Burton Agnes Hall



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It’s pretty unusual for the same family to own a property since it was built, over 400 years ago, but that’s the deal with this fabulous Tudor mansion. That it’s never been put up for sale means its stuffed with family treasures, too. The original builder was Sir Henry Griffith, who employed Robert Smithson, master mason to Queen Elizabeth I, as his architect. Uniquely, his plans have been preserved, revealing not only the unity of the design but also how little has changed. You’ll find a turreted gatehouse is a foretaste of the glories to come. The perfect symmetry of the red-brick mansion, three storeys high, with two square and two compass bays, is preserved by having the entrance door at the side of one of the bays. Inside you’ll see vivid biblical, allegorical and mythological figures carved into the astonishing Elizabethan screen and massive chimneypiece, almost the height of the wall in the Great Hall. The Red Drawing Room is an incredible example of brilliantly painted and gilded Elizabethan panelling, with another outstanding carved chimneypiece depicting the Dance of Death. Burton Agnes has a ghost – of Anne, youngest daughter of Sir Henry Griffin. Fatally wounded by robbers, Anne declared she could never rest unless part of her remained at Burton Agnes. When they ignored her wishes and buried her in the churchyard, her ghost walked until her family fulfilled their promise and moved her to the site – and it walks again if ever she is disturbed. As well as the house, you can enjoy a woodland walk, children’s play area and picnic area. Throughout the year, diverse artists are in residence – you can view their artwork in the summer house and in the hall.

Burton Agnes Hall
Estate Office, BURTON AGNES, Driffield, YO25 4ND


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Photo album showing upper floors hall
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Hall & Gardens open Apr-Oct, daily 11-5. Xmas opening 14 Nov-23 Dec. Gardens only open 10 Feb-4 Mar

About the area

Discover East Riding of Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s East Riding is the only one left of a trio of ‘ridings’ which existed up until 1974. The North and West are gone, to be replaced by North, South and West Yorkshires. The East Riding rises up from the Hull side of the Humber estuary, until it reaches Flamborough Head. This is an impressive headland with sheer white cliffs, serving as a home to large colonies of seabirds. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The county has plenty of beachy coast, including the seaside towns of Hornsea and Bridlington. The first of these is between the sea and a large freshwater lake called Hornsea Mere. This is also an SSSI and an SAC, and is great for watersports and fishing. The area was also known for its pottery, which has sadly gone into decline in recent years. Further north, Bridlington is a family-friendly summer beach resort. Kingston upon Hull is the largest city in the county, and was one of the few places outside London that suffered widespread bombing during WW2. It’s long ago come back from that though, and was the 2017 UK City of Culture. 


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