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Newby Hall

newbyA visit to Newby Hall is another opportunity for a full day out in the Ripon area.

The family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration and one of Englands finest Robert Adam houses. Built in the 1690s and enlarged and adapted in the 18th century, Newby Hall epitomises the Georgian "Age of Elegance". The early history of Newby leaves gaps from the thirteenth century, when it was recorded as the property of the Nubie family, who took their name from the place, to the seventeenth century when Newby belonged to Sir Jordan Crossland, appointed Governor of Scarborough Castle by Charles II. His son sold the estate to Sir Edward Blackett, who had become Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1689. Blackett demolished the old house, which stood much closer to the river, and built the main block of the present house during the 1690s.

Here, you can explore 25 acres of award winning gardens, stroll through the woodland walk and, from June 1st, take in the delights of the contemporary sculpture trail. Its a fantastic place for young people and children too. The adventure garden includes a fort, raft and wobbly bridge, not to mention the paddling pool, swing boats and miniature railway, which runs alongside the River Ure. Look out for summer events throughout the year at Newby Hall including craft fairs and the historic vehicle rally.


Fountains Abbey

fountainsFountains Abbey with Studley Royal Water Garden, four miles west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is of outstanding historic and aesthetic importance.

Attracting approximately 300,000 visitors a year, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is the National Trust's most visited pay-for-entry property. Acquired by the Trust from North Yorkshire County Council in 1983, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

Enjoy the sight of 500 wild deer in the medieval park and imagine life in the 18th century as you stroll around the elegant Georgian Water Garden with its canal, temple and surprise views.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable sites in Europe. Give yourself plenty of time to explore spectacular remains of this 12th century Cistercian abbey, rare monastic water mill, over 800 years old, an Elizabethan mansion, and one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian green water garden. Elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples and cascades provide a succession of unforgettable eye-catching vistas in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. St Mary's Church, built by William Burges in the 19th century, provides a dramatic focal point to the medieval deer park with over 600 deer.


The Royal Hall

RoyalHCurt Harrogate’s Royal Hall, a stunning Edwardian Theatre built in 1903, is a venue for events, arts and entertainment.

Restored to its original magnificence and the glittering jewel in Harrogate International Centre's crown, this has to be the ultimate backdrop for sophisticated banquets, memorable conferences and magical shows. Seating 1000, this “Palace of Glittering Gold” and Northern Cultural Centre provides the perfect setting for banquets, conferences, concerts and shows.

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