Sewerby Hall and Gardens Reviewed

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, near Bridlington

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We bring you our review of what it's like, things to do, and things to see there....

This review was written BEFORE the £2.6M makeover completed August 2014 which has refitted the house interior as it would have been in Edwardian times - more details and how you can leave your own reviews of the updated attraction at the bottom of the page

On a hot day-off, we headed for the cool sea-breeze of the coast, to Sewerby Hall and Gardens in Bridlington.

We've visited before, but never quite managed it in the height of Summer - although I did come here on a school trip as a child of about 6 years old, from my school in Lincolnshire.

We visited the zoo and parks, but I remember the highlight of the trip was rockpooling on Sewerby beach, right below the hall and gardens..!

...a delight which, unfortunately, we missed out on this time! There's always next time, though!

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is a really relaxing day out, with plenty to entertain the whole family...

Walk through beautifully landscaped park and gardens, up to the hall, where you can find interesting exhibitions and exhibits, or visit the zoo...

Me at Sewerby Hall - with one of their stone greyhound statues - it's very well behaved!

You can also get a bit more active, with:

  • Bowling
  • Putting
  • Play areas
  • 9 hole golf course

First things first - The Zoo

We walked up to the zoo, and walked around the various pens...

Ian relaxing at Sewerby Hall zoo

I was quite surprised how large the zoo area actually was - some interesting, unusual and very cute animals.

And it's not one of those zoos where absolutely everything is behind bars, either - there is a petting area, with some very sweet little goats, and some lovely little guinea-pigs and rabbits.

Then we moved onto several birds - very colourful, and with beautiful songs - we were quite entranced!

I was very taken with the Kune kune pigs (means 'fat and round') - hairy, fat, funny creatures - but very friendly - I think!

Lovely Kune kune pigs at Sewerby Hall zoo

And definitely don't miss the Humboldt penguins. Penguins are always the undoubted stars of the show - but you can certainly understand why!

These feathered friends posed, preened and swam obligingly - and we got a great close-up view! Seriously cute!

Seriously cute Humboldt penguin at Sewerby Hall zoo

Penguins are fed at 3pm, daily.

Also see:

  • Capuchin monkeys
  • Goats
  • Walk-in aviary with some lovely ducks and water-birds in jewel-like colors - and lots of incredibly sweet little ducklings tottering about
  • Peacocks
  • Giant British rabbits
  • Llamas

  • Lovely llama at Sewerby Hall zoo

  • Rheas

Rheas at Sewerby hall zoo

Also see llamas in the animal paddocks in other areas of the park.

The zoo is:

  • Included in the admission charge in the main season (usually April-Sept)
  • £2.25 (adult) and £1.10 (child age 3-15yrs) during the Winter season, when access to the gardens is free
(Correct at the date of our visit, June 2011)

The Courtyard

Next we had a quick peep inside the craft workshops - some very tempting jewellery and unusual and interesting bee products.

After all that, (not even half way though yet!) we thought it was definitely time for some lunch, so we headed for the Clock Tower Tea Rooms.

The Clock Tower Tea Rooms

The Clock Tower tea room at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

There was already quite a queue, but luckily it moved quite quickly, and the short wait did give us a chance to decide what we wanted to eat.

The cafe/tea-room is counter service, with quite a wide menu selection...

Menu included:
(Correct at the date of our visit: June 2011)

  • Soup
  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Jacket potatoes
  • Cakes and pastries
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Ice creams

Jacket potato from the tea room at Sewerby Hall

We both had a jacket potato - mine was a tuna mayonnaise, and Ian's was lemon chicken.

Both came with a small side salad, and extra margarine.

Jacket potato at Sewerby Hall tea rooms

Although the cafe was busy, we only had to wait about 15 minutes for our meal. It tasted good, and was filling when it came - standard cafe fare!

We sat inside at little tables and chairs, as it was quite nice and cool inside - there was lots of seating outside in the sun, too...

And some picnic tables a little further away if you fancied bringing your own picnic to enjoy.

What could be better after a nice lunch than a relaxing stroll in beautiful gardens...

...and the gardens at Sewerby Hall are stunning!

The Gardens

The gardens at Sewerby Hall - with tall monkeypuzzle trees

Walk through formal gardens, with giant (and very old) monkey puzzle trees (quite a feature!) until you reach the wonderful walled gardens.

the beautiful walled garden at Sewerby Hall

The walled garden has short, box hedge borders around colorful bedding, and cottage garden plants, with a beautiful pond in the centre, filled with large Koi carp, and lush water lilies.

It's a really peaceful place, very relaxing, with lots of places to stop and rest, admire the view, or stroll around.

Walk through the walled garden to reach the Rose Garden too - our visit in late June was perfectly timed for the best of the blooms...

fragrant rose garden at Sewerby Hall

As we entered through the gateway, we were immediately surrounded by the fragrant and heady scent of roses - simply stunning!

Again, lots of sunny or shady spots to sit, and while away a few minutes, or a few hours...

Me in the Sewerby Hall rose garden - in the sunshine - ahh!

Plant sales are also available here, in the greenhouse, and behind the walled garden, too.

For a shady stroll try the woodland walk - we only did a little, but the trail actually stretches for 2 miles...

Look out for woodland flowers and squirrels - we spotted several of each, in the short distance we walked!

For essential shade on sunny days, or to stay warm and dry in typical British rainy Summers, don't miss the Hall itself!

Sewerby Hall

The house itself contains period rooms, exhibits, gallery and museum displays, Sewerby Hall, Bridlington

The hall is included in the admission price (but closed in Winter).

The hall dates from the early 18th Century (Georgian).

Inside the hall see:

  • Several period rooms - very finely furnished
  • Exhibition on East Yorkshire geology
  • Exhibition on East Yorkshire landscape and Farming
  • Exhibition on East Yorkshire local history and tourism
  • Exhibition about Amy Johnson - a local aviation heroine - she officially opened Sewerby Hall in 1936, and after her death, her father donated many personal items and memorabilia to the Hall, including the flight bag from her last flight.

    If you like this, you can find out more about the Yorkshire history of aviation at the Yorkshire Air Museum near York

  • Exhibition about the Wolds Wagoners Special Reserve Regiment - including an interesting piece about a local gentleman who died of Spanish flu and was buried in a lead coffin, and whose body was exhumed in recent years, to assist in current research into bird flu.
  • Works of local artists including (at the date of our visit)
    • Malice in Wonderland - outstanding fabric works inspired by childhood tales, by Leanne Broadbent and Rhea Sherriff-Hammond

    (Exhibitions change across the seasons)

The hall also houses a small, but well-stocked Gift Shop, and toilets.

Also See/visit:

  • 9 hole golf course
  • Putting green
  • Kids play area (separate areas for under 7's and older children)

  • play area at Sewerby Hall

  • Bowling green
  • Bandstand
  • Easy access to landtrain (to/from Bridlington seafront)
  • Public footpath to Dane's Dyke
  • Access to Beach

Special Events

Sewerby Hall and Gardens frequently hold special events:

  • Craft Fairs
  • Walks
  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • Events Days

Days Out in Yorkshire - Sewerby Hall and Gardens on the Map

Find Sewerby Hall just outside Bridlington.

You can access Sewerby Hall and Gardens from:

  • The main car park entrance (bus stop nearby - buses every 30 minutes)
  • The Golf Course entrance
  • The land-train entrance (trains every 30 minutes, in season)

This map is interactive.

  • Just use the + and - buttons in the top left corner of the map to zoom in and out.
  • Use the arrows to move about the area.


  • Grounds open all year - dawn to dusk
  • Hall open in main season (usually April-Sept) - 10am - 4.30pm


  • Adult: £4.50
  • Over 60's: £3.70
  • Child (3-15yrs): £2.50
  • Family ticket: £14
  • Pre-booked group (20+) 25% off
  • Season tickets also available at very good prices

School Summer Holidays

  • 50p extra surcharge on all admissions

At Extra Charge:

  • Zoo (between Oct-March)
  • 9 hole golf
  • Putting green

Dogs are allowed on a lead, in the grounds only (not allowed in the zoo, hall or tea room).

Push-chairs, prams and motorised buggies not allowed inside the hall.

(Info all correct at the date of our visit: June 2011)

This review was written BEFORE the £2.6M makeover completed August 2014 which has refitted the house interior as it would have been in Edwardian times - there are now many more rooms open, and they have been reproduced as the hall would have been around 1910.

The Amy Johnson Collection is rehoused in another part of the house, and there are interactive experiences - 'A Servants Life' and the Sewerby Memory Wall

Other facilities and features have also been improved during the makeover.

More details about the refurbishment here...

Have you been? Tell us about your day out at Sewerby...

Click here to visit the official Sewerby Hall website, for more details...

We really enjoyed our visit here. We spent only about 2 and a half, or three hours here, but I feel like we whizzed through it all really quickly...

I think you could easily enjoy a whole day out with the family here.


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