Georgian mansion Beningbrough Hall near York, North Yorkshire is run in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, and was featured as one of our top National Trust sites for creative kids. The hall has seven galleries and over 100 18th century portraits, so this place is definitely worth a visit if you have arty kids. Event days and family art workshops are held regularly – noteably the Artrageous! portrait classes.
Beningbrough Hall prides itself as being a ‘family friendly house and garden’. This is one for the budding artists and historians of tomorrow.
For the young historians, hands-on history is a big factor at Beningbrough Hall. Georgian costumes are available to play dress-up in, and there is a working Victorian laundry inside the house itself.
Outside is no let-down either. The ‘wilderness’ adventure playground features a large wooden fort for kids to play Kings & Queens until the sun goes down. There are also swings, tyre tunnels and rope bridges, 2-miles of cycle paths within the grounds, and even an ice cream kiosk and barbecues throughout the summer holidays.
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