Shandy Hall (Laurence Sterne Trust)

Shandy Hall - the museum where the film Tristram Shandy - A Cock and Bull Story took its inspiration.
Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York
YO61 4AD

Opening Times:

Garden open: every day except Saturday 1 May - 30 September 11 am - 4.30 pm

House open: 1 May - 30 September Wednesdays 2 pm - 4.30 pm; Sundays 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Other times by appointment.



House and Garden - 4.50

Garden - 2.50

Children half-price

Gallery - Free

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Early 15th century house. Former Parsonage where in 1760s Laurence Sterne wrote his two world famous novels. Still a lived-in house surrounded by 2 acres of garden, part walled and formal, part wild. Plant stall with unusual plants for sale. Shop selling Sterne's books and second-hand books, gifts. Watch Patrick Wildgust's introduction to Shandy Hall

Contact Details:
Curator: Patrick Wildgust
Tel: 01347 868465

Learning Programmes:

- One-day Creative Writing courses for Secondary Schools;

- Bird Ringing with British Trust for Ornithology;

- Moth-trapping and identification;

- Summer Activ8 activities in association with the Museums Development Officer for the region.

Reading the Past, Writing the Future, a new educational project, devised by The Laurence Sterne Trust, aims to encourage primary schools to visit their local church or place of worship and to stimulate creative work inspired by the stories that can be found there.

The project, which is supported by Arts Council England, uses short films of a blacksmith, stone-carver, stained-glass maker and historian, to encourage schoolchildren to explore their own church to find evidence of craftwork.  

Using the museum and its collection as a stimulus for Literature and the Visual Arts as well as Science, Technology and Maths and also with activities relating to temporary exhibitions.

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Associated Resources

Tristram Shandy, Original Writing and Non-Linear Texts

Tristram Shandy, Original Writing and Non-Linear Texts

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