What To Do

Halls, Castles and Ruins

AUSTWICK HALL
Austwick, Near Settle, LA2 8BS
Tel: (015242) 51794
Historic Dales manor house dating from 16th century with later additions. Garden tours by arrangement. Admission: adults £8, children £4.
austwickhall.co.uk

BARDEN TOWER
Nr Bolton Abbey, Skipton
Tel: (01756) 718009
Former 12c Hunting Lodge that was extensively enlarged first by Henry Clifford “The Shepherd Lord” and then by Anne Clifford. Now a ruin but still makes for an imposing spectacle on the valley approaches. Information point and tea room / restaurant on site. Free viewing and open all year round. Public toilets available.
boltonabbey.com/what-to-see/barden-tower

BARLEY HALL
Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 2AW
Tel: (01904) 610275
A well restored 15th century home which features superb hangings and beautiful furniture. Opening Times: Daily 1 April-3 November 10am-5pm, 4 November-31 March 10am-4pm. Admission: Adult £6, Children £3, Concession £4.50. Public toilets available.
barleyhall.co.uk

BENINGBROUGH HALL (National Trust)
Shipton-by-Beningbrough, York, YO6 1DD
Tel: (01904) 472027
This exquisite Georgian Hall was built in 1716 by John Bourchier. It boasts beautiful carving, furniture, porcelain, a splendid cantilevered staircase, pictures on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, and an impressive Victorian laundry. Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday. House 12noon-5pm, last admissions 4.30pm. Gardens 12noon-5pm, last admissions 4.30pm. Admission: adult £10, children £5, family £25. Facilities for the disabled, Restaurant and Public Toilets available.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough-hall

BOLLING HALL
Bowling Hall Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD4 7LP
Tel: (01274) 431814 or 431826
The interior of the house alternates from a medieval tower to an 18th century wing. The rooms contain period furniture and furnishings. One of its most celebrated features is the central hall with gallery and early stained glass window. Opening Times: Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday 12noon-5pm plus Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission: No Charge. Parking and Public toilets available.
www.bradfordmuseums.org/venues/bolling-hall

BOLTON CASTLE
Wensleydale
Famous for its use as a prison for Mary Queen of Scots (1568-9). This building was primarily a fortified manor house, but its beneficial hilltop location suggested its conversion to a small fortress in the fourteenth century. Opening Times: Open daily 10am – 5pm from Saturday 14th February until Sunday 1st November 2015 (except Feb, March & Oct when castle closes at 4pm). Admission Charges:
Castle, Gardens and Grounds:
Adults – £8.50
Concessions – £7.00 (Over 60s’, students and children aged 5-18)
Family Ticket – £30.00 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child)
Gardens Only:
(includes Boar Park, Falconry flying display, birds on weather, bee observation hive children’s trail, local rare breed sheep including Wensleydales)
Adults – £4.00
Concessions – £3.00 (Over 60s’, students and children aged 5-18)
Family Ticket – £12.50 (2 adults and up to 3 concessions which must include at least 1 child)
www.boltoncastle.co.uk

BOLTON PRIORY
Bolton Abbey, near Skipton
The majority of this magnificent building was constructed by 1220, but some of its superb features were later additions; the west tower dates from 1520, and the impressive gateway is 14th century. The Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1535 led to the destruction of the priory, but the original nave survived to be incorporated into the existing Priory church. Estate open from 9am daily. Admission: £8 per vehicle.
boltonabbey.com

BRAITHWAITE HALL (National Trust)
East Witton, Leyburn, DL8 4SY
Tel: (01969) 640287
Once a 17th century hall, but now a family home and working farmhouse. Open June, July and August (visits by arrangement in advance with the tenant). No access for coaches, and no WCs.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/braithwaite-hall

BRODSWORTH HALL (English Heritage)
Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XJ
Tel: (01302) 722598
This Victorian House has magnificently restored gardens and an unforgettable drawing room with Corinthian columns, glittering chandeliers and walls of red silk damask. See website for opening times. Admission: House & Garden Adult £10, Concession £9, Children £6. Parking, Refreshments, Public Toilets and Facilities for the disabled available.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens

BURNBY HALL GARDENS
Tel: (01759) 302068
Spectacular gardens, celebrated for their display of hard water lilies. Major Stewart participated in seven world tours and the house displays the items he brought back; for example animals, weapons and art. Open from Saturday 28th March to 11th October 2009, between 10:00am and 6:00pm. The last admittance is at 5:00pm. Admission: Adults £4.80, Senior citizens £4.10, Children 5-15 £2.60, Parties over 20 £4. Please telephone 01759 307125 for accurate details.
www.burnbyhallgardens.com

BURTON AGNES HALL & GARDENS
Estate Office, Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 0ND
Tel: (01262) 490324
This Elizabethan Hall is graced by Impressionist paintings and treasures collected over four centuries. The walled garden also captivates with its assortment of flowers and plants. Opening Times: 31 January – 8 March 11am-4pm; 1 April – 31 October 11am – 5pm. Admission: Hall & Gardens £10 adult, £9.50 OAP, £5 children (5-16 years; under fives are free). Gardens only: £7 adult, £6.50 OAP, £4 children. Parking, Refreshments, Public Toilets and Facilities for the disabled available. Dogs on lead allowed.
www.burtonagnes.com

BURTON CONSTABLE HALL
Tel: (01964) 562400
A 16th century hall in a superb location with Capability Brown landscaped grounds also magnificent interiors. Opening Times: Easter-October Sunday-Thursday Grounds, stables, gift shop and tearooms 11am-5pm, house 12noon-5pm, Last Admissions 4pm. House and Grounds: Adult £8.75, Senior Citizens £8.25, Children £4.50 (5-15 years), Family £22 (2 adults + 4 children), Grounds and Stables Only: Adult £4.50, Child £2.75
www.burtonconstable.com

BYLAND ABBEY
Tel: (01347) 868614
The remains of this ruined monastery and a comprehensive collection of medieval floor tiles survive amidst a beautiful country setting. Admission: Adults £4.70, Concessions £4.20, Children £2.80 Parking and Public Toilets availiable. Location: By Car 2 miles south of A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk, near Coxwold Village. See website for up-to-date opening times.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/byland-abbey

CANNON HALL
Cawthorne, Bransley, S75 4AT
Tel: (01226)790270
This country house built by a Yorkshireman, John Carr, is now a museum containing pottery, pewter, glass and paintings; for example items by Constable. The Regimental Museum of the 13th/18th Hussars is also incorporated at Cannon Hall. The beautiful grounds, which include a walled garden with a 200 year old vine, perfectly accentuate this historic building. Museum Opening Times: Easter to October, Saturday to Wednesday, 11am – 5pm (last admission 4:15pm). Admission: Free
www.cannon-hall.co.uk

CASTLE HOWARD
York, YO6 7DA
Tel: (01653) 648333 Fax: (01653) 648501
Email: admin@castlehoward.demon.co.uk
The film location for ‘Brideshead Revisited’ offers not only a splendid 18th century palace, but exquisite grounds and gardens which incorporate lawns, scenic lakes, rose gardens and woodland. Opening Times: The house is open from Saturday 21 March to Sunday 1 November 2015, from 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm) and again for the festive season (Saturday 21 November – Wednesday 23 December). Admission: House & Gardens: Adults £15.00, Concession £13.00, Child £7.50, Family £37.50. Gardens only: Adult £9.50, Concession £9.00, Child £6.00, Family £25.00. Christmas prices vary, see website for details.
www.castlehoward.co.uk

CLIFFORD’S TOWER
York
Tel: (01904) 646940
Originally the central Keep of York Castle, Clifford’s Tower, built in the thirteenth century, stands on the site of a previous wooden tower. The latter was destroyed by fire in1190 during the massacre of York’s Jewish community. Children and the partially sighted will also enjoy the ‘hands on’ 3-dimensional model of the original castle. Admission: Adults £4.40, Concessions £4.00, Children £2.60. Parking and Public Toilets in York centre. See website for opening times.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/cliffords-tower-york

DUNCOMBE PARK
Helmsley, York, YO62 5EB
Tel : (01439) 770213 Fax: (01439) 771114
Duncombe park includes a finely restored North Yorkshire house amidst an exquisite 18th century landscaped garden. Gardens opening times: Duncombe Park gardens are normally open Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays) from Tuesday 7th April until Monday 31st August 2015. 10:30am – 5:00pm, last admission 4.00pm Parklands, Nature Reserve & Walks 10:30am – 5:00pm, last admission 4.00pm. House opening times: The house is closed to the public, but will open for the Easter, August Bank Holiday, and Christmas Craft Fairs, as well as for an Antiques Fair in October. Admission prices: Gardens and Parkland: Adults £5.00, Concessions £4.50, Child under 5 years FREE, Child aged 5 to 16 years £3.00, Groups (minimum of 15 visitors) £4.00 each. Parkland Only: Adults £1.00, Child under 16 years FREE.
www.duncombepark.com

DRUIDS TEMPLE
Masham
Built in 1800 under the influence of William Danby who aimed to provide employment for local workers. This building is a fantasy temple situated perfectly amidst a wooded landscape.

EAST RIDDLESDEN HALL
Bradford Road, Keighley, BD20 5EL
Tel: (01535) 607075
This 17th century manor house set amidst an attractive garden boasts not only splendid architectural features, but also embroidery, pewter, Yorkshire oak and a wooden Great Barn holding an assortment of traditional implements. Admission: Adult: £6.00, Child: £3.00, Family: £15.00. Dogs on leads allowed in grounds.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall

EPWORTH OLD RECTORY
The Old Rectory, 1 Rectory Street, Epworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 1HX
Tel: (01427) 872268
This 18th century Queen Anne House is the home of the methodists John and Charles Wesley. Epworth Old Rectory contains period furniture, methodist memorabilia and portraits. Opening Times: March, April & October: Tuesdays to Saturday & Bank Holiday Mondays 10:30am to 3:30pm. May to September: Tuesdays to Saturday & Bank Holiday Mondays 10:00am to 4:30pm. Admission: Adults £6.50, Concessions £5.50, Children up to 16 £3.50. Parking, Public Toilets, Refreshments and Facilities for the disabled available.
www.epwortholdrectory.org.uk

FAIRFAX HOUSE
Castlegate, York, Y01 1RN
Tel: (01904) 655543 Fax: (01904) 652262
A fine 18th century town house with superb plaster work, wood, wrought iron and a spectacular collection of 18th century furniture and clocks. Opening Times: Fairfax House and Gift Shop is open daily from the 7th of February 2015 to the end of December, 10am-5pm Tue-Sat and 11am-4pm Sun. On Mondays, entrance by guided tour at 11.00am and 2.00pm. No bookings are required. Please just arrive 10 minutes before the start of the scheduled tour. Tours last approximately 1 hour. Adults: £6.00 Concessions: £5.00
Children: Under 16 free when accompanied by an adult.
www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk

FOUNTAINS ABBEY & STUDLEY ROYAL WATER GARDENS (National Trust)
Fountains, Ripon, HG4 3DY
Tel: (01765) 608888/601005 Fax: (01765) 608889
This site in all its splendour includes the ruin of a 12th century Cistercian abbey, a Jacobean mansion, a Georgian Green Water Garden, and also St Mary’s Church located amidst the deer park. Admission: Adult £11, Children £5.50, Family £27.50. Facilities for the disabled available. Dogs on leads allowed. See website for opening times.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey

HAREWOOD HOUSE & BIRD GARDEN
Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LQ
Tel: (0113) 2886331 fax: (0113) 288 6467
Email: business@harewood.org
This superb eighteenth century house combines both an exquisite interior with an impressive surrounding. Harewood contains Chippendale furniture, a contemporary art gallery and English watercolours. The grounds were developed by Capability Brown and the Victorian Terrace Garden has been restored. The House, grounds and gardens are open daily between 3rd April and 1st November. Admission: House: 11am-4pm. Gardens, Grounds, Bird Garden & Adventure Playground 10am-5.30pm. Adults: £14.50. OAP: £13.50. Child/student: £7.50. Family: £40.
harewood.org

HELMSLEY CASTLE (English Heritage)
Tel: (01439) 770442
Begun in 1186 it illustrates the evolution of the ‘castle’ from a series of defences to a building of all round strength. Helmsley is thus noted for its Keep which is not in the centre, but in the outer wall as well as its interlocking earthworks and Tudor range. In late spring the castle walls are beautifully decorated with pink fairy foxglove. Admission: Adults £5.40, Concessions £4.90, Children £3.20, English Heritage Members: Free. Parking and Public toilets available in Helmsley. See website for opening times.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/helmsley-castle

LOTHERTON HALL
Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB
Tel: (0113) 281 3259
The coal and land owning Gascoignes also had the pleasure of inhabiting Lotherton hall and filling it with treasures. The Hall contains furniture, paintings, sculpture and pottery. Colonel Gascoigne was a great collector and this can be seen in his collections of costume and oriental art. The grounds are beautiful and you may even be able to see herds of red or fallow deer. The bird garden also displays many interesting species.
Winter opening times (November – February)
House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 16:00 with last entry at 15:15
Estate gates (October – March): 07:30 to 18:00
Summer opening times (March to October)
House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15
Estate gates (April to September): 07:30 to 20:00
Admission prices: Adult: £5, Conc: £4, Child: £2.50, Family: £15
www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Lotherton-Hall.aspx

MANOR HOUSE
Castle Yard, Ilkley
Tel: 01943 600066
Dating from the 16th and 17th centuries this house stands upon the site of a Roman Fort built in about AD79. It may have been the vicarage or a yeoman farmer’s house. It has a splendid 17th century king post roof and wall privy. There is also a Museum and Art Gallery exhibiting typical yeoman’s furniture, a display documenting the history of Ilkley and a frequently changing exhibition.
manorhouse.ilkley.org

MANSION HOUSE
High Street, Doncaster
Tel: (01302) 734032
This building was designed by James Paine and finished in 1748. It is one of only three civic mansion houses in England. It is open to visitors on regular open days throughout the year.
www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/visit-the-mansion-house

MERCHANT ADVENTURER’S HALL
Fossgate, York, YO1 2XD
Tel/Fax: (01904) 654818
The finest medieval hall in Europe which is still used by a guild. The Great Hall was where the merchants’ conducted their business, there is also a hospital where they cared for the poor and a chapel. Also collections of early furniture, paintings and silver.
Opening Times:
March – October
Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday – Saturday 9.00am – 3.30pm
Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm
November – February
Monday – Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday – Saturday 10.00am – 3.30pm
Sunday Closed
Admission Charges: Adults: £6.00, Over 60s and Students: £5.00, Children under 16: Free
www.theyorkcompany.co.uk

MIDDLEHAM CASTLE (English Heritage)
Wensleydale
Tel: (01969) 623899
Otherwise Known as the “Windsor of the North” because of its connections with Richard III; he married Lady Anne Neville whose family lived in the castle. Richard III added to the building by constructing thick stone walls with turrets and towers, and his son Edward was born at Middleham. After Richard’s death at Bosworth the castle fell into decline and was further destroyed in the civil war. However, the ruins are well worth visiting. Admission: £4.70 adults £4.20 concessions £2.80 child English Heritage members free
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/middleham-castle

MONK BRETTON PRIORY
near Barnsley
Established in 1153 by Cluniac monks, but fell into decay during the Dissolution. However, extensive ruins remain including a 15th century gatehouse and a 14th century guesthouse. Until further notice, Monk Bretton Priory is open (except Christmas Day) from 10:30 am to 3 pm.
www.monkbrettonpriory.org.uk

MOUNT GRACE PRIORY (National Trust)
Saddlebridge, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3JG
Tel: (01609) 883494
This beautifully situated Carthusian monastery provides a realistic vision of monastic life with its restored two storey cell and herb garden. Admission: Adult £4, child £2, family £10. Groups (11+) £3.40. NT members free. See website for opening times.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-grace-priory

NAPPA HALL
Wensleydale
This 15th century fortified house is NOT open to the public and from the road little of it can be seen except for the castellated parapet. Nappa Hall, once the residence of the Metcalfe Clan, is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots.

NEWBY HALL AND GARDENS
Skelton, near Ripon, North Yorkshire HG45AE
Tel/Fax: 01423 322 583 www.newbyhall.com
Newby Hall, an Adam house with superb furniture, tapestries and exquisite interior decoration, is located within 25 acres of beautiful gardens with a large children’s adventure garden. Opening Times: Gardens: Gates open at 11am, last admission 5pm. Garden cleared 5.30pm. House: Same opening dates as for the gardens, except when closed for private functions – see homepage for latest updates. Access to the House is by guided tour only, which must be booked at the Entrance Pavilion before you proceed to the House. Admission: House & garden Adult £14.40, OAP £13.40, Child/Disabled £11.40, Family £49.00-58.00. Gardens only Adult £10.20, OAP £9.20, Child/Disabled £8.00, Family £34-40.00. Parking, Refreshment, Public Toilets and Facilities for the disabled available.
www.newbyhall.com

NORTON CONYERS
Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE
(Tel/Fax) 01765 640333
Email: norton.conyers@btinternet.com
This medieval house with later additions has belonged to the Grahams since 1624. The main rooms contain a notable collection of family portraits. Charlotte Brontë paid a visit in 1839. A family legend is believed to have given her the idea for the mad Mrs Rochester in “Jane Eyre”, and the house is an original of “Thornfield Hall”. The 18th century walled garden, with its central Orangery and herbaceous borders, stands nearby. A small sales area specialises in unusual hardy plants, and there is PYO fruit in season. House and garden stand in a fine park. Opening times: The garden is open on all Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays, and on Sundays from 7th June – 23rd August, 2.00pm-5.00pm. Also Mondays & Thursdays throughout the year, 10 – 4pm but please check during winter months. Tel/Fax: 01765 640333. Email for details.
www.nortonconyers.org.uk

NOSTELL PRIORY (National Trust)
Doncaster Road, Nostell, Nr Wakefield, WF4 1QE
Tel: (01924) 863892
Mainly built in the eighteenth century for the Winn family this palladian house had additional features constructed by Adam. Nostell Priory also contains fine Chippendale furniture carved especially for the house. Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets): adult £11 (£10), child £5.50 (£5), family £27.50 (£25). Garden only: £6.90 (£6.25), child £3.55 (£3.20), family £17.30 (£15.70). See website for opening times.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell-priory

NUNNINGTON HALL (National Trust)
Nunnington, York, YO6 5UY
Tel: (01439) 748283.
The 17th century manor house contains impressive rooms such as the oak-panelled hall, the nursery and the attics with their Carlisle collection of fully furnished miniature rooms. The idyllic walled garden on the riverside is inhabited not only by beautiful clematis, but also ducks and peacocks. Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets): £8.25 (£7.50), child £4.15 (£3.75), family £20.65 (£18.75). See website for opening times.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall

OAKWELL HALL & COUNTRY PARK
Nutter Lane, Birstall, Batley, WF14 9LG
Tel: (01924) 326240
This Elizabethan manor house was constructed in 1583, but it is decorated as it would have been in the 1690’s in order to illustrate 17th century life. The house is located within 11 acres of the original estate and it also has period gardens. See website for opening times and prices.
www.friendsofoakwellhall.org.uk

PONTEFRACT CASTLE
Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
Tel: (01977) 723440
The ruins of an 11th century castle which was both the scene of Richard II’s death and a Royalist Stronghold in the Civil War. Opening Times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (Winter) or 5pm (Summer). Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 4,30pm (Winter) or 6.15pm (Summer). Parking, Public toilets and Facilities for the disabled.
www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/events-and-culture/castles/pontefract-castle/the-castle-in-pontefract

RIEVAULX ABBEY (English Heritage)
Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO6 5LB
Tel: (01439) 798228
An audio tour and exhibition are available at Rievaulx Abbey, the unforgettable ruin situated amidst a timbered valley. Admission; Adult £6.20, Concession £5.60, Child £3.70. Parking, Public toilets and facilities for the disabled available. Dogs admitted on lead. See website for opening times.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/rievaulx-abbey

RIPLEY CASTLE
near Knaresborough
Ripley Castle has been home to the Ingilbys for 600 years and is also the site of numerous tales of daring and intrigue; for example Sir Richard Ingleby supported Guy Fawkes.The castle also contains numerous articles of interest such as the pig made from Dales lead. The walled garden and the deer park also provide areas of interest. No dogs allowed except Guide Dogs. See website for opening times and admission prices.
www.ripleycastle.co.uk

SANDAL CASTLE
Manygates Lane, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Tel: (01924) 305351 Fax: (01924) 305353 Minicom: (01924) 305769
Spectacular views of the Calder valley are provided by the location of the remains of this 13th century stone castle. Finds from the excavations can be viewed at the Wakefield Museum. See website for opening hours.
www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/events-and-culture/castles/sandal-castle

SCARBOROUGH CASTLE (English Heritage)
Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
Tel: (01723) 372451
This is a huge 12th century construction and the remains of its keep tower over three storeys high. Walks along the walls provide spectacular coastal views, and the audio tour is very informative. Admission: Adult: £5.20, Children: £3.10, Concession: £4.70 English Heritage Members: Free. See website for opening times.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/scarborough-castle

SEWERBY HALL & GARDENS
Tel: (01262) 673769
There are many fine period rooms in this 18th century hall. There is also the East Yorkshire Museum and Showcase gallery as well as beautiful gardens, a playground and a zoo. Gardens opan all year incl. zoo. See website for opening times and charges.
www.sewerbyhall.co.uk

SHIBDEN HALL
Listers Road, Halifax
Tel: (01422) 352246 Fax: (01422) 348440.
This 15th century house is half-timbered and contains a magnificent collection of 17th and 18th century furniture and household objects. Shibden Hall, home to the Lister family, never loses its personal, family feel. The cobbled courtyard is arranged as a 19th century village and the seventeenth century barn has a fine collection of carriages. Opening Times: January-February: Open Sat-Sun 11:00-16:00. Closed Mon-Fri. March-October: Open Mon-Thurs 10:00-17:00 and Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00. Closed Fri. November-December: Open Mon-Tues 10:00-16:00 and Sat-Sun 11:00-16:00. Closed Wed-Fri. Admission:
Adults: £4.50; Children 5-16 years / Senior Citizens / Passport to Leisure: £3.50; Family (2 adults, 2 children): £12.50; Group of 10 or more: £3.50 per person; Evening visits (minimum number 20): £9.00 per person.
museums.calderdale.gov.uk/visit/shibden-hall

SKIPTON CASTLE
Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AQ
Tel: (01756) 792442 Fax (01756) 796100 www.skiptoncastle.co.uk
One of the best-preserved and most complete medieval castles in England,despite enduring a three-year siege in the Civil war. Tour sheets can be obtained in nine languages or an experienced guide can be provided for pre-booked parties. Visitor amenities include a tea room, shop, indoor and outdoor picnic areas. There is no wheelchair access to the ancient castle. Opening Times: Skipton Castle is open daily from 10am (Sunday from 12 noon). Last admission is at 6pm (October – February 4pm). Closed 25th December. Admission: Adults: £7.50, Children (5-17): £4.70, Children under 5: free, Over 60s and students: £6.60, Family Ticket for two adults and up to 3 children over 5: £24.20 (saves up to £4.90).
www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

SLEDMERE HOUSE
near Driffield, East Yorkshire
Tel: (01377) 236637
Located in parkland this 18th century house has a fine collection of furniture. See website for admission prices and opening hours.
www.sledmerehouse.com

TEMPLE NEWSAM
Temple Newsam Rd, Off Selby Rd, Leeds, LS15 0AE
Tel: (0113) 264 7321
The birthplace of Lord Darnley, one of Mary Queen of Scots’ husbands, built around 1500. The interior is spectacular with magnificent rooms containing Chippendale furniture, paintings, silver and porcelain. The grounds themselves are the impressive handiwork of Capability Brown. Additionally Home Farm offers an example of a working Rare Breed Centre. See website for admission prices and opening times.
www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Temple-Newsam.aspx

THE FALCONRY CENTRE
Kirkby Wiske, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4EU
Tel: (01845) 587206 Fax: (01845) 587486
Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species. Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful English garden. Our skilled handlers will explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.
www.falconrycentre.co.uk

TOP WITHENS
near Haworth, West Yorkshire
Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse, has been suggested as the source for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, but this is highly disputed.

WENTWORTH CASTLE & GARDENS
Lowe Lane, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3ET
Tel; (01226) 731269
Hidden away in green rolling hills near Barnsley, yet less than an hour from Leeds or Sheffield, this magnificent 18th century parkland estate features over 26 listed monuments as well as a 60-acre garden. The 26 listed monuments include temples, obelisks, statues and an orangery. Also a gothic folly castle and elegant iron conservatory which featured in the BBC series ‘Restoration’ in September 2003. The gardens care for National Plant Collections of magnolias, rhododendrons, and camellias with spectacular blooms from spring to early summer. In July 2003 the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a £10.3 million lottery grant for the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park. This, coupled with a £0.3 million English Heritage grant and £1.5 million Learning and Skills Council grant, will enable the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust to complete phase 1 of its ambitious project aimed at restoring and developing Wentworth Castle and its surrounding grounds. Summer hours 10am-5pm daily. Adult £6.95; Concession £5.95; Child (3-16); £3.50; Child (0-2) FREE; Family 2+1 £15.00; Family 2+2 £18.00; Additional Children (3-16) £3.00; Registered Disabled Person £5.95; Carer for Registered Disabled Person FREE.
www.wentworthcastle.org

WHITBY ABBEY (English Heritage)
Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Tel: (01947) 603568.
The outstanding ruins of Whitby Abbey tower impressively on the cliffs above the city. Admission: Adult: £6.80, Children: £4.00, Concession: £6.10, English Heritage Members: Free. See website for opening times.
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey

WHITE WELLS
Spa Cottage, Ilkley Moor
Tel: (01943) 608035
These two open air baths were constructed in 1756 by Squire Middleton, and in 1865 roofs and extensions were added by the Wells House Hydropatic Co. It is now a museum exhibiting the stone plunge pool, and information for Victorian cures on gout and melancholia. There are also countryside displays and nature trail maps. Opening Times: Open New Year. Additionally White Wells opens weekends 2pm – 5pm during school holidays, particularly the summer holidays. However, White Wells is always open when the flags are flying and always closed when the flags are not flying. Free entry.
www.visitbradford.com/thedms.aspx?dms=3&venue=1587443

WILBERFORCE HOUSE & GEORGIAN HOUSES
High Street, Hull, HU1 1EP
Tel: (01482) 613902
The collections focus primarily upon William Wilberforce the house’s most celebrated inhabitant. The house contains furnished rooms of different periods and many items of local interest. Admission to Wilberforce House is free.
www.hullcc.gov.uk/museumcollections/collections/storydetail.php?irn=692&master=442

WORTLEY HALL
Wortley, S30 7DB
The grounds are magnificent with 15 acres of formal Italianate gardens, pleasure areas and the sunken garden. Wortley Hall itself can also be used as a residential centre.
www.wortleyhall.org.uk

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