Ormesby Hall

Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough: Hours, Address, Ormesby Hall Reviews: 4/5

Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Pennyman family's intimate 18th-century mansion. Alongside the Georgian mansion, Victorian kitchen and laundry, there are beautiful gardens and estate walks to explore. We also have permanent model railway displays.
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Carol N
Sheffield, UK562 contributions
A hidden treasure!
Jun 2021 • Friends
A lovely little place. Value for money. The guides are good and the staff at the (now takeaway) cafe are really helpful.
The formal gardens are immaculate and there are plenty of walks in the local countryside which are well sign posted.
Written June 17, 2021
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Old Bald Rocker
115 contributions
Lovely place to visit
Jun 2021
Very knowledgeable volunteers and staff here and an interesting history but not as much to see as other National Trust properties we have visited. Covid has obviously impacted on some of their work here and I'm sure it will improve over the next few years.
Written June 11, 2021
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Jonathan P
Skipsea, UK101 contributions
Outdoor experience which needs better signposting
May 2021
Ormsby is a very tranquil location with a large grassed car park, small formal garden, woodland area and extensive parkland. Staff and volunteers were helpful, and although the cafe is takeaway service only they do a cracking Victoria Sponge cake which is dairy free.

The House and Stables were closed due to COVID-19 so it is an outdoor experience.

It was good to see that work is under way to create an orchard.

There's a circular walk around the parkland with a leaflet to help guide you, but it is not very well signposted, and the diversion route around the stable block is not clear, nor is the route back at Grange Farm. This isn't helped as the path follows the park to park route for some of its circuit and if you follow this you'll end up miles away!
Written May 6, 2021
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PMQuestions
North Yorkshire, UK22,983 contributions
Lovely spot
Mar 2021 • Friends
We called in for an afternoon dog walk in the grounds. That went well, nice spot with scope for plenty of exercise. Then charming staff member on the gate to the house (currently closed) gave us a briefing and onto the carry out refreshments -excellent coffee drank amidst beds of tulips. …… and all within 4 miles of the centre of industrial Middlesbrough.
Written April 30, 2021
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Nigel B
Wakefield, UK924 contributions
Lovely old house and gardens
Apr 2021 • Couples
The house isn’t open during Covid lockdown but you can book to see the gardens which are pleasant and there is work underway to improve them adding an orchard. There is a cafe and toilets. The car park is next to the entrance. Staff are very friendly.
Written April 6, 2021
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joanne w
County Durham, UK35 contributions
First time visit
Feb 2020
Good points- was realistic as to what it would have been like as a family home. Guides and shop staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Very interesting as to reasons people could be sent to an asylum. Looked like the grounds would be pleasant in spring/summer. Cafe pleasant and has more tables than you think - extra seating could be signposted. They have half term trail for children.
Not so good - access road - potholed and muddy and car park muddy. Toilets nearest the shop reached across a cobbled yard, very uneven as many cobbles missing. Toilets themselves not usual standard of cleanliness.
Written February 16, 2020
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User912
Yarm, UK2 contributions
Not up to usual National Trust standard
Dec 2019
I visited Ormesby Hall with my daughter and grandsons on 30th December. As usual the volunteers were helpful and the children enjoyed the trails in the garden and the house. It was unfortunate, therefore, that our visit was marred by a number of issues. We approached the house via the main entrance. There was nothing to warn us that access to the car park would be via a muddy, pot holed track where our car ground out on several occasions! Unless the trust wishes to be sued for damages they need to do something about this as a matter of urgency.
We visited the tea room where one poor young man was doing his best to cope with the lunch time rush on his own. The food for the adults was good but the children’s sandwiches were awful - a tiny amount of cheese on dry white bread. We would have set them back if we hadn’t felt sorry for the staff member. Finally on leaving the tea room we spotted a tiny notice advising us not to touch the radiator as it was very hot. This was positively dangerous as children could touch it with ease and the notice was so small that we hadn’t seen it on the way in. Why was the radiator not either screened off to prevent a child touching it or turned off?
So come on Ormesby Hall. - get your act together. You have a beautiful building and grounds, fascinating model railways, lovely volunteers and a large population nearby (including myself) who would visit more if the facilities were brought up to normal National Trust standards.
Written January 8, 2020
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KFS
1 contribution
Interesting place
Dec 2019 • Couples
Whilst we have lived in the locality all our lives we had never visited Ormesby Hall so decided to pop along and see what it was like
The place is very interesting and set in lovely grounds, all the staff were warm and friendly and happy to chat about the place and answer our questions.
We had coffee/tea/cake in the cafe and the staff were warm and welcoming with good service.
Would certainly recommend the place to spend a couple of hours
Written December 28, 2019
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Dean
9 contributions
A great festive experience
Dec 2019 • Couples
The murder mystery event was great fun; everyone in our party enjoyed it. Ormesby Hall is full of history and it was lovey to get the chance to wander through the rooms. The food and dining experience was disappointing though. The two course meal was soup and a cake, both were okay but not great and the seating area was cramped. The staff rushed about to accommodate everyone but the cafe area just seemed too small. Overall though we all enjoyed the evening.
Written December 9, 2019
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thedaphneholmes
Poole, UK191 contributions
Exceeded our expectations
Oct 2019
Walked to the Hall from Captain Cooke’s Birthplace Museum, 1 mile away. Was very impressed with the stories behind the pictures and very good guides who brought the Hall to life. Nice cafe too.
Written October 11, 2019
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