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Ripley Castle

Harrogate Yorkshire England
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Inspiring Gardens and a Riot of Colour

Ripley Castle is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a

fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location, with memorable surroundings.

Because it has belonged to the same family for twenty six generations, Ripley's colourful and

sometimes gruesome history is well documented. If the Castle walls could talk they would tell

the story of kings and queens, civil war, plagues and numerous clandestine affairs. The guided

tours are very entertaining and informative as there are so many humorous anecdotes about the

castle and the family. You get to see some 16th century books, Royal Greenwich Civil War

armour and the secret priest's hiding hole, only discovered by accident in 1964. The Ingilbys

were prominent Catholics. Francis was martyred in York in 1586 and several others were

implicated in the Gunpowder Plot. 'Trooper Jane,' a redoubtable loyalist, held Oliver Cromwell at

pistol point in the Castle Library. There are also special children's tours which are hugely


There are delightful walled gardens; impressive hot houses, herbaceous borders and kitchen

gardens with herbs, rare vegetables and fruit trees. Visit the Walled Gardens in April where

there is a collection of Hyacinths giving a riot of colour and a lovely aroma. There is a play trail

for children and a lovely walk around the lake and deer park. Following your tour of the Castle

and Gardens visit the Gift Shop which is full of inspiring presents to suit all ages, and sample

delicious fayre made with local produce in the Tearoom. The cobbled village has several shops;

an Art Gallery, an ancient church and a charming Inn, The Boar's Head,

with bar, brasserie and beer garden.


Telephone: 01423 770152

Email: enquiries@ripleycastle.co.uk

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Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Driffield Yorkshire England
Description : 

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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Skipton Castle

Skipton Yorkshire England
Description : 

Skipton Castle, standing at the head of Skipton's bustling High Street, on a 40-metre high crag, the motto of the Cliffords - Desormais - Henceforth, clearly written in stone above its four strong tower Gatehouse is a tribute to master craftsmen and still stands as guardian of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.  

For five centuries Skipton Castle became a major stronghold of the powerful Clifford Lords who participated in all the major battles; from Bannockburn to Crecy; Agincourt to the Wars of the Roses.  George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland became Queen's Champion to Elizabeth I having distinguished himself against the Spanish Armada, as well as ransoming Puerto Rico.  In December 1645, a column of soldiers, weary, tattered but with colours flying and trumpets sounding, marched out of the Castle gate and away down the wide High Street, surrendering (with honour) after a three-year siege.   As the King's last stronghold in the North of England, Cromwell decreed that the Castle should be destroyed following the Civil War.
Following the slighting of the Castle, Lady Anne Clifford, who was born in Skipton Castle and rightly very proud of her birthplace, was allowed to restore the building providing the roofs were not able to hold cannon and in the beautiful Conduit Court, she planted the Yew tree which still survives 350 years later.
yorks-skiptoncourtToday the castle, its rooms intact and still fully roofed, bears witness to its long history. How did the Masons toiling away lift the huge stones and why did they carve their initials in the stones?
As one walks around it is easy to imagine the Lord and his Lady in the Banqueting Hall with huge fires smouldering in the hearth, attended by their servants as they serve them warm broth, venison or mutton, caught during the summer, salted and hung in store in the curing rooms.
From the top of the Watchtower, look far into the distance, as did the soldiers long ago as they kept watch over the valley and town whilst in the dark depths of the dungeon, the prisoners huddled together for warmth whilst awaiting trial at York Assizes.
Fun for all the family before your visit, see Skipton Castle's exciting web site www.skiptoncastle.co.uk and become Lady Anne or George, 3rd Earl of Cumberland with your own facemask, a cut-out model.  There are many activities to be found including making your own model of the Gatehouse or kitchen scene. Art is made easy with various scenes to colour in and to make the brain work harder, a word search!  
Skipton Castle Events 2018

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Sunday 1 to Monday 2 April
Sir William Petty
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)
Come and meet Sir William a 17th Century mathematician and philosopher, who reveals that he has embarked on an exciting experiment - an attempt to travel forwards in time to April 2018
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)
15th Century Wars of the Roses
Journey back to the 15th Century during the Wars with the Red Wyvern Society. See a recreation of a medieval campsite within the castle grounds and the garrison demonstrate their arms and armour.
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 June
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)
Re-live 1308 Medieval life
Journey back to the 14th Century with Tournee and see a glimpse of Skipton Castles medieval life.
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 July
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)
15th Century Castle Life
Buckingham's Retinue recreates life as it may have been in Skipton during the Wars of the Roses
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 July
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)
The Queen's Regiment
See this Regiment prepare for battle against the 1715 Jacobite Rising
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 August
Meet the Governor
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)
Come and meet Sir John Mallory Governor of Skipton Castle during the English Civil War
Hear about the castle's siege and skirmishes its garrison have already fought and how the
King's cause is faring in Yorkshire
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 August
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)The Queens Regiment 4
12 Century Knights
Hear the walls echo to the sounds of swords and shields from re-enactors, Historia Normannis. See medieval craftsmen demonstrate their trades, knights display their prowess.
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 August
10:00 to 17:00 (11:00 Sun)
The Yorkshire Highwayman
John Nevison was a famous late 17th century Yorkshire highwayman who robbed the length of the Great North Road
Adult £8.30, child £5.20, con £7.30

01756 792442


Open every day, admission prices and the latest list of events which are regularly featured at the Castle can be found on the web page which is updated regularly.  Self-guiding tour sheets are available in 9 languages; English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Esperanto.
Come and explore and receive a warm welcome!


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Ripon Yorkshire England
Description : 
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A World Heritage Site

Found near Ripon, World Heritage site Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has long been a place of enchantment for those who wander the grounds. With beautifully designed water-gardens, follies and statues, it's a place of peace, tranquillity and drama. As you explore the garden and round the corner of the mirrored ponds, the greatest folly of all is revealed - the ancient ruins of Fountains Abbey.

Folly! in the water garden
Surprising, intriguing and elegant, the gardens have always been a source of delight for visitors, and 2018 is going to be no exception. Folly! is making a comeback - and it's bigger than ever for its third year.

Dotted with follies, whimsical, exotic structures designed to catch the eye and add intrigue to the landscape, from April - November, four new striking and surprising artworks will appear in the garden. Designed by architects and artists, they will playfully re-imagine Studley Royal's lost follies which were left to ruin.

If you can't wait 'til April, join in the Gardens of Light celebrations in February 2018 - a worldwide celebration of the wonder of gardens. Pack a torch and come for an after dark adventure through these captivating gardens to see the statues and follies lit up, glowing bright against the night sky.

What else is going on?
Learn the stories behind the abbey walls in a guided tour with one of the expert guides. Rich but turbulent, the centuries of history are brought to back to life - a great way to learn more about the site. With fantastic nature walks running throughout the year, deer watch walks and holiday activities for all the family, there's lots on to keep you entertained.

Make sure to pack your boots for a lovely long walk whatever the season, taking in wonderful views and vistas throughout the estate, woodland pathways, valley strolls and the medieval deer park.

Telephone 01765 608888
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Treasurer's House, York

York Yorkshire England
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There are ghosts aplenty in York and nowhere more so that at the Treasurer's House, just behind the Minster.


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