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Rievaulx Abbey

Helmsley North Yorkshire England
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Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.


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Sandal Castle

Wakefield Yorkshire England
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In a commanding position overlooking the River Calder, to the south of Wakefield city centre stands Sandal Castle.


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Escape Reality

Leeds Yorkshire England
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Escape Reality in Leeds is a game played in real life. You and your team have just 60 minutes to escape one of our uber-real rooms.


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Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Yorkshire England
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Discover a place where kings were made – and killed. Explore the remnants of ferocious sieges – and Victorian pleasure grounds. Imagine loyal Royalist soldiers – and unfaithful royal lovers. Visit Pontefract Castle. 

Located in the heart of West Yorkshire, in the historic market town of Pontefract, for centuries this once-fearsome fortress dominated not only the local town, but the politics and power balance of the entire Yorkshire region and beyond.
Situated on a rocky hill, the castle was constructed in approximately 1070 by Ilbert de Lacy, on land granted to him by William the Conqueror as a reward for his support during the Norman Conquest.
Although Pontefract started life as a wooden structure, it didn't remain that way. The castle was extensively rebuilt in stone, and as it passed into ever more powerful hands, grew to a vast size, eventually becoming one of the most strategically important castles in England, earning the nickname, "Key to the North".
Pontefract played a pivotal role throughout the Wars of the Roses. It was to Pontefract that Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV) raced after landing at Ravenspurn, determined to take back his birthright and dethrone his cousin, Richard II. Henry was successful, imprisoning Richard in Pontefract Castle, where he died – rumoured to have been starved to death – in 1400.
So great was its fame that Shakespeare included Pontefract Castle in two of his plays, Richard II and Richard III.
Even during calmer times, the castle was steeped in intrigue. In 1541, Henry VIII's fifth wife, Catherine Howard, allegedly began her affair with Sir Thomas Culpepper while at Pontefract Castle. The pair were later executed when their relationship was discovered.
During the Civil War, the castle endured three bitter sieges, changing hands from Royalists to Parliamentarians and back again. Even after the death of Charles I, the castle refused to surrender, holding out for two months and proclaiming Charles' son (later Charles II) King. Eventually, the Royalists were forced to concede defeat, marking the end of the castle's power. Cromwell ordered the castle demolished, and it fell into disrepair.
The site was employed for a variety of unusual uses, including as a Victorian pleasure ground, as well as growing and storing Pontefract's most famous crop – liquorice!
Today, the castle still keeps a watchful eye over the town, but it is now a place of family-friendly adventure, with wide open spaces to explore and play, and fascinating ruins to investigate.
Discover the captivating stories of the castle – and the people who lived there – in the History of Pontefract Castle displays. Take a chilling tour of the dungeons – see where prisoners left to languish scratched their names into the rock.
Stand in the remains of the kitchens, with its newly-recreated working stone oven, and be transported to a time when the castle was equipped for lavish banquets, playing host to some of England's most famous monarchs. And then partake in a mini-banquet of your own: delicious hot and cold food and drinks are available from the bright and welcoming Liquorice Café.
It's a great time to visit the castle. The £3.5 million Heritage Lottery Fund project to preserve the ruins of the castle and improve visitor facilities was completed in 2019, opening up parts of the castle not seen for centuries and making it much more accessible.
An exciting new castle-themed play area has been installed, featuring a battering ram swing, drawbridge, ramparts, cargo nets, two slides and more. It incorporates challenging and engaging play opportunities for children, and is a high-quality, bespoke design especially for the castle.
And as always, the castle hosts an exciting range of events and activities throughout the year, celebrating the fortress' rich and diverse history.
Entry to the castle is free, with parking available on site and in nearby town centre car parks. The castle is situated only a short walk from Pontefract's historic town centre, where you'll find plenty of reasons to extend your visit, including quirky independent boutiques, excellent local food and drink, and the castle's sister venue, Pontefract Museum.
For more information, visit: www.pontefractcastle.co.uk

Pontefract Castle is part of Wakefield Museums and Castles, a group of five venues owned and operated by Wakefield Council. All five venues are open year-round and all are free.

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Ripon Cathedral

Ripon North Yorkshire England
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When you visit Ripon Cathedral you will experience a great sense of peace within this sacred space as well as being thrilled by this glorious building sanctified by centuries of prayer.

Here you will find a beautiful church with a history reaching back to the 7th Century.
Within its hallowed walls can be found the inspiration for both WW1 poet Wilfred Owen and author Lewis Carroll. Carvings in the quire are thought to be the basis of Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Its remarkable Anglo-Saxon crypt is the oldest part of any English cathedral and is a replica of the empty tomb of the risen Christ. In the quire you will find Comper's altar screen, part of the city's unusual WW1 memorial, as well as fossils in the floor and angels on high.
We enjoy welcoming both pilgrims and tourists; find out about our founder St Wilfrid (a fascinating tale...) take a themed trail (available in various languages) and tread in the footsteps of saints and pilgrims across 13 centuries.
There are children's trails, stories to capture the imagination and intriguing spaces to explore – not least the subterranean passages to the crypt. The cathedral offers a great morning or afternoon visit for families come rain or shine!
The renowned 7th century Ripon Jewel and the collection of silver in the cathedral's library are not to missed.
Step inside the cool stone precincts of this ancient building and find calm and tranquility; light a candle, say a prayer, stay on for choral evensong, the most beautiful service sung by our acclaimed choir.
Visit the cathedral shop to buy a gift or memento; you will find locally sourced products including foodstuffs, beers and gins!
Ripon Cathedral is home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds and a community of Christians, motivated by God's love and a desire to reach out in service to the wider community.

Architecture, heritage, craftsmanship and a sense of wonder at God's grandeur – all set in the historic gateway city to the Dales – where tea shops and eateries abound!

We look forward to welcoming you... what will you discover?

Ripon Cathedral - open daily 8.30am – 6.15pm (Sundays to 5pm). Entrance is free.

Invite from the Very Revd John Dobson DL, Dean of Ripon

This is the national Year of Pilgrimage. Some of our great cathedrals are keeping significant commemorations, not least Canterbury with the 850th anniversary of Archbishop Thomas Becket's murder in the cathedral by order of King Henry II. We at Ripon, fortunate enough to have the Anglo-Saxon crypt, the oldest built fabric of all England's cathedrals, are keen to play our part.

Here we keep 2020 as the year of Pilgrimage to Peace. Supporting the national theme, our packed programme includes the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War and acknowledges the need in our country and world for reconciliation and peace where, all too often, the lives of God's children and creation are spoilt by tensions, divisions and conflict.

In mediaeval times, Ripon, like many other cathedrals, was a centre of pilgrimage. There was a natural human desire to go in search of those things that could enable people to reach a deeper, truer reality. The motivation for much pilgrimage, and many other human pursuits, is no different today.

Whatever your reason for visiting Ripon Cathedral, I invite you to enjoy this wonderful building and all its community offers. See our website, www.riponcathedral.org.uk for more details of special events throughout the year.


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Every day is a great day out at Burton Constable. There's so much to enjoy and discover, inside and out. Burton Constable is only 10 miles east of Hull city centre. Visit www.burtonconstable.com