Discover the hidden secrets of one of York’s finest homes

Bex Johnson,  a conservation volunteer at Beningbrough Hall  getting the house ready  for the York Residents' Weekend
Bex Johnson, a conservation volunteer at Beningbrough Hall getting the house ready for the York Residents' Weekend
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York FAMILIES can discover the hidden secrets of one of the region’s stately homes for free this weekend as it opens its doors as part the city’s annual residents’ weekend.

The weekend is a chance for the city’s rediscover their hometown as a tourist, with attractions across York offering free entry to holders of the York Card.

28/1/15  Bex Johnson  a Conservation volunteer at Beningbrough Hall  getting the house ready  for the York Residents open weekend this weekend. (GL1004/75c).

28/1/15 Bex Johnson a Conservation volunteer at Beningbrough Hall getting the house ready for the York Residents open weekend this weekend. (GL1004/75c).

Beningborough Hall is preparing for an influx of visitors, with lots to see, including a trail through parts of the gardens and halls revealing hidden stories from its past.

There is also the chance to spot birds and wildlife in the walled garden, which has a designated bird hide and feeding station.

Beningborough Hall gardener Tom Longridge said: “At this time of year it’s common to see blue tits, great tits, chaffinches and if you’re very lucky a great spotted woodpecker. My personal favourites are the friendly robins. They’re very tame and quite territorial and wherever you’re working, there’s never one far away looking for that opportune worm.”

The estate will be open from 11am to 3.30pm over the weekend, and the Hall is encouraging York Card holders to visit other nearby attractions including The Treasurer’s House, next door to York Minster, which will be open specifically for guided tours and conservation in action demonstrations.