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Skipton Castle

Visit this remarkable 900 year old Castle in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales town of Skipton. 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. Skipton Castle is closed until further notice, we look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen. The Tudor Wing was added...

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Harrogate

St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

A magnificent Grade 1 listed church, open daily to visitors andjust a short scenic walk from the centre of...

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Skipton Castle

Visit this remarkable 900 year old Castle in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales town of Skipton. Skipton Castle...

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Ripon

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost 14 centuries as a place of worship and pilgrimage. Everyone is...

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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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Skipton Castle

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