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Welcome to Shandy Hall

Shandy Hall is a popular destination and visitors arrive for many reasons:

  • to visit an historic house and garden.
  • for a particular exhibition or event.
  • to browse in the Shandy Shop for second-hand books, plants, small antiques, bric-a-brac and Sterne-related souvenirs.
  • on a pilgrimage to the literary shrine of Laurence Sterne.
  • to study the collection for academic research.
  • to view the extraordinary architecture of the house, dating from 1430.
  • to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

Some houses are built like fictions, and are even built of fictions. Shandy Hall is just such a house, and that is why there is no better way to come to know the spirit of Sterne than by visiting it.

— Sir Malcolm Bradbury

Shandy Hall west garden clematis

The two acres of gardens surround the building and are open to the public as a separate attraction. Within the grounds there is a converted granary containing a gallery space on the first floor and self-contained accommodation on the ground floor, used by academics or artists-in-residence. The outbuildings include a shop and facilities.

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The Shandy Shop

Shandy Hall and Gardens are open to the public at advertised times during the summer and by appointment at other times.


Opening hours and how to make an appointment

View our regular opening hours. Appointments can be made at other times

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Wander inside

A welcome awaits inside Shandy Hall

Shandy Hall Old Kitchen fireplace

Take a break

Step outside for a breath of fresh air


Explore the surroundings - wander to another part of the site

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Activities 2004-2020

Browse events and activities over past years

See recent events (2021 onwards)

Recent events and exhibitions listed here

Katrin Moye Filthy Trash Crevice