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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
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Ripon
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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. The magnificent ruins of the once prosperous Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country, sit alongside a Georgian water garden that is sure to delight your senses. This breath-taking landscape is also home to a manor house known as Fountains Hall, Studley Royal medieval deer park, a beautiful Victorian church and Cistercian...

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
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Ripon
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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable...

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
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Boroughbridge
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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

Beningbrough, on the outskirts of Harrogate, with its eight acres of gardens and art gallery in the hall, is...

Harewood House
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Harewood House

Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire, one of the Treasure Houses of England, the house was built in...

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Find the echoes of the past around Harrogate and discover how this part of Yorkshire played its part in shaping the modern world we live in today

Historically it was Ripon and Knaresborough that were the key seats of power. The buildings around which this power was focused are still there, standing proud, to be explored today.

There are more than grand cathedrals and abbeys. As the feudal and then monastic power faded, and industrialists began to make their mark on the world, stately homes with immense grounds and grand formal gardens became the prominent buildings that demonstrated power and wealth.


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The Backdrop to the Modern World

Make the history of Yorkshire the backdrop to your holiday. When you visit Harrogate and the surrounding towns and landscape, you can trace this journey from Roman ruins to dark crypts.

See how the medieval fortresses played their part in civil war England and visit stately homes that became stately prisons for the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots.

Behind every historic wall and turret, in the marks on the walls and the hidden priest holes is the story of religious and political upheaval, and the people caught between the warring sides in great conflicts.


Beningbrough family exhibits

Accessible for Children

The days of stuffy stately homes and look, do not touch are behind us and the historic houses around Harrogate have embraced play in much of what they do.

Interactive displays will both entertain and educate, and outdoor play areas will give them a wide open space where they can burn off energy and run through trees and woodland in the grounds.


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No need to be a History Buff.

You do not need to know the history or the story to enjoy the historic buildings around the Harrogate area; in fact you may get more enjoyment from your visit if you don’t.

Let the story unfold as you discover the heroes and villains, the tragedy and the triumph that is soaked into the walks, the grounds and the atmosphere of the castles, houses, abbeys churches and cathedrals across the heart of Yorkshire.

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Markenfield Hall
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Markenfield Hall

Ripon Cathedral
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Ripon Cathedral

Aldborough Roman Settlement
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Aldborough Roman Settlement

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Skipton Castle
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Skipton Castle

Harrogate Heritage Plaques
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Harrogate Heritage Plaques

Knaresborough Castle & Museum
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Knaresborough Castle & Museum

Harewood House
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Harewood House

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Behind the scenes of  Historic Buildings

Something amazing is happening at Ripon Cathedral this summer
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8th Jul 2020
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Something amazing is happening at Ripon Cathedral this summer

Something amazing is happing at Ripon Cathedral this summer Thousands of beautiful, white, paper angels are being created and...

Picture perfect Fountains Abbey
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11th Aug 2021
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Picture perfect Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey, Ripon is one of the National Trust’s most Instagrammed locations.  This summer has seen many of us enjoying...

Caring for the state beds
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26th Feb 2021
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Caring for the state beds

Caring for the state beds by Alana Bates, Collections Assistant, Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens An empty house When...

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