Places of Interest - The Yorkshire Dales - Children's attractions

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Places of Interest - The Yorkshire Dales

Places of Interest - The Yorkshire Dales

Castle Howard / Jorvik

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Castle Howard
York
YO60 7DA

Castle Howard is a stately home 15 miles (24 km) north of York. It is one of the grandest private residences in Britain, most of it was built between 1699 and 1712 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, to a design by Sir John Vanbrugh. The single most significant event since the day it was built has been the calamitous fire of 1940, which destroyed the dome and nearly 20 rooms, as well as numerous treasures. For the next few years much of Castle Howard was open to the skies, its once splendid rooms gutted shells. George Howard, who inherited the house, after the deaths in action of his two brothers in World War Two, determined that the house should be lived in once more, and made the bold decision to recover Vanbrugh's architectural masterpiece.

Tel: 01653 648 444

www.castlehoward.co.uk

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Lady Anne Middletons Hotel

.. in this family-owned, city-centre hotel, a collection of 6 listed buildings around a courtyard setting. The railway station and major attractions are within easy walking distance.

....the ancient Roman waterfront leads from the city walls across the river to the historic city.

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The Royal York Hotel

.. at the newly refurbished Royal York Hotel is set in 3 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of York. The hotel boasts spectacular views over York Minster and is within easy access of the city centre.

.. within a 2 minute walk of the city centre and many places of interest including the Shambles, National Railway Museum and York Race Course.

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Ramada Encore

..... just minutes from the River Ouse and within the historic city walls, the hotel is a family-friendly, contemporary hotel.

.... offers the perfect combination of great accommodation, value for money & the ideal location.

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JORVIK
Coppergate Walk
York
Y01 9WT

Visitors can journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets as they would have been in the year AD975. JORVIK Viking Centre also offers three exciting exhibitions and the chance to actually come face to face with a Viking. Everything in JORVIK is based on archaeological evidence unearthed during the Coppergate excavations undertaken between 1979–81 by York Archaeological Trust.
Tel: 01904 615505
www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden / Newby Hall & Gardens

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Fountains
Ripon
HG4 3DY
Telephone: 01765 608888

Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is the Cistercian abbey with an elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park. The dramatic ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian Abbey shelter in a secluded valley with one of the finest surviving monastic watermills in Britain. Elegant ornamental lakes, avenues temples and cascades provide a succession of unforgettable eye-catching vistas. (Photo: General View (c) English Heritage Photo Library).

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

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The Old Deanery

.... in the heart of Ripon and next to Ripon Cathedral, this is an ideal base for visiting the Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey, Ripon Racecourse and Lightwater Valley.

....all rooms include internet access, digital TV and fresh home-made biscuits, and have views over Ripon Cathedral or the garden.

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Ripon Spa Hotel

.. within easy walking distance of Ripon city centre, this hotel offers good Yorkshire food, real ale, log fires and traditional hospitality.

...just a 5-minute walk away from the main market square and cathedral, located by the spa gardens and swimming pool.

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Newby Hall & Gardens
Newby Hall
Ripon
North Yorkshire HG4 5AE

Newby Hall is one of England's renowned Adam houses and an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Built in the 1690's in the style of Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam. The superb contents of the house, collected by Weddell, ancestor of the Compton family, on the Grand Tour include the magnificent Gobelins Tapestry Room, a renowned gallery of classical statuary and some of Chippendale’s finest furniture. The 25 acres of glorious gardens are full of rare and beautiful plants. Newby’s famous double herbaceous borders, amongst the longest in Europe, form the main axis, off which are numerous formal, compartmented gardens.
Telephone: 0845 4504068

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Bolton Abbey / Skipton Castle

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Bolton Abbey
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 6EX

Bolton Abbey is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. With just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air, there is something for all ages. Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend, wander along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths, enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, treat yourself in the quality gift shops and food shop or simply relax beside the river with a picnic whilst the children play.

Tel: 01756 718009

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Herriots Hotel

.. ...conveniently located in the town of Skipton, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

..... providing a unique oasis that combines ambience, location and service for those looking for high standards.

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Rendez-vous At Skipton

... ..on the outskirts of Skipton, this charming, family-run hotel boasts a wonderful canal-side restaurant, great leisure facilities and idyllic views of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

....dine in the canal-side Baby Swan Restaurant and enjoy the wonderful views.

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Skipton Castle
Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 1AW
Tel: 01756 792442
www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.

Located in Skipton, at the north end of the High Street.

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Richmond Castle / Easby Abbey

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Richmond Castle
North Yorkshire
DL10 4QW
Tel: 01748 822493

Breathtakingly sited on a rocky promontory above the River Swale, the great castle of Richmond is among the oldest Norman stone fortresses in Britain, begun in the decades after the Conquest. The towering keep, over 30 metres (100 feet) high and remarkably complete within, was added during the reign of Henry II in the 1170s: its roof provides splendid views over the clustered houses of the pretty market town. Traditionally King Arthur lies sleeping in a cavern beneath the castle. More certainly, conscientious objectors were imprisoned in the keep during World War I. Their story is told in an interactive display exploring Richmond's nine centuries of development, and woven into the contemporary Cockpit Garden. Created to reflect the castle's history and architecture, this tranquil haven of topiary, grasses and herbaceous borders has superb vistas over the River Swale. (Photo: Castle from the South (c) English Heritage Photo Library).

Richmond Castle

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The Kings Head Hotel

.. overlooking Richmond's cobbled market square, and the Norman castle, this charming Georgian hotel is full of character and warmth.

....offering an excellent and newly-furnished restaurant, an exciting new menu and friendly staff.

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Elmfield Country House

.. closeby in Arrathorne, just 6 miles from Richmond, in the heart of Wensleydale, providing the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings of the North Yorkshire Dales.

....excellent accommodation with a 4-diamond and Silver Award and a badge of merit for its breakfast from Deliciously Yorkshire, the organisation that supports local food produce in the region.

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Easby Abbey
North Yorkshire
Road Access:1 mile SE of Richmond, off B6271

The substantial remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian 'white canons', probably most notable for its lavish roof-height refectory of c. 1300 and other monastic buildings. Within the precinct is the still-active parish church, displaying fine 13th-century wall-paintings. In a beautiful setting by the River Swale, Easby Abbey can be reached via a pleasant walk from Richmond Castle.

Easby Abbey

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