Places to Visit

Here is a selection of just some of the fantastic places to visit nearby:

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal - National Trust (NT)
The abbey dates back to the 12th century, and is a National Trust World Heritage Site. It’s a lovely walk from Fountains to the elegant water gardens at Studley Royal. There are many walks in the area, and you may be lucky to see deer in the parkland.

Ripley Castle and Village - Historic Houses Association (HHA)
Ripley was modelled on a French village and has a cobbled market place complete with village stocks, and a 14th century castle with extensive parkland. Visits are free on weekdays.

Newby Hall and Gardens - Historic Houses Association (HHA)
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and with Adam interiors, Newby Hall has an award-winning garden, a dolls house and teddy bear collection, and a miniature railway.

Brimham Rocks - National Trust (NT)
A rather strange collection of rocks but great for walking, mountain biking, climbing and for the wonderful views over Nidderdale.

Ripon Cathedral
Ripon Cathedral’s history dates back to the 7th Century. The interior is stunning and well worth a visit. Concerts are held during the year, including a number of free lunchtime performances, usually held on Thursdays. You could combine a visit with one to the Ripon Market.

Ripon Museums
A great insight to see what life was like in the Workhouse, a Victorian prison cell and Georgian Courthouse.

Markenfield Hall - Historic Houses Association (HHA)
Often described as Yorkshire’s best kept secret, Markenfield Hall is a moated medieval manor house with limited openings in the summer. An absolute must if you are interested in history.

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
The Royal Horticultural Society’s most northerly garden. A great place to pick up tips and inspiration by strolling through its 58 acres.

Staveley Nature Reserve
This is only a 5 minutes’ drive from Callender House. There is a small car park, and footpaths and hides are dotted around the reserve so that you can view the wildlife and birds. Sightings of otters and orchids are highlights.

Betty’s Tea Rooms
The first Betty’s opened in Harrogate in 1919, since then Betty’s has become world famous, and a Yorkshire institution with a further five cafes at Harlow Carr Gardens, York (two), Ilkley and Northallerton.

Turkish Baths
The Turkish Baths were opened in 1897 and were popular with members of Royal families around the world. Today, they are the most historically complete Turkish baths in the world and are still in full working order today.

Aldborough - English Heritage
Here you can find the Roman town of Isurium Brigantum where two spectacular mosaic pavements are among the finds on display.

And a little bit further afield...

Beningbrough Hall - National Trust (NT)
Magnificent stately home surrounded by glorious gardens, with National Portrait Gallery paintings.

Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey is a gem, not so much for the priory ruins, but the beautiful landscape in which is it situated which has inspired artists and poets. There are many lovely walks in the area, particularly along the banks of the River Wharfe. Bolton Abbey is the seat of the Devonshire family, and the Devonshire Arms is very nice for lunch or dinner.

Harewood House
A beautiful house dating back to 1759 (interiors designed by Adam, and furniture by Chippendale), gardens designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a Bird Garden, and stunning art collections – there’s lots to see and do at Harewood.

Castle Howard - Heritage Houses Association (HHA)
One of Britain’s finest stately homes, it provided the setting for the ‘Brideshead Revisited’ TV series and film. Absolutely stunning room decoration at Christmas.

Skipton Castle
One of England’s best preserved and most complete medieval castles.

National Railway Museum, York
The largest railway museum in the UK covering 300 years of railway history.

Fairfax House, York - Heritage Houses Association (HHA)
A magnificent Georgian town house, it houses one of the best private collections of furniture and paintings of the twentieth century.

The World of James Herriot
Lots of memorabilia from the life of James Herriot, the farm vet who became famous through the BBC series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. The museum is houses in Herriot’s original practice in Thirsk.

Helmsley Walled Garden
Lovely gardens that are nestled next to Helmsley Castle. Helmsley is a lovely market town with some great independent shops. It also involves a drive through some lovely countryside, passing by ‘The White Horse’.

The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn
Definitely a day out with a difference, The Forbidden Corner is a labyrinth of tunnels and secret passages, with decisions to be taken and challenges faced in order to get to the end. Great fun for children and adults.

Market Days
Knaresborough Wednesday
Masham Wednesday, Saturday
Ripon Thursday
Skipton Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Farmers' Markets
Harrogate 2nd Thursday of the month
Knaresborough 3rd Saturday of the month
Skiption 1st Sunday of the month
Places to Eat

We are lucky to have so many great restaurants and cafes in the area. Here are a selection.

The Royal Oak, Burton Leonard (Tel: 01765 677511)
The Royal Oak has been a firm favourite with our guests, and is less than 5 minutes away on foot. It was taken over by Stephen and Lisa in January 2018 and serves classic good pub fare.

The George, Wormald Green (Tel: 01765 676700)
They bill themselves as Yorkshire’s best carvery, and we believe they are. They are open 7 days a week, and provide an excellent value meal with good quality beef, pork, turkey, etc. Our favourite is Tuesday evening when over-55s eat for £5.95! Fantastic! There is lots of dining space, and there’s no need to book.

The Royal Oak, Staveley (Tel: 01423 340267)
Great décor, and great food have elevated this pub from the ordinary. The ‘early bird’ dinners are very good value – just bring a very good appetite! Around 5 minutes away by car.

The Malt Shovel, Brearton (Tel: 01423 862929)
It’s a lovely walk, on a long summer evening, down to the Lime Kilns and over the fields to Brearton. The Malt Shovel is a quaint 16th century country village pub with a varied menu. They offer a free taxi home when you eat there.

The Masons Arms, Bishop Monkton (tel: 01765 676631)
A family-owned pub in the neighbouring village, serving good quality pub food with a good selection of hand pulled ales and wines.

The Guy Fawkes Inn, Scotton (Tel: 01423 868400)
Free house country pub serving great food with a welcoming environment.

The Wild Swan, Minskip (Tel: 01423 326334)
Recently refurbished and promoted as a traditional Yorkshire pub offering a traditional pub style menu.

The Tiger Inn, Coneythorpe (Tel: 01423 863 632)
Family run village pub, serving quality pub food.

Lockwoods, Ripon (Tel: 01765 607555)
Award winning, family run restaurant serving delicious, seasonal and imaginative food. Highly recommended.

Prima Pizzeria, Ripon (Tel: 01765 602034)
Consistently good, reasonably priced Italian food just off the Market Square en route to the Cathedral.

Crab & Lobster, Asenby (Tel: 01845 577286)
Fabulous seafood, very quirky, but quite pricey. However, the lunchtime fish sandwiches are incredible and great value

Betty’s Tea Rooms, Harrogate, Harlow Carr Gardens, Ilkley, Northallerton and York
No trip to Yorkshire would be complete without visiting these world famous tea rooms - be sure to try their delicious Yorkshire Fat Rascals. They also serve lunch and dinner and are licensed.

There are so many restaurants in the area – over 130 in Harrogate alone. Please let us know if there is any kind of food in particular you are looking for and we will try to advise you.

Events in the Area - 2018


Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park All April (closed on Mondays)
Ripon Races 19 & 28 April
Harrogate Spring Flower Show 26 – 29 April
National Garden Week 30 April - 6 May


Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park All May (closed on Mondays)
Tour de Yorkshire 5 - 6 May
Spring Plant Fair 6 May
Decorative Home & Salvage Show, Ripley Castle 11 – 13 May
Ripon Races 11, 20, & 30 May


Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park All June (closed on Mondays)
Ripon Races 7, 20, and 21 June
Knaresborough Bed Race 9 June
Newby Hall Tractor Fest 9 – 10 June
Markenfield Hall Open Days 11 – 25 June
Summer Homes & Garden Fair at Ripley Castle 14 – 17 June
RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 22 – 24 June


Ripon Races 9, 16, & 21 July
Great Yorkshire Show 10 – 12 July
Harrogate Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 19 – 22 July
Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally 21 – 22 July


Ripon Races 6, 13, 18, 27, & 28 August
The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival 8 – 27 August
Harrogate MG Show – Pateley Bridge 12 August
Knaresborough’s Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment (FEVA) 10 – 19 August
Ripley Agricultural Show 12 August
NiddArt Trail 17 – 27 August


Ripon International Festival 2 – 22 September
Decorative Home & Salvage Show,
Ripley Castle
7 – 9 September
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 14 – 16 September
I Do Wedding Exhibition, Harrogate 23 September
Nidderdale Agricultural Show 24 September
Harrogate Gift and Fashion Fair 28 - 29 September
Great Northern Needlework & Quilt Show 1 – 3 September
Ripon Races & Theakstons BBQ n Beer Festival 29 September


The Northern Antiques Fair 4 - 7 October
Cycle Expo Yorkshire, Harrogate 12 - 14 October
Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park 13 October - 4 November