Yorkshire's Heirs & Graces
Soak up over 1000 years of style, grandeur and political turbulence as you discover North Yorkshire’s rich tapestry of castles, abbeys, priorys, stately homes and gardens.
A visit to the region truly allows a walk through time!
You can explore medieval manors & castles, 17th century stately piles, Georgian halls, Victorian mansions and follies, or wander formal gardens, landscapes and woodlands created by the leading designers of the day.
Walk in the footsteps of the Lords and Ladies who used their wealth to create stunning surroundings filled with fabulous artefacts from which they wielded power and influence – and the ordinary men and women who served them.
Set in 30 000 acres on the picturesque banks of the River Wharfe in the Yorkshire Dales you can visit the 12th century Priory of Bolton Abbey which was painted by JWM Turner and inspired a Wordsworth poem – and then explore the medieval ruins of Barden Tower a little way upstream.
Step forward a couple of hundred years to Ripley Castle – the Grade I listed 14th century country house built and still inhabited by the Ingilby Family whose forbears became tangled in the web of allegiances to King and rebels during the English Civil War, hiding catholic priests behind hidden doors and cubby holes.
From a similar period, the medieval castellated Bolton Castle near Leyburn commands a stunning (and strategic!) position with breathtaking views across Wensleydale and had its own brush with dark historical deeds, having held Mary Queen of Scots for 6 months after her defeat in Scotland.
As the nation’s stability improved, wealthy land owners set about creating fantastic dwellings more designed for comfort and display than defence.
Savour rare tapestries, antique Chippendale furniture and wander acres of manicured gardens at 18th century Newby Hall near Ripon where the Adam sculpture gallery and tapestry room still house their original wonderful classical sculptures and tapestries.
A little further to the east of Boroughbridge is the Late Georgian Beningbrough Hall - an Italienate palace with lavish baroque interiors, gravity-defying cantilevered stairs and home to 100 National Portrait Gallery portraits of important influencers of British history and culture.
When you visit the Harrogate District you can cross the centuries for a unique window on England’s history.
These extraordinary properties tell fascinating stories of power, influence, love and money which permeate the generations and bring the past to life whilst their rooms reveal treasures and hidden gems to the curious visitor.
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Historic House / Palace
Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, is one of England's finest houses, an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration.
Built in the 1690s in the style of Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam....
Castle / Fort
The remarkable 900 year old Skipton Castle became a major stronghold by the late C13th.
Owned by the powerful Clifford Lords, it saw them participating in all the major battles, from Bannockburn to Crecy; Agincourt to the Wars of the Roses.
The Tudor Wing was added in 1536, when Eleanor Brandon,...
Historic House / Palace
Happy birthday Beningbrough Hall - celebrating 300 years, 1716 - 2016
In 2016 the changing fortunes of this grand country house and garden will be told through stories of prosperity, loss and re-invention. From a wealthy teenager who created this Italian palace in Yorkshire to the Victoriam...