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Yorkshire’s Great

Free Guide 2009

Houses, Castles & Gardens 40 illustrated attractions with map

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Travelling to visit Yorkshire's Great Houses, Castles & Gardens attractions.

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By Road

Great Houses - Pages 10-19

Yorkshire has an excellent road network being easily accessible from all parts of the country.

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From the south the A1 & M1 provide excellent links whilst the M62 gives speedy access from the west. From the North East & Scotland the A1 brings you to the heart of our attractions.

By Rail High speed trains from London and Scotland link into an excellent local network at places such as York., Leeds, Doncaster & Darlington.

By Air Fly into Leeds Bradford International Airport from overseas or most of the UK regional airports.

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HHA Member of the Historic Houses Association Winter Opening Attractions are either fully open or have reduced opening times during winter months. It is preferable to confirm in advance by telephoning. Plant Sales Children’s Playground Tearoom Gift Shop Group Visits Facilities for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility Facilities for visual impairments Facilities for auditory impairments

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Group Visits & Educational Visits Our attractions offer immense scope for visits from either general or special interest groups. Many have dedicated Group & Educational Visits Organisers who will be pleased to discuss your specific requirements as well as supply you with information packs. Contact them directly or visit their websites via

Disabled Facilities Some properties offer good access for wheelchairs inside & outside whereas at others, because of Listed Building status or topography, full access cannot be given. Many properties also provide facilities for those with hearing or visual impairment. Please check with the attraction before your visit.

Yorkshire's Finest Heritage Attractions offering a diversity of Interest, Fun & Activities for all of the Family Impressive Gardens are a feature of all the attractions from the formal parterres & knot gardens to old walled gardens and kitchen gardens with several holding national plant collections. Parkland landscapes grace many of the historic estates with the opportunity to wander at your leisure. Fine Tearooms or Restaurants at most of the attractions for al fresco refreshment or Picnic in the grounds. Gift Shops to browse with some attractions boasting Farm and Specialist Shops with a range of high quality, often local grown, produce.

Events are staged throughout the year from Flower Festivals to Car & Steam Rallies and Period Re-enactments. Relax in the grounds to Band & Jazz Concerts, Drama & Opera productions and major spectacular Popular Concerts. Spectacular Room Settings & Art Collections in many houses with pieces from earlier periods through to the more modern. Some are significant Museums in their own right as well as offering exhibitions and artefacts relating to the Social History of our region.

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Burnby Hall Gardens 33 The Balk, Pocklington, Y042 2QF Tel: 01759 307125 Fax: 01377 288359 Email: Map Ref 7 The gardens are a glorious haven of beauty and tranquillity and include the two well-stocked lakes that house a National Collection of Hardy Water lilies with over 80 varieties. The lakes are also home to a vast collection of ornamental fish, which can be hand fed. Burnby Hall Gardens provide 9 acres of changing vistas, which include a woodland walk, Victorian garden, a Secret garden, extensive rockeries, shrubberies and a fine collection of ornamental and indigenous trees. The Stewart Museum has been completely refurbished. There are now state-of-the-art display cases that show off to their full advantage all the artefacts Major Stewart collected on his world tours. An Age Concern award winner for its disabled facilities, the site is wheelchair friendly. Wheelchairs available free of charge. Sunday Band Concerts. Museum entry included in garden admission price. Opening times: 28th March –11th October 2009 (incl) Daily 10am – 6pm (last admittance 5pm) Directions: At Pocklington off A1079 – 14 miles east of York. (Brown signs direct from all routes into Pocklington). Free Parking

Constable Burton Hall Gardens Constable Burton, Leyburn, DL8 5LJ Tel: 01677 450428 Email: Map Ref 18 A large romantic garden surrounded by 18th century parkland with a superb John Carr house ( group bookings only). Fine trees, woodland walks, garden trails, rockery, extensive shrubs and roses. Set in beautiful countryside at the entrance to Wensleydale. These fine gardens feature a choice of maples planted beneath ancient yew trees. Impressive daffodils in early spring and over 6,000 tulips planted annually. The reflection ponds and beckside plantings are a recent development. We offer groups an exclusive tour of Constable Burton, giving a unique insight into a Hall which is not open to the general public. To complete the experience enjoy a guided tour of the gardens. Opening times: 14th March - 27th September 2009 Tulip Festival 2/3/4 May 2009 9.00am-6.00pm Directions: Constable Burton Hall Gardens are 8 miles west of A1 or A684 Bedale/Leyburn 4

The Forbidden Corner Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn, DL8 4TJ Tel: 01969 640638 / 640687 Fax: 01969 640687 Map Ref 21 The Forbidden Corner is one of England’s most recent follies. The brainchild of Mr C.R.Armstrong O.B.E was originally built as a private folly but due to public demand was subsequently opened. A unique labyrinth of Tunnels, Chambers, Follies and surprises created in a 4-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The Temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, Paths and passages that lead nowhere & extraordinary statues at every turn. There are decisions to be made and tricks to avoid. A day out with a difference, which will challenge and delight Children of all ages. We now have self catering accommodation available. For details on this please visit our website or phone us. Opening times: Every day 1 April - 31 October 2009 and then Sundays until Christmas. Monday - Saturday 12noon - 6pm. Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am 6pm (or dusk if earlier). Admission is by pre-booked tickets only - please phone before your visit, or visit our website and book online. Directions: Follow signs for Middleham, take the Coverdale road, past Coverham Church. Turn right opposite the cottages and through the big iron gates.

Helmsley Walled Garden Cleveland Way, Helmsley. YO62 5AH Tel: 01439 771427 Fax: 01439 771427 Email: : Map Ref 13 A 5 acre walled garden built in 1758 and set beneath Helmsley Castle. The garden produced fruit, vegetables and flowers for Duncombe Park but fell into ruin after its Victorian hey-day. In 1999 the charity was established to restore the garden and provide horticultural therapy and a tranquil healing environment for those in need. A plantsman’s garden including 250 varieties of Clematis, 52 Yorkshire apples, outdoor vineyard and 34 indoor Victorian vines, Victorian glasshouses, a Secret Garden, a Paeonia Garden, dipping well and a newly redesigned central herbaceous border. Plant nursery, vegetarian café, ethical shop and Craft workshops. Opening times: Open daily 1st April to 31st October 10.30am – 5.00pm Open for donations Mon to Fri only between 5th Jan to 31st March and 2nd Nov to 21st Dec 2009 Dogs welcome on leads. Full wheelchair access. Directions: Located behind Helmsley Castle, 500m from the Market square. Use the Cleveland Way Long Stay car park off B1257 (Stokesley road) Disabled access via Cleveland Way walking track to Rievaulx.


RHS Garden Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB Tel: 01423 565418 Fax: 01423 530663 Email: Map Ref 30 Come for an inspirational day out! See which plants our experts have chosen to suit the challenging growing conditions of this northern-based garden. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings and pick up the latest gardening ideas to take home to your own garden. Come for a visit and be surprised…explore and find the giant teapot, be a pirate for the day or simply marvel at the stunning colour. Whatever the season, the developments in the garden continually reflect new ideas to bring you fresh inspiration. Don’t miss the stunning herbaceous borders which show just how easily you can combine inspirational horticulture with a contemporary twist. Relax by the stream, or wander through our meadows and woodland to enjoy flourishing wildlife that is encouraged through our careful gardening techniques. Don’t miss the RHS Shop & Plant Centre with its extensive range of books, locally sourced foods, design-led giftware, plants, seeds and wildlife gardening products. Take part in our entertaining events including outdoor theatre, art exhibitions, wildlife discovery activities, quiz trails and guided walks. Prolong the pleasure with a lovely treat from Bettys Café Tea Rooms.

Photo: Lee Beel

Opening times: Gardens open 9.30am-6pm (4pm Nov-Feb inc) every day except 25 Dec. Last admission 1 hour before closing. See website for more details. Directions: On the B6162 Otley Road near Beckwithshaw, 1 mile from Harrogate centre.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre Thorp Perrow, Bedale, DL8 2PR Tel: 01677 425323 Fax: 01677 425323 Email: Map Ref 22 85 acres of woodland to explore, with trees from around the world, some dating back to Medieval Times. The Arboretum has 66 Champion Trees (the biggest in Britain). Spring brings fantastic displays of daffodils, lilac, cherry blossom and bluebells, which are followed by wildflowers. Bring a picnic and relax in our picnic area or wander along one of the many trails. Autumn brings acres of spectacular colours. There are many events throughout the year, see our website. The Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre has birds from around the world with 3 entertaining flying displays a day (lots of audience participation!). The new Mammal Centre is now open with lots of exciting new additions: Meerkat Island, Walk Through Wallaby Wood …. Licensed Tearoom, Plant Centre, Children’s Playarea, Dogs Allowed on Lead. Opening times: Open Every Day (except 25th & 26th December) Directions: 2 miles south of Bedale on the BedaleRipon road. 4 miles from A1 – Leeming Bar turn off.


The Walled Garden at Scampston Scampston Hall, Scampston, Malton, YO17 8NG Tel: 01944 759111 Fax: 01944 758700 Email: Map Ref 5 A contemporary garden, with striking perennial meadow planting as well as traditional spring/autumn borders, created by internationally acclaimed plantsman, Piet Oudolf. Described in The Times as “a gem”, every aspect of this garden speaks of quality. “It’s bold and beautiful – a must if you are heading to Yorkshire” Toparius. Formal house gardens, rock garden and woodland walk also open throughout the season. Scampston Hall contains a fine collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture and house tours are often led by the owner. The combination of period house and gardens set in an C18th ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, together with the C21st planting in the Walled Garden and an excellent restaurant, make for a wonderful day out. Opening times: Walled Garden and Woodland Walk: 10 April to 1 November, 10.00-5.00. Tuesday – Sunday plus BH Mondays House: 24 May – 10 July 1.30-4.30 (last entry 3.50) Tuesday – Friday, plus Sundays and BH Monday Directions: 5 miles east of Malton, to the north of the A64 just after the village of Rillington.

Wentworth Castle Gardens Lowe Lane, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3ET Tel: 01226 776040 Fax: 01226 776042 Email: Map Ref 39 One of the most important historic gardens in the North of England, this hidden gem celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2009. The estate is now in the process of being restored - rare formal gardens have been rediscovered, national collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias enhanced; and over 100,000 bulbs planted to create a carpet of colour. With its atmospheric views, woodland walks and majestic follies - including a new children’s playground, and a dramatic viewing platform at the top of a castle folly 600 feet above sea level - there is something to enjoy in the gardens throughout the year. Over 500 acres of historic parkland can now be explored via the Monument Trail, which links several restored follies and native woods, through the beautiful countryside of Stainborough. Opening times: Open daily April – September 10am – 5pm. October – March, 10am – 4pm. Directions: 2 miles from Junction 37 of the M1.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4LG Tel: 01924 832631 Fax: 01924 832600 Email: Map Ref 40 Set in the picturesque grounds and gardens of a 500 acre, eighteenth century country estate, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the world’s leading open-air galleries. The breathtaking landscape provides scenic vistas, lakes, historic estate buildings and bridges, and is a stunning backdrop for over 50 sculptures sited in the open-air. The award winning Visitor Centre provides a relaxing base from which to explore the stunning surroundings and includes a restaurant with viewing balcony, contemporary design shop and auditorium. Four indoor galleries, including the magnificent Underground Gallery, present a changing programme of international sculpture exhibitions. Admission to Yorkshire Sculpture Park is free. Car parking only £4. Opening times: Park open daily 10-5pm in winter / 10- 6pm in summer. Galleries, shop and restaurant open 10-4pm in winter / 10-5pm in summer. Seasonal closure 23, 24 and 25 December. Directions: Just 1 mile from junction 38 off the M1. Follow the brown heritage signs.

Bolton Castle Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET Tel: 01969 623981 Fax: 01969 623332 Email: Map Ref 20 A stunning mediaeval castle, owned by Lord Bolton, and preserved in outstanding condition. Completed in 1399 its scars bear testament to over six hundred years of history including being besieged during the Civil War and Mary, Queen of Scots, imprisonment. There is a mediaeval garden, including herbs, roses, a vineyard and maze. The tea room provides tea and cakes, as well as sandwiches and light lunches. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held here, as well as parties, corporate events and themed activity days for children.

Enquiries: Contact Tom Orde-Powlett or Katie Gribble Opening times: March to October (inclusive) daily, 10 am to 5 pm. We are happy to open in winter for pre-booked groups. Directions: The castle is 6 miles west of Leyburn just off the A684 and is signposted from Wensley, Carperby and Redmire. 8

Raby Castle Staindrop, Darlington, DL2 3AH Tel: 01833 660202 Fax: 01833 660169 Email: Map Ref 16 This dramatic 14th century castle, built by the mighty Nevills, has been home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626. Highlights include an impressive gateway, a vast hall, a mediaeval kitchen, used until 1954 and a splendid Victorian octagonal drawing room that has re-emerged as one of the most striking interiors from the 19th century. Throughout the castle the rooms display fine furniture, impressive artworks and elaborate architecture. Visitors can also enjoy the deer park, walled gardens and carriage collection. Part of the stables have been converted to a tearoom, where former stalls have been incorporated to create an atmospheric setting. Events take place throughout the summer. Opening times: Easter: Saturday 11 to Monday 13 April; May, June and September: Sunday to Wednesday (Guided tours Monday to Wednesday); July and August: Daily EXCEPT Saturdays. Also open Bank Holiday Saturdays. Park & Gardens: 11:00am to 5:30pm; Castle: 1pm to 5pm Directions: Raby Castle is located one mile north of Staindrop and eight miles north east of Barnard Castle on the A688 Bishop Auckland/Barnard Castle road. It can easily be reached from the A1(M) and A66.

Ripley Castle Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AY Tel: 01423 770152 Fax: 01423 771745 Email: Map Ref 25 In 2009 the Ingilby family celebrates its 700th anniversary at Ripley Castle: an astonishing achievement. The guided tours are hugely entertaining. Look inside some 16th century books, try on the Royal Greenwich Civil War armour and discover the secret priest’s hiding hole. Thomas Ingleby saved Edward III’s life. Francis was put to death for being a Catholic priest and Sir William was implicated in the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot. ‘Trooper Jane’ held Cromwell at pistol point in the Library. Try our special children’s tours. The 5 acre walled garden contains tropical hot houses, herbaceous borders and collections of herbs, rare vegetables and fruit trees. In Spring 150,000 daffodils and narcissi create a riot of colour, and the National Hyacinth collection blooms in April. Enjoy the children’s play trail, and explore the lakeside walk and deer park. The castle gift shop sells cards, presents and mementos and you can retreat to the Castle Tearoom for a pot of tea, snack or meal. Stroll into the village: there are several shops, an art gallery, a farmyard museum, an ancient church and The Boar’s Head, which has comfortable bedrooms, a guide rated restaurant, bar and beer garden.

Opening times: Castle Easter to end Sept plus Oct half term: Daily. Oct, Nov & March: Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun. Dec, Jan & Feb: Weekends only. Opening times may vary - phone to check. Pre-booked groups are welcome all year. Gardens: Open daily except Dec 25th & 26th, 9.00am -5.00pm (4.30pm winter months) No dogs except guide/ hearing dogs Directions: 3 miles north of Harrogate on the A61. Ripley is on the 36 bus route from Harrogate, Ripon and Leeds: buses every 20 mins. Regular trains from Leeds & York to Harrogate.


Skipton Castle Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW Tel: 01756 792442 Email: Map Ref 27 Guardian of the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years, Skipton Castle, once home to the famous Clifford Lords, is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England. Fully roofed, it is a fascinating and delightful place to explore in any season – from atmospheric Dungeon to the great Watch Tower, from the Chapel to the beautiful Conduit Court – a free self-guiding Tour Sheet is available in 9 languages. You may relax on the peaceful Chapel Terrace with its fine views over the town and woods, and enjoy traditional fare in the Clifford Tea-rooms. The Castle stands at the head of the bustling High Street of this lively unspoilt town with its popular market. Events 2009: For up-to-date information see our website on Opening times: Open every day from 10am (Sundays from 12 noon). Last admissions 6pm (Oct – Feb 4pm). Closed 25 December. Directions: Castle entrance gateway at the head of the High Street. Large car and coach park nearby off the High Street.

Barley Hall 2 Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York YO1 8AR Tel: 01904 610275 Email: Map Ref 8 Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980's the house was hidden under the relatively modern façade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered. The building has now been lovingly restored to its original splendour with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. It has been decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.

Opening times: Open 7 days a week during school holidays (except Christmas) 10am-5pm. 2 Nov 2008 - 18 April 2009: Open Weds - Sat 10am-4pm. Directions: Near York Minster on Coffee Yard, 28 April - 4 Nov 2009: Everyday except Mon, 10am-5pm. which runs between Grape Lane and Stonegate. 10

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN5 7XJ Tel: 01302 722598 Map Ref 37 Discover a way of life now forgotten. The journey begins in the gardens, restored to their Victorian heyday appearance featuring lawns, formal bedding, woodland, wild rose and fern dells as well as the Grove with paths, banks and bridges, winding over and under each other revealing many different vistas. Then enter the hall for a unique take on the country house; shown “as found” in the late 1980s, with everything from high Victoriana to 20th century kitsch, 150 years of family life is revealed. The changing use of the house is tellingly highlighted by the two kitchens, one Victorian with an impressive range oven, the other smaller and cosier, used as servant numbers dwindled. New additions to the collection are the mummified hooves of the famous racehorse Rataplan, who was owned by the family. Newly opened children’s playground. Opening times: Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. House: 1 Apr – 30 Sept: Tue-Sun & Bank hols, 1pm – 5pm. 1 Oct – 1 Nov: Sat – Sun, 12pm – 4pm. Gardens and Tearoom: 1 Apr – 1 Nov: Daily 10am – 5.30pm. 2 Nov – 31 Mar: Sat – Sun 10am – 4pm. Directions: 5 miles NW of Doncaster off A635 Barnsley Road from junction 37 of the A1

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 4NB Tel: 01262 490324 Fax: 01262 490513 Email: Map Ref 3 Burton Agnes Hall is a magnificent example of Elizabethan architecture built in 1598 by Sir Henry Griffith and still lived in by his descendants. The Hall is filled with treasures collected and commissioned by the family over the centuries – original Elizabethan carving and plasterwork and a marvellous collection of impressionist paintings. The Hall is surrounded by lawns and yew topiary bushes while the award winning walled garden has a potager, maze, jungle garden and coloured gardens with giant board games. The fun filled courtyard contains imaginative gifts, plants and dried flowers from the walled garden, and a children’s play area. The Farmers' Food Store is packed with seasonal Yorkshire produce and fruit and vegetables from the garden. Enjoy freshly prepared meals in our Impressionists’ Café and indulgent treats in the ice cream parlour. Opening times: Snowdrop opening 7th February to 1st March - Gardens, Shops and Cafe only. 11am to 4pm. Everything open 1st April to 31st October. 11am to 5pm. Christmas opening 14th Nov to 20th Dec. 11am to 5pm. Please check our website or telephone for special events. Directions: On A614 between Driffield and Bridlington.


Burton Constable Hall Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, Hull, HU11 4LN Tel: 01964 562400 Fax: 01964 563229 Email: via website Map Ref 2 Occupied by the Constable family for over 400 years Burton Constable Hall maintains the atmosphere of a family home. Visitors are offered unrivalled access to more than 30 rooms of faded splendour filled with fine furniture, paintings and sculpture, a library of 5,000 books and a remarkable 18th century 'cabinet of curiosities'. In 2009 visitors will once again be able to wander round the 18th century stable block and take a look inside the recently restored Orangery. Light refreshments are available in our Stables Tea Room or you could bring your own picnic and relax on the lawns and play draughts or croquet by the Orangery. The more energetic could explore our magnificent parkland, pastures and wildfowl lakes. Opening times: Easter Saturday to 29 October Saturday to Thursday inclusive. Hall: 1.00pm to 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm) Grounds, Shop & Tea Room: 12.30pm to 5.00pm Directions: From Beverley: A1035 Bridlington road then follow A165 towards Hull. From Hull: A165 towards Bridlington and follow Historic House signs

Cannon Hall Museum, Park & Gardens Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT Tel: 01226 790270 Fax: 01226 792117 Email: Map Ref 38 Set in over seventy acres of parkland and gardens, Cannon Hall Museum provides a great day out for all the family. The 18th century hall is now a museum containing stunning collections of furniture, old master paintings, glassware and ceramics, displayed in the Hall’s Georgian interiors. The Walled Kitchen Garden and recently restored Cottage Garden are home to over thirty varieties of pears, as well as our famous Muscat Vine. The museum hosts a lively programme of events for all ages throughout the year, as well as having facilities for conferences and civil wedding ceremonies. The Victorian Kitchen Tearooms are open at weekends and school holidays, and the Pavilion in the Park is open all year round for refreshments and gifts. Free admission. Opening times: Open all year –please call 01226 790270 for opening times Directions: Located off the A635, 10 minutes from junction 38 M1. 12

Castle Howard Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA Tel: 01653 648333 Fax: 01653 648529 Email: Map Ref 11 Home to the Howard family, Castle Howard was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1699. Today it’s one of England’s finest historic houses; its spaces filled with worldrenowned collections gathered by succeeding generations. Visitors can explore the house at their own pace, listening as friendly and knowledgeable guides share stories of the house, family and collections. Free outdoorguided tours, which reveal the secrets of the architecture and gardens, take place daily. Exhibitions include Sing a Song of Sixpence: Children’s Picture Books at Castle Howard and Brideshead Restored: The story of restoration at Castle Howard and Brideshead Revisited. Attractions include a new high-energy adventure playground, a choice of six shops, including farm shop and plant centre, plus four cafés. Events are held throughout the year. Opening times: 16 March to 1 November and 28 November to 20 December from 11.00am (last admissions 4.00pm) Gardens, Adventure Playground, Shops and Cafés: Open all year from 10.00am (except Christmas Day) Directions: 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64

Duncombe Park Helmsley, York YO62 5EB Tel: 01439 772625 Fax: 01439 771114 Email: Map Ref 13 Duncombe Park, the family home of the Lord and Lady Feversham, was built in 1713 on a virgin plateau overlooking Helmsley Castle and the valley of the River Rye. The principal rooms of the mansion still remain a fine example of the type of grand interior popular at the end of the 19th century. The House is surrounded by 35 acres of 18th Century landscaped, green gardens including vast terraces, temples and woodlands, described as the ‘supreme masterpiece of the art of the landscape gardener’. In addition to the Garden there are 400 acres of Arcadian Parkland, including a National Nature Reserve. The Parkland offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to admire the veteran trees and various species of wildlife while enjoying the way marked walks, trails and orienteering. Opening times: 12th April to Sunday 25th October Sunday – Thursday. Closed 24th, 25th & 29th June Parkland Centre: (No charge to visit). Fountain Restaurant, Admissions Point and Shop 11.00am 5.30pm Garden: 11.00am – 5.30pm Last Admission 4.30pm House - by Guided Tour only. Tours 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm Directions: Just off the Market Place, accessed from the A170.


Fairfax House Castlegate, York, Y01 9RN Tel:01904 655543 Fax: 01904 652262 Email: Map Ref 8 Fairfax House in York, one of the finest surviving mideighteenth century townhouses in England, is home to an outstanding assembly of Georgian furniture and clocks formed by the late Noel Terry. The House, now owned by York Civic Trust, was created in 1762 as a dowry for Anne Fairfax, the only surviving child of Viscount Fairfax and the family turned to York’s most distinguished Architect, John Carr, to design the interior. The Great Staircase is a positive tour de force with its exquisite Venetian Window, wrought iron and decorative plasterwork. Other rooms are of a similar high standard and the quality is complemented throughout by the contents, not least by Noel Terry’s furniture, a collection with very few equals. The result is a triumphant blend of connoisseurship and conservation, and something to be savoured by any heritage enthusiast. Opening times: Open from 9 February to 31 December 2009 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 11am – 4.30pm. Sunday 1.30pm – 4.30pm Friday only for guided tours at 11am and 2pm and at other times by prior appointment. Groups are welcome, please ring on 01904 655543 to arrange a time. Directions: In York City Centre, close to Clifford’s Tower and the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Harewood House Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG Tel: 0113 2181010 Fax: 0113 2181002 Email: Map Ref 31 Harewood House, home of the Earl of Harewood, provides a great day out for all the family. The House, with its outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and fascinating 'Below Stairs' experience, is set in spectacular landscaped grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks, a Bhutanese Stupa, waterfall and Himalayan Garden. On a visit to Harewood marvel at the Adam ceilings, Chippendale furniture and Old Master paintings, explore the Gardens and Bird Garden while youngsters can enjoy the challenge and excitement of the Adventure Playground. The less adventurous can visit the medieval alabaster table tombs in Harewood Church. Throughout the year Harewood presents a diverse and interesting events calendar, ranging from a classic car rally to outdoor theatre and concerts Opening times: House, Bird Garden, Grounds open daily 3 Apr - 2 Nov 2009. 10.30-18.00 daily Also open out of season at weekends. Please telephone for details or visit Directions: 7 miles equidistant between Leeds and Harrogate on the A61 14

Kiplin Hall & Gardens Near Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT Tel: 01748 818178 Fax: 01748 810194 Email: Map Ref 19 Kiplin Hall is an architecturally interesting Grade I Jacobean house built in 1620 by George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I, 1st Lord Baltimore and founder of Maryland, USA. The Hall is furnished as a Victorian home with personal possessions, paintings and furniture collected over four centuries by the families who owned the Hall – the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots. The collection includes items acquired during the time of the Grand Tour, family portraits, many notable paintings and a room filled with charming watercolours by Louisa, Lady Waterford. Special Exhibition ‘The Arts and Crafts Movement’. Gardens, parkland, lake, fishing and varied programme of special events. ‘Such a lovely warm house with so many interesting things to see!’ – a Canadian visitor. Opening times: 2 – 5pm Easter Friday and Saturday, then 2 – 5pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 30 September. Guided tours for groups by arrangement. KS1 & 2 Education Programme. Directions: 5 Miles East of the A1 on the B6271 Scorton – Northallerton road.

Lotherton Hall Towton Road, Nr Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB Tel: 0113 2645535 Fax: 0113 2326485 Email: Map Ref 32 Make sure you don’t miss Lotherton’s 40th birthday celebrations! Special exhibitions, events and activities will be taking place throughout 2009 to celebrate 40 years since the Estate became a visitor attraction. Lotherton is a beautiful Edwardian country home with attractive gardens and free adventure playground. A large bird garden with over 200 species on display has one of Europe's largest walk-through, free flight aviaries which brings you closer to these beautiful creatures. The formal gardens contain superb herbaceous borders, William and Mary garden, wildflower lawn and woodland walks. Opening times: Summer: April - Oct Grounds: Daily until 8pm. House: Tue – Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Hol. Bird Garden: (From Good Friday) Daily 10am-5pm, Café: Daily 9.30-5pm Winter: Nov - March. Grounds: Daily until 6pm. House: Tue – Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12.00-4pm Closed Mondays and all January and February Bird Garden: Daily 10am-3.30pm. Café: 9.30-4pm. Daily. House, Bird Garden and Cafe closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. Directions: At Aberford on B1217, 13 miles north of Leeds City Centre, 2 miles from M1 junc 47.


Newby Hall & Gardens Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE Tel: 0845 4504068 Fax: 01423 324452 Map Ref 24 Newby Hall is one of England’s renowned Adam houses, an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. The superb contents of the house, collected on the Grand Tour, include a set of French Gobelins tapestries, a gallery of classical statuary and some of Chippendale’s finest furniture. Visitors can enjoy the 25 acres of award winning gardens full of rare and beautiful plants. The famous double herbaceous borders are flanked by numerous compartmented gardens such as the Rose and Autumn Gardens and the Water Garden. Add to this a wonderful children’s adventure garden with a moated fort and water play features; miniature railway to ride; a Woodland Discovery Walk and Contemporary Sculpture Park and you have the perfect day out for all ages. Opening times: 1st April – 27th September 2009, Tuesday – Sunday plus Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in July & August. Gardens: 11am – 5.30pm House: 12noon – 4pm Directions: B6265 to Ripon, 2 miles from the A1M junction 48

Normanby Hall Country Park Normanby, Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU Tel: 01724 720588 Fax: 01724 721248 Email: Map Ref 6 300 acres of gardens, parkland and woodland are a treat for every gardener. Step back in time in the magnificent Victorian walled garden with its traditionally grown heritage varieties of vegetables and wall-trained fruit. There are stunning herbaceous borders in the Secret and Sunken Gardens, whilst the Christmas Garden provides seasonal winter interest. There are superb mature trees in the woodland and wonderful displays of naturalised bulbs in spring. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the lovely Regency Hall with its elegant period interiors and costume galleries and the fascinating Farming Museum giving a glimpse into North Lincolnshire’s rural past. Silver Award winner in the East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2007. Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Medal Winners in 2008 Opening times: Park open all year – 9.00 am until dusk Walled Garden open all year – 10.30 am until 4.30 pm (3.30 pm in winter) Hall open 29 March – 27 September 2009 1.00 - 5.00 pm daily Directions: 4 miles north of Scunthorpe on the B1430 16

Oakwell Hall Country Park Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG Tel: 01924 326240 Fax: 01924 326249 Email: Map Ref 34 This Elizabethan manor house has delighted visitors for centuries. Charlotte Brontë visited on many occasions in the 19th century and was so inspired by the house that it featured as Fieldhead, the home of the heroine in Shirley. The Hall was built in 1583 by John Batt and is set as it would have looked in the late 17th century, with a mixture of authentic and reproduction furnishings creating a real impression of a post Civil War gentry household. The formal 17th century garden has been planted with box hedges in geometric patterns, inspired by the wood Opening times: Open every day except Good and plaster designs in the Hall, and was awarded a Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day Silver Gilt Award from Yorkshire in Bloom in 2008. and New Years Day. 11am – 5pm Monday to Beyond the gardens are 100 acres of Green Flag Award Friday & 12noon – 5pm Saturday and Sunday. From 1st November to 28th February Hall Winning country park, featuring a visitor centre with admission is free. accessible toilets, cafe, Discover Oakwell Exhibition, Directions: The Hall is located off the A652, a playground, Countryside Centre, nature trail and free mile north of Birstall. Follow the tourist signs off parking. Junction 27 of the M62, heading towards Huddersfield on the A62.

Red House Oxford Road, Gomersal, Nr Cleckheaton, BD19 4JP Tel: 01274 335100 Email: Map Ref 35 This delightful former home of woollen cloth merchants the Taylor family dates from 1660 and has fascinating Brontë connections. Charlotte Brontë often visited her close friend Mary Taylor here and featured Red House in her novel Shirley. See 1830s middle-class home life vividly portrayed, from the elegant parlour to the stone flagged kitchens. A rare example of beautiful recreated 1830s gardens provide an enchanting setting for the house - take a stroll amongst the scented old roses, ornamental 'flower basket' beds and unusual varieties of period plants and shrubs. This award winning site includes restored outbuildings with exhibitions exploring Brontë links and Spen Valley local history. Free admission. Opening times: Open all year except Good Friday, Christmas & New Year (Please telephone for details): Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm; Sat – Sun 12noon – 5pm Directions: M62 junction 26. Follow Leeds A58, then turn right onto A651 to Gomersal. Follow Tourist signs. Red House is on A651 in Gomersal.


Sewerby Hall & Gardens Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA Tel: 01262 673769 Fax: 01262 673090 Email: Map Ref 1 Situated in a dramatic cliff-top position, forming the gateway to the Flamborough Heritage Coast, Sewerby Hall & Gardens, set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland, enjoys spectacular views over Bridlington Bay. The Hall contains the magnificent Orangery, the History of East Yorkshire permanent display, art and craft galleries and a souvenir & gift shop. The award winning gardens (Gold Award in 2008 Yorkshire in Bloom Competition) are amongst the best in the region and include pleasure gardens, walled gardens, pitch & putt golf course, putting green, small children’s zoo (Penguins fed at 3.00pm), craft units and Tea Rooms. Major events for 2009 include Medieval Jousting, Napoleonic Battle, Roman Re-enactment weekend, Cancer Research “Race for Life” as well as many other band concerts, car rallies, piano recitals and craft fairs. For the children there is the fun Parkland Kids experience as well as many other holiday activities. Opening times: Estate open all year round dawn til dusk. Car park open/closed according to seasonal daylight hours. Hall/tea rooms/golf course open daily Easter to end of Oct. Directions: Sewerby Hall & Gardens is located 2 miles North of Bridlington in Sewerby Village. Follow signs for Flamborough/Sewerby or the brown tourist signs from the outskirts of Bridlington.

Sledmere House & Gardens Sledmere, Driffield, East Yorks YO25 3XG Tel: 01377 236637 Fax: 01377 236500 Email: Map Ref 4 There is something about the charm of Sledmere which has captivated visitors for over 200 years. Carefully designed by Sir Christopher Sykes 2nd Baronet and nurtured by successive generations this very special place brings new devotees every year. Jealously guarded, but hard not to share, the atmosphere is informal, the landscape breathtaking and the welcome warm and friendly. Gardeners, antique and architecture lovers, walkers, bird watchers, military enthusiasts, photographers, painters and music buffs all seem instantly at home. A great place for a real Country House Cream Tea, a game of hide and seek, a snooze under a beech tree, a little indulgent shopping, a brisk walk in the deer park … you decide. Visit the Triton Gallery for weekly art exhibitions. New for 2009 Children’s Play Area. Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award 2008 Opening times: Season Friday 10 April to Sunday 27 September: Tues, Weds, Thurs, Frid & Sun. BH Sats & Mons. Grounds, Shop & Terrace Café: Open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm House & The Triton Gallery: 11.00 am – (last admission 4.00 pm) Directions: Off the A166 between York & Bridlington, on the scenic route. 18

Sutton Park Sutton on the Forest, York YO61 1DP Tel: 01347 810249 Fax: 01347 811251 Email: Map Ref 10 Sutton Park, the Yorkshire home of Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield, is a charming lived in house, built of mellow brick in 1730 by Thomas Atkinson. The House contains beautiful eighteenth century futnirure, paintings mostly from Buckingham House, created by Sir John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham and now Buckingham Palace. Also an important collection of porcelain and magnificent plaster-work by Cortese. Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Gilt Award Winner 2008 the gardens attract visitors from home and abroad and have been featured in many prestigious publications. Herbaceous and rose borders are full of rare and interesting plants, laid out with great care over the past forty years. In the grounds, Edwardian Fernery, Georgian Icehouse, Children's Adventure Playground and Woodland Walk. Tearooms serving delicious homemade fayre. Arriving in 2009 - Minster Falconry, extra charges will apply, please ring for details.

Opening times: April - September House: Every Wed and Sun and all Bank Holidays. 1.30 - 5pm - Last Tour 4pm Gardens: Daily 11 - 5pm Tearooms: Wed to Sun 11 - 5pm Private visits any day or evening by appointment. Directions: 8 miles north of York on B1363 York to Helmsley Road off York By-Pass.

Temple Newsam Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AD Tel: 0113 2645535 Fax: 0113 2326485 Email: Map Ref 33 Temple Newsam is one of the most celebrated historic houses in the country with over forty lovingly restored rooms open to view showing a rich history with royal links and the lives of the people who worked and lived on the Estate. The historic estate landscaped by "Capability" Brown in the 18th century has over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland, and farmland and two 18-hole golf courses. 'Home Farm’ has some of the rarest cattle in the world and rare breed pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens. There are regular rural craft demonstrations, as well as children’s craft and story telling activities. New for 2009: Mrs Pawson’s Provisions – a kitchen pantry and garden shop. Opening times: House and Farm closed Mons (except Bank Hols - the farm is open on Mons during school hols) House, Home Farm and Café closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day. Summer - House: 10.30am-5pm, Home Farm: 10am-5pm, Café Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.30pm and Sat -Sun 10.30-5.30pm. Grounds: Open daily until dusk Winter - House: 10.30am-4pm, Home Farm: 10am4pm, Café 10.30am-4.15pm Grounds: Daily until dusk Directions: 4 miles from Leeds City centre off B6159 (previously A63) or 2 miles from the M1, junction 46.


The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP Tel: 01833 690606 Fax: 01833 637163 Email: Map Ref 17 With its wonderful history and outstanding treasures there is always something to inspire and entertain at The Bowes Museum. Purpose built in the 19th Century by businessman John Bowes and his French actress wife Joséphine, this French style château is one of the most important museums outside London. A major transformation has taken place for 2009, aimed at enhancing the visitor experience. Opening in Spring is a stunning new Silver and Metals Gallery, while Summer sees the dawn of a state-of-the-art Textiles and Dress Gallery. The major exhibition for Summer 2009 is Toy Tales, charting 60 years of BBC children’s television programmes, which is sure to inject visitors of all ages with a dose of nostalgia. The acclaimed Café Bowes, the gift shop, entrance hall and visitor amenities are also being enhanced to ensure a quality day out for all. Opening times: Open daily 10.00 - 5.00. Closed only 25 & 26 December & 1 January Directions: Situated on Newgate in the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle just off the A66. 17 miles from Darlington rail station.

Bolton Abbey Estate Office, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6EX Tel: 01756 718009 Fax: 01756 710535 Email: Map Ref 26 Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe this historic estate is the Yorkshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and a magnet for visitors drawn to its breath taking landscape and excellent facilities. • Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend • Wander along the woodland and riverside paths or cross the exposed heights of heather moorland • Enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tea rooms and cafes • Indulge in a little retail therapy in the gift and food shops • Or simply relax and enjoy a picnic whilst the children play. • Electric and manual wheelchairs are available from April to October giving access to the Priory Ruins, Strid Wood, the Strid and riverside. • Dogs are welcome. Opening times: Open everyday from 9am. Directions: Just off the A59 on the B6160 between Harrogate and Skipon. For satellite navigation our postcode is BD23 6EX. 20

Enjoy a great day out with the National Trust in Yorkshire Beningbrough Hall

Visit some of the county’s most magnificent houses, glorious gardens and historic ruins including:

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, Nr York East Riddlesden Hall

Uncover the past in our Making Faces, Eighteenth Century Style galleries at York’s ‘country house and garden.

East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley Home to a family of entrepreneurs; see the exquisite embroideries, plasterwork, pewter and oak, which breathe life into their stories. Nostell Priory & Parkland

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Nr Ripon 900 years of history on one estate. Enjoy the ruins of Fountains Abbey and the gardens of Studley Royal

Nunnington Hall

Nostell Priory & Parkland, Nr Wakefield Visit and be amazed at this opulent treasure trove with over 100 pieces of Chippendale furniture. With extensive parkland and gardens.

Nunnington Hall, Nr Helmsley Ormesby Hall

This country house is home to an unusual collection of miniature rooms and also has a fantastic changing programme of art and photographic exhibitions.

Ormesby Hall, Nr Middlesbrough Rievaulx Terrace & Temples

Step back in time to this intimate family home, lived in by the Pennyman family for over 300 years.

Rievaulx Terrace & Temples Nr Helmsley Treasurer’s House

Stroll and picnic on the elegant grass, with stunning views across the Hambleton hills and down to Rievaulx Abbey (EH).

Treasurer's House, York Built over a Roman road, this house is not all that it seems! Discover four centuries of style and hear what plumber Harry Martindale once saw in our famous ghost cellar.

Nearly all properties have a tearoom or shop, with events and activities all year round. For more information tel: 01904 702021 or visit:


York Gate Garden

An outstanding example of late 20th century garden design, this one acre garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens with different themes and in contrasting styles. It is particularly noted for its striking architectural features and exquisite vistas. Opening times: 2nd April – 27th September on Thurs, Suns & BH Mons, 2pm – 5pm. Directions: 2 miles SE of Bramhope, signed from A660. Park in Church Lane near the church & take public footpath through churchyard to garden. Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds LS16 8DW Tel. 0113 2678240 Email:


Our gardens offer a wonderful experience for visitors at all levels of interest from the expert and the dedicated amateur through to those who appreciate the beauty of English gardens and landscapes. As well as the dedicated gardens listed under the ‘Great Gardens’ section our attractions have an extensive and diverse range of period gardens, woodlands and parklands maintained by dedicated horticulturists to high standards National Collections; Parterres; Knot Gardens; Kitchen Gardens; Water Gardens; Arboreta; Vast Herbaceous Borders; Rose Gardens; Swathes of Rhododendrons; Hosts of Daffodils, Tulips & Bluebells; Capability Brown Landscapes and Flora to astound the Visitor in every Season of the Year.


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Sewerby Hall & Gardens (p18) Burton Constable Hall (p12) Burton Agnes Hall (p11) Sledmere House (p18) Walled Garden at Scampston (p7) Normanby Hall Country Park (p16) Burnby Hall Gardens (p4) Barley Hall (p10) Fairfax House (p14) Treasurer’s House (p21) Beningbrough Hall & Gardens (p21) Sutton Park (p19) Castle Howard (p13) Nunnington Hall (p21) Duncombe Park (p13)

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Helmsley Walled Garden (p5) Rievaulx Terrace & Temples (p21) Ormesby Hall (p21) Raby Castle (p9) The Bowes Museum (p20) Constable Burton Hall Gardens (p4) Kiplin Hall & Gardens (p15) Bolton Castle (p8) The Forbidden Corner (p5) Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre (p6) Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (p21) Newby Hall & Gardens (p16) Ripley Castle (p9) Bolton Abbey (p20)

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Skipton Castle (p10) East Riddlesden Hall (p21) RHS Garden Harlow Carr (p6) Harewood House (p14) Lotherton Hall Estate & Gardens (p15) Temple Newsam (p19) Oakwell Hall Country Park (p17) Red House Museum (p17) Nostell Priory & Parkland (p21) Brodsworth Hall (EH) (p11) Cannon Hall Museum & Gardens (p12) Wentworth Castle Gardens (p7) Yorkshire Sculpture Park (p8)

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