatfield

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Beverley, Hull, Hornsea

Description of Garden

Around the house there are gardens with statues, an Orangery, stable block and wildfowl lakes set in 300 acres of parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century.

The historic parkland surrounding the hall is to be restored to its former glory by virtue of funding provided by the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

History Of Garden

Story of the Burton Constable Sperm Whale.
...at a place in Yorkshire, England, Burton Constable by name, a certain Sir Clifford Constable has in his possession the skeleton of a Sperm Whale...Sir Clifford's whale has been articulated throughout; so that like a great chest of draws, you can open and shut him, in all his long cavities - spread out his ribs like a gigantic fan - swing all day upon his lower jaw. Locks are to be put upon some of his trap doors and shutters; and a footman will show round future visitors with a bunch of keys at his side. Sir Clifford thinks of charging twopence for a peep at the whispering gallery in the spinal column; threepence to hear the echo in the hollow of his cerebellum; and sixpence for the unrivalled view from his forehead.

It came to the attention of Herman Melville, who published his masterpiece Moby Dick in 1851.

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