We’ve always found a lot of reasons to visit the Yorkshire coast, and we’ve just added another one: Burton Constable Hall. Situated just outside Bridlington, this stunning stately home with its huge swathes of parkland warmly welcomes families. We did it as a day trip from York but you could also work it into a weekend at the coast. Here are four reasons to try it.
From the dressing up area in the courtyard (little ones can pretend to drive a horse and carriage) to geology-related activities within the house, children are generally encouraged to engage with the house and grounds through the interactive activities dotted around. There’s a teddy bear trail throughout the house, too, and our children enjoyed counting them up (although we did lose track). You can pick up an explorer pack for the house and get your magnifying glass out too. There are I-Spy cards that you can use to enhance your visit, too.
There’s a little play area that’s suitable for younger children, while older ones can enjoy a game of giant chess or draughts. More impressive, though, is the parkland. See if you can persuade the kids to take a walk around it (resort to bribery if necessary – it works for us). Why not pick up a pack from the ticket desk to do the wildlife sculpture trail too? The sculptures represent animals and birds that you might see for yourselves, from hares to owls.
If ever there was time to forget your picnic or flask of tea, this is it. We thought the Stables Kitchen was lovely, with really good coffee served in proper mugs, delicious Northern Bloc ice cream and proper, mouthwatering homemade cakes. There’s a good kids’ menu, service is friendly and you can sit outside if the weather’s nice.
Opening hours – Vary according to time of year; visit the website for details
Address – Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire HU11 4LN
Price – Family (2+2) £30.50 or £18 for grounds and stables only; under 5s free
Website – burtonconstable.com
Special offer – Up to two children go free with our Little Vikings offer. Take a look here for the terms and conditions