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White Scar Cave

Ingleton Yorkshire England
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 White Scar Cave, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is the longest show cave in Britain. There are underground waterfalls and streams, and thousands of stalactites.

The curious cave formations include the Devil's Tongue, the Arum Lily, and the remarkably lifelike Judge's Head. Guides lead visitors along the well-lit paths and explain the features. The highlight of the tour is the 200,000 year old Battlefield Cavern. Over 330 feet long, with its roof soaring in places to 100 feet, this is one of the largest caverns in Britain. Also shown on the tour are fine examples of the geological feature known as flowstone, and a display of fluorescing stalactites.

Until 1923 these underground wonders remained a secret of nature. In August that year a Cambridge undergraduate undertook a hiking tour of the area. He noticed a slight fissure in the ground, and decided to investigate. Perhaps coincidentally for an explorer, he bore the splendid name Christopher Francis Drake Long. Wearing only his summer clothes of shirt and shorts, and lighting his way with candles stuck in the brim of his hat, he crawled into the low passage. Spurred on by the distant roar of water, he struggled over jagged rocks and through pools, until eventually he found himself at the foot of a waterfall. White Scar Cave had been discovered, and its name was derived from the outcrops of pale rock above the entrance. The huge Battlefield Cavern was found in 1971, its boulder-strewn floor suggestive of fearsome conflict between prehistoric giants.

The River With Mr. LongWe are already thinking how to mark the centenary in 2023 of the cave's discovery. A statue of Christopher Long, complete with candle hat, is planned for the cave entrance. He will look out across the valley, enjoying distant views to the sea. A stone tablet will commemorate the efforts of the 1924 and 1991 tunnelling teams, the former from nearby Ingleton and the latter from Cornwall.

The installation in 2013 of fifty square metres of solar panels on the cafe roof has reduced the carbon footprint of the cave site, which is now a 'micro-generator' exporting surplus power to the national grid. In addition, the programme of converting the cave itself to low-energy lighting is reducing carbon emissions, and helping to preserve the natural cave environment by reducing heat output and inhibiting the growth of algae.

As well as the Christmas grotto in the cave every December, in 2017 we piloted a Hallowe'en themed section of the cave throughout October. This has been a success and will be repeated in October 2018.

Since 2017 a new system for managing outflows from the underground river has been in operation. The cave is a member of the International Show Caves Association.

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The National Coal Mining Museum

Wakefield Yorkshire England
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The National Coal Mining Museum for England offers you the unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground, down one of Britain's oldest working mines.

Take a step back in time with an ex-miner as your guide who will take you around the underground workings, where models and machinery depict methods and conditions of mining from the early 1800s to the present day.

This summer, why not visit the Heroes and Heroines Exhibition which explores the inspirational acts of people who went beyond the call of duty. The exhibition focuses on looking at famous Heroes and Heroines linked with the coal mining industry and its community; its inventors, protectors, activists and reformers. Other activities include a programme of interactive science shows, meet a 'living history' characters and drop in musical events such as 'Mining the musical seam'.

You can also ride the train, an original underground locomotive used at Prince of Wales Colliery, and take in the countryside views from one end of the site to the other. Visit the pit-head baths and the Victorian steam winder, follow the nature trail and find the new adventure playground, then meet the last ever working pit ponies, Eric and Ernie and Clydesdale Finn in the Stables.

Above ground, the story of coal is brought to life through the Museum's new interactive exhibitions and audio-visual plasma screens. The science of coal mining bursts into life and promises to send you away buzzing with ideas!

In need of refreshment? Visit the Museum cafe, which serves a range of traditional Yorkshire food and incorporates a fully licensed bar. Then bag yourself some mining memorabilia in the well-stocked gift shop.

Whatever you come to the National Coal Mining Museum for, you can be sure there'll be plenty to keep you occupied this summer.

There is free admission to all visitors and opening hours 10.00 am - 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January. Arrive early to book onto an underground tour. Temperature underground is 12c; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour, however there is an indoor play area for children under five.


Telephone 01924 848806

Mother Shipton's Cave

Knaresborough Yorkshire England
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Charlotte-Gale-Mother-Shiptons-Dropping-Well-12x8-2369Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton's Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire's famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England's oldest visitor attraction. Visit Knaresborough to discover the story of Mother Shipton and the waters which turn objects to stone.

Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park's natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton's birthplace and her amazing story. She lived some 500 years ago, during the reign of Henry VIII. Her extraordinary prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime; the invention of iron ships; the Great Fire of London in 1666; and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

The park has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd; an adventure playground; and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome throughout the park as long as they are kept on a lead.

During 2019 families can have a Hoppy Easter following an adventure trail; a mythical May Half Term with fairies and dragons; a Summer full of magic, witches and wizards; and a Spooktacular Halloween. 2018 saw the first ever Christmas Experience at the attraction during which children visited Santa; chose a gift from his Toy Shop; sat in his sleigh; and listened to Holly Berry tell a festive story. The event was a resounding success and preparations are underway to make Christmas 2019 even better!

Mother Shipton's Cave is open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 3rd November. Opening times are 10am to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm. At weekends and during the summer holidays the park closes later at 5.30pm, with last admission at 4.30pm. The Christmas Experience is pre-book only (via the website) and runs on selected dates throughout December. There is parking on site - £2 all day in addition to admission. School and group visits are welcome but will need to book ahead. Please note that the park is closed January and February.


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Kirklees Light Railway

Huddersfield Yorkshire England
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The Kirklees Light Railway is situated in the village of Clayton West, near Huddersfield, in the picturesque foothills of the South Pennines.

The railway runs for three and-a-half miles along the old track-bed of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's Clayton West Line branch line, and opened to the public in October 1991.

The journey from Clayton West to Shelley offers fine views of the Grade II listed Emley Transmitting Station and passes through the ancient woodland of Blacker Wood which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The trip also includes passage through the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel which - at 467m long is the longest tunnel on any 15" narrow gauge line in Britain!

Take a ride on the railway's fleet of unique steam and diesel engines as they travel through the glorious surrounding countryside, let the kids run wild on the adventure playgrounds, browse the extensive gift and model railway shop or relax with a cuppa and cake in The Buffer Stop Cafe.

Trains operate every weekend from mid-February to Christmas and daily during school holidays, with the railway also offering a full programme of special events throughout the year.


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Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Driffield Yorkshire England
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Four hundred years ago Sir Henry Griffith built Burton Agnes Hall. Twenty-three generations of the same family have since lived in, looked after, and loved the magnificent Elizabethan home that you enjoy today.

Robert Smythson architecture, and a diverse art collection including exquisite Elizabethan carvings and the finest contemporary works, inspired Simon Jenkins, author of 'England's Thousand Best Houses', to describe Burton Agnes Hall as 'the perfect English house', one of England's twenty finest alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House.

Concealed within its brick boundary, the Elizabethan walled garden will leave visitors mesmerised by flamboyant seasonal displays of colour, shape, texture and scents. Visitors are invited to explore several thousand plant varieties; a potager filled with fruit, vegetables and herbs; herbaceous borders, a jungle garden and a stunning collection of campanulas.

Children and adults alike will find entertainment in the giant board games, may lose their way in the maze, and are invited to explore the gardens with the guidance of Griffy the Goat's fun garden trail.

Visitors will delight in this award winning wonderland, which previously won Christie's Garden of the Year award.

To the north of the Hall lies tranquil woodland with wildlife figures to discover along the path. In February, thousands of snowdrops cover the ground to create an enchanting 'white carpet', and at Easter this historic woodland hosts thousands of enthusiastic chocolate egg hunters.

While wandering through the grounds, you may encounter an artist seeking inspiration. The artist in residence programme allows visiting artists to stay and work at Burton Agnes, year-round. Their artwork is displayed in the Summer House and inside the Hall.

The courtyard shops and cafe are open daily when the gardens are open. Access to the courtyard is free. Relax in the courtyard cafe where the gardens fruit and vegetables create delicious home-made meals and irresistible treats. The coffee is Fairtrade and roasted locally, and the restored 1963-vintage ice cream van offers delectable local ice cream and perfect coffees.

Unusual and handcrafted gifts and souvenirs can be found in the 'Home and Garden' Shop and Gift Shop and a year-round programme of Local artists display and sell their work in a courtyard gallery.

Open from 30th March to 31st October and 14th November to 23rd December, Burton Agnes Hall truly is the perfect English house: with its gardens and buzzing courtyard in addition, you are certain to enjoy a perfect day out.

To discover what's going on Burton Agnes Hall, visit www.burtonagnes.com

Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Telephone: 01262 490 324

Email:  office@burtonagnes.com

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