Shandy Hall, ‘birthplace of the modern novel’ is one of the most fascinating literary houses anywhere in the world. Here Laurence Sterne lived in the 1760s, and wrote ‘A Sentimental Journey’ and ‘The Life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman’.The house, which dates from medieval times, has a fascinating architectural history, and contains early 15th century wall paintings, as well as the Georgian alterations made by Sterne himself when, on publication of Tristram Shandy, he was transformed from an unknown country parson into a major celebrity. The house contains the world’s foremost collection of editions of Sterne’s novels and memorabilia, as well as a growing collection of contemporary writing, prints and paintings relating to narrative experiment.The house is a lived-in museum, and is surrounded by two acres of gardens, with cottage garden perennials, over 100 rose trees, and a wildlife garden. There is a gallery holding regular exhibitions, a shop selling books, plants, small antiques, cards and gifts, and a cottage, which is let to artists and scholars on a self catering basis.

Shandy Hall is an Independent museum owned by the Laurence Sterne Trust.

For further details contact the curator, Patrick Wildgust

Shandy Hall
YO61 4AD

Tel 01347 868465


Open: May - September

Garden: open daily except Sat, 11.00-16.30
House: Wed, 14.00-16.30; Sun, 14.30-16.30

And at other times by appointment; please contact the curator.

Admission charges

House: Adults: £4.50; Children: £2

Garden: Adults £2.50; Children £1