The house and land of Sewerby Hall was acquired by John Greame in 1714. Between then and 1720, John almost entirely rebuilt the Hall. However, the original core of the present house dates back to 1566, and was built by John Carleill. Interestingly, traces of the old house can still be seen inside the Hall. Most notable is the Tudor doorway, which still remains in the basement. During the 220 years that the Greame family owned the estate, they were primarily responsible for creating the present landscape. Eventually, Sewerby Hall and its 411 acres of land were sold by Yarburgh Lloyd Greame to Bridlington Borough Council in 1934. Today, the Hall has a special section devoted to the heroic flying achievements of local heroine Amy Johnson, which includes many trophies and memorabilia.
In order for important restoration work to take place, the Hall closed to the public in late 2012. After a £2.6 million restoration programme, the Hall reopened in August 2014. As a result, this extensive project has recreated the look and feel of the whole house as it would have been in the Edwardian era. Thanks to the reconstruction of the coal fired servants range, this has finally enabled the Hall to have a fully working Edwardian kitchen again. Using a series of images from 1910, Sewerby Hall staff have been able to reproduce a stunning range of rooms across the whole house. The acquisition of nationally important furniture, loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, now allows visitors to experience how the house would have looked in the 1900’s.
Another key attraction at Sewerby, the Zoo is home to a variety of domestic and wild animals. All visitors are encouraged to come and say hello to the Pygmy Goats from Africa, or Llamas from South America. There are also some new additions to the zoo; a pair of Coatis, who are a member of the Racoon family. Most importantly, the zoo is home to a colony of Humboldt Penguins. Visitors can watch our zookeepers feed the Penguins at 3pm everyday, and the Ring-tailed Lemurs are fed prior to this at 2pm everyday.
Additionally, Sewerby Zoo is also home to many species of birds. In the walk-through aviary, visitors are able to get up close with beautiful Mandarin Ducks, and the endangered Laysan and Marbled Teals. On occasion, our resident Eclectus Parrot named Eckie will often be heard mimicking certain sounds and words!
Take the time to wander around Sewerby Hall’s magnificent, award winning gardens. In the Walled Garden, visitors will find plenty of well maintained flowers and shrubbery. A lovely, decorative pond and ornamental fountain can also be spotted within this wonderful space.
A short distance from the putting green, the Pleasure Garden contains spectacular Monkey Puzzle trees. Soaring to over 30 metres in height, these impressive trees are thought to be some of the oldest in England. In addition to this, intricate wood carvings of deer can also be found in the Pleasure Garden. Make sure you keep an eye out for them!
The woodland area at Sewerby is home to a wide variety of tree species and many mammals, birds and insects. Why not enjoy a gentle stroll around the walkway, and see how many of these woodland inhabitants you can spot on your way?
In addition to the Hall and Gardens, visitors also have access to the Stables Gift Shop, Clock Tower Café and a children’s play area.
Furthermore, there are also three award-winning detached holiday cottages located in the grounds of Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Formerly gatehouses and lodge to the estate, these period properties have been carefully restored to an exceptional standard.
All facilities will be closed 25th -26th December 2016, and 1st January 2017.
Due to essential maintenance work, the Clock Tower Café will be closed for approximately six weeks from Monday 7th November 2016. During this time, refreshments will be available from the Stables Gift Shop.
Courtyard toilets are open daily 9:30am – 5pm.
The Welcome Centre is open daily 9am – 4:30pm.
The Stables Gift Shop is open daily 9:30am – 4pm.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1EA
Adult and Over 60’s: £3 (House Only), £3 (Zoo Only), £5 (House/Zoo Combined)
Children, 3-15 years: £2 (House Only), £2 (Zoo Only), £3.40 (House/Zoo Combined)
Family, two adults and two children: £9 (House Only), £9 (Zoo Only), £16 (House/Zoo Combined)
Additional child added to a family ticket: £1 (House Only), £1 (Zoo Only), £1 (House/Zoo Combined)
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