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