Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens Set alongside the Italian inspired hall, Beningbrough’s beautifully maintained gardens are home to luxurious borders, pristine lawns and a working walled garden, which provides for the restaurant. Renowned garden designer, Andy Sturgeon has created a long term vision for the garden and exciting changes are gradually being introduced. This year, it’s all about the new Pergola, which will be complete with blooming shrubs, planting and stunning wisteria in its infancy. As spring turns to summer, the borders wake up with tulips, camassia and alliums. Trained roses flower across the many beautiful walls and the double border conjures up the ideal cottage garden. Take a seat among the flowers and enjoy the heady scent of philadelphus or relax on the lawns with views over the surrounding parkland. Colour and shapes continue with dahlias until the first frosts, and Yorkshire champion trees ensure there’s plenty to discover on a winter visit. Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD Tel: 01904 472027
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden Hidden in the Skell valley lies a World Heritage Site waiting to be explored - the ancient ruins of Fountains Abbey and the spectacular Studley Royal water garden. Cistercian monks chose this place to establish Fountains Abbey in 1132, and the walls echo with centuries-old stories. Follow the riverside path to Studley Royal water garden, a playful pleasure garden which turns 300 this year. Marking the 300th anniversary in style, the folly! art programme is back in the water garden. Four outdoor installations designed by internationally renowned architects and artists are on display until 4 November, re-imagining the garden’s lost follies with interactive, family-friendly artworks. Beyond the garden find the deer park with herds of wild deer, ancient trees and plenty of walking. Visit the gothic St Mary’s Church and take in the views down to Ripon cathedral. Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY Tel: 01765 608888
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