40 Best Stops Between Moffat and York (2024)

The top stops along the way from Moffat to York (with short detours) are Royal Armouries Museum, Fountains Abbey, and The Forbidden Corner. Other popular stops include Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, and Skipton Castle.


Caerlaverock Castle

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Sights & Landmarks

Caerlaverock Castle, situated by Glencaple on the Solway coast of Scotland, is a magnificent medieval fortress with twin-towered gatehouses and surrounded by a moat. The triangular pink-stoned castle appears impenetrable but has been attacked several times in history, including the famous siege by Edward in 1300 that was later immortalized in an epic poem.

The castle was closed on my recent visit due to maintenance, but the grounds are lovely and there's a lovely cafe ,It's the only triangular castle in Britain , and has a most.On previous visits I have been inside the castle and it's very interesting with architecture that's seems strange in a castle but it adds to the attraction . It's well worth a visit . There's a lovely children's play area as well and further down there's the ruins of the original castle.Great place for a picnic .Staff are nice and helpful .

Teen Brown — Google review

Like so many sites on the SW300, it was free to park (perhaps while the castle is cordoned off) and the toilets were very clean and modern and also free to use. The staff in the gift shop were very friendly and pleasant. It’s worth a walk around the moat, despite the back of the castle being in ruins I think it’s much more interesting than the front.

Benny Hell — Google review

an interesting place to visit not only in terms of history but also recreation. The castle is currently closed to visitors, but is due to reopen - when? - not known yet.You can walk around the castle to admire its architecture. Around a lot of green area where you can lie down and relax on a blanket. There is also a play area for children, a gift shop and very good latte coffee for £2. Free parking, lying on a blanket and watching the castle from the outside as well for free. Enjoy

Anna Besford — Google review

A great castle full of history with a good video exhibition about the medieval siege. An added bonus is the nice walk through a wooded area to the foundations of the original castle. Staff were friendly and there was a nice Easter trail for children. Hot drinks can be bought for a reasonable price in the gift shop.

Ollie Fitton-Cook — Google review

Lovely staff. Couldn't have been more helpful and knowledgeable. Lovely gift shop. Castle was closed for restoration but still well worth a visit.

Joe McAdam — Google review

If this castle was in England, you'd pay a small fortune for entrance and probably have to pay to park too. Here, it is all free with a lovely gift shop and extremely helpful staff. There's a nice playground for the kids an an interactive app you can download a learn about this castles important place in British history. You couldn't go in when we were there but you could wander all around the castle alongside the moat. Plus, and this is very important, some of the nicest ice cream on the planet!

Jon Harney — Google review

Very nice scenery and great castle. Very informational exhibition about a castle siege.Unfortunately, Castle could not be entered due to safety concerns and outstanding inspections. But you can have a very nice walk around the castle and see the inside from behind.

Timo Kirst — Google review

Lovely walk down to castle and pretty accessible on lower areas. There are stairs to higher levels. Some of it was unavailable as being improved but clearly stated what was out of bounds. Went around to original site, path a bit bumpy but mobility scooter managed it. There are woodland trails for kids but didn't go on them as not sure if passable. Had a nice coffee in little shop and hubby went in to see the exhibition about the 3 year seige narrated by Tony Robinson. Can take dogs on leads around grounds. Unusual triangular shaped moated castle with an interesting history.

Michele Way — Google review

It was a lovely adventure. The castle is really cool built in the middle of a moat. And there's a layout of an older castle farther in the woods. An educational video played in the small museum and the gift shop also sold hot chocolate for the cold and rainy weather. The price was cheap and I would recommend visiting if you're in the area

Rhonda Boston — Google review

One of the most interesting to look at castles I've seen, even though it was closed for safety reasons when I attended. You can walk around the castle grounds and photograph around the moat which surrounds the castle itself and there is a gift shop and toilets on site (open) as well as a woodland walk, which brings you to an excavated site where the old castle stood.

Write2matthew — Google review

Excellent. Even though they’ve got the builders in! Managed a few photos without the scaffolding. You can still wander about the grounds. Free parking. Found out it would have been free anyway due to EH cross-membership.Original castle foundations fascinating but I couldn’t find my way to what might have been the harbour. Hot drinks and snacks in the shop.

Noel Fearnside — Google review

Fascinating site with the foundations of possibly the first stone castle built in Scotland.Caerlaverock castle is the second attempt after the first one started to fall down!Helpful and friendly staff on site to talk you through the history, landmarks and wildlife.It's free to park and wander round the site although there will be a charge to look around the castle itself once it reopens following some work to make some crumbling masonry safe.I recommend spending a bit of time here, having a coffee and appreciating the scenery and wildlife - on my visit, loads of swallows and baby toads.

Nick Toms — Google review

A lovely visit, very nice gift shop where we had some nice small tubs of local ice cream. It was a sunny day when we visited and although the castle is closed for repairs you can still have a pleasant walk around it’s perimeter. An unusual triangular design. Staff very nice in the gift shop. Good toilets and a reasonable car park. Just a nice place to chill. It’s free too, well for now whilst the repairs are being undertaken which look as if they could take some time. There looks to be longer country walks too from the edges of the castle that we didn’t explore as we were only passing through.

Ian, Jac, Wispa & Hugo — Google review

Greeted by very pleasant staff and made to feel welcome. Castle and grounds are great. For our first stay in Scotland and our first castle visit, was very happy with the visit and history. Nice history video presentation too.

M Spooner — Google review

Beautiful castle steeped in history.Lovely walk around the building and the foundations of the previous castle a few hundred yards away. Informative display with a video of the castle’s history and a lovely little shop with refreshments.

Katie Levitt — Google review

Lovely walking around the grounds of the castle and £6 if you want to go inside. Very nice tea shop on site. Free parking. Visited a couple of times, would definitely recommend.

Jeff Buggins — Google review

Was running late but the good people let me in and made me feel welcome. Ended up freezing because earlier in day I was in short sleeves but the weather had changed and I did not want to miss the visit. Had a great time, clicking away merrily. Part is still closed due to restoration work but the rest is great. Enjoyed my stop at the refreshment room, as well. I fitted in a lot in 30mins!

ken Wallwork — Google review

A lovely place to visit. Especially on a Sunny day. Been many time since I was a child. Great for a family day out.

Richard Partington — Google review

Have been here in the past but was not able to enter the castle due to the ongoing restoration works. Entry is free for English Heritage members* (*Valid membership that has been active for one year or over). The castle is small but boasts some great architecture and it's triangular shape is unique to other castles I have visited. You are able to view the majority of the interior however, at the time of my visit, the East wing of the castle was still under renovation so was inaccessible. The site also has a tea room and shop which is reasonably priced along with a small outdoor play area. There is also a walking trail that has AR plaques that provide historical information as you progress. The trail also leads you to the ruins of the old Castle which was established in the 1220s (more foundations than ruins). Further out there are amazing walks and bird hides. If you are in Dumfries I would highly recommend a visit to this historic castle.

Butch Dingle — Google review

Lovely place to visit. There is also the remains of the original castle further down the driveway past the new castle. The staff were great and very friendly/helpful. They also advised us of the best way to get back to where we were going due to the storm flooding.

Sophie Davis — Google review


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The Devils Porridge

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What an amazing place. My Grandchildren found The Devils Porridge so interesting. They enjoyed finding out the history of how things were. They really loved dressng up. The Cafe had a really good variety of foods on the Meenu to suit everyone. Service was excellent.

Liz Gilbert — Google review

This was another new find for us. I love that we are still finding new places to visit! I knew the term "Devil's Porridge", but I'd never heard of the museum or the munitions factory. The museum is within a very modern building just a short drive from Gretna. The visit began outside, we chose to have lunch at one of the picnc benches, then my boys chose to climb aboard 'Sir James' and read the various inscriptions and monuments outside. There is also a little Anderson shelter around the back. Once inside, the staff were really friendly and appraoched us, providing the kids with a quiz. There are two floors to explore and a one way system in place. We thought we would be in and out in less than an hour, but we all really got into the story of it all. We read everything, we looked at the archive of images and the kids played dress up too! I will say that I thought I knew more about this period of war than I did and I had no idea how important sites like this had become and how the massive female workforce helped to win the first world war.It's not expensive, but I'd not say that it's the cheapest place to visit either, and it's not local to most of us, but it's worth the drive and the slight expense. This is a history and heritage that shouldn't be forgotten. Make the trip, it's worth it.Some things to note:- There is a car park, but it's not large and while we were there, it was full.- Around the back, there is a fantastic little cafe that we'd have missed had the staff not told us. The decor inside is very Rennie Mackintosh and tastfully done, the cakes and coffee are lovely, as was the lady who served us, then sat and chatted with us.- Unfortunately, you cannot visit the actual munitions site, it is still MOD property, locked up and out of bounds.

Paul Wilkinson — Google review

This was my husband's choice. Really interesting place which focuses on the munitions factory built in the first world war. Also some historical focus on 2nd world and the first nuclear power station in ScotlandWell worth a visit and staff lovely. Coffee and ice creams for sale

Ann Colwell — Google review

Great place to visit. Didn't look very big from the outside but we were there nearly 4 hours having a break at the café, then looking around the upstairs bit.Lots to read and listen to, things to take part in and dress up. All about the area and what big part it had to play in the wars very interesting. 10 minute drive from Gretna Green.

Cheryl Aziz — Google review

Fascinating, little-known story of the munitions factory that made cordite.Great exhibits, history and stories. Some fun interactive exhibits.Lovely little cafe attached.Friendly, helpful staff.

joe adams — Google review

Great experience. Very informative and I had no clue about what was even there back wartime. Friendly staff. Had lunch in the Cordite Canteen. It was lovely. Homemade wares and cakes for after.

Donald Murray — Google review

A really interesting museum covering something I knew nothing about. It c overs the secret manufacturing of cordite assuring WW1, and the story behind how the factory and the associated villages were built. Lots to see, well suited to all ages with some interactive displays. A very good cafe serving high uplift but reasonably priced food. Staff very helpful and knowledgable.

David Hellyn — Google review

The Devils Porridge Museum is a fascinating, quirky place to visit.The story of the purpose of the huge munitions factory and general information on the first world and second world war is interesting and informative. The shop and cafe are excellent and the museum staff friendly and helpful. There is a small wheelchair lift to get you to the upstairs level. Parking is close to the museum entrance.A very enjoyable though poignant at times visit.

Fozzie Sayers — Google review

This was a very interesting place,it gives you an insight of what the woman who worked there had to endure. An interesting museum, but will take a long time to get round having to read all the stories. We'll worth a visit.

David Barrett — Google review

Very interesting museum with lots to see and read. When we arrived there was a man giving a talk on the museum who was very informative and relaxed. We went next door to the cafe, nice choice of menu from meals/snacks to drinks and cakes. A lovely day out

Irene Mason — Google review

Had a visit today and was well worth the trip. Ive been wanting to visit for ages The museum is bit of a Tardis as it looks small, but there is loads of things to keep you interested. Plenty of social history about the area and the people who worked at the factory and their sometimes tragic stories. I was particularly touched by the story about the doll that is on display. We were met by two lovely gentlemen who were so friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you.

Stevie Douglas — Google review

What an amazing place. I highly recommend a visit to learn about the amazing people behind the production of the cordite used by the allied troops during the wars. Particularly loved learning about the night of a thousand whiskeys! Great staff, and the place was just the right size, so the children were engaged for the duration.

Madelenes summer Stevens — Google review

What a great place! Staff are absolutely fantastic they can't do enough for you. Well worth a visit for adults and children!

Anne Auld — Google review

Amazing little museum. Excelent for the entire family to learn about WW1 and little ones to have interaction learning activities. Great staff and once you have completed the learning go to the cafe on site for some home made dishes and read the poster on their wall. (So true)

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Kielder Observatory

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Observatories & Planetariums

A modern observatory built using local spruce and larch and hosting regular events like star camps.

My husband and I went to the Jewels of the Universe event and it was amazing. The talk was informative, delivered by a chap who was obviously passionate about his subject, which made it all the better. Looking through the Sir Patrick Moore telescope was incredible, a real privilege to see a double star and even a galaxy. We enjoyed the evening immensely

Julie Cleary — Google review

We went to Space Kids - rockets and more recently and it was absolutely fantastic. My husband and I enjoyed it along with our son, who came out smiling and inspired. The whole event was fabulous and there was a good mix of talking and doing if that makes sense. The team were approachable, chatty and talented. The observatory and surroundings are beautiful too. Highly recommended!

Verity Yeates — Google review

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by knowledgeable astronomers who guided us through an evening of discovery. Equipped with powerful telescopes, we delved into the depths of space, witnessing distant galaxies, shimmering nebulae, and elusive planets.The Dark Cosmos Event offered more than just stargazing; it was a journey of enlightenment and inspiration. Engaging talks and interactive demonstrations provided fascinating insights into the mysteries of the cosmos, leaving us with a newfound appreciation for the night sky.Absolutely recommend 👍🏻

Stephanie Staff — Google review

We were on their ‘Late Night Explorer’ experience and it was amazing!! The staff were all super helpful and informative and the whole experience was brill. We were unlucky with the weather but still managed to get a picture of the moon with my iPhone via one of their telescopes. I highly recommend a visit, we will definitely be back 🌚✨

amy bagnall — Google review

Fantastic experience. Even though it was cloudy and we were unable to see much through the telescopes the staff were very passionate and knowledgeable. The various talks and show n tells were very interesting and learnt loads. If the clouds had cleared it would have only enhanced an already interesting evening. Be warned it's a late night 9pm to midnight. The road up is a bit of rough but easily passable if you go slower. You get to touch mars and the moon what's not cool about that!

Paul Cousins — Google review

A must visit for astro enthusiasts!Tickets - Book well in advance, the best ones are sold out quickly (e.g. shows that are close to a meteor shower or late night from 12-3am)Getting there - We drove down from Edinburgh and it takes about 2-3 hours each way. Stunning landscapes along the way and some beautiful forest roads leading up to the mountain where this observatory is located. The path becomes narrower as you go up but fairly comfortable.The Observatory Experience - They have regular shows based on different themes followed by a tour of the place and some free time. The content is great, it’s also beginner friendly. The people who work here are warm and a pleasure to talk to. They have some nice meteorite samples, a wide range of telescopes, and merch you can buy at the end.Weather - This is the variable with highest impact on your overall experience given that it’s usually cloudy or raining making live observations impossible. However, the experience is worth it no matter the weather conditions.The journey is the reward, the hot chocolate is the cherry on top and if you have nice weather consider yourself blessed!

Rahul Ramchandani — Google review

Fantastic visit to the Observatory, when though it was cloudy during our visit it was a great night learning lots about the mysteries of the universe.The staff were amazing and very knowledgeable, couldn't recommend a visit more highly.

Paul Currie — Google review

We went for a midnight watch and what a superb experience it turned out to be. The stars came into view when wanted them and we could scrutinise them so clearly with the professional 16inch telescope. Followed by a mug of hot chocolate. Both Perfect. We had three professional astronomer lecturers and we came away wiser and more knowledgeable.A revelatory adventure perfect as a father/daughter gift to each other.

Jim Mitchell — Google review

A fantastic 3 hours, very educational and light hearted explanation of aurora events. Night sky simply amazing and viewing through telescopes was wonderful. The size of the universe is mind boggling. The knowledge of the staff was incredible.Wrap up warm...be prepared for a stimulating experience... worth every penny

chris hands — Google review

We chose the late night experience, which started at 11pm with a welcome and a short presentation. We were then split into 3 groups of 10, and our group went out onto the deck first. This was lucky, as for the first hour, we had completely clear skies. Our guide had lots of information, and because of the nearly full moon, we looked at the craters of the Moon through the telescope. We also had a good look at the stripes on Jupiter and its moons. Our guide was happy to answer questions and name the constellations above, and he helped us to take photos using the telescope and our own phones. The next rotation for us was a welcome hot chocolate; it was -2°c and despite warm clothes, our feet were freezing. This was followed by a demonstration and a look through a more powerful telescope. Our last rotation was in the rotating turret, this time led by a lovely, enthusiastic astrophysicist. All the guides were very knowledgeable, but they kept the information they shared at an appropriate level for amateurs.One extra highlight for us was being able to say that we'd stood on Mars (we stood on a piece of a meteorite that is thought to have come from Mars!)This is a fantastic experience and the second time we have visited the observatory; the first time several years ago we had bad weather and we had a lecture instead of looking through the telescopes. It really is a lottery.

Patricia Goldring — Google review

Kielder Observatory is located in one of a limited number of dark zones in Europe. These are ares where light from buildings is limited at night to minimise light pollution. The observatory is located atop a hill in the extensive Kielder forest and is accessed via a gravel and pitted road that is wide enough for just one vehicle. The observatory is funded by charitable donations and is run by a small team of staff with varying backgrounds in astronomy, solely for the public. The daily program runs from 9pm to about 12pm. There are video presentations that are very professionally prepared and are both entertaining and packed with cosmological information. Each is about half an hour long, informal and interactive. There are two telescopes that can be directed to any object and are computer controlled. Everyone gets to view the celestial body most suited to being viewed at that time through the telescope with the guidance of a staff member. Cloudy skies would make live demonstrations problematical but with several hours and the whole of the night sky available to star gaze there will always be something to see. It is a brilliant experience for everyone from children to grown ups.

surinder cheema — Google review

Went to the Jewels of the universe event for my birthday, what an amazing experience. The team were all very knowledgeable and helped maximise our stargazing time based on the weather conditions. Got a great view of Jupiter, the Moon and Sirius then a guide through the constellations. We will definitely visit again.

Tom Saye — Google review

A fabulous evening at the Aurora event. We were a group of 8 (not 9 as planned) ladies who had started high school together in the late 60s. Our friend who so wanted to see the lights had died recently so it was an emotional experience for us.All the experts there were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic but a special mention must be made to Liam who went above and beyond in searching out a 68 year old star for us!He positioned the telescope so we could look at the star 17 Cygni - 68.2 years old. As I looked through the telescope a shooting star blazed overhead - how special was that??The next morning we looked at our photos and oohhhhh.. one of our group had a photo of the aurora! The skies had been pretty clear and we had been taking random shots - but there it was! What a lovely way to end our trip.Thank you so much to all you lovely boffins - and THANK YOU Liam.. 😘.. also thank you to 17 Cygni for being such a special star - you're now known to us as Siobhan.. 🥰✨

Wendy Williams — Google review

Excellent!!!Proper geek mode I was inYou can see the northern lights from there!Great staff with fountains of knowledge and know howWonderful powerful telescopesUnfortunately after a 3 hour tour and educating talk the skies were cloudy and I got to see completely nothing!!ggrrrrrrBut I did get to stand on a piece of Martian rock so I get to say I've stood on Mars which I literally did!!!!Telescope views of the milkywsy available if clear weather presents itself but....Hot drinks served for free with any ticket boughtGreat products on sale.Rare meteorites etcWonderful experience which I highly recommended you do if you get the chanceSituated in the heart of keldler forest the uks biggest man-made forest with views to are inspire touI'm returning next year to hopefully see ... something next timeBrilliant family day out it really isGo try it and hopefully see for yourselves

Elliott Hawkes — Google review

We had a fabulous evening at the observatory, the sky cleared briefly on what had been a dull and overcast day, Josie and the team re-jigged their plans and gave us a fabulous view of the night sky whilst it was available, the guy who did the presentation on space rocks should be on the stage, how he could make his presentation so entertaining and informative was brilliant. the guy who gave us the presentation on the telescope was fantastic - he just loves what he does.How you all can remember all those numbers is beyond me let alone comprehend millions of light years!!!!!thanks to the volunteers for providing us all with a nice warm drink halfway through the evening it was very appreciated.Great night out

Dave Brookes — Google review

A wonderful and informative experience, we attended the 'Secret lives of Stars' talk last night. The adverse weather didn't stop us, it was very well run, and the entire team were knowledgeable and exceptionally friendly.I'd definitely recommend a visit. The drive up there can be a little challenging in the pitch black, so if you're not the most confident driver I'd recommend you make a night of it and book some of the nearby accommodation.

J H — Google review

Absolutely amazing. We attended an event here and learned so much! The team delivering the evening were amazing and very clearly love their jobs. We were a little late arriving due to traffic etc but they were more than accommodating even then. We would absolutely come back.

Rebecca Fuller — Google review


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Roman Army Museum

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History Museums

The Roman Army Museum situated in the countryside of Cumbria is a remarkable attraction that showcases life in a fort on Hadrian's Wall. The museum features various artefacts, reconstructions and an engaging 3D film that depicts the daily life of soldiers stationed at the fort. This museum is located near Vindolanda, which was a pre-Wall Hadrian garrison village that remained active for 400 years after abandonment of Hadrian's Wall.

My fourth time here over the years and still interesting. The main film is really interesting and great for recruitment...... As is the special little recruitment film. The exhibits are very well thought out and it's nice to see research as young as two years ago being referenced as new techniques on evidence opens up new interpretations. Overall a great little museum with a good focus on the Roman Army and its structure. Eating is good here and the staff are all enthusiastic and helpful. A wonderful hour or so for all ages.

Alan Johnson — Google review

Absolutely fantastic photos doesn't do it justice. The facts and information that you find here are amazing, the films and all the artifacts are truly inspiring. Well worth a visit and with a lovely gift shop and cafe attached the experience is complete

Wendy Graham — Google review

Interesting. A bit small. The actual fort pretty much does not excist anymore. But they have plans to excavate some of it. The museum, although small is well laid out and organized. Not so many actual museum pieces but more focused on education with interactive attractions and films

Benny Fredriksen — Google review

Fantastic museum. Lots of artifacts and a lot quite unique. Also a very good 3-D movie. It has a little spot to drink something and of course the usual souvenir shop where you even can buy a replica roman helmet or gladius! Very friendly people who gave me a small reduction because I didn't buy the combined ticket at vindolanda because I wasn't sure if I had enough time. Very glad I've finally been there

Patrick Van calck — Google review

Great little museum, with clean amenities, knowledgeable staff, and a good walk to Hadrian’s wall! Any fitness level can enjoy this stop-over! Need a break from driving? Or a quick snack? They have both, and a clean restroom. There are artifacts that can be enjoyed by any age range, and there’s a cute gift shop as well. Short little hike (if you are up for that) to a portion of Hadrian’s wall. I won’t ruin the museum, but will post my pics of loot! Enjoy!

Candy Hucklebee — Google review

My first visit to anything Roman in Britain, and this brilliantly informative and incredibly interesting museum is a great introduction to understanding the Roman way of life on the edge of their empire. The friendly lady at the visitor desk advised us to watch the award winning short 3D film first which gave us a superb contemporary view of how the wall and fort of Vindolanda was in it’s prime, mixed with drone footage of it today. It was excellent. Then we toured the museum, in awe of it’s artefacts, information and tactile stone engravings. My wife and I loved it and can thoroughly recommend a visit to anyone and of all ages. Wanting to extend our Roman knowledge further, we bought several books from the shop. They might be for kids but we have fun camping and reading facts to each other over large glasses of wine….but only wine with Latin names of course. On leaving the museum, for our visit, there was even a gentleman in character outside in a tent giving talks about Roman medical care during battle and domestic life. That was interesting too. When you pay on entering the museum you get the option of discount entry to Vindolanda and Birdoswald Roman forts. They were visits for us over the next couple of days.

Carl Dycer — Google review

Very interesting, moved to Scotland 12 years ago from London, always planned to view hadrians wall now i have. Whilst viewing the wall, was told to visit the roman army museum, lots of artifacts, 3d movie on roman empire, if this is what your interested in, very worth while visiting 5 stars

Andrew Haselup — Google review

A seriously good museum set in the heart of rural Cumbria border. Excellent use of peppers ghost, the 3d film was a little quiet but all round a great experience with surrounding views of the countryside.

David Oliver — Google review

Lovely museum! Great for a visit after a long stroll along Hadrian's Wall to sate your thirst for more Roman history. Lots of historic pieces and replicas to ogle. The 3D film about Roman Army life was very professionally shot and added good context for the rest of the exhibits. Swing by the shop afterward to pick yourself up a functional pillow shield to keep you well rested and defended.

David Host — Google review

Good for all ages, well run and put together…Some really nice walks around, and you can get right up and onto the wall…Fascinating 🤩👌🏻

Stephen Caldwell — Google review

Visited here after first visiting Vindolanda. Great displays and information with interactive elements. 3D film was interesting as was the small film on daily life for soldiers on the wall.Educational, Enjoyable with so much to see.

Jamie Goldsmith — Google review

If you're interested in Roman history, this is a great place to visit especially with Vindolanda close by. Awesome 3D film which really brings that era to life and lots of interactive stuff for kids. Tea a reasonable price too!!

Ian Bevan — Google review

This is a brilliant little museum. While it is in quite a remote area, there’s plenty of exploring and walking to do nearby. We brought our 16 month old along who absolutely loved it - lots of interesting artefacts and information. There’s also a little gift shop and cafe (the coffee cake was nice), and the staff are very friendly.

Laura Bracher — Google review

A truly incredible day out. We spent the afternoon here (my wife and I) and learnt a lot. Enjoyed all of the information available, the artifacts and history. The film they showed was brilliant. The one negative is the cafe was quite expensive and limited for options. The food was nice but just a bit on the pricey side.

Polar Floyd — Google review

A thoroughly enjoyable little museum. It's more geared towards kids and the causal adult than the serious scholar, but it's an interesting way to spend a couple of hours.We found the staff friendly and helpful. The cafe looked nice, too.

Heather Forrest — Google review

This place is a little bit in the middle of nowhere but is a great little museum. There are some great pieces of story telling and videos to watch, including a 20 minute 3D movie. The gift shop is good and there is a small cafe if you are hungry. You can take a walk on Hadrians wall also which is a short walk away.

Adam Barnard — Google review

Great museum, well laid out and informative, with some very friendly staff too!

Millie Coffey — Google review

A few disabled bays, the car park would get overflowing in high season, but we didn't have that problem.It is disabled friendly to a degree, I would suggest a helper/carer to come along. The entrance floor is flat and has a lovely cafe, with reasonably priced goods, and a gift shop!There is a steep slope going down to the lower level, with hand rail. This is the beginning of the display and screen interaction, and another steady slope then leads to another level.It is well worth a visit!All the staff we encountered were very warm and welcoming, helpful, and friendly.

S S — Google review

A brilliant depiction of roman life in the North East. Each display has been set up to the smallest details, giving that feeling of realism. The videos as you walk around are informative. The eagles eye movie of the wall is brilliant and still shows sycamore gap in all its glory. The staff were friendly and more than happy to answer any questions and the café was brilliant. Fresh sandwiches and tray bakes as well as a fully stocked gift shop. Would highly recommend a visit, especially with the discounted tickets that get you into Vinolanda also.

Paul Tarbuck — Google review


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Lowther Castle & Gardens is a historical landmark located in the Lake District, England. The estate was once home to the Earls of Lonsdale and features beautiful gardens as well as a cafe and shop. Kids will love spending time at the Adventure Playground which is located on site.

This place was so good! We arrived and the courtyard was beautiful somewhere to sit, eat, drink and use toilet facilities! The toilets were lovely and clean! The cafe was spacious and also clean. Lots of choice hot and cold food! The castle itself is just stunning we set off around the garden and found some little wooden houses which were like something out of a film I loved them! The different flowers rockery and views walking around just top it off! The scented garden was amazing! We then went into the woods on our quest to find the hidden castle 🏰 it was playground for the children to our surprise (we have no kids) but it looked ace! You can get food at the top near this too lovely hut under the low trees! Parking is free! You can get bikes to hire which we didn’t do but we are hoping to do that next time!

Samantha Lloyd — Google review

Superb adventure playground. Easy parking. Pretty building. Decent cafe with friendly staff. Gardens still a bit of a work in progress, but coming along nicely. Nice views.

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The views and the Adventure Park were amazing. Castle is cool too. The best part was the Adventure playground and the obstacle course in the woods. It was definitely the best my kids have been to and we had so much fun running through it with them. So much to explore! We will definitely be back many times!

Brie D — Google review

Lots of carpark spaceStunning grounds to exploreHuge area with views & different themesIt's great to look around the historic CastleImpressive architecture & historyGreat for all the family (especially young ones)Good facilities, cafe, toilets in historic courtyardBit pricey we thought, especially when the castle, grounds & exhibition are still under restoration & not all available to see/enjoy.But we'll worth a visit if the weather is nice, dog friendly & will be stunning when fully restored.

Lewis Walch — Google review

Wow this place is truly amazing! Perfect location for families. Get your self a picnic made up and spend the day with lots of exploring of the beautiful grounds.The kids lost castle park is worth the extra fee alone. It is huge! The kids will never get bored as there is so much to chose from, it is perfect.

Michael Jubb — Google review

Absolutely fantastic day out. My son loved the 'Lost Castle' adventure playground, it's huge! The grounds are massive filled with summerhouses and tree swings. Perfect place to take your dog too. We loved it.

Vicky Holmes — Google review

The estate walks offer stunning views of the moors with Ullswater and the pennies in the distance. The eight mile loop is particularly good. Look out for the Fell ponies with their long mains. Also, the lost castle is a great playground for kids. The gardens are beautiful. Ample parking is available, and it is free. Well maintained and beautiful in every aspect.

Roger Kirby — Google review

Beautiful place to visit. Such an interesting castle. This would be magnificent if fully restored to its former glory. The lost castle for the children and even adults who also participated in the slides. Toddlers sand pit, zip lines swings perfect for the children of all ages.The whole of the castle is well laid out and a pleasure to walk around. History of its demise in 1939 and how it was used in war time.The cafe has a lunch and tea menu, and ice cream. We had our own picnic.

Georgina Scholick-West — Google review

Beautiful grounds, huge area to explore with children or for a quiet wander. We paid for entrance into the castle and castle gardens and I'd absolutely recommend ypu doing the same because the garden they've created with the castle walls are stunning. They have a wonderful cafe with hot and cold food available and plenty of refreshments. We'll maintained toilet facilities and ample parking space. Ypu will enjoy visiting lowther Castle and gardens.

Emily Emz — Google review

Gorgeous gardens with lots to do and see. The kids playground is AMAZING! The only thing that let it down was the lack of mobility aids. Many gardens and parks we have previously visited have had wheelchair rental or the use of a buggy to help cart those will mobility issues around.

Emily Harrison — Google review

Great place for the whole family. The baby zipwire is a must if you have small kids (my 1yo loved it), and the adventure playground is great for bigger kids. The castle was great too, and the cafe served a good range of food for all the family.

Tom Sayer — Google review

Another highlight of our stay in the Lake District. The castle and gardens are great to explore. Lots of outdoor space to sit and relax. There is a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Also one of the biggest and best adventure playgrounds I've ever seen, our kids loved it!

Stephen Lee — Google review

Had a great day out here The grounds are huge and great to see work in progress for such an impressive site Would suggest getting there early and having food first as the cafe area is free to enter so gets very busy! We had a very nice ice cream before the walk around. Such interesting history loved reading about the Yellow Earl and his love of life sounded such an interesting character!

Tracey Parker — Google review

Breathtaking.. honestly couldn’t believe how stunning and well preserved Lowther Castle and the general estate has been kept. There was so much charm and character and stories in every corner! We spent the whole day here and would go again and again if I could!

Daniella LK — Google review

What a brilliant place to visit. Museum was interesting and well laid out. The castle ruin was beautiful to be able to meander though. Garden grounds were very well maintained. Coffee shop/cafe was very reasonable. The kids play area is one of the best we’ve been to and a must visit if in the area with children. Nestled in the wooded gardens it’s huge with everything from toddler sand pits to zip wires. Went as a large family group of mixed ages and there was something for everyone. Will definitely visit again.

Anna Warren — Google review

What an absolutely stunning place to visit. The museum was interesting, the castle was partly ruined but still beautiful, the gardens were colourful and varied. The temporary ceramic daffodil display was lovely to see. We spent a couple of hours here but would have spent more time if we had time as we missed some of the garden and woodland walks. Definitely a 'must visit'.

Tara Sanders — Google review

Lovely location and grounds and a fantastic castle to look at from outside. The internal museum isn't fantastic but the gardens make up for that.Best outdoor kids playground we've been to, I'd say (and we've been to a few).

Marcus Rogers — Google review

*Felt like a mini-disney land 🏰*We went for easter and the easter- eggs treasure hunt made the experience more exciting for us. It's one of the castles in Lake districts that isn't a leftover building ruin (memes xD).The family has great passion for gardening and it was quite evident in how they showcased through the humongous area for sight seeing different species of trees, plants and flora. The natural (& man-edited) view of this place is pleasing and we couldn't help but enjoy the fantastic green views all around us.They've got advanced + in person booking available. A little crowded, given it was a public holiday. Nice staff, decent amount of information about thr royal family, map(brochure) was really helpful for navigation; an excellent spot to take your family and kids. They've also got a dedicated spot at the very end for kids' plays area and park. Toilets were neat at the entrance. A restaurant at the beginning and a cafe at the end of the voyage. Perfect spot for summer outing with family and friends 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦

Karthikesh B (Karthi) — Google review

I was very impressed with the progress. Such a shame the building internals were torn down.Progress in the gardens is good to see.Food in the restaurant was surprisingly good!

Dave Wilson — Google review

WOW. This place isn't just family friendly, the whole place has been thoughtfully designed with families in mind. Brilliant for kids who enjoy a bit of exploring, even if they can't walk that far. And the Lost Castle playground is the biggest and best we have ever seen - absolutely stunning. The café is great too.We came in the middle of December - the weather was against us but we loved the feeling of having the place to ourselves!

Ben Horrigan — Google review

Beautiful castle with an interesting family history. The cafe menu was amazing & I wished we had more time to spend there. They are having some restoration done on the outer walls, so there are building works going on at the moment . The weather put us off visiting the gardens, so we decided to come back again to spend time exploring them. A place to return to again and again.

Angela Baker — Google review

Wow what a place!! We will definitely be coming back in summer when the gardens are in bloom.We have watched this place for many years and love what they have done to the place. Visitor centre, gardens, children's play area likevyou have never seen before and acre and acres to wander in - brilliant!!

Dave Brookes — Google review


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Woodland resort with a range of lodging options, plus kids' activities, shopping, dining and a spa.

Perfect tranquil location in the forest. Lots of activities to do and a fantastic subtropical swimming pool. Good variety of eating places. Huck's food was tasty and a good atmosphere. Also good co*cktails. Bowling and amusem*nt arcade were good too. Brilliant for families to enjoy quality time together. Highly recommend!

Laura Aitken — Google review

We had a great holiday at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest.The lodge we stayed in was very clean and tidy, with everything you need for a comfortable stay.We were a 2 minute walk to the village centre which was great.It can be pricey to do activities and to eat out at Center Parcs, but the food and activities are always good.Around the village centre everything was clean and all covid safety protocols were in place.There are a few gift shops and a supermarket on site.The subtropical swimming paradise was great for all of the family, with slides and rapids, for hours of fun.There is an outdoor pool which is great, it's a bit slippy on the tiles, but also be aware at this time of year it's freezing outside, so from the door to the pool you will get cold, but the heated pool is great and well worth it.We saw staff cleaning all the time, they do a great job.Overall I would definitely recommend this Center Parcs as a great holiday destination, for all the family, young and old.There are plenty of places to walk, activities indoor and out for you to enjoy.

JJ Dabreo — Google review

Beautiful setting, everywhere nice and clean. Best place to eat (in our opinion) was Huck, friendly staff (Richard W)The only criticism I have is that they don't seem to promote (on site) any activities, so we missed a lot we feel. Otherwise a great mini break

k winters — Google review

We have had a fantastic break. The activities available were great. Every single member of staff we interacted with were extremely friendly. Great food in the restaurants. We will definitely be back.The lodge was good overall. However, one issue was the kitchen in the lodge was not very practical. The gas oven was very poor. The shower curtain was far too long. A few basic toiletries like soap for washing hands and extra toilet rolls would be great.Overall a great break and would highly recommend.

Paul Clark — Google review

Just back from the perfect family break with activities for 3 generations. The lodge was clean and comfortable. Everyone working in the park was friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome - nothing was too much trouble. We all really enjoyed the swimming area and the outdoor and indoor play areas were excellent. We will be back!!

Wendy B — Google review

Amazing place for a holiday and would definitely recommend for it for anyone looking for a holiday. Pool is great and big. The sports is amazing for little kids and adults. Slot of clubs which is good. And rooms are very very big and even the 1 floor house is very big as well as well as the VIP and 2 floored houses. Five ⭐!!!!

James Flynn — Google review

This has been the most magical Christmas holiday ever. Center parcs pulled out all the stops to make it so festive and enjoyable for kids and adults alike. The winter wonderland is worth a visit on its own. The check in experience was good, albeit there were queues to get in which I am told was to be expected. The lodges are spacious and well equipped. It was clean too. We only had a 5 to 10 minute walk to the village centre. We found the swimming really fun, although getting in early was advisable as it gets busy. The on-site shops and restaurants offered plenty of variety. We booked a Santa visit for our little one. It included a present and 2 x photos with Santa. If you have kids, try to get along to see the Santa parade on an evening. In general this is just a lovely place to relax, take a walk and soak up the Christmas vibe. Yes it's not cheap but if you can afford it, I'd highly recommend it

Chris Gill — Google review

Great place for a young family, everything conveniently located (sometimes a bit of a long walk from the outer most cabins) loads of stuff for the kids to do and nice clean facilities. My only dislike was the beds, if you like a firm mattress then your in luck because I have slept on softer floors, nothing like waking up feeling like you have gone 10 rounds in the ring.

michael chapman — Google review

Just back from a 4 night stay. Great place to get together. Well equipped lodge although a wee bit tired. A bit of attention to detail required but all in all a good experience. Nice time of year to go with all the fairy lights. Sport's bar is a nice place to go for food and drinks. Staff throughout the whole park were lovely.

Yvonne McLaughlin — Google review

Had a fabulous time, the pool area was lovely, the spa was amazing definitely recommend a trip there but make sure you book everything in advance because restaurants and activities fill up really quickly. Lodge was lovely but the oven took quite a while to cook everything! Recommend taking the low quality ovens into account when you start cooking, don't wait til you're starving!!

Beth Shepherd — Google review

Had such a wonderful holiday here, really can’t fault it. Lodges were lovely, clean and filled with everything we needed. Staff were always friendly and helpful. Facilities were fantastic - the pool, play parks and walks around the forest could take up all your time (and all are free). Shops were well stocked for anything you would need. We ate out at the lakeside inn and the food was delicious - recommend a burger! Coming back as soon as we can!

David Fotheringham — Google review

The accommodation was first class, and everything was included. We even had a family of ducks visit daily. The staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble and the swimming pool was really warm, spotlessly clean and great fun. We went with 3 teenagers and they really enjoyed the activities. Definitely a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star experience despite the rain ☔

Bobbie Dawson — Google review

Had a great visit. Accommodation was fantastic with great facilities.Rooms were spacious and comfortable.The fact that cars are parked away from the accommodation is a huge plus. Much safer to be walking and cycling around the park.Great outdoor play area for the little ones.The pool was fantastic.The on site shop was good. Plenty of options and well priced.

Andrew Berry — Google review

Amazing location, all the hype is well deserved. Great cabins, service and activities. Very friendly staff and lovely swimming pool. All you need for a relaxed trip. We went during the week when schools were on so might be a lot busier and hectic during school holidays but still worth it.

David McGregor — Google review

We had a great weekend here. I would however advise booking restaurant slots when booking, before you arrive as they were all fully booked and no delivery service was available so had to buy food from the on site supermarket, which was expensive. Lots of festive things to do. We had an 18month old and an 11 year old and both were entertained. Staff are all very helpful. The lodge was well situated to the main plaza but not too close. Lots of walking and things to see. Great experience. Bit pricy as only swimming area is included in the booking fee. Everything else is extra.

Moyra Black — Google review

It was a fantastic stay We could not fault the accommodation we stayed in one of the tree houses every thing you needed and was spotless so thank you to the cleaning staff. Thank you too the member of center Parcs staff who would come every morning and clean the hot tub and ask if we needed anything nothing was too much trouble (sorry I forgot your name) complementary champagne on arrival? plus gift boxes for the children the forest is amazing and so are the activities

Beverly Chamberlain — Google review

Went for a spa day. Fabulous experience so lovely and relaxing. Fantastic facilities and very friendly staff. You are made to feel very welcome. Spa package was great value

Moo K — Google review

First time at Whinfell and we weren't disappointed.Such a beautiful setting, especially since cars aren't allowed on site after unpacking.The swimming pool was busy but great fun for our toddler (and us). Clean and we got a changing room and lockers easily.The Indian restaurant was fantastic, exceeding expectations with both the food and the service - well worth a visit. The burgers in the sports cafe were also great. Expect to pay more with it being on site.As this was our first family holiday we had concerns about arrangements for our toddler but needn't have been as the travel cots provided were better than expected (wooden cots) with baby gates at top and bottoms of stairs and the lodge was also well designed for a young family.Supermarket well equipped and not as pricy as we thought.We are already looking forward to our next visit.

Stephanie Jones — Google review

Fantastic family week away. We were worried that the covid restrictions would impact on the holiday but they didn't. Booked again for next year as we enjoyed it so much. Love how safe it is for the kids and how the pool keeps everyone entertained from the 3 year old to the 73 year old in the group. Lodges are very clean and the setting is lovely.

Laura Jones — Google review

Been going here since I was a kid! I absolutely love it here. Such an amazing escape and so much to do! So many activities to choose from, villas are always immaculate and the pool is out of this world! All staff in the village are so kind and friendly. Can’t wait to come back!

Jane McGuire — Google review

The park was great, surrounded by woodland, brilliant swimming pool facilities, activities were very expensive and not much suitable for a baby, however there was plenty for older families. Would be nice to have more areas to explore which are not just surrounded by lodges, we expected some trails, but sadly that wasn't the case, makes you feel very trapped within the lodges and facilities.The room we were allocated was completely unsuitable for a baby. The floors were all hard tile which was a nightmare as our baby kept falling and hitting his head. The touch-sensitive button on the bath kept activating by itself, waking our baby in the middle of the night on multiple occasions. Additionally, the coffee machine did not work and there was a horrible smell of gone off milk on the sofa of the apartment.We were also informed during our visit by letter that we would have no power all night on the night before departure, which meant we could not charge our phones, use our baby monitor or use lights. This proved very difficult for us to feed or change our baby. We had requested a cot and high chair for our stay, both of which were missing, having to wait around for them to arrive.There was a lot of noise from the other apartments and corridor which made it very difficult to sleep. There was no dustpan and brush or cleaning equipment of any kind in our room which made tidying up after our little one very difficult.Very disappointed after raising our issues with Center Parcs to be told that if we wanted something more suitable for a baby, then we should have selected a specific room during booking (for an additional fee). Just another attempt to take more money from you.

James Paylor — Google review

Absolutely beautiful place. Every staff member I came across was just beyond helpful. Had a lovely week here and hope to visit again. Activities were suitable for everyone and we'll priced. Lodge was clean, tidy and well stocked. Any problems were sorted instantly.

Abigail-Jayne Manley — Google review

Great place for a family vacation. Be prepared to be very active this is a huge place with lots to offer.Try book activities before you arrive as they do get booked up pretty fast. A bike each is a must, I rented from the reception at a good price and a nice bike.The pool really is very good for the kids and adults alike, plenty of slides and activities.Nice play parks and nature for the kids to explore:Dining out was not as expensive as I thought it was going to be also the on-site supermarket not really overpriced.Chalets were fantastic, with every home comfort you can think of, with the exception of a washing machine.Everywhere is a bit of a walk or cycle.Great place and great stay.

Conner Regan — Google review

We had a amazing time at whinfell.From the minute we arrived we were greeted by a very polite security guard who showed us were to go.All the staff we dealt with were amazing helpful fun polite. The staff made the break what it was. The kids loved it..The accommodation was excellent.We will be going back.

del col — Google review

Beautiful location and great for either a quiet getaway or an activity weekend. Excellent child facilities as well and very family focused. Good restaurants and Cafe Rouge in particular was surprisingly good with amazing staff. The only people who may not find what they're looking for here are solo travellers and romantic couples.

Stuart Somerville — Google review

Really enjoyed our short weekend getaway to Whinfell. Lodge was great, comfy, clean and well serviced, plus great views of Badgers! Bike hire great and super easy. Winter wonderland activities were an added bonus. Enjoyed the pool a lot although they seemed to be having some technical difficulties. We'll be back!

Paula B — Google review

Lovely break away with the family, we loved seeing the red squirrels and pheasants daily. We hired bikes for getting around which was great but it is a bit steep in places which was hard work on the bike. Lovely Christmas activities available to book with children and plenty of lights of an evening to see.We enjoyed our stay and would come back but during a different season

Nikki Hannah — Google review

For the quality you pay for it is worth the expense. The facilities and variety of activities are excellent for the whole family . There is such a choice of things to do you will be occupied the whole time you are there.Best to share the cost of lodges with a group of family members and the provision facilities at the lodges is excellent aswell.We have been a few times over the years and never been disappointed 🙂👍

Phil Rigby — Google review

Whinfell forrest Centre Parks is an incredible place to visit.The staff on the activities are friendly knowledgeable and very professional. From the moment we arrived we felt welcome. We had an issue with the lodge keys but it was very quickly resolved.Yes the food and drinks are quite expensive but you don't have to dine out there is plenty of cooking availability with a microwave and oven. The fridge is small but you can get a lot in it. The cupboard space is very adequate.The swimming pool is amazing and free there are nature walks and plenty of play parks for the children.We stayed in a 3 bedroom lodge 1 double bed and 4 single beds 2 showers and toilets. Ample seating and the views of the forest with wildlife wandering around. All in all one of the best holidays I've had I can't wait to come next year.

Ian Storey — Google review

I've had a fair number of trips to this site over the years.The facilities and location are great with the Lake District just down the road.It has plenty to do, but a lot is at a premium price and is booked up quickly. Some elements, such as the water park are included in the booking cost.

Alistair Rose — Google review

Beautiful forest environment. Well equipped clean lodges. Great infrastructure and support. Swimming pools included and well equipped. Good playgrounds for kids. Dog play areas. Woodland walk’s beautiful. Everything else cheesy and expensive but as expected.

Jon Bee — Google review

We just got back from Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, and wow, it was awesome! First off, the rooms are super cozy and clean. We had a tiny issue with the heating at one point, but the staff were on it like lightning. They sent over a technician who was super friendly and fixed it up quick, no stress at all.The place is a dream for anyone who loves being outdoors. We went on so many walks and bike rides through the forest, and it was just beautiful. It’s so peaceful, and there are loads of trails to explore.Food-wise, we were really happy. We ate at Bella Italia, and it was delicious – great spot for a family meal. There’s plenty of choice around, so you’re not stuck eating the same thing every day.But let me tell you about the Subtropical Paradise Pool – it’s epic! There are slides, loads of swimming spots, and it’s perfect for families. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got little ones or teenagers, there’s something for everyone. We spent so much time in there, just having a blast.Overall, our trip to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest was top-notch. Great rooms, amazing places to walk and cycle, yummy food, and that pool was the cherry on top. We made a bunch of awesome memories and can’t wait to go back. Totally recommend it if you’re looking for a fun family getaway!

Dillon Pattison — Google review

My wife and I,our three grown up kids and partners and six grandchildren spent three nights in lodges and apartments.It was the best holiday I've ever had spending so much time with the family. The activities for the kids and adults were brilliant and all of the staff were excellent. We'll definitely be going back.

Peter McCrave — Google review

Immediately when pulling in there is a sense of calmness when you're in amongst all of the trees. Check in service is great from the car but line for check in can be long depending on when you arrive.Center Parcs is fantastic for those with children of any age. Things to see and do with or without a booked activities.Great overall experience with my wife being gluten intolerant, taken very seriously in all the restaurants and its refreshing that most places have a gluten free menu.I would recommend booking more then 48 days in advance of your stay to make sure you can book all the activities as closer to the time there can be limited or no booking available for most young children's activities.We have stayed in the Lakeside apartments twice, clean and tidy studio style apartments. Not luxury but clean and basic.Car and parking can be a bit of s nightmare when check in is at 4pm on the first day, getting the car, unpacking and going back to the car park. Especially with a tidied toddler. On the flop side it is very nice not having cars on the road during the stay.Overall it is a great stay and I recommend to all my friends with and without kids for a relaxing UK break. Surrounding area and being close to the Lakes is also a big bonus.

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National Trust - Sizergh

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The National Trust property of Sizergh Castle is a must-see for all visitors to the Lake District. There are beautiful carvings and furniture, as well as a conifer and rock garden, for kids to explore. The house is open to visitors at certain times of the year, so make sure to check it out!

We came here on our last day of our holiday.In pouring rain it's definitely a place to visit as the paths are accessible and hard standing.The gardens are beautifully maintained and even the gardeners were working in the weather.I've posted just a few photos of our visit which will show you how beautiful it is.The staff were all really friendly and helpfulThe castle was great to look aroundThe gardens are fantastic5 stars from me and well deserved

Andrew Franklin — Google review

We enjoyed are visit, though the Castle wasn't open, (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) thought it would be open during school holidays.. So we walked around the lovely gardens which are kept beautifully. Then decided to do the blue circular walk taking in some lovely views. Unfortunately it started to rain but it was nice all the same. Car park, toilets & cafe are available.

Ian Beckly — Google review

A very enjoyable day in a lovely setting. A magnificent house with beautiful gardens and a very good cafe. But it was the staff that really made the day. It was very busy at Sizergh, the car park nearly full, but Bill went out of his way to help us park. Tony was a very welcoming host, and Ann was a bubbly fountain of knowledge about the castle and the Strickland family.

David Float — Google review

Quite a lot going on here. Decent walks, gardens and cafe. House opened at midday. The two projected films are particularly good so don’t skip through them. Really interesting.

Neil Pender — Google review

Our second visit (after coming last June). It was great seeing the gardens in a different season. The spring flowers and the narcissus around the stumpery, in particular, were lovely as well as the beautiful cherry blossom tree. The gardens are beautiful here and there are lovely walks. We'll be back in the autumn to see the autumn colours! We even had Charlie, the black cat, following us! 😊

Sara Sturtivant — Google review

Was really impressed how nice this place was. I didn't visit the castle as it didn't open till midday. The gardens were beautiful with loads of variety. They aren't huge but have loads to offer and are really well maintained. I met a wonderful volunteer who was working in the pouring rain and was still really friendly. When I visited there was the start of some spectacular autumn colour.

Hannah Wild — Google review

Fantastic national trust property that family of any age can enjoy. The gardens are lush almost japanese esc and the veg patch is insane in its beauty linked to the kitchen (big plus on sustainable practice). The kids nature trail was fun for us and our 2 year old, even teenagers will enjoy it. Play parks are great but this was a whole family fun thing to do. Great property with bookshop cafe and lush grounds. Thanks to great staff, we even saw them go out of their way to help a mobility issue and explaining garden decisions to American tourists. Highly recommend, but note parking seems limited.

Alasdair Wood — Google review

Wow, the gardens here are amongst the most beautiful I've ever seen. There's something different around every corner.There's an oddly magical sensation as you wander through the grounds. The flowers, shrubs and trees are laid out like an artist's palette, colours complimenting in some areas and contrasting in others.The planting and growing methods are also very traditional and environmentally friendly.The house seems to just sit comfortably amidst the gorgeous surroundings.There is also an excellent café and lawn games for the kids to play with.

Michael Lees — Google review

Visited the cafe today and walked around the local area. Cafe does a good choice of food and lovely surroundings, seating and decor. We go here as can take our dog. Service was mixed, some great staff, but the processes and systems getting in the way, our fries order never got through to the kitchen but delivered quickly once we chased up. Parking is easy and plentiful, and we had a National Trust card.

Andrew Jeffries — Google review

Gardens are glorious but quite a bit would be inaccessible for people in wheelchairs. The house itself was very interesting but quite busy at the time we visited.The restaurant is usual National trust fare.

Pete Little — Google review

I like all Gardens so no exception for this one. It must look stunning in autumn as they have many acers. Quite quiet garden, not extremely large but there is plenty of room for walking around the house.House itself is very old and you can feel it. Fantastic spent time.

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A lovely place to visit, specialty if you are planning to visit the lake District. We were staying in Windermere for a few days and on the way back visited Sizergh. So much history with beauty in this place. Also the site is well managed with lots of space, large shop and restaurant and ample parking. Also garden is beautiful.

Usman Khalid — Google review

Beautiful place to visit. Large gardens, gorgeous well kept house, staff very knowledgeable about it's history. Shop. Large cafe, lots of parking. Very child friendly. Saw a few people in wheelchairs although I did not see any lifts in the house, although I was not looking for any. Lovely afternoon spent in the grounds.

Karen Elwell — Google review

Sizergh is a beautiful historic castle with gardens, and is definitely worth a visit if you’re planning a visit to the Lake District.You can look around the beautiful historic property, which dates back to the 13th century when the estate passed into the hands of the Strickland family through marriage. It has been extended over the centuries.The gardens are beautiful and highly recommended, particularly if you want to go for a tranquil walk through the estate. The gardens at the estate are Grade 2 listed with noticeable highlights being the kitchen garden, rock garden and lake.There is a car park, free to National Trust members, and a shop and cafe. I’d definitely recommend visiting the estate.

Simon Jones — Google review

Lovely castle and gardens. The snowdrops are gorgeous this time of year. Woodland walks and estate walks with fab views. Cafe is brilliant too.

Jayne Hall — Google review

Fascinating place, but you need a good two hours for the castle.Excellent walking options with good views and a church

Mark Nicholls — Google review

Little gem of a place.Small but beautiful gardens kept in great order with small lake that provides great setting for the old house.Interesting history to the Strickland family. Staff are friendly and informative.Cafe provides plenty of choice for food and drink.Plenty of walks around the site too.

David Williams — Google review

A fascinating building with a maze of rooms, each of which is stuffed with character and history.A lot of the interior is finished in dark wood panelling and the furniture is also dark, creating an atmosphere of mystery that's almost oppressive at times. As you walk around, it's easy to lose your bearings because it's deceptively large inside!The gardens are stunning, with several different sections to explore. To get the best view of the house, head round to the far side of the Mirror Lake.One area has multiple levels and a water feature running through - while it's very beautiful, the rugged rocks that make up the paths can be slippery if wet. You need to be steady on your feet to negotiate this part!There's a well stocked gift shop and a cafe at the visitor's centre and entrance, with picnic tables in a green area in the car park.The toilet facilities in the visitor's centre are tiny! With just four people on the gents, there was hardly room to move, let alone wash your hands. However, if you head into the grounds, there are further facilities next to the main house (in the old forge, I believe).The guides were welcoming, although we didn't get much of a chance to engage with them, unfortunately.We happened to be passing Sizergh on our way home from the Lake District, and I'm glad we did!

Jon Clynch — Google review

Visited here today for a look around the gardens & house as we were staying close by in Cunbria. The gardens are extensive & beautiful & full of colour. The house as you can expect is old & quaint. If you like history, the house is full of old things from years gone by. Staff are on hand to answer questions or advise you on anything you want to know. We called at the cafe for lunch which was lovely, good food & friendly staff serving. Really can recommend a visit here x

julie Boularesse — Google review

Sizergh looking beautiful in the Autumnal weather. Always nice to visit, with the only thing that would have improved the visit being a trail for the young ones. Very quiet on our visit, so would have been nice to have something for them to focus on. Otherwise a calming relaxing visit to a lovely garden.

Matthew Harvey — Google review


Housesteads Roman Fort - Vercovicium - English Heritage Site

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Historical landmark

Housesteads Roman Fort, also known as Vercovicium, is an English Heritage Site located in Northumberland. This tourist attraction comprises the ruins of an auxiliary fort built from stone in AD 124 during the Roman occupation of Britannia, shortly after Hadrian's Wall was completed. It was the first fortress established in the region and is now home to a visitor centre, museum and guides dressed in period costumes.

Great place to visit. Fantastic Roman Fort with a museum of all the artefacts found on site. Lots of information boards describing each area and what it was used for. The staff are all so friendly and knowledgeable. When we visited there was an art exhibition on site which was fabulous. Free for English Heritage and National Trust members although you still have to pay for parking, which cost us £4. There's a cafe on site with cakes, pastries and hot and cold drinks. The site is also dog friendly. It's worth putting on some good waterproof shoes with decent grips.

Neil Smith — Google review

Lovely little history lesson in the visitor center and info boards walking in the ruins.You can walk along the wall for a while in both directions, something I'll be doing more of when the days get longer.

Robert Carmichael — Google review

Had a great time visiting this Roman Fort. Excellent day out. Great museum & coffee shop. I was a little disappointed that some people decided not to pay and just enter the Fort via the North Gate side of the Hadrian's wall pathway, climbing over the small fence to enter the Fort, avoiding staff that were there to check paid tickets. This needs addressing by Management! Otherwise, highly recommend a visit there. The staff were lovely too, very knowledgeable about the area.

Michelle — Google review

Beautiful scenery. Hard uphill walking, especially in the mud of winter. Suggest sticking to paths when it’s so muddy else you will slip! Toilets nearby and an excellent cafe - I highly recommend the millionaire’s shortcake.

Claire Peak — Google review

40 years ago I visited Housesteads with my father. In turn I took my son. Some of the best ruins, we headed on to Sycamore gap and back. Wonderful day.

robert kime — Google review

The site was fabulous and the museum was informative and well laid out, if small. We came this time to see the artwork which was, well, just a bit mad, but great to get and impression of the height of the fort in its heyday. All staff welcoming and chatty but not pushy. Dog friendly!

Chloe Brownlee-Chapman — Google review

The largest Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall, well worth spending at least a couple of hours here.We had a superb walk along the wall, from Steel Rig car park, in beautiful weather.There are a number of explanatory boards around the side and a small but excellent museum close by.

Rich B — Google review

Fantastic scenery and wonderfully maintained site. Lots of information boards to explain the site.Dog friendlySteep walkCafe at car parkPay carpark.Small museum at pay office.

Nicholas Nunney — Google review

Had a great time. The weather wasn't good but still enjoyable. Can I take this opportunity to tell you about the books below, they Are available on Amazon and all profits will go to cancer research. And if this goes well hopefully diabetes research.

i c Henderson — Google review

Great and accessible place along Hadrian’s Wall to go (by car and public transport at certain times of year). The visitor centre is a little small so would advise going at a less busy time but when the weather is fine as it is a c.10 minute walk from the car park and bus stop.There are a few mile castles, etc. nearby so great place to base yourself if you want to see several landmarks along a relatively short distance.

Sarah Norris — Google review

Wow! What a fantastic day. Great walk for families and dogs. Loved seeing the Roman ruins and walking on the wall. The visitor center had clean bathrooms and a small cafe. At the ruins there was a small gift shop and museum.

Cori Fairchild — Google review

So stunning to be here where our ancestors fought and lived forging a different future for generations to come. To walk from here down to Sycamore gap (Robin Hood) and down to the Sill just a beautiful walk even in the rain and mud!

linda marieskind — Google review

Beautiful scenery. Nice walk from the car park to the ancient Roman fort. The size and scale of the fort is impressive.

Michal Szulc — Google review

One of the places where imagination switches on. Plenty help for your mind with films and drawings so you can find yourself in a Roman soldiers shoes. Superb location to see some of the best parts of Hadrians Wall. Walk a few miles along the wall both ways to appreciate it's beauty

TiC — Google review

A bit of a hill down and then up to get to the ruins and the bit of Hadirians wall that is there next to ruins. If you want to just get some pictures and don't want to spend too long there then this is a good spot But there is the option to go in the museum and ruins if you want Otherwise just pay for the reasonable priced parking.

Hersha C — Google review

Being disabled I was unable to make much of Being in this Fabulous place once more. Luckily my companion wasn't constrained and he enjoyed every second of his voyage into the past. I had the sheer joy of sitting at the south gate, on my mobility scooter, drinking in the ambience.

Bill Steel — Google review

Fabulous Roman fort Remains. It's quite a climb from the car park to the site and admissions shop. There is a small museum and an interactive video to watch. Our young children enjoyed looking for the signs from Felix a Roman soldier who explained the site in a child friendly way.

Claire Davidson — Google review

Exploring these Roman ruins during winter was enjoyable due to the lack of other tourists. There is plenty of information displays throughout the ruins explaining each section of the fort. There were great views of Hadrin's wall and it was possible to walk along the sections connected to the fort although this was quite steep and appropriate footwear is recommended. There's a small museum beside the fort which is a decent if not short experience. There's an uphill walk from the car park and it's quite muddy in the winter, so take this into account if you are planning a visit.

Thomas Armstrong — Google review

Fantastic place to visit. The only negative is the climb up to the site. It is a proper path takes about 15 minutes. However, it is a long climb. If you are infirm, or asthmatic, it could be an issue.Once you reach the site, it is amazing. The views are exceptional. The place is a lot bigger than you expect. The staff were great, very knowledgeable and friendly. Dog friendly which is a bonus. The facilities are very clean and tidy.

Sarah Chalmers — Google review

Lovely area and enjoyed the walk along the wall from housesteads to Sycamore gap, we took the military walk as it was easier and a little away from the wall but didn't take away from the fact we were there. Sycamore gap lived up to what I was expecting, and emotional for me as my last girlfriend who passed away in 2020 from cancer, wanted to go and couldn't make it, but had her favourite me to you bear with me and her photo, would really recommend a visit.

Gary Powell — Google review


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Hexham Abbey is an ancient Catholic abbey that was first built in the 12th century in the Early English style of Gothic architecture. It was founded by St Wilfrid in 674 and became a priory and monastery before being granted abbey status. The Norman church hidden behind its 19th-century facade is a masterpiece of Early English Gothic architecture. Its stunning stainglass windows and decor attract visitors from all over who come to experience its peaceful atmosphere.

We are regular visitors to Hexham for the farmers market, and each time we go, we make sure we always visit Hexham Abbey. As soon as you step inside, the whole atmosphere makes you feel so relaxed. The stainglass windows and decor throughout the Abbey is amazing, and catches your eyes when you are looking around. If you go to Hexham, you have to visit the Abbey😚

Jonathan Cole — Google review

It's beautiful.... I didn't know there was an Abbey here and we turned up quite late but we're still able to have a wander around inside, but missed the cafe and the shop.Even outside is lovely although at the moment there is some scaffolding up for renovationThe space inside is stunning, some beautiful stained glass and lots of information about certain highlights within the buildingIt has a very friendly feel once inside, you don't feel restricted just very welcome... A beautiful place to visit even if churches aren't really your thing it's definitely worth it... Can't wait to pop back and visit the Abbey cafe

Debra Roberts — Google review

Hexham Abbey has been a place of worship since the seventh century and is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England. It was founded in 1072 by Saint Wilfrid, and it's where he established Hexham as a bishopric with his seat at the monastery. The abbey was restored during Victorian times and now welcomes visitors from all over the world to explore its beauty.There's so much to see and do at Hexham Abbey, from admiring the architecture to taking a stroll in the Sele Park. You can also learn about the abbey's history and its connection to Saint Wilfrid on one of the informative guided tours. So if you're looking for an interesting and beautiful place to visit in Northumberland, Hexham Abbey is definitely worth a visit!We were lucky enough to get married there (many moons ago), The Hexham Abbey Festival is still running this year, there are several other festivals throughout the summer months too. I still remember seeing the wonderful Tibetan monks performing at the Abbey with their amazing costumes and music.Hexham Abbey Gift shop and tea room is a lovely place to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake. The gift shop has some really nice things in it.There is also a children's play area which my little ones always enjoy when we visit. Hexham Abbey is definitely one of the treasures of the northeast that's worth visiting.Please note: The abbey is closed every day from 12pm-12.30pm.

Terence Walsh — Google review

A grand building in the heart of Hexham. Free to go in but you can have a tour which takes in the crypt for £3. Otherwise entry to the crypt is £3. A great place to just wander round and soak in the atmosphere.There is a good display area with the history of the Abbey with interactive displays.There is a cafe on site which has a lovely outside sitting area.Parking in Hexham is via disc. We parked on carpark at the bottom of the hill which has a Waitrose. This is a public car park however you need a disc. Parking is free but there are different coloured parking bays. Depending on how long you want to stop. We got our disc at Waitrose but these discs cover the whole of Northumberland so keep in the car. Access to the town centre was up a steep hill and past some very old buildings including the old jail.

Angela Williams — Google review

We visited on the weekend of the Festival of Flame and were very lucky to pop into the Abbey as they were preparing it for the evening light display. What a treat it was to see the team setting up the wonderful display in this majestic building, and with beautiful music to accompany. It's something we'll remember for a long time. Hexham is fast becoming one of our favourite places to visit and each time we come, we visit the abbey. They've created a great visitor experience, including a lovely cafe. Other such venues could learn alot from Hexham Abbey.

Vicky Patchett — Google review

Beautiful Abbey, not only architecturally but historically as well. The history of the building is interesting and the crypt deserves a visit too. A really wonderful place of worship in the centre of the lovely town of Hexham.

Mariella Munden — Google review

Great little gem in the heart of Hexham. Really informative with a section set out to educate you all about the history of the Abbey, lots of little activities to get children involved with and very interactive I particularly loved the items that had been found under the floorboards of the church such a little piece of history. We visited on a Sunday morning which probably wasn't the best choice as there was a service taking place. We still got to look round the main church part after the service but it did feel a little like we were intruding on the usual Sunday proceeding so I would advise try and avoid service time.

Johanna Hope — Google review

Well worth a visit if you are in townInside the abbey, you can find some painted wood panels which are 5 centuries old. In addition, the abbey has a small crypt which can be visitedThe lady who helped us around the abbey was lovely

Matt R — Google review

A really powerful experience, in this amazing place of centuries of worship. There are ancient memorials in this former monastery, and it's well worth a guided tour from one of the excellent official guides. The crypt is well worth a view. Live music is often performed there. What a venue!

Gillian Potts — Google review

This abbey is gorgeous. We went during the 'Moon' showing and wow, it's quite striking. The building itself is intricate and steeped in history. Particularly interesting was going into the crypt - an extra £3 each, very worthwhile! - and a guide even talked us through the history of the crypt, the oldest part of the abbey, before we headed down below. It's definitely worth a visit within this beautiful town. There is plenty of free parking within the town where you can stay up to two hours, you just might have a short walk to the abbey.

Eilidh Black — Google review

Huge Abbey in a small town. Extremely old building which is quite huge. Nice atmosphere inside which had plenty of details to look at. Beautiful stained glass windows which would have looked better if the sun was shining:)

StevoW33 — Google review

What an incredible place. So much history and as always, so much to explore when you visit such a historic monument. We enjoyed learning about the hidden Saxon treasures while also taking time to pause and reflect on life. A real gem you must visit which is free.

Jason — Google review

We visited the Abbey to see the exhibition of wedding dresses over the last century. The exhibition was great, and the Abbey is beautiful.

Jane McWilliams — Google review

A beautiful Abbey in a charming Northumberland town. Very friendly staff and a slice of history we should cherish. Lovely gift shop and coffee shop.

phil robson — Google review

Fascinating and beautiful. Choral evensong was wonderful. Night stairs a feature.

Drusilla Gabbott — Google review

Lovely Abbey well worth a visit with fantastic staff. The Moon exhibition is on until November and only costs £3 for adults and £1 for children. You can buy tickets on line or just pay on arrival. Well worth a visit. They also have a nice cafe serving a good selection of food. Great location right in the centre of a busy market town.

Derek Forster — Google review

An old Abbey founded by St Wilfred in AD 674. In 2024 it is celebrating 1350 years of its foundation.

Stanly Palathingal — Google review

A beautiful 12th century abbey church located right in the centre of Hexham. I came here on a day excursion and spent just over an hour here. Admission was £3, and I also bought a handy visitor guide and map for £3. The abbey, which stands on the site of a Saxon church, is steeped in history and very atmospheric. There's much of interest to see from different periods of history including a Roman tombstone, an Anglo-Saxon cross, 15th century painted wooden panels and a frith stool used by medieval fugitives seeking sanctuary. There are also some lovely stained glass windows. The exhibition about the moon was an unexpected bonus, with a fantastic replica of the moon suspended from the ceiling. You get a great view of it from the top of the night stairs close to the entrance. The Saxon crypt is definitely not to be missed! It was locked up when I was there, but for £3 a very friendly lady steward unlocked the gate so that I could take a look inside. The steps leading down to it are steep and uneven (there is a handrail), but the narrow passages and the shrine, built by the Saxons with Roman stones, are well worth seeing. There's a café with outside tables where you can get light meals, a nice gift shop, and an interactive exhibition about the abbey's history that I did not get time to visit but would love to see if I come here again.

Valerie Hinchliffe — Google review

£3 entry and £3 for the crypt entry. Moon exhibition was on, so quite busy. Absolutely fantastic. Well worth the price and well worth visiting. Will go again when quiet. Recommended.

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Event venue

High Force Waterfall is a magnificent tourist attraction nestled in a secluded forest. The waterfall cascades dramatically for 69 feet into a plunge pool, and visitors can take several paths through the beautiful natural scenery. There is a parking fee as well as a small charge for accessing the falls, but the longer walk to the top offers stunning views for free. Surrounding landscapes are breathtaking from every angle; however, it can get busy around the falls, so don't expect perfect solitude.

A return visit today to this wonderful place. This time the kids had a Easter egg trail to follow, which was great fun. Definitely needed some breaks from walking back up the steep hill. The views are amazing.

Hayley Nunn — Google review

Lovely place to spend a couple of hours. Parking £3 and tickets £2.50 from kiosk at the hotel. Walk down to the falls is easy, rocks at the bottom not so easy to navigate- need to be sure footed, but lots of rocks to sit on and soak in the view. We walked back via the forest walk, which is very steep to start with, with many steps, then it gets easier and meanders through different types of woodland scattered with some lovely wooden sculptures.

Debbie Coates — Google review

This is a must see for everyone. England’s largest ( not single drop ) waterfall. It really is a sight of some splendour and is dramatic to see.Tickets available from the High Force Pub and hotel opposite. Massive car park at a cheap £3 for 3 hours. Please do buy the tickets as the attraction is on private land and the money appears to be clearly spent well on maintaining the footpath, benches and viewing point.An addition to the stunning view of the waterfall was somewhat meeting with Helen Skelton and Dan Walker filming their Channel 5 Pennine way walk. Have to say the were both warm and friendly and very polite with Dan assisting my wife over a couple of wet slippery stones and a muted “hiya” drowned by the crescendo of the waterfall and a beaming smile from Helen. What lovely genuine people they were and an interesting addition to our visit.

Gerry McAuley — Google review

Absolutely stunning views, took us 2 hours to walk all the way thru. Seen waterfall from both sides. We’ve paid £3 for 3 hours car park, toilets are there and some snacks and drinks as well. £1.50 ticket entrance per kid (under 5 free) £3 per adult.

Natalie H — Google review

A spectacular waterfall on the River Tees, the largest in the country, by volume of water going over the top.Access is easy, large car park just off the main road with the trail entrance just opposite. (at time of writing, car park is £3, payment by card, and trail entrance £3).The track is firm and wide and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It's not far to the falls, an easy walk for all abilities. The falls themselves are stunning so take your cameras. It's a popular location so you may have to wait for that special shot!To get back you can simply retrace your steps or take the Woodland Walk route back. Turn left up the steps on the left at the bottom and follow the path through some pretty woodlands until you get back to the start. It only adds a little distance but it is steep and muddy in places with steep steps at the start. I will suggest this as a trail edit as it makes for a more rounded walk.Back at the car park there are free toilets, a snack shop and a pub so all bases are covered._---------_---------------

Ian Seville — Google review

The High Force waterfall is definitely worth a visit. There is the waterfall itself but also natural beauty all around this area. The High Force Hotel at the entrance to the waterfall is brilliant. Great atmosphere, nice rooms and superb food with plenty of parking. There is a good chance that we will make a return visit.

Bob Sherry — Google review

£3 for parking and £2.50 each to see the waterfall. I think it was worth it. We took a picnic and had it at the little picnic area near the car park. There is also a footpath leading out to the beautiful fields. Had a coffee at the little shop and everyone enjoyed the time spent together.

Matt English — Google review

High Force is very impressive, well worth a visit.Lovely woodland walk to get to the waterfall, you can keep going on the circular route or go back from the falls. To the waterfall and back on the same path is fairly easy, the circular route is harder. There are a lot of steps from the falls up into the woods and there are some steep parts over tree roots.If you have mobility issues it would be best to go back from the waterfall along the same path you get down to it.You have to buy a ticket to go to the falls - July 2023 it’s £3 each. You also have to pay to park, it costs £3 for 2 hours.

Tracey Roberts — Google review

A beautiful location especially after a period of rain. A nice circular walk from the car park to the waterfall and back through the woodland trail. Some steps, steep in parts but a pleasant stroll. Car park has plenty of space and staff are all very friendly and helpful.

Dominic Perry — Google review

A visit to High Force at the end of a day of incessant rain was rewarded by the falls flowing in spectacular style, and the noise was thunderous to boot! Highly recommended :-)We didn't begrudge the ticket price which the website says is for the maintenance of the path to the falls and it was in excellent condition. TIP: Outside opening hours there is an honesty box just inside the gate ;-)

John Fox — Google review

Called on way back home. Purchased tickets in pub and enjoyed the circular walk round. Also headed down to lower falls. Paths and signage well maintained but not accessible for wheelchairs/pushchairs. Parking easy to sort lots of QR'S dotted around but machine also available.

Julie haywood — Google review

We had a great time at high and low force waterfall.The walk itself is well maintained and not overly strenuous however if you trek to high force and cross over to head to the bottom of the falls there is a steep set of steps that takes you up to high force hotel. You will then have to pay a fee to access the bottom of the falls (we didn’t do this so I don’t know the cost).Please note the route isn’t suitable for pushchairs, we came across a family with one who had to carry it over sets of rocks and I’m sure they would have carried it a fair amount.The surrounding area is lovely and well worth the visit.The hotel is nice too we stopped for a couple of drinks.We parked at Bowlees visitors centre which was a donation car park and got crowded later in the day. So arrive early.

Jordan Stephenson — Google review

Fantastic place to walk. A charge for parking and another small charge for the short walk to the falls; although the longer walk is free (and a better viewpoint from the top). I didn't mind paying to help the upkeep of the area. Beautiful scenery in every direction though always pretty busy around the falls so don't expect to bask in the solitude!

Richard Stacey — Google review

I am not sure if there is any point in posting further photos of the waterfall as there are plenty already plus it's difficult to get a different perspective.It's certainly impressive but in truth not quite as high as I was expecting.Given that we have not had a lot of rain recently I would really like to see it at "full flow".It only takes around 10 minutes to reach it from the car park and there are some other nice walks that you could do too.Only £2.50 to get in but £3 to park.

The Curryholic — Google review

Parking is £3 for 3 hours, tickets are now £3 per adult, £1.50 child if you want to take the direct gentle route down to the waterfall. You can go the long way round for free and watch from the top, but my partner couldn't manage it on this occasion so the slight incline, paid, 10 min picturesque walk down it was.

Kevin Shek — Google review

[TRIP 11.07.2023] We were there after the heavy rain. Easy walk path for my bad ankle. The waterfall was stunning and strong.Parking was £3 for 3 hours, waterfall tickets were £3 per adult during this period. Lovely pies from the hotel were very nice too 🤤 We were there on Tuesday, so it was not too busy.

Alexa Yui Sunisa — Google review

No meditation App required here, enjoy the walk to the waterfall which in itself is enchanting, then gaze upon nature in all its glory and maybe consider that this planet is indeed worth looking after for all who will follow us.Our waterfall tickets cost £3.00 each, a small price to pay for the sense of wellbeing.

ModernBeaker — Google review

The walks to and around the waterfall are pretty awesome. Walking to the waterfall is easy enough, the lower path is definitely easier for most people. However if you fancy a slightly different, longer walk that takes you above the waterfall then I suggest the path just 100 yards to the left of the main route. You go down some pretty steep steps, but definitely worth the walk to the top of the falls.

Steven Wyllie — Google review

Stopped as passing through. £3 to park and £3 to view. Lovely wooded circular, dogs on lead. Little viewing area down some steep steps, nice 40mins unexpected waterfall!

ilona rigo — Google review

This can be an excellent day out for the family and your pet dog if you have one. Ample parking for which you have to about £3. If you need a receipt, the ticket machine will send it to your email address. This is not a Pay & Display car park; you just enter your vehicle’s registration number and pay the appropriate fee, that’s it. There are toilets next to the car park and the ticket kiosk within a refreshments outlet . There is a good hotel here with a restaurant if you feel the need. Cross over the road from the car park and you shall see a friendly face who shall have a quick look at your ticket. Then you have two walking routes to the actual waterfall. One I think is for energetic people going up and down the mini-forest. The other is relatively straightforward. The actual waterfall is a beautiful sight. It roars and creates slight mist if you are close to it. The water is somewhat brown and seems muddy but it’s mostly just colour not mud. I enjoyed my trip and took several photos and video clips with my phone and my drone. I recommend this site. Thanks for reading my review.

Azfar Bukhari — Google review

A good place to come and visit. More so after a few days of rain so it is in full flow. You have to pay for both parking and access to the falls but neither are overly expensive. The falls are not a long walk from the carpark so easily accessible. The route back through the woods is a pleasant walk. It will take no more than an hour to complete.

John Greener — Google review

High Force waterfall is an easy 3k walk from Bowlees visitor centre where you can leave your car and walk along the Pennine Way up to High Force.Otherwise you can drive to the High Force Hotel, which is closer but you have to pay to park and enter.There is an overlook just before you get to the falls themselves where you get an excellent high level view, but it is slightly hidden from the main path.Some of the juniper bushes in the area are suffering from phytopthera illness, control measures are in place - footbaths at the entry and exit to the problem area.

Victoria Pearson — Google review

Amazing, been here a few times but never with this amount of flow. Hit both sides, well worth the hike round via the Penine way to the other side. Easy parking with a pub and toilets . 15 min walk to the north bank, allow an hour 20 for the south

David Keiller — Google review

It is a while since I was last here and the trail up along the Pennine Way has been greatly improved. I have trouble walking at times but managed this 4.5 mile walk (there and back) with the help of walking poles. The views of the waterfall are stunning but if you are not up to the whole walk, Low Force is stunning enough to satisfy.

Eleanor Connah — Google review

Beautiful 😍! High force from the name you can guess, how strong it is. But on a rainy day it becomes full force.Nice day out spot. Car park is very near with modern ticketing machine.Tickets are available from the pub next to car park of waterfall.Wheelchair accessible route to waterfall.Worth visiting.

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Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

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Outdoor Activities

Hiking area

Hiking Trails

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a short but beautiful hiking trail that takes you to six waterfalls, a gorge and a glen in the Yorkshire Dales. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, and it offers some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England.

Went here yesterday and absolutely loved the place! First stopped by for lunch at The Falls, then started the walking trail. Paid £8 entrance fee(adult)£4 for children, and free for 🐶. Parking is free on site. The trail is a circular route. 4.5 miles in total, and takes about 2.5-3 hours to complete. Took us a bit longer to stop by for ice cream, coffee and few minutes to rest and enjoy the beauty of the place. There’s food van near the first big falls(that only takes cash). Then there’s an ice cream van in the middle(takes cards), then there’s clean toilets on the refreshment centre(also takes cards). Make sure you have proper walking shoes as some parts of the trail are steep and slippery. It was busy when we went there yesterday. Can only imagine it getting busier later in summer. But overall,we had a great experience and it’s a beautiful place to explore.❤️

Czar Nicholson — Google review

If my kids hadn't have moaned about being outside this would have been the perfect day! Such a beautiful place to visit...the spring water and lemon drink at the Little tuck shop on the way up was a perfect refreshment in the heat!We did the walk in 3hrs with a couple of stop offs for a drink and ice cream and few paddles in the water.... I'd definitely visit here again it was beautiful

Jenn Burgess — Google review

Beautiful sights along the walk. Railings provide comfort and support at the sketchy bits. £10/person is fairly expensive but the area is well maintained and clean. Decent trade off there. Walk is not easy, but plenty of areas to rest. The reward is the falls which are amazing. A lovely day out.

Chris Ursus — Google review

Lovely day out despite the weather, although the waterfalls were at their best due to the torrent of rain recently. The trail was nice and easy to follow, very scenic and varied mix of waterfalls. The path itself was quite well maintained, with some area in need of repair from the winter months. Good boots are advised as some parts of the path are more treacherous and obviously wet. We visited out of season, so there was no mid point cafe van open, and the toilets were closed for refurbishment. The positive was a nice and quiet walk with hardly anyone else around, which makes it so much more enjoyable and great for taking photos without the crowds.

Nick Johnson — Google review

This is one of the best enclosed walking trails I have experienced in the UK, absolutely worth the entry fee and then some. You not only get the sights of the falls along the first part of the trail but when you reach the largest fall and climb the final few steps to the top of the valley you’re further rewarded with a commanding view of the surrounding landscape. Finally you can descend into the village for a pub lunch Highly recommended to any in the area.

Conor Hennessy Sykes — Google review

Fantastic experience and some stunning views. But, the distance is 5.81 miles. You will need good walking shoes and carry water with you. If it's very hot it's not for the very elderly or anyone a bit infirm. Having said that we did very much enjoy the walk round.

Marki Allum — Google review

Fabulous! An £8 admission charge but worth every penny. We did the walk in around four hours but that included stopping off to admire the views and having lunch at the cafe half way round. We did think the cafe was a little expensive though. Toilets adjacent to the cafe were ideal on a walk of that length.

Gary Beavers — Google review

Just beautiful, 4.5 miles but well worth it. Fall are great this time of year but it also means very wet and can be slippy underfoot. Took us between 2.5 to 3 hrs to complete but we were in no rush and stopped to take many pictures, also stopped for coffee and flapjack at Breezy hill cafe which was lovely

Kim McLoughlin — Google review

We headed over to meet friends and decided to do the walk around the falls. Parking is free but £10 per person to do the 4.5 mile trail. The scenery is breathtaking but be prepared to climb a lot of steps. Good footwear is a must as the ground does get quite uneven. There is a little food hut half way round and the fresh lemon drink is a must. At the top of the falls there is an ice cream van and by time you get here a well deserved ice cream is on the cards. The weather was beautiful so don't forget the sun cream. We had a lovely day and would highly recommend this place.

Luke Ranger — Google review

Beautiful place, grat day out! Trail is well looked after ( entry fee £10 adult, £5 kids), signs, clean. Kids( 4 and 6 with me)and dog ( big dog) can manage the whole trail. Car Park available, included in price and toilets in places ( beginning, middle then end). We visited on 19th of Feb and it wasn't raining ( lucky us whoop whoo ) and it was still lovely. Village itself is so charming and has lots of places to eat. Give it a go!

Marta Robbins — Google review

A beautiful walk I've done many times. Charge is now per person not per car so a big hit for families 😞.£10 adult £5 a child.I should imagine the upkeep of the paths would be expensive. Still a lovely walk.

Julian Bradley — Google review

This waterfall trail is so worth a go at £8.00 per adult entry we felt after doing the walk that this price is very reasonable taking onto account the upkeep of paths, steps,rails ,toilets ect.. and have paid a lot more for at lot less at other places. We visited when the falls were in flood and they were very impressive and powerful a sight to see. I would say wellies or walking boots are needed especially in autumn/winter months .This walk is not what I would call an easy stroll with a lot of steps both up and down but is worth it and would recommend it if in the area .

lisa sowerby — Google review

A beautiful 4.5 to 5 mile walk around some stunning waterfalls and scenic surroundings, simply breathtaking. It took us about 3 hours to complete the walk.The car park had plenty of parking spaces and toilets all which were well maintained. Entrance is £8 for adults and under 16s £4 and that includes the car park. It's well worth the visit. If you love walking then your sure to love this waterfall walk. We had a beautiful dry day with temperatures of 18° even at the end of October and while we walked we were very hot. Be sure to wear the right footwear, walking boots which a are waterproof are ideal. About half way round there is an ice cream van and toilets with a coffee shop selling amazing hot drinks, snacks and ice cream. We will hopefully be doing this one again soon.

Yazz — Google review

Excellent family walk! I clocked it at 7.4km and it takes about 2h 30m. Lots to see to keep it interesting, there’s lots of steps so no push chairs or wheelchair access or unfortunately. There’s ice cream and refreshment stops along the way which is perfect for kids. One only takes cash (first one) the others take card payment. It’s £10 per adult and £5 for kids. I think it’s worth it as it is well kept! A really nice morning out

Gareth Rothwell — Google review

Fabulous place. Loads to see. It is a LONG walk though and one way only, so be ready for a 2 hour minimum walk really. 3 hours if you're taking your time and stopping in places. Really enjoyable though for both adults and kids. There is a refreshments cabin just after Pecca falls and an ice cream van after you cross the river at the top of the map. There's also a bacon butty shop and toilets before you rejoin the other river.

Jason Francis — Google review

Great day out to look at the waterfalls. Arrive early and take your time as it is quite up and down with loads of steps.The ice cream van halfway round, and the cafe on the back stretch was more than welcome by the time we got to them. Would be nice if there were more benches to stop and admire the views and rest those weary legs.

Rob Bastow — Google review

Absolutely remarkable place! Really stunning views. Entry is £10 per adult but it’s essentially a full day out (we were walking for 3-4 hours but you can stay as long as you like)

Grace Matthews — Google review

Lovely walk with beautiful scenery, we were lucky with the weather. Entry is £10 per person but includes parking, a little expensive but the trail is well maintained. Would definitely recommend walking proper walking shoes/boots as ground in places uneven and a little slippy.Would also need some level of fitness as there are ALOT of steps up and down. Would also recommend going early as the trail is one way and quite narrow so can get busy.Nice place to stop by waterfall for a picnic and there is also a van selling food, drinks but is CASH only. There are also toilets about half way round.Walk brings you out into Ingleton town which looked nice with lots of places for food & drink.

Michelle Myers — Google review

Cannot recommend this enoughBetter to go early, plenty of parking available.Ticket is 10 pound per adult and 5 per child. However the trail is well maintained with railings to hold while walking on slippery trails. The path is around 4 point some miles and there’s lots of areas to rest. There’s also two places where snacks and hot drinks are served in case you get hungry.You are given a map and can see six waterfalls that are guided.Also saw many people bringing their dogs who enjoyed the walk.I think this is the first hike I felt safe in due to the accessibility!Enjoyed it a lot

aromal neo — Google review

I'm not an avid hiker myself, but my sister and I definitely enjoyed the trail. The waterfalls and the surrounding woodland are absolutely magical. There are also a bunch of sheep here and there. We didn't't see any other animals unfortunately... We knew it would start raining anytime, so we couldn't just take our time and made it really fast on the way up; it took us roughly two hours in total. Sturdy shoes are strongly advised as it can be quite muddy.

Olesya Polishchuk — Google review

Wow! My second visit, daughters first. We did it in 5hrs 37mins 😂 Guess you could say we took our time (last car in car park nearing sundown) Amazing views, Waterfalls and light rain which created stunning rainbows. I'm glad we did it and she got to experience it. It is a must, at least once if you get the chance!! Love it 😍😊

Libby Barber — Google review

We visited this place after hearing much about it from our friends and the internet. And it didn’t fail us in anyway. The trail is marked very well and the falls were nothing short of magical.The trek could last between three to four hours (which includes the stops you make enroute for photos or eating snacks). The pathway also has trivia facts placed along the way, which makes it even more engaging. Nonetheless, provided there is little to no signal, it’s best to carry some cash to buy the snacks/ice cream that is sold at two checkpoints.

Dakshin M Kumudhini — Google review

Quite the unexpected adventure.4.5 miles of walking with 6 waterfalls.Starting at the car park with wide load bays, electric charge points available (open till dusk) and hundreds of normal parking spots.£10 entery to start and a free map (no cash payments)Toilets at the start and half way.I went off-season so carpark cafe was closed but the half way one was open.See photos for waterfalls, go and enjoy.

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White Scar Cave

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Nature & Parks

Caverns & Caves

White Scar Cave is a National Park attraction in Yorkshire that offers visitors an amazing view of waterfalls, rock formations and man-made tunnels. This amazing place is a must-see for anyone visiting the Yorkshire Dales area.

Fantastic day out for adults kids. My son an daughter 8 & 6 loved it.There are some parts of the system where the ceiling is very low. My daughter just about managed to walk through up right. Think the longest part is about 40m. For adults it's not hands and knees but you are bent pretty low. Well worth it though!

Phil Smith — Google review

Awesome place. Not been since I was a kid. Only 4 of us in the tour group so it was nice and peaceful. Turned up around 45 minutes early and chilled in the shop/cafe. Tour took around 1-2 hours and had plenty of time to ask questions/take photos etc. Really cool and interesting place. You will be crouching down for some of the walk through but all good fun. Staff were very friendly and informative. Plenty of parking and easy to find.

ian Taylor — Google review

My 11yr old grandson and I visited White Scar caves last week and what a fantastic experience it was, far exceeded my expectations.Easy to get to, plenty of parking and a reasonable price for a fully guided tour. Our guide David was interesting, informative, light-hearted and chatty. He certainly made the visit great fun and an education.The cave is absolutely spectacular, well worth a visit.

Nick S — Google review

Good cave! A lot of tunnels to walk though and a guide. Top experience to walk underground. It does go far into the earth and a few steps and tight squeezes here and there but nothing bad. A lot of parking outside with a shop, cafe, and toilets. Definitely recommend going 👍🏻

Shooting Sean — Google review

Incredible experience! Our guide Alison was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and welcoming. The walk through the caves takes about 40 minutes to get to the final deep chambers. You do need to crouch quite a bit and there are a fair few steps so need to be able to manage that! But 100% worth it. The caves are amazing, especially the final huge cavern. Tours are every hour from 11 on a weekend. We arrived just before 11 when the ticket window opened and had no problem buying a ticket and going straight down. Well worth a visit if your in the area and currently for Xmas they have a whole Santa's grotto theme through the start with lots of Xmas lights and displays.

Richard Lewis — Google review

Amazing place any weather. Well, not when it’s pouring down with rain as the caves can flood!We went a April time 2023, was a bit wet and windy and quite warm outside, but in the caves it’s lovely and cool. Really good experience if your not too claustrophobic, and don’t mind walking a few meters bent over in the low caves. The talk about the cave system is very fascinating, it’s well worth a visit!Not ideal for people who have any heart conditions, there’s a long set of steps to get to the main and final room. Even I was out of breath!

Chris C317 — Google review

Definitely the most impressive cave system I've visited. The battle cavern is well worth the effort to get there. Low sections and a flight of 90 steps make it accessible only for the reasonably fit and flexible.

Peter Occardi — Google review

Love the cave and the tour, the tour guide (mike?) was friendly and informative. The cave has so many beautiful features and atmosphere. We ended up having a private tour as we happened to get there at a time no one else was around mid week! Fantastic surprise. They allow you to bring dogs in if they are small and only if you can hold them the whole time as it is not safe for dogs to walk through on their own. The café was also very good and a wonderful view, a lovely little spot. The shop is full of crystal specimens to buy.

Dorothy Moore — Google review

What a truly amazing cave!!! Honestly a MUST visit, was a real highlight of our weekend trip away and we all had a spectacular time. We had a really brilliant tour guide named Mark who made our visit fabulous. Would come again if I was in the area for another visit! I am so surprised I had not heard of this cave before, and I think it really deserves all the praise it gets! AWESOME

Karina O'Flynn — Google review

We had lunch at the cafe which was lovely. The cafe staff were very friendly. The tour was conducted by Thomas and he did a really good job. My son has homework to be handed in and he's decided to write about the caves. It was throughly enjoyable and I took all 3 of my children and they all enjoyed it.

Catherine Page-Martin — Google review

Brilliant place to visit. Mike, our guide, clearly the best of the bunch. Still has it even after a week off 💪🏻 the low ceilings aren't an issue, until you forget and stand up too soon. Very interesting, very informative. I'd imagine great for little ones. Ticket office window opens 5 mins before the tours on the hour, clean facilities, wear a coat!!

Rebecca Yates — Google review

Great day out with my daughters, well worth a visit and the cave system has to be seen to be appreciated, photos doesn't do it justice, there are stretches of the tour were you have to crouch to get past the low roof so you have to be in reasonable fitness, an experience not to be missed, the guides are incredible with vast knowledge of the cave system.Free car park and onsite toilets for customers visiting the cave or the cafe, impressive gift shop with various rare and semi precious stones and geodes.Definitely a day out not to be missed.

antonio marinelli — Google review

Had an excellent time. Welcoming staff, informative and friendly tour guide. Amazing sights and experience, the photos do not do it justice. You do have to duck low in some places. In addition it has a large car park, clean toilets, and nice cafe. Well worth a visit

James Goodliffe — Google review

A fantastic way to spend a few hours. Stunning tour of the caves and very informative. Tour guide was very friendly and professional. Bring sensible shoes, waterproof jacket and no worries about your hairstyle a you'll be wearing a hard hat. Good value for money. Whole tour is 80mins, there's a cafe and gift shop on site too.

Frizzle Dizzle — Google review

Photos will never do this place justice! The highlight of our trip to the Yorkshire Dales. Up early to arrive for the first tour of the day. We’d like to thank our wonderful tour guide Tracy for the incredible enthusiasm and energy she brought to the tour which was almost theatrical at points!Her knowledge of the cave complex combined with the staggering views inside really made this a once in a lifetime opportunity. The story of the cave’s discovery along with the miners and the additional 4 miles of tunnels really was incredible.Would highly recommend to anyone who is able to do it. All the staff were incredibly friendly and made the whole experience enjoyable.

Luke Murray — Google review

Great day out for the family. The cave walk took about an hour, dress up warm! Guide was great and there is lots to see, loads of different formations to see. Couple of places where you have to crouch to get through, one about 20m long. Shop if full of ‘crystals’, kids wanted to buy everything in there….cafe was good with a good choice.

JB Mills — Google review

Happened to see this place signposted from a local town and decided to Google search it.Immediately planned on a trip there on our homeward drive.The drive over was lovely and scenic.The centre itself was really nice and has a lovely cafe and gift shop (reasonably priced)Tours of the caves are at hourly intervals from 10am onwards i believe.Cost £33 for two adults which proved to be worth every penny.We were given hard hats (optional but very much needed and recommended) and the usual safety briefing by our guide.We had Mark taking us downHe was knowledgeable and polite and showed real enthusiasm about the caves.The caves themselves are spectacular!It's awesome to be able to see geology that is at work all around us so up close and personal. I felt like a kid again.Made use of my new phone to get some really great photos of the walk.. Which took us 90 mins to walk to the final cavern and back.We DEFINITELY plan to be back with our kids to do the Dark Walk (an even more exciting experience we are assured)The whole experience was really really worthwhile and i am really pleased that we stumbled across this fabulous place.Highly highly recommended

Alan “MajorLurien” Rodmell — Google review

Spur of the moment as we were driving past. Great experience, reasonably priced. Low ceilings in places, so you need to be able to walk doubled up for a few meters at times. Informative tour lasting about 80 mins.

Karen Culleton — Google review

Worth a visit if in the area.Note wear water proof shoes especially if it's been raining for a while.Very interesting and different.The tour costs £16.50 for adults and takes about 80 minutes.You are provided a hard hat that is required, you need to bend down to walk through a few tunnels.There are about 80 steps to climb but not all at once..

david mullins — Google review

Me and my family enjoyed this visit. Our guide was so nice. Our son was taken by all the tour had to offer. And it takes a lot to grab his attention!!!Recommend this place for a good couple of hours visit.The food was not great, quite basic but the experience made up for it, and that was what we were there for anyway.

Sally S — Google review

Visited on a Monday, experienced the cafe, shop and the cave tour. Tour fee £18 adults, £13 for children, can also buy a family ticket - well worth the experience.Great tour guide, explained the history of the excavation, the money is being well spent on maintaining the caves.Two parts of the tour require low bending, hard hats all supplied - definitely required. Tours were run every half hour.

Mary Law — Google review

Absolutely amazing experience ❤️ if you're in the area. It is a must. Your tour is guided and takes approx 80 minutes. If you're afraid of small spaces, don't go as you can not get a redund once you have paid

Tracey Beech — Google review

Stunning natural formation made into a great experience by Mike our tour guide. He was very entertaining and delivered interesting educational information regularly. The views were amazing. 0.5miles into the cave at 120m below the surface!

Arran Townsend — Google review


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Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre

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Cheese manufacturer


The Wensleydale Creamery is a cheese factory where visitors can learn about the history of the cheese and see it being made. It is also home to the world famous Wensleydale Cheese.

Open 10am-3pm at £4.45 for adults, no need to book, plentiful free parking. Payment gains admittance to a cheese making demonstration and history museum, and an activities room and viewing window housed in a separate building. We enjoyed learning the history of cheese in general and of Wensleydale cheese in particular. Great value for money.

Matthew Hurst — Google review

We stumbled upon this place on our drive through the Dales, and glad we did. We sat for a slightly late lunch. The staff work very hard here as it's clearly a very popular spot for locals and visitors alike. We were seated withing a few short minutes of arriving. The service was friendly and prompt. The views from the back of the dining area are quite spectacular. The food was exactly what it said on the menu. Great choices on the menu, and quite reasonably priced.The chilled room on the side offering not only cheese tasters, but also a vast selection of the cheeses available from the creamery. Along with preserves, crackers and more.The shop offers a wide range of items. From bottles of local liquors, Ice-creams, and all sorts of farm based & Wensleydale products...... We had a great experience here. We would love to return and do the tour. Will definitely recommend to adult and child alike.

The Zombie Hunter Hayes — Google review

Great place to visit when it’s raining. We did the experience tour, where we learn about cheese making. It was really interesting. Then visited a small museum where you learn facts about cheese. It’s really great for kids also the way they have done it. Followed by cheese tasting ( the best part).You can then go back to the shop which is quite big. And a dedicated area for cheese to taste and buy. They a cafe and toilets.They have free car park on-site.I will recommend as a day out. Only disappointment was when going to pay my shopping the cashier was not so friendly it felt rushed like she wanted to get rid of us, not nice customer service when you spend money local.

Elodie SALOM — Google review

About an hour's worth without the cheese making demo. compact visitor experience overall, children area nicely done including Wallace and Gromit set up.No tasting samples the day we were there.The Shop and cafe were well stocked.

bertie malco — Google review

Really amazing place. Full creamery tours, gift shop stacked with local businesses & the cheese shop has every cheese available to taste. Very worth the visit. The restaurant & cafe have a good choice of food & drinks. Really worth the visit!

Bee — Google review

Brilliant demonstration very informative and visual which helps a lot for some people. Really enjoyed the cheese tasting and found a new favourite cheese 🧀 Wensleydale with pineapple 🍍 😋 be warned you may spend too much in the cheese shop 😍 we did !

Elaine Gill — Google review

Free parking on site! Great shop, clean toilets lovely cafe and separate restaurant. Outdoor seating for the cafe. Toilets were clean and the staff were amazing. Is it a little cramped in the gift shop if you have a wheelchair or pushchair.The museum and factory tour are very good value - lots of stuff to interact with and it is all very well maintained - great for little fingers as well as adult ones!The cheese demo was brilliant too - the only downside to the visit was that we went on a Saturday so the factory was closed. We could still see the machines and stuff but we didn't get to see them in action. Still enjoyed it though.The ice cream is gorgeous - make sure you properly treat yourself and get two scoops! I can highly recommend the black cherry with chocolate.

Pamela ?Pambo? Ann — Google review

Absolutely love this place! My whole family has been coming here for years and I will continue to do so with my own. Fantastic alone to visit the Cheese Shop, but extra special to go visit the rest of the creamery and see what else they have to offer, fantastic for kids! Love, love, love the cheese!!!

Megan Procter — Google review

Interesting place to visit. Tells the history of cheese making in this area with exhibits and live demonstration. The gentleman who did the demo when we visited was knowledgeable and engaging and I found it very enjoyable to watch. There is a cafe and gift shop as well as a cheese shop. Taste testing is allowed.We were lucky enough to see some Morris dancers on the day we visited too.

Claire Louise — Google review

I love cheese and this was definitely the place to be!! My husband and I went over the bank holiday weekend and it was busy but manageable :)There are two sections in which you can get free cheese tastings - one in the store and the other in the museum section (which you have to pay for but it includes a live demonstration on how Wendsleydale cheese is made). There is, of course, Wallace and Grommit merch and a whole mini section dedicated to them in the museum. It is also very family friendly.For lunch we went to the coffee shop and the only critique I have is that the cafe itself is a decent size but for the crowds there, there was a giant queue for over an hour and so I'm surprised they didn't open the restaurant (currently undergoing some renovations so it is closed) for overflow seating. However lunch had a good selection to cater to everyone and the blue cheese scones were almost the size of my face! I got one to go for £3 and I wish they sold them in the store!It was such a great time. Definitely a fun visit.

Amanda Williams McNair — Google review

Fascinating place to visit, well worth paying the extra to learn the history of the factory, it’s incredible staff and sit in and learn about how the cheese is made with a demonstration to boot. The viewing windows allow you to watch the process on the factory floor and the tasting area, well just make sure you eat before attending!The shop is fabulous and full of all sorts of gifts, drinks and the two cafes on site as well as the ice cream counter mean that everything is catered for. There are good, clean and accessible toilets and plenty of parking. Also lovely benches outside should you need a picnic place. Child friendly and a wonderful place to visit.

Annie B — Google review

My wife and I went on a coach trip last year. Lovely scenery on the way. We had an interesting tour around the creamery. Fun and informative. We made a dash for the restaurant and pleased we did as they only catered for a certain amount of covers. The food was amazing and service first class. There is a cafe if you miss out.

Graham Hawkes — Google review

My favourite place in the UK. The most delicious menu I've ever experienced, with the most wonderful take-home items and the friendliest staff. I visit once a year and always leave smiling, no matter the weather. ❤️

Chris Davies — Google review

I love cheese so Ideal place to visitTim the guide was informative and entertainingHusband and dog had to wait outside but then went for lunch. Very nice if a little windy outside

Jan Tetley — Google review

Fantastic place! We're both cheese lovers so this was basically a pilgrimage!! Spent more time than was necessary in the tasting room but also paid for the demonstration and tour! Lovely gift shop and cafe too. Highly recommended.

Owain J Millard — Google review

Came here on a day excursion and spent an interesting two hours here. The visitor centre is only a short distance from the market square and has a large free car park. It's well signposted and all the buildings are wheelchair accessible. The staff were welcoming and friendly. Our visit to the Wensleydale Cheese Experience was pre-booked with a time slot. The man who did the cheesemaking demonstration was very knowledgeable, going through all the different stages of how cheese is hand crafted in the modern creamery. We then walked across to a little museum where we learned all about this place's fascinating history through artefacts and easy to read info boards, tasted a variety of Wensleydale cheeses and got to see inside the creamery itself from a viewing gallery. Lots of fun activities for kids and the opportunity to be photographed with Wallace and Gromit! The shop is a delight to browse around, full of beautiful homewares, pictures, stationery, books and much more. The cheese shop is also well worth visiting, not only for the cheese but also crackers, chutneys and a host of other foodie treats. Bought some cheese and a delicious Yorkshire fruit cake to take home. There's a restaurant and café which I didn't get time to visit, but I did treat myself to an ice-cream from the shop and ate it on a café terrace with a lovely view of the dales. All in all this was an enjoyable visit!

Valerie Hinchliffe — Google review

Lovely gift shop with a wide range of gifts and goodies. The cheese shop has free tasting, plus all things cheese-related. There is a viewing room where you can watch it being made. Now I am not actually a cheese lover 😲, but had a lovely mooch round and would definitely recommend a visit.

Linda Edwards — Google review


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The Bowes Museum

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Specialty Museums

The Bowes Museum is an eclectic collection of antiques, curios, art and relics housed on three floors in a grand building. The centerpiece of the collection is a finely crafted life sized automaton that performs daily.

Excellent museum and grounds. Hugely interesting story of the couple who built and collected items to fill it. Very high quality exhibits, across a broad spectrum from furniture, silverware, ceramics and paintings to religious artifacts. The staff seem genuinely excited to work here and were very knowledgeable. Once purchased the ticket lasts for 12 months and the on site restaurant was also 5 star.

Andy Stewart — Google review

Good day out with range of ways to pay, we went for annual local ticket which proved cheaper than the standard day ticket. Loads of parking but best not to use the main car park area as the lead up road has massive pot holes just park on the peripheral road. Loads to keep you occupied, and even got to see the Silver Swan being tested. Nice café with plenty choice, good shop and clean toilets. Highly recommended..

Malc Clements — Google review

This place is amazing. Such a diverse range of items on show from vintage toys, fashion, gorgeous furniture, modern art, curiosities and of course the famous Swan. The swan is absolutely stunning, however you can't see it work at the moment as it needs renovation work. Their is a video to show you it working and the history of it. Good access for disabled visitors like myself. Lift to each floor and accessible toilet.

Jane Harrison — Google review

A great museum. The collections are amazing, paintings, furniture a whole load of stuff, to numerous to mention. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Cafe is excellent and offers good food options.

Garry Howell — Google review

What a beautiful museum, always something of interest to see, especially like the focus on costume / fashion. You need a whole day as there is so much to see. Portrait galleries are stunning. Cafe is excellent, easy to park. It is quite dear to get in...I think you may be able to visit all year for less than we paid for the day but I wasn't told that when I paid and would have gone for that option as it was cheaper! Also gift aid option is more expensive which I don't understand as they claim it back.

Charlotte Gordon — Google review

Completely unexpected to find this gem in the middle of the country sideAbsolutely beautiful building and stunning collection of art, furniture, clothing and very querky inventions from over a few centuries agoThe day that we visited was snowing and already decorated for Christmas which made it really special.Would recommend a quick stop at their cafe. Coffee and food were great!Unfortunately, the silver swan is undergoing reparations at the moment.We bought the 1 year membership ( which ironically is cheaper that the day pass) so planning to visit again!

Alba Fern — Google review

Lovely afternoon here! Very informative and a huge variety of pieces!The Swan is beautiful! Like nothing I've ever seen before! The short video on the Swan is definitely worth a watch.It's a shame The Bowes never got to open the museum, but such a lovely reminder of them throughout!Polite and helpful staff!Lovely well kept grounds.Free parking.Tickets are valid for a year! Bonus!Didn't make it to the cafe but will most likely return as we enjoyed the museum so much!Couldn't help but wish I was allowed to explore the private areas of this beautiful building!😍

Lowenna Gibbons — Google review

An absolutely amazing building, steeped in fascinating history and containing thousands of interesting works of art, design and craft. To get the most out of this museum you should allow yourself time to wander, you could easily spend a whole day here looking through the exhibits. The Raymond Briggs showcase was on when we visited and it was absolutely astounding. Would definitely recommend.

Luke Sharples — Google review

We Did Not Know What To Expect From This Museum As Its Our First Visit, But It Has More Than Exceeded Our Expectations, Very Welcoming When You Step Foot Inside And It's A Real Eye Opener To What's Inside. This Was An Amazing Experience And Reasonably Priced For What You See. The Museum Also Has An On Site Cafe And Gift Shop... A++

Paul Brown — Google review

Great place to stop for a wander in the woods and admire the French style gardens. We didn't visit the museum itself but enjoyed a browse in the well stocked gift shop and had an early lunch in the cafe. Great gluten free options. Enjoyed a gluten free roast beef sandwich with crisps and side salad. Plenty parking on drive in front of the big house and in the car park behind. Very popular with dog walkers.

Dorothy Warren — Google review

Fabulous museum with so much to see you’ll probably need a second visit. The Silver Swan exhibit was particularly wonderful.It’s a stunning building to with a lovely cafe and friendly staff throughout.Loads of car parking spaces and well looked after toilet facilities.

Adam Cresser — Google review

Interesting collection of pottery and I did enjoy the murmurings bird exhibition. However, I checked the website the morning we were travelling specifically to visit the silver Swan (76 miles), which had been repaired before Christmas. Paid £18 each and then told the Swan was again being repaired! Not worth £18 entry especially when it's star feature is again kaput!

Cheryl Petcher — Google review

Excellent day out. Loads of exhibits to see and arranged well around a beautiful house and gardens. Coffee shop and restaurant on site. There is also a lift for disabled access as the museum/house is set over 2 floors. Recommended.

jedinite128 — Google review

We visited Bowes on the Heritage Day & it certainly attracted hundreds of people as well.I had read up about the museum prior to our visit but even so just blown away by the sheer size of it.We arrived early Saturday afternoon & parked at the front of the museum & went for lunch. The restaurant was very busy but they say its that busy every weekend!After lunch we took the lift (yes there's a lift) to the 3rd floor & the Art gallery. Just blown away by the beautiful landscape pictures on display. Other galleries to look out for are the Ceramic & Furnishings. We also saw the famous automata Swan & a Clothes gallery.Lovely way to spend the afternoon.Staff were very helpful.

Bryan Gilbert — Google review

Visited December. Loads of old stuff (tat) to look at. There is a big painting of a cow a mechanical arm playing notes on an organ and someone in a shark suit on a skateboard riding into a river; made the hour drive worth it!The staff were great, some were as stuffy as the antiquities.The metal swan wasn’t out, getting fixed or something, didn’t miss it bit of old junk probably worth more as scrap.Bought a local season ticket as it was cheaper than a day ticket still £27. Don’t think I will be using it again.Had a look in the cafe did fancy a sandwich for £8.Woke Christmas / merry winter😂

Jason T — Google review

Excellent place to visit, we visited this place last year and didn't see everything, so we returned this year to complete our tour. There are so many interesting collections to see, and it is very informative. Also if you stay for lunch the food is very good at a reasonable price 👌 👍

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Malham Cove

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Sights & Landmarks

Scenic Walking Areas

Malham Cove is a limestone scar located in the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by stunning beauty spots. The cove is a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and stunning views. The cliffs are lined with 80m-high vertical cliffs and a large glacial waterfall once tumbled over them.

The best hike that I have experienced. A bit rough in places especially when you get to the limestone pavements but wonderful views.Lovely surprise waterfalls and streams, valley gorges and picturesque mountains.

Nilvanta Kerai — Google review

A very well made path to a great view of the cove is suitable for the not so steady footed. The last part right to the base is rocky and wet. There are many stairs up to the limestone pavement, they are well made and some spots you can catch your breath, but not seats by memory. There are beautiful views and the cove is spectacular. Dippers, wagtails, and swallows along the Creek. Have visited a few times now and it's beautiful in different ways in all weather.

Tamara Fletcher — Google review

Lovely walk and views. Will definitely be coming again so can have a bigger explore. Maybe in summer. Some fantastic views from the top of the cove. Almost gave up on the walk up but glad I made it to see the fantastic view. Would recommend visiting here but walk suitable footwear and take some water.

Kim B — Google review

Absolutely loved today at Skipton -Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Cove. Great walk, definitely recommend. Car park £5 all day, got there for 10, plenty of spaces.Walk is good for kids, plenty to explore.

ZR L — Google review

Awesome place to visit, the walk isnt very long, i got about 10,000 steps there and back, parking is easy to find and you will need to pay. Amazing view close to the cove and amazing views when you get yo the top.

Hassan ALI — Google review

I personally found this to be a magical feeling location. The Cove is very high and looks very impressive from below. It is a small climb to get to the top and the view from the top is beautiful. The stones are extremely special cut. You can also walk back to Malham from the top of the Cove through the surrounding mountains, which is a beautiful walk.This is also a filming location of Harry Potter part 7.1, making it a must see location for Harry Potter fans.

Stefan van Dijk — Google review

A lovely walk down a built path, so good for those with limited mobility. At the end of the path, it does become a little hard with large rocks to climb over. The surrounding grounds are beautiful for photography with a fast but part walkable Riverside. Parking can be tight if you arrive mid day.

paul chappell — Google review

Great place to visit, easy to moderate walk with 320 steps to climb to the top of Malham Cove, great views from the top, at the top where the limestone rocks separate was once a place of a waterfall many millions of years ago. It was also featured in one of the Harry Potter movies (A pivotal scene in the 7th Film, Deathly Hallows) this location is in the Yorkshire dales in a remote location, pet friendly although ask to keep on leads due to livestock. A** well worth the visit.

OMG Exploring — Google review

Lots and lots of people, but then it was the Friday of the Jubilee weekend. Recommend the less obvious route from the Water Sinks car park, past where the water from Malham Tarn disappears into the ground, down the dry valley and through the gorge to the top of the Cove. This avoids most of the crowds. Views are spectacular!

Steve Huckett — Google review

Wonderful experience. Good amount of hike but pretty decent. When are almost at the top it’s quite rocky and uneven. You’ll have to mind your steps but the view is breathtaking can’t justify in the picture.

Joel Abraham — Google review

Well signposted from the carpark/visitor centre it's an impressive gorge that more able scramblers can take the waterfall path up. There is an alternative stepped path to the left that will bring you to the famous Harry potter battle location.

City Girl — Google review

Great place to visit. Put it on your list to do if you're thinking about it. Do consider your footwear depending on the weather and fitness of those going, old or young. My 2 kids enjoyed it and the Harry Potter draw is helpful.

Neil Kennedy — Google review

Great walkRelatively straightforward from the village. Nice path that is suitable for wheelchairs/ prams. It's not too strenuous to the bottom of the cove. It's a popular place so expect it to be busy.Steps leading to the top of the Cove. If it's been raining be careful, it's slippy. 350ft ish to the top. Once there the views are stunning. Definitely recommend.

Matthew Bonham — Google review

Get your walking boots on and be prepared to climb the many uneven steps to the top but the hard work is rewarded with the most epic view ever. You will be glad you did!

Jonny Techno — Google review

I have wanted to visit Malham Cove for some time, and it didn't disappoint. We did a circular walk, taking in Janet's Foss waterfall first, then up and across fields, taking in some stunning scenery to arrive at the top of Malham Cove . The limestone terrain on top of the Cove is fascinating to see . After spending some time on the top, we took the steps down to the Cove, which again is amazingly picturesque and imposing. We had our wellies on, so we waded up the river right to the Cove face to where the water came in and watched the rock climbers . Beautiful place and well worth a visit.

lisa sowerby — Google review

What a great day out. Recommended by our son. Walked from Malham village to cove. Up the steps and across the top down to Janet foss, waterfalll and back to village for a well deserved visit to the pub. Pub and shop prices good value.

C Gibson — Google review

Beautiful place. Plenty of parking. But what an amazing experience definitely worth the climb. However be aware that it can be very slippy underfoot, especially for young children.

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Aysgarth Falls Yorkshire Dales National Park Visitor Centre

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Visitor center

Nature & Parks

Aysgarth Falls is a spectacular triple flight of waterfalls on the River Ure in Yorkshire Dales, England. The falls can be seen during wet weather and is a favourite tourist attraction for Yorkshire folk.

Absolutely lovely view and really nice simple walk. Kid and dog friendly. There's also a cafe that has amazing ice cream. There's a public toilet which was very clean. We went on summer time which meant the water was calm and low so easy to have a bit of cooling in the water. There is no bin unless by the cafe so clean after yourself!

Lily Martin — Google review

Split into the upper, middle and lower falls, this natural feature is worth a visit. It's free to see, although there is an honesty box at the upper falls as they're on private land to which you are allowed access (adults £1, children 50p). There is some walking involved to get to see each of them and steps in parts to access the better views. Not easily accessible for people with mobility issues.

John Barber — Google review

Parking £3.50 for 2 hours. Car park is right next to the center. Lovely man showed us the map and the walking routes as well as waterfall locations.Overall the views are lovely and walks seem at good levels and distances.The only concern is in wet weather (that we experienced) you need good shoes and sure feet. Not possible for wheelchairs or crutches or even little children.

Jonathon Springer — Google review

Fantastic short walk up and down the river from the car park. The falls are more impressive than I expected, the whole area is well maintained. The parking near the visitor center was minimum 2 hours.

0MissJackal0 — Google review

Stunning, lovely to see plenty of water flowing. Lots of parking at the national park centre I think it is £2.70 for 2 hours and if you are disabled you get 3 hours for that price, there are electric charging points as well, easy path to both Upper and Lower falls, clean free toilets but a donation would be nice if you have a coin spare. Also the farmer would like a donation to enter his land at the upper falls

J Simpson — Google review

So 3 separate areas to discover. We'll start with the mid falls as they are visible only from a viewpoint platform, and it is the spot to snap a pic or two, though you can also get a pic from above before you go down to the platform. The Lower Falls are accessed on the same walk that takes you past the mid falls, and the walk is very pleasant as you meander through a wood before dropping down to the river and falls. There is a large area to wander and rest at here should you wish, though no specific seating or benches. The Upper Falls are located in a separate area and opposite direction from the main car park. Once again the walk is pleasant, though there is a decent drop along it, but nothing too bad. These falls have a picnic area with benches on the grass. You can walk along the river a short way before the area ends but it is a large area with plenty of space to accommodate crowds. Both the upper and lower are very pretty, and the lower has some fine rock formations. The whole area is really nice to visit and as you start at the National Park Visitor Centre you can get a free map and information here, as well as a drink and snack from the cafe. All in all this is well worth a visit and can be seen at your own pace and leisure. When we were there as we came back mid-afternoon the car park had filled up to full capacity so I would recommend visiting early.

Richard Arnold — Google review

Lovely part of the world to stop and explore. We walked from the falls up to Castle Bolton. It's about a 10km loop, with the castle ideally located about 5km in. Perfect pit stop at the cafe before looping back to the falls.

Nick Bennett — Google review

We went here on a Sunday and there were still a few spaces left in the cat park at 11.30am when we arrived. The car park itself was in a great location and the facilities were great. The falls themselves are only a short walk away and it is very well signposted to each of the sections of the waterfalls. The viewing points are very good for taking photos. Although we didn't stop for anything to eat, the food smelt delicious at the place near the road bridge that crosses over at the upper falls. We paid £3.50 for 2 hours parking which was just enough time to visit the falls and have a picnic. It is well worth a visit here. Highly recommended.

karl Tuplin — Google review

Decent chargable national park car park with toilets. Both upper and lower falls paths accessible from here by foot. Not really suitable for wheelchair users or people unsteady although part of the falls area and views maybe with a little care. There is alternative chargeable parking at the falls and if you park a few hundred metres away you may be able to park for free. There is somewhere to eat nearby. The whole area is beautiful so you can't really go wrong.

dave hartley — Google review

Situated in Aysgarth Yorkshire and a stone's throw from the Aysgarth Falls Hotel, the three waterfalls are well worth a look. There's a lovely trail that is parallel to the waterfalls. It's a great place for taking photos and it's also possible to walk along the trail to Castle Bolton although it is quite a long trek.

Marisa Raffle — Google review

There are three falls - upper, middle and lower. All of these are accessible through the national park center. The upper fall is about 350 yards from the car park. The kids had fun playing around in the rocks across the river as There was less water than usual due to the ongoing drought spell. The lower and middle falls are in the opposite direction to the upper fall but are easy walks. We spent about two hours in total and enjoyed each of the falls. Although. I assume that in typical weather with lots of rain these would be astonishingly beautiful

Kinjal Dave — Google review

Nice walk to see a series of lovely waterfalls. Upper falls are a good place for a picnic or a dip in the water! Visitor centre is a nice place for a snack and a shop. Car park can get a bit busy. Good for dogs.

Jon Kraushaar — Google review

Amazing waterfalls in the middle of nowhere. We stayed for 2 hours enjoying the nature. There is a cafe right next to car park. Signposts are available clearly. Public toilets available. Parking ticket for 2 hours is £3.50 (free for 10min). We went on a weekday but felt it's busy so weekends could get crowded.

Gayathri Niharika — Google review

Lovely place for a wander. The falls are beautiful.Tea room was closed but we did go on a Monday morning.Just a lovely place for a walk espe3as the weather was great

Rob Noble — Google review

Fabulous walk to see all 3 of the Upper, Middle and Lower falls. Doesn't take long at all. Could easily just do the Upper as it's a stones throw from the car park. Also a fab tea room right beside it too.

Emma Hunter — Google review

Picturesque set of low waterfalls along the river. Visitor's centre with pay and display parking, cafe, and public toilets. Several short walks up and down the falls from the carpark. It was peaceful when we visited mid week although the visitors centre and cafe were both closed. There are picnic benches and plenty of grass to sit on for a packed lunch.

Ben Rush — Google review

Super place with lots of parking and walk options. The falls are split into upper, middle and lower and all are easy to walk to.We did a wood walk afterwards which was really muddy and wet but a lot of fun. The visitor centre was closed for New Year but the walks are still well signposted.

Dawn Abbey — Google review

We arrived on a warm sunny winters day, we parked on site at the visitors center. It was only a short stroll to all the falls walking through some woodlands.Would we visit again 🤔Definitely but maybe in the summer with a picnic

chris ball — Google review

The falls speak for themselves, stunning and always different with each visit. The visitor centre and cafe are staffed by the most friendly and pleasant staff, and the bacon buttie is one of the best. Can't rate it highly enough 👍

Rob Smedley — Google review

Lovely little walk, there are shorter walks (1 mile)najslonger walks (2 1/2 mile), the falls were beautiful , especially after all the rain we've had. There is a visitor center with shop and cafe too but didn't eat there.

Nicole Snailham — Google review


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The Forbidden Corner

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Water & Amusem*nt Parks

Theme Parks

If you're looking for an unusual day out, The Forbidden Corner is perfect. It's filled with quirky sculptures and buildings, making it a fun family attraction.

Amazing place to visit for all ages, we were a group of adults and found ourselves having as much fun as the kids! Hard to put into words what you can expect here and pictures really don’t do the place justice as I found the real experience to be even better. Make sure you go round a few times as you will almost certainly come across something new. We will definitely be coming back when we get the chance and I hope there is plans for expansion. A true hidden gem!

Harry Cook — Google review

Such a wonderful day out lots for the children to explore!! You definitely need a good few hours to get around and see everything!! There could be more signs to indicate small tunnels or 1 way systems to help prevent traffic, we went during the school holidays and it was quite busy but we still had lots of fun !!

Josie Anslow — Google review

Been meaning to visit here for years and when i eventually did, it was everything i hoped it would be and more!Loved all the quirkiness and some bits of adult humour too 😊 Great day out , cafe had a good choice of food & drinks as well.

Zed B — Google review

Great place to visit. Brought our daughter in 2006 then oldest grandchildren 2019 and just brought all 3 of the grandchildren. Every visit was fab and saw parts we hadn't before. Definitely planning a return trip.

Donna Sheavills — Google review

Took the family for an adventure, and boy, was it!! My 2 are 4 and 8 and loved it!!There are so many hidden features!! We all loved exploring, getting lost, and going in circles!! There are a couple of scary bits for younger children, the mausoleum, it has the haunted house vibe!!!We had a great time and probably missed bits!!There is a cafe near the entrance serving hot/cold food with ample seating and a snack shack in the attraction.There is a play park too if the kids have a bit more energy!!You can walk around with a pram, but if taking very little ones, i suggest a sling to explore the best bits!!A great time!!

MegaBornlucky — Google review

We weren’t really sure what to expect from the forbidden corner as we tried to find out as little about it as possible before we went, and we were really pleasantly surprised.This is a charming attraction that is greater than the sum of its parts. From the size as viewed on a map you’d be forgiven for thinking there wouldn’t be much to hold your attention, but it does an incredible job of taking a small plot of land and making it feel much larger! The paths are cleverly laid out to give you choices of where to go at every turn, and glimpses of things to come.Overall I cannot recommend the forbidden corner enough. It’s great for families, children, and adults.

Leah Newton — Google review

The Forbidden Corner is a fantastic experience with a lot to explore. My group had two kids and 6 adults, and we spent around 6 hours exploring the gardens.There is so much to find and there is exciting hidden passages.My favourite was the underground rat bar!

Alex Maddison — Google review

My family and I had a great time at The Forbidden Corner. There was so much to see and do that we had to go around a few times to make sure we didn't miss anything. We even got lost a few times, which was part of the fun!The gift shop was a bit expensive, but there were some small toys that were more reasonably priced. We collect magnets from places we've been, and we found some that were a good price. Overall, we had a great day at The Forbidden Corner and would definitely recommend it to others.

Joshua Westoby — Google review

Always an adventure when we go to forbidden corner. A nice day out with plenty of fresh air. The place is packed with curiosities which makes it simply amazing. But kids and adults will love this place. There's plenty of parking so that shouldn't be an issue. You will have to pre book your tickets online which is fair enough. There are toilets there and a cafe but we took a picnic and just chilled. 100% recomend this place

Paul Barwick — Google review

Awful! Far too busy even though you buy a pre booked timed ticket.In a place like this, there needs to be a one-way system and clearly marked route to make the experience enjoyable.It was absolute bedlam in some of the confined areas, i would go as far as saying it's a big health and safety risk. No staff managing the routes.Good views from the high points though.

Andrew Bickle — Google review

Very busy was Bank Holiday MondayQuite a drive for us just over 2 hours . Lovely place but not much information of what we actually should be doing. You get a leaflet but it's not much of a map to find the hidden features. I understand its a find what you find but we just found our selves getting frustrated walked round n round and ended up at the end missing half of it xx

Krystyna Bolton — Google review

Great experience for old, middle and young! We went during Halloween and my 4 year old loved it. Loads to explore and enjoy, even on a miserable afternoon. We will definitely be going back

Hannah Allen — Google review

Fabulous day out, all the animatronics are brilliant, the little water features that try to squirt at you are fun, gorgeous gardens to get lost in, really lovely sense of adventure about the whole thing, even when it's busy everyone is focused on their own explorations which leads to a great time. The little secrets and hunts are amazing, the cafe and gift shop are quite large and the food on offer is a good price and decent quality, couldn't have asked for a better day

Aaron Reville — Google review

It's always exciting to visit here. We love coming to the Forbidden corner. On this occasion we had to try and find santa so it was extra special for our 5 year old daughter. This was our 2nd visit and there was so much we hadn't seen on our 1st visit. We still haven't found all the coin letters either. Looking forward to going back again in the spring time. The weather wasn't the best on this visit but it really didn't matter, in fact it added to the experience. One thing to note is that most people don't get any phone signal here so make sure you inform anyone that you'd probsbly be uncontactable. For me it personally it was bliss

S Steele — Google review

Lovely day out. Lots of adventures for small kids and big kids alike. Mazes indoor and outdoor exciting things to see and do along the way through a magical and mythical adventure. Loved it as did the little one. Has a cafe food outlet on site ample parking toilets and gift shop. The views of the area are stunning from certain vantage points. Don't want to give too much away with the photos so it's a suprise for you all.

Bri Willo — Google review

Unique. Great place for all ages, odd thing to see, great view. Interesting and just something unique around every corner. Found all the gold coin. Have fun.

Koi-Ko Withers — Google review

We last visited 2019 and we're looking forward to coming back. The forecast was a little grim however we got lucky. Had such a great time. Lots to see. Trying to impress 2 teenagers isn't easy but they loved it.Staff were all great and I love how well priced everything on site is. Honestly so refreshing when everywhere else seems to take advantage of a captive audience. We used the cafe twice, nice and clean with a good variety of sandwiches etc. Ate ice creams by the frogs.Toilets were all immaculate too.So much to see. We'll be back next year.

Sym Tomlinson — Google review

This place was so much fun! Anyone who thinks this is for kids must not be able to enjoy themselves. It was quirky and amusing and so much to see. Loved it!!! ❤️

Megan V. Walker — Google review

The best place to take kids - went when I was a kid & then took my kids recently & it was just as amazing as I remembered it. Kids absolutely loved it & had the best time. Suitable for all ages with food & drink available to buy on way round aswell as a decent restaurant at the start

Vikki A — Google review

Incredible, like a fever dream this folly (a nonsensical place of beauty and purposelessness) is absolutely amazing. If you like puzzles you'll love getting lost here trying to explore every route, path, tunnel, staircase, door... Brilliant for the family!

Richard Thomas — Google review

Such a cool, unique fun place too visit.So much too see, suprises round every corner.You can easily spend a day here. Theres a cafe and Play area at the end too to extend your stay!Theres a Picnic area, food is available on site but limited, they do proper, 12 inch hot dogs in a bun for £6 which was good enough for us but not loads of choices (hot drinks on sale too)The Maze, trail, i dont even know what too call it has some really awesome sights. Just be warned its not wheelchair friendly, or for the claustrophobic.A lot of dark, narrow, underground tunnels.We loved it, just giving a heads up.Theres lots too see and do outdoors too, and some great picturesque views.Cant recommend the place enough.

M-Acculate — Google review

Absolutely charming place, gives a bit of fantasy and adventure for any age. Highly recommended following the checklist on the brochure or downloading the app for extra interaction. Would have loved to come as a kid and play pretend for hours!

CJ Gahagan — Google review

Absolute gem! This place is just as much for adults as it is for kids - the Forbidden Corner makes for a brilliant, different, and memorable day out. Utterly charming, I can’t recommend enough.

Winnie — Google review

Wow. What a wonderfully strange place!!! My whole family enjoyed the day... mum dad and two boys age 7 and 4.

vanessa hirst — Google review

Utterly charming. I have wanted to go to The Forbidden Corner for years. I was not disappointed. It is clearly a labour of love, a kind-of piece of outsider art. A chaotic gardens with surprises and clever twists and turns. The Forbidden Corner really comes alive once you discover the network of tunnels, cleverly designed to disorientate and delight you in equal measure. There are moments of suspense, shock, hilarity and pleasure to be found. It made me feel like a little kid. Fortunately my actual kids loved it also. A total gem of a place.

Aimee Morris — Google review


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National museum

This fascinating museum features some of the world's most majestic steam locomotives, as well as interesting period rolling stock. It is one of the largest railway museums in the world, and is based in a former steam-train depot in downtown York.

Locomotion is a free museum. The donations are not mandatory. You can book your free ticket online and if you are happy to donate you can do it at the end of the visit.If you a train lover you are going to enjoy the museum. There is a lot of trains to see. Because of the covid, some exhibits are closed and you won’t be able to see them inside.On site there is plenty of free parking spaces. As the other section of the museum is closed for reconstruction the visit time will be around two hours.I would definitely recommend it, it is free so you have nothing to loose.

Ross Malickis — Google review

An excellent way to spend a couple of hours. The museum is lovely and the exhibits are well placed for good viewing. Lots of interesting facts and a chance to see the working bits close up. Train wheels are seriously scary! The Royal Carriage is beautiful.In addition there is a well stocked shop (filled with memorabilia that is a train enthusiast's paradise) and a lovely little cafe so you can round off your visit with a cuppa and a snack.I'm amazed this interesting little museum is FREE TO VISIT but we were more than happy to make a donation.Worth a visit and 100% recommended.

Barbara Wilson — Google review

Very good free museum with some interesting trains and a challenging little train ride. We only had a couple of hours here but enjoyed looking at all the trains. The ride on the Rocket involved more flying ash than I'd anticipated but still worth doing (once would have been enough though - they didn't need to take us twice).

Richard — Google review

Brilliant free museum for young and old. Good selection of trains & rolling stock. Easily visited by train but quite a walk from the station. Especially worth visiting when they have events as I did. You can make a no obligation donation as you leave.

Paul Cochrane — Google review

Great museum with some important British rail history within. It's not super big but you can spend 2-3 hours there if you have a proper look at everything.Cafe is quite good too.Only real negative is that reading online you used to be able to get more access to some of the locomotives and on this visit there was a lot of signs blocking things off.There were also some rolling stock in the middle of the place that you couldn't get a good look at sadly.I hope one day APT is more accessible as it would be amazing to see inside.Had a great day here though, well worth a visit

Aidan H — Google review

Ample parking 🅿️ next to working railway too so train station nearby. The examples they've got on display have been restored and cared for beautifully. In particular I enjoyed looking at the royal train and carriages of the 1900's and queen Alexandria's personal carriage. I'd say the night ferry was really interesting too, and the Winston Churchill locomotive is huge! Great place especially with free entry. Make a donation when you visit. Keep the heritage alive!

Tara Linkowska — Google review

This is a fantastic museum to visit. An absolute gem. It is just right for a family day out. Not overly long yet xaptures imagination and enables visitors to learn something new. It goes from strength to strength and new developments will engage and encourage future visits. The renovation works are exceptional. It us a must. The cafe is reasonably priced, comfortable and serves as a little treat following the visit. Love Shildon!!

Adele Thain — Google review

Fantastic afternoon at Locomotion. There was so much for us to see and do. Our 3 year old loved everything about it including the outside play park and the activities within the main shed. The staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful. A highlight was standing at the controls of an engine and the knowledgeable volunteer (Bob I think his name was) providing a very detailed talk.We also had lunch there which was very tasty and reasonably priced. All in a great day out.

Michael Moody — Google review

A splendid museum full of some of the most amazing locomotives and stories. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We wondered round for about an hour and then had a cuppa. The disabled facilities are the best. I would heartily recommend a visit it seems to be very children friendly including a playground

Paul McCullock — Google review

Lovely place. Free entry donations only. Don't be shy. Good day out for the family. There's a gift shop, cafe, outside hot drinks stand. We'll worth a visit. Staff are very hopeful and knowledgeable

nigel ETHERIDGE — Google review

Brilliant little gem. Lots for train enthusiasts and very kid friendly. The park is lovely and the Easter themed activities were great. Also, the cafe was lovely and the best food I've tasted.

Hayley Nunn — Google review

Free entry, donation made! Some lovely ages. The Winston Churchill locomotive is spectacular. As is the royal carriages from 1900’s.

aleksander linkowski — Google review

Took my friends son for a couple of hours last week, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. A very informative chat about the workings of a Black 5 while sat in the cab was the highlight. Living my childhood again, with the youngster living his first time around 😁👍

Jon Shaw — Google review

Best train museum I’ve ever been to! Amazing selection of engines and rolling stock. Helpful guides and a huge gift shop. Not much more to say, it’s the ideal railway museum to go to this year. Especially since they will release a new engine shed in spring! It’s going to have 27 new rail vehicles and be the world record holder for historical rail vehicles in a museum in the world! Truly an icon of the area, with the oldest standing station just down the road. Any enthusiast should come down here!

General Tauntaun CIS — Google review

Great, free museum to while away a couple of hours. Knowledgeable volunteers. Lovely open atmosphere. Reasonable cafe.They are in the midst of a massive expansion programme which will be amazing when finished. Personally, I don't get so excited by the engines themselves but enjoy the social history that surrounds them. Would have appreciated a little more story telling - hopefully that's coming in 2025.

B B — Google review

Went on 29th Dec to see the Flying Scotsman with my two sons and we had a brilliant day out. Locomotion is an excellent place to visit and the exhibits are superb. I think it's being extended as well for the future.Obviously the Flying Scotsman was the star but there was so much else to see including Stephenson's Rocket and some great history.The wait to go onto the FS footplate was up to two hours though.

Lee Morris — Google review

We visited today as a family with a very excited little boy who was desperate to see The Flying Scotsman.Parking was rather frustrating. In the website it advised using the car park at the ‘collection building’ as there main car park is currently under construction. The only problem was: we had no idea where that was as never been before and it wasn’t highlighted on the map…We queued for a good 20mins before we got to the gates of the main car park where a member of staff was managing cars in and out. We asked him about the additional car park and he said he had been told nothing about it. I feel this is maybe something that could be looked at.When we did get parked and we squelched through the mud bath of a car park we were not disappointed. (Don’t wear your best shoes!)The Flying Scotsman was there right out the front in all its glory. Thankfully the 90+ mins to step onboard was inside the museum otherwise we would have got rather soggy.A really nice laid out museum with lots to see and different activities for little ones to get involved in.The gift shop was great…. Could have spent a fortune in there!Cafe looked nice but after spending a fair amount of our visit queuing to get on TFS we didn’t fancy the long queue for refreshments.Overall a nice visit.

Crystal Brook — Google review

Visited to view the Flying Scotsman on tour,Spent 3 hrs queuing to experience the footplate. Amazed to see how many people including very well behaved kids queued for so long for this experience.

John Lonsdale — Google review

Fantastic day out. Free entry but we made a donation anyway. There was a lego workshop on which my children LOVED. plenty to see and interactive stations dotted around as well as various activity stations of knex, lego, mega blocks etc. Cafe is awesome with train chairs and tables to eat at!

Sam Carter — Google review


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Skipton Castle

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Historical landmark

The impressive medieval castle of Skipton is still standing and open to the public, providing a fascinating insight into 900 years of history. With its splendid state of preservation, it's one of the best-preserved castles in England. The whole building is accessible, giving you a chance to explore everything from the dungeons to the watch tower. As well as being popular with the kids, it's also popular with adults who appreciate its stunning architecture and history.

Lovely weekday visit with my son to Skipton castle. No queue either. The Castle is beautifully preserved and kept. It doesn't have any furniture in or wall decoration which is a shame, but still gives a feel of what it felt like as a medieval home. Wrap up warm. It's bitterly cold! The fireplaces are massive but no heating anywhere indoors. If u treat it like an outdoor attraction you won't be uncomfortable. The castle has information plaques plus you get an information leaflet explaining the way round too. Great car park, nothing about this visit is cheap but when u consider the money you pay is keeping this magnificent castle maintained and as beautiful as it is now then it's well worth it. A rare and stunning place! The stained glass window is from the church next door which is also worth a visit ad is the town of Skipton

Jennie-Lou Harper — Google review

I just happened upon this place, and went in not knowing what to expect. The self guided tour had just the right amount of information to keep us interested, and the one way system worked well. Very friendly staff, clean facilities, and a generous pot of tea in the cafe. A great way to spend the afternoon.

Sarah Wood — Google review

Amazing! The castle is still in excellent condition after 900 years. It was incredible walking through, using the self guided tour. We thoroughly enjoyed every second. Difficult to imagine how life was 900 years ago and how differently they lived back then.

yayitanoelia — Google review

Beautiful castle. You get a real sense of the history and it feels like you are transported back to another time.We received a warm welcome at the gate and were given all the information we needed for our visit. The grounds are beautiful and the self guided tour through the castle was great. I appreciate that they used short descriptions for each room instead of having loads of text to read or pictures to look at. It really gives space to let your imagination work.Also worth noting are the excellent gift shop and tea room!

Daniel — Google review

Day out at Skipton Castle. Entrance free £10.50. To maintain the Castle. Which is fair enough. Really enjoyed exploring all the rooms. Few were not available to to view but enough. Car park is free. Close at 5.30.Excellent day out.

Faz Patel — Google review

Excellent visit here. The guide sheet was clear and easy to follow for a self-guided tour giving the best sense of a working castle I've ever had. Rooms are well maintained and facilities were excellent. Highly recommended.

Fiona Phillips — Google review

Love castles! The doorways are small and winding stairs. Interesting, and the kids loved the little passages. Not suitable for wheelchair or mobility issues inside the castle. There's a tea shop and souvenirs too.

Lindsey Rich. Realtor — Google review

Very charming castle set up. Good shop. Looks like a cute tea room but didn't go there myself. Definitely worth going to have a look around the back in the woods

Amanda Williams McNair — Google review

We went to skipton castle yesterday (31/07/23) as a family and had a look and it was very interesting. I enjoyed reading about each room in the olden times! It was a good place to visit with a nice gift shop and the cafe atmosphere looked lovely 🏯🏯

Joanna Frank — Google review

Skipton Castle is a lovely and peaceful place. It's so well preserved that you could almost move in and live there. It's dog friendly, for the most part, and serves good coffee with homemade cakes.

Austen Atkinson — Google review

This is a great medieval castle. The rooms are in very good condition. The one-way system is very good as you wander from room to room without bumping into people going the other way. There's also a very nice woodland walk just outside the main entrance.

Arthur Eagle — Google review

Great school visit. Staff were fab with the kids and our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable, shout out to Ron! Really recommend this as a place to visit, some incredible history in the Yorkshire Dales!

Matt Moore (AlwaysComputing) — Google review

Google Maps' admission price is out of date, no longer £9.20 - it is £10.20. Worth going to see. There is a good tearooms on site, very clean café selling homemade cakes. Also a gift shop. Part of the castle is private so that is closed off as the current owners live there. Plenty of information boards and some artist impression pictorials to give you an idea as to how the kitchen or the banqueting hall looked. One way system in place. Lots of interconnecting rooms to look at. Not accessible for prams and wheelchairs as lots of stairs. Some good views. You can also walk along to Skipton Woods just beside the castle which is also worth doing.

Cath Simpkins — Google review

Absolutely stunning castle! Really enjoyed visiting. The gift shop is really good too. The guides were very knowledgeable. Such an interesting history. Well worth a visit.

Raychael Chavez Coombes — Google review

The short, self-guided tour is very informative and allows you to see this very intact castle at your own pace. Confusingly, however, the tour sheet you are given does not follow the same route that you are forced to take by barriers in place. It's a minor issue though, as all the rooms are numbered, so it's easy enough to ensure you don't miss anything. Worth a look if in Skipton and have a spare couple of hours.

Richard Durrant — Google review

Very impressive castle in a splendid setting. Good idea to manage and assist visitors by having a one-way system round the castle supported by an informative free handout (although there was one room we never did manage to see!). Very nice cafe on site with excellent coffee and tasty sandwiches, and a well-stocked gift shop. We pre-booked the adjacent car park as well (about 3 minutes downhill to get to the castle entrance, slightly longer uphill to return...) so we could park there all day and visit the rest of Skipton (including a canal boat trip). Would definitely recommend.

Mike Campbell — Google review

A family trip to visit the castle, nice and structured, lacking any interaction. Not much to see for younger kids, altho there are signs on the walls to show what room and part of the castle you've entered. Feel a bit of a story given or some sort of interaction would be beneficial. Would liven things up a little..

Cee Mellor — Google review

Interesting castle to visit (especially when the weather isn't great as it is fully roofed). While the castle is largely intact the self-guided tour is quite dry and lacking any interactivity (just a sign board in each room). An augmented reality app or audio tour would liven things up.

Ian Roberts — Google review

Very good and well preserved castle - not National Trust. So interesting. Car park isn't free. Disabled parking isn't free either. Dogs on leads.

Hednesford Childs — Google review

I met some locals there and they recommended the castle to me. Everyone in Skipton is very nice and friendly. The Skipton castle is very pretty and you can observe how people used natural ventilation for their buildings back in those days. I recommend going down to the dungeon by yourself, with no one around, for an authentic experience.

Chai Yin Leow — Google review

A thousand year old castle/fort hidden gem. I enjoyed how much of the original building still remains. Though no future is left in the castle, much of the stone built utility objects remain. The cafe is very airy and open with a lovely view. I had myself a comforting cup of soup before leaving. The gift shop has many curious and cute items as well. As a history geek, it's an indulgent place to take in an air of English mediaval history.

Yui K. — Google review

Fantastic place to visit, the castle is outstanding so much history to learnBest place to park is baileys car park

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Saltaire is a historic textile mill in West Yorkshire that has been turned into an art gallery, shopping complex, and restaurant. It is completely free to enter, and houses a significant number of David Hockneys paintings and drawings. The complex also features excellent indie shops selling all sorts of trinkets and treasures. For a full day of fun, head to the Opera bar for some tasty treats beneath a huge handpainted David Hockey mural.

A friend recommended a trip here and I spent a good couple of hours mooching around all the floors in the building.... lots of local artisans, concession shops, art installations, museum pieces, as well as David Hockney artworks. Plenty of places to grab food or a coffee, so don't stop at the first place you come across! Free parking.

Ali Cammers — Google review

Wonderful choice of books on art and other matters.Inspirational place.The art is amazing...the gallery space outstanding.Friendly helpful staff (we asked to leave our suitcase as we were staying over and didn't want to drag it round with us).We return annually for gifts, cards etc. And always will

Marianne Roberts — Google review

What an absolutely spectacular building this is.Once used to produce alpaca wool suits, it has been beautiful maintained and is now home to art galleries, shops and a wonderful diner. Spent a couple of hours here and could definitely have spent longer. Absolutely loved it.

Stacey MacNaught — Google review

It was hard to guess from just looking at the building built in 1853, that it would have so much information about the history of Salt Mills, a beautiful gallery of paintings by the famous David Hockney, creating using an iPad, an amazing cafe & diner, antique & jewelry section, beautiful display of 3D paper cards, really showed the much appreciated “Making” culture of the folks of the Saltaire village society. I was overall very impressed with the plethora of ingenious Artwork and vintage collection, that I mostly saw in the movies, absolutely loved being here!!!Outside of the salts mill, was a beautiful park for friends & families to spend quality time in nature together:)

Shweta_3D DIVA — Google review

This place was absolutely fabulous. I had no idea about the history of Saltaire and was in awe of it. The video presentation which was roughly 40-50 minutes was hugely informative. There's something for everyone here be it art, architecture, history, eateries, antiques. Well worth a visit. My only regret is that I didn't have enough time to fully take in all the information about the production side of things. You could easily spend a full day here!

Anna Craven — Google review

Stunning grade 2 listed former textile mill in Saltaire, near Bradford. The main thing that draws visitors to here is the marvellous collections of David Hockney art, which is housed on a couple of the floors. The whole building makes for a great day out. There's galleries, shops, cafes and an exhibition about the history and working processes of the old mill. It's got plenty of free parking and toilet facilities.

John Bashford — Google review

A beautifully preserved Victorian mill building with a huge capacity. The main attraction is the world's largest David Hockney art collection, which is creatively mixed in with Victorian ceramics and artefacts from the mill, and spread over the ground and top floors. There are also exhibitions from other local artists, a room dedicated to the history of the mill, an impressive bookshop, a beautiful home store, a jewellery designer showroom, and an antiques emporium.Plenty to keep you occupied for a while then! And when you start to flag, there's a choice of two excellent quality cafes, serving hot food and wine, as well as the usual coffee and cakes, and it's table service too. There are also loos on every floor.Such a well organised space, and a well thought out visitor experience. Loved it!

Alison Payton — Google review

Had a good time at the Mill and surrounding areas with our three young children, despite heavy rain all day. The gallery spaces are fantastic, as are the art supplies and bookshop. We didn't eat at the cafes, the food looked good but we were just looking for sandwiches, which they don't really cater for unfortunately. Roberts Park has a good playground for the kids and the Half Moon cafe has some good paninis, toasties, cakes etc. at reasonable prices. Will visit again in spring to hopefully get more out of the place.

P Vincent — Google review

I wish I lived closer to this place. Went here with relatives from the area and thoroughly enjoyed it. A huge mill converted into a multi use venue with an art gallery, bookshop, food hall and upmarket shop selling designer housewares. The art gallery is fantastic with plenty of different artists but with a big David Hockney theme. Great day out for art lovers.

michael laing — Google review

What an incredible place this is!I love the history behind it all and the philanthropy is evident all around.Artworks, home furnishings and large restaurant complete the experience. You can also walk along the canal towpath to bingley ( only 3 miles away) to see the amazing five rise locks.

Woody's Allotment and Homebrew Channel — Google review

Visited on a bank holiday monday and there were a number of Hockney exhibitions open to the public. There are also a number of shops including a very good book shop. Cafe and restaurant was bustling and looked good but did not stop for food. The building is huge and I was drawn by the sheer quantity and quality of York stone slabs used to make up the flooring. Substantial!

Ashley Roberts — Google review

Beautiful place to visit. Plenty of free parking and disabled parking near to the entrance. Visited the David Hockney exhibition which was wonderful and well laid out. Plenty of opportunity to purchase souvenirs in the shop. The shop is also well stocked with books and gifts. Lift available to all floors. Restaurant is lovely but disappointed that the coffee shop was closed. Food was delicious and served beautifully. Definitely worth a visit.

C S — Google review

Fantastic venue on a rainy day.Wonderful cafe but make sure you book.The art gallery is fascinating, amazing antique curios, superb quirky, unique design shop and a bookshop to rival the best.

Tim Pilling — Google review

I adore this place, as a media person who is interested in art, then this is the place to come. It has everything shops, Cafes , I went there with my daughter and her boyfriend, who both enjoyed the experience, The Hockney gallery is amazing , if you’re in the area, then it’s the place to come ! Absolutely top-notch

Indiana James — Google review

Love visiting this place … art supplies on the ground floor, go up a level for books, resturant, art, shops and the “kitchen/home shop” which is amazing. Great for a mooch and to collect ideas , contemplate the next direction on a project. Kinda works for kids but depends on their interests … remember you can catch a train here and there is the canal … so lots to see

Spencer Hudson — Google review

Absolutely loved it here! Been saying I wanted to visit for ages, finally went and I'm glad I did! I was mesmerised by the video that was played, really enjoyed learning the history of Titus Salt and his empire and values... Well worth a visit!

Deborah Singleton — Google review

Just a fabulous space for art,shopping and eating. A must visit for Hockney aficionados. Interesting historical section as well. You could easily spend a few hours here.

BILL GARRETT — Google review

What a great experience for free. Two Hockney exhibitions, great food and interesting shops. Nice and warm and really interesting

Gwilko — Google review

The Mill is so imposing and very large, set over acres!The Hockney exhibition and crafts in the Mill hall we're also very interesting.We loved the industrial architecture.More fascinating ,for us, was the village of Saltaire. The Town Hall is grand, The United Reformed church unusual, and the Victorian terraces very quaint.We were lucky to get chatting to a local great grandmother, proud to live there, and telling us local history (thanks Betty!)

Melvyn Ede — Google review


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Preston Park Museum & Grounds is a tourist attraction that offers visitors the chance to step back in time and learn about local life through exhibits housed in a Georgian mansion. The museum also features a recreated Victorian street and beautiful riverside grounds where families can enjoy picnics or take leisurely walks. Outdoor activities include an impressive playground with climbing structures, slides, and a skate park suitable for all ages.

A beautiful place for a day out. Loads to see and do for kids of all ages, plus the museum is a great place for adults to visit too. The play park is huge and all of the equipment is well maintained, safe and clean. There is a skate park, cafe and public toilets, which are not the cleanest or most modern of facilities, so probably the only part that I'd suggest needs an upgrade. Further into the park there is a large waterway with ducks, swans and birds of all kinds, with a pier/jetty to sit on so you can feed the wildlife. I have also seen wild swimmers there, but couldn't confirm if it's a safe area to do that. Ample parking which is free, plus butterfly world on site which is worth a visit too.

Geoff Watson — Google review

Had a pleasant afternoon visiting the past with the help of Preston Park Museum. Extra features and attractions were in place to entice half term visitors. It was well thought out and enhanced the visit: Harry Potter Owls, pumpkin patch and ghoulish decorations, even a fairy story station. Lots to discover, inside and out. The walled garden had developed since my last visit and I enjoyed exploring the produce and floral shrubs. To complete the visit we took a woodland walk and enjoyed the Autumnal treasure of the park grounds. An excellent afternoon outing.

Adele Thain — Google review

Visited today with my 4 year old. Was a sunny September morning and was quite busy. However, there is plenty of play space for the little ones.Lots of parking space.Public toilets in reasonably clean condition. Nice little cafe on site selling ice creams and refreshments where you can take away or dine in.Would definitely visit again and go into the museum on the grounds. Would love to explore more of the open space. We only stayed around the kids play park, but it was very enjoyable for my 4 year old.

Claire — Google review

Great place . Only 3 quid a ticket for over 60s . Absolute bargain and the ticket lasts all year. Lots to see. Very interesting and friendly blacksmith. Lovely cuppa in the Victorian street. Then a nice walk along the river.

Alison Wright — Google review

Love this place. A favourite as a child and still as good as it ever was. Plenty to do and see. Great playpark and skate park for kids and these are free if money is tight. Lovely woodland and river walks. A great day out for all the family

Allie Rodgers — Google review

Xmas special evening where the staff were out in costumes and most of the shops on the street open, as was the museum. Good Xmas gift shop and museum shop. Bought sweets, drank hot chocolate and got arrested by the police. Singer on street with Xmas tunes. Guides with torches out to help get from the unlit car park. Frozen paths made it tricky and more staff needed in the cafe. Found it odd that they displayed kids work with one of them clearly a genocidal dictator. Good Xmas fun.

David Jones — Google review

Rainy day but we didn't let that stop us! Wonderful museum, such a good deal for such a low price. The Victorian street is lovely and such a fun activity getting immersed in the old shops and getting some very tasty sweets. My favourite was the gardens. Had a lovely rainy walk through here and it was so sweet - the pay what you feel produce stall too was such a nice touch. Took home some seeds and a bunch of memories 💗

jess mylan — Google review

Wonderful park and grounds, the playground is great - especially for slightly older kids with great climbing and slides. Great skate park - accessible for all ranges and the kids can always get out! Good picnic benches - we spend a few hours on one chatting and eating! Lovely walk down to the river, the museum is nice but really didn’t want to go in on such a lovely afternoon. Recommended. PS. Good overflow car park!

Charlie Terwilliger — Google review

A lovely little museum with lots to see and plenty of photo opportunities. We particularly loved the Victorian Street. The grounds provide plenty of space to explore and have a picnic. There is also a little cafe, skate park and outside playground.

Sarah Hird — Google review

Went in to go and see the butterflies at butterfly worldPros:- good warm atmosphere- good place for the butterflies to thrive and live.- decent price (£5 per adult)- good fun for the family- unexpected meerkat display- koi fish were huge and engaging.Cons:- butterfly greenhouse got very warm very quickly.

Emmanuella Udofia — Google review

Fabulous, very cheap day out, yet beautiful and unusual. Butterfly world is educational, interesting, and a different experience at a very good price👍 Preston Hall was well worth the money, and the ticket lasts all year. Fabulous gardens, added bonus was the vintage orchard, never seen one before..and got lots of ideas for our own garden. Lovely tearoom in the mock Victorian Street ( was able to get GF cake!) 😀. Museum, shop, and winter garden are worth planning another visit 👌 Will definitely be coming back. Staff were all very friendly, made for a great day out. Didn't get round everything. Grounds are huge and house a great park and skate park,cafe, toilets football field, large grassy spaces, car park and Riverside. Wow!!!!!

Nix w — Google review

We enjoyed the museum which is full of interesting items and quirky touches. The kitchen gardens are closed at time of visiting, but we loved the Victorian street with display shops and a real sweetshop and coffee shop. The staff were all lovely and friendly.

Grace Sarfas — Google review

First time my husband and i visited this place it was a fabulous day out family friendly nice coffee shop the museum was very informative interesting though time . Good walks around the park altogether a good day out . The butterfly house was one of the best i have been in lots of variety small and large a beautiful fish pond lot's of koi carp .

Yvonne Copeland — Google review

Preston Park always a nice stroll out with the kids. Easy to get to and plenty of parking spaces here. There's toilets near the cafe and toilets in the old street. A couple of cafes also on. Great museum and victorian Street. The kids love it here. Also butterfly world is on site 😁

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Fountains Abbey

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Fountains Abbey is an english national trust estate located in the dales of yorkshire, consisting of ruins from a medieval abbey and a landscaped garden with fountains. The estate is popular with visitors for its beauty, history and adventure playground.

Lovely place. Abbey ruins are very impressive. Lots of trails for walking. A little bit steep in places but lots of temples in the woods to explore. The water gardens are beautiful. The visitor centre is a very impressive building with restaurant, shop and toilet facilities. You can even borrow a lock or puncture outfit for your bike.

Steve Gascoyne — Google review

Absolutely beautiful place. Bit pricey, but if you visit on a nice day and stay for a picnic it's worth the money. There is so much more to see than the Abbey. The park is huge and the further you get into it the prettier it seems to get. There is wild deer at the far end. Dog friendly too, which is always a bonus for us.

Becki Hill — Google review

This is a beautiful place to visit. The ruins are amazing, beautiful and haunting. The gift shop is very good amd the coffee shop does a lovely range of cakes. Take your own picnic if it's a nice day.

beth watson — Google review

Great place for a family visit. Facilities near the entrance are spot on, with a good size restaurant, toilets and shop. Then there is a lot to explore, with a play park for the children, just after the entrance, then on to the abbey itself (very impressive) and walks through the grounds and formal gardens. There’s a lot of walking involved, but accessible with buggies. Lots of space for the little ones to run around.

Allan Stelmach — Google review

A truly magical place in Yorkshire. It was wonderful being able to wander the grounds. Was a bit surprised at the entry ticket price but it's definitely worth it for everything you get to see. Really great trip for families or anyone that wants a good hike.

Maya S — Google review

The scale of the place will surprise you; expansive park, grand lakes and huge ruined abbey. Plenty of toilets and cafes or bring your own refreshments. The triple decker chocolate sponge was great!

Gordon — Google review

First visit back here for quite a while and is as beautiful as I remember. The Abbey is amazing and evokes thoughts of what it must have been like in its day... very spectacular. The water garden too is a lovely walk. The lakes were a little clouded over with algae and weed probably due to all the hot weather this year but nevertheless it still looks great. Lots of walks with lots to see and do... a must National Trust place to visit.

David Taylor — Google review

A fabulous visit, easy parking, short walk to visitor centre. Excellent facilities; the cafe was superb with lots of food choices, the gift shop was well stocked. The abbey itself was an easy walk from the entrance and was amazing, much more impressive than photos can do justice. A great day out for all ages.

Isabelle Stuart — Google review

Not been here for years. All beautiful kept gardens. Plenty of walking to be done around the estate. Lots of seats about for people to sit on & if you're not very mobile you can hire a motor scooter. There's some gorgeous views from the tops through the woodland walks. The abbeys ruins are very well in tact. Continue on through to Studley Royal Deer Park. We managed to see some. St Mary's Church is worth visiting too. It opens at 1pm.The water gardens are lovely too. There's plenty of picnic areas & toilets. By the visitor centre there is a restaurant. There's a cafe too in the grounds. We were lucky enough to visit with a free National Trust Pass😉👍

Cobbydale Sue — Google review

A lovely Abbey run by the National Trust. Been a few times over the years and the area never gets boring.Loads of parking, and the route to the Abbey is direct from the A1. The Abbey itself is massive with loads to see. There’s huge expanses of lawn so during the summer it’s ideal to take a picnic.Further past the Abbey you’ll find plenty of walks with sights to see. I would highly recommend you wander and see where it takes you. There’s plenty to see with direction posts on hand at intersections.Ideal for families, dog walkers or couples who just want to walk around the grounds exploring. A brilliant day for all.

Chris C317 — Google review

Great place with lots to see and many different walks to choose from. The Abbey is spectacular and has an amazing vibe thanks to the jackdaws and pigeons nesting there in nooks and corners. Well worth the money, as you'll spend at least half a day exploring!

0MissJackal0 — Google review

Super National Trust property. Grounds and ruins are a great place to spend the day. Restaurants and visitor centre are good. They had a small but good selection of healthy plants for sale.

Philip Runacres — Google review

We went in First week of September and weather was perfect. It has nice long walk if you park near information centre. Try to park near Abbey car park then it will be easy and short cut. If you are national trust member then you can save £42 for family of 4. Otherwise £17 for adult and £12 for children for entry. There are children play area. 2 cafes. Many places to explore

Travel Zone — Google review

Initially thought to be a bit pricey for entry. However, you can easily spend several hours at the Abbey and the surrounding area. The size is immense. The ruins are spectacular. Staff are welcoming. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the Dales.

Conan Cowley — Google review

Absolutely beautiful place. So historic, in fabulous grounds. Ideal for a wonderful day out. Theres the hall, then the ruins of the Abbey. Great sweeps of grassy landscape disected by the bubbling river that falls into the landscaped lakes. Plenty of car parking outside, courtious friendly staff, a great cafe overlooking the lakes and if you have one you can take your dog. Fantastic! 10/10.

bill clifford — Google review

It was absolutely beautiful!! It was misting a bit when we arrived but, it just made everything look a bit spooky we weren’t too bothered.As it cost £18 per person we decided to just join The National Trust for £120 for the year for both of us with no issues. It was an effortless process that allows us access to many site and parking areas for 365 days.We enjoyed the trails, nature, and all the pheasants around the grounds. The abbey is truly magnificent and worth visiting. We will have to come back in the summer when the weather is nicer.The abbey looked beautiful with the autumn leaves and the misty rain so, we feel like it was worth the visit!!

Tesha B — Google review

Great place for a day out if its sunny. Only fault I found was the lack of benches to sit and rest especially if you are disabled and can't walk for any great distance

J.J. P. — Google review

Great little heritage site just outside Ripon even if it is a little on the pricey side (£19 for an adult ticket).You need a whole day here even though we went for an afternoon.The Abbey ruins are well worth a visit and I'll be back to check out the rest of the park at some point .

Hamid — Google review

The Whole Abbey is well preserved. Before entering the Abbey ruins, kind staff will suggest which route to take to see more. The Abbey is well distributed, every point is very close, and it is easy to find restaurant and toilets. Walking along the map, the scenery is always beautiful. I went to take photos at places with lake views, and the photos I took seemed to be connected to the sky and the earth. The Abbey ruins are very large, you need to reserve 2-3 hours, and it is very suitable for a family. It’s an amazing place.

Maize Kwan — Google review

We visited this place in the afternoon after leaving Brimham Rocks. This was probably unwise given the size of place. The park and gardens were absolutely amazing 👏. There is ample parking in any of the 3 car parks available, even on a busy day. I recommend using the main one by the visitors centre to start. There are toilet facilities at three locations around the park, but none at the Mill Cafe. There is an amazing playground at the visitors centre for kids, the best I've seen anywhere. The Abbey, even in ruins, is a magnificent place to see. No photograph can capture its true beauty.

Barbara Cooke — Google review

Great location to lose the day. Very nice walks around the grounds with many interesting attractions to see. The cathedral and immediate surroundings were most impressive, great to explore, and access the ruins whilst learning the history of the area from the time it was built through to its dismise. The estate is much larger, with numerous pathways to choose from. There are also a few cafes scattered around, serving hot drinks and some light bites.

Nick Johnson — Google review

A huge, beautiful area to explore. Entry is quite expensive if you don't have NT membership, but you can easily fill a full day here and still want to return. The children enjoyed the craft session that was on in which they made little lavender pouches. The Abbey itself is magnificent and so much bigger than we expected. There is a lovely walk over to the water park too. There's also a deer park, but we didn't walk through there as it had already been quite a long walk for small children.There are 3 cafés on site and we enjoyed a nice lunch at one, and drinks and ice lollies at another. There were vegan and gluten free options at them.A wonderful site which we'll definitely be visiting again.

Illona Kell — Google review


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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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The RHS Garden Harlow Carr is one of the only 4 gardens managed and graded by the Royal Horticulture Society. It's a 30 acre site in Harrogate that is open to the public for a stroll through and has a range of different gardens reflecting the Yorkshire landscape. There are also tea rooms, boutique shops, and tours on offer.

Visiting here for the first time, I enjoyed walking around the gardens and arboretum and taking in some much needed fresh air.There is ample car parking here but it does get busy at some times of year and the queue for the main tearooms was very large.It will be good to go back as the seasons progress to see how the garden blooms. There are also a number of works being udnertaken which will enhance the experience.

Dermot Tuohey — Google review

Beautiful garden. Majority of the grounds are wheelchair/mobility scooter accessible. Lots of benches to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Ample parking, and a Betty’s on site- made the day a really special treat. The plant shop and gift shop were well stocked, and came away with a lemon tree! Just wish it was a bit closer- had a glorious day.

h baxter — Google review

Back again. Membership is truly worth it. Nothing beats this place in my eyes. The beds are to die for and your head is on a constant swivel. As soon as you walk into the gardens you feel at peace and its so good for the mind. The garden centre and shop have everything, although quite pricey and a fat rascal from the Betty's on site tops the day off perfectly.

Damian Glover — Google review

A beautiful pleasure garden within easy reach of Harrogate. Take public transport to get a significant discount on your ticket. I went in early spring and maybe didn’t see it at its best, but still enjoyed the heather display and the early bulbs. The library is also worth a visit! Avoid the main Betty’s tea room; too crowded and overpriced. I had a lovely tea plus scone at the stand in the gardens.

Will Beharrell — Google review

We had a lovely visit to this garden. Even though it was early Spring there was a lot to see. Betty's cafe is well worth a visit but be aware there are queues to get in sometimes. There is a lovely outdoor cafe though. Children are well catered for too with a nice play area & a trail to follow.

Eunice Spence — Google review

We had a fabulous day out today. The gardens were huge and had a good mix of woodland area and gardens. Our children enjoyed the Easter egg hunt and tried hard to find all 30 eggs! There's fabulous food with Betty's on site as a cafe and kiosks. There were areas to see wildlife and there were a few play areas for the children to go on as they walk round. Definitely worth a visit!

Laurence Bragard — Google review

Would have been happier if they charged less for off-season tickets. Only some parts of the garden were beautiful (like in my photo) but not the whole park. I expected to see colorful flowers everywhere but it wasn’t the case. We walked quite some distance with nothing much to see. Don’t expect too much or come later in the year. Maybe it would be more worth it if we had visited this place in Summer.

Yuki Tachaya — Google review

Visited for the glow event and it was a fun festive evening for the whole family. The gardens looked amazing, the light trail is really well done and the spiced rum hot chocolate towards the end was spot on. From four year old to grandparents everyone had a lovely time. The bubble man was particularly enjoyed and great that the shop was kept open late for the event.

Kate hughes — Google review

Very helpful staff. Used the tramper, but I think it would be good for the staff to try them out. Some of the inclines were steep, with adverse cambers. You have to experience it to understand how frightening some of it was.That said the gardens were lovely, still undergoing work. Excellent embroidery display in the library and Japanese Gallery.

Sharon Holden — Google review

What a fantastic day. Never been before and well worth the visit. Fantastic gardens lots to see, nice stroll around all the areas with all in bloom, so many ideas for home. Cafe was busy, but Betty's had stalls in the garden, food was great and enjoyable.

Paul Garland — Google review

Absolutely beautiful gardens! Been visiting for many years now and it never stands still. Always new borders and different sitings for plants. You could never get bored. Changes made every time you visit. Lots of seating for a picnic or just a rest overlooking the amazing trees and flowers and ponds. Streams running through too. Definitely worth visiting.

maxine storr — Google review

A lovely place and very pleasant for a few hours out. At the moment (August 2023) there seemed to be quite a bit being redeveloped/dug up so although that’s good in the long term there are a few bits which aren’t as nice as they could be. Highlights are the tropical garden (on the right after the entrance) and walking by the stream. Good for prams and excellent baby changing facilities. Plenty of places to sit and eat a packed lunch or food/coffee from the cafes. There’s a good size playground for children.

Elizabeth Elliot — Google review

We were really impressed when we visited. The grounds are beautiful and well looked after. There are several places on site for eating and drinking and a well stocked shop with lots of books for children in particular. We had great fun exploring the grounds, there was so much to see. The kids loved the playgrounds. Definitely worth a visit!

Adam B — Google review

Beautiful walk. I was working there so not sure of entry fee. Lovely gardens, gorgeous buildings and a wide range if plants. If it was closer to me where I live I would definitely take the Mrs there!

Dan — Google review

Such a wonderful tranquil, beautiful garden with a variety of plants, trees, shrubbery. I visited when the succulent and cactus exhibition was on by the British cactus and succulent society, it was so great to see all the various different plants including some award-winning cactuses. I would definitely recommend visiting as it's a memorable experience for outdoor lovers and UK explorers.

S B — Google review

I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the beautiful gardens today. Absolutely gorgeous with lots of flowers already blooming.

Donna Bailey — Google review

Really well looked after, have joined for the year as it looks different in every season and relaxing place to go, all staff really nice looking forward to their cafe opening soon.

Maggie Young — Google review

Beautiful gardens, offering Betty's cafe, well maintained and deserving repeat visits as the seasons change

Ken Sherwood — Google review

Wonderful place to wander round. Kids areas were busy but not too bad. Free parking appreciated. Nice to see they had taxi drop off spots too. Betty's only to eat at on site at the moment, both with a queue but good service - suggest the one inside the grounds as there are many benches to eat alfresco. Arboretum was glorious and quiet. Enjoyed the succulent and cacti show.

George Lovely — Google review

Great day out with beautiful flowers and surroundings. Walked the whole park. Great vibe. Well set out. Great for young and old. Will be back in the summer!

Talal Mansy — Google review

April / Easter was a beautiful time of year to visit RHS Harlow Carr as the vast majority of the azalea and rhoddendrons were in full bloom. We took away this beautiful plant (£10) which was like a snowdrop but from a different family, hoping it multiplies.

Dougie Stirling — Google review


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Valley Gardens Harrogate

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Valley Gardens is a popular park in Harrogate, England that features a variety of beautiful gardens. The park is home to a number of Victorian-era gardens, as well as more modern attractions such as the skate park and children's play area. There is also an impressive Art Deco pavilion on the grounds. Valley Gardens is a great place to take a day trip with family or friends, especially when the sun shines.

Absolutely stunning! Peaceful, beautiful, full of flowers, shrubs and mature trees. Looked after by very experienced groundsmen and Harrogate Borough Council. The Jewel In The Crown - a garden like no other. With the natural springs coming up from here, so much history and all free, open and welcoming

Isabel Jones — Google review

Wonderful day! Lovely place. You can spend the whole day there as there is so much to see.On a warm day, children can cool off in the pool and parents can lie on a blanket in the shade. The plants are breathtaking.I will definitely come back here again

Kasia M??ykowska — Google review

Really great place to bring the children. Lots of things to do. Lovely play area with good play equipment. Tennis courts, pitch and put, disc golf and skate park. Café and toilets. Large paddling pool for the hot summer days too.

Peter Banks — Google review

Fantastic park for taking a stroll around on a nice day. Everywhere is well kept and the flowers in the summer are superb. There’s lots of different sections and things to admire with loads of benches throughout, which is great. There’s a small cafe in the centre, children’s play equipment to one end, and it’d be easy to spend a number of hours here if wanted. Fantastic spot in the centre of the town!

Steve Bintley — Google review

A lovely park close to the city centre of Harrogate, has a tiny stream, small lake, Japanese gardens, tennis courts, and beautiful plants and trees. Parking is an issue if you have never been there before as it says disc zone everywhere which means that you need to get a time disc from the information centre to display in your the time of arrival, also there are many traffic wardens around that can also give you one, if you don't display the disc they are very quick to give you a parking ticket, like we witnessed many cars getting ones, also on one side of the road you can only park for 1 hour and the other side for 3 hours.

Nas NAS — Google review

Loved our first visit to the Harrogate Valley Gardens and Park - great large established green area with very attractive trees, shrubs and planting along with children's play park with cafe area etc. Would deffo recommend a visit x

Sue Bell — Google review

Splendid, vast green space to wander about in with a myriad of paths to meander on. I visited on a sunny Saturday and it was really popular with lots of folk perambulating n promenading, picnicking, jogging, dog walking. Has large kids play area, a café, an Oriental garden, pavilions, benches, a cascading brook, interesting historical features with information boards and a large variety of mature trees. Well maintained and looked after. Definitely recommended.

Cath Simpkins — Google review

Gorgeous place to just sit and watch the world go by.Plenty of seating both in the sun and in the shade, all of which is easily accessible for prams and wheelchairs of all sizes.There are lots of beautiful and colour flowers and plants to look at and smell, the scenery is rather good, too!

Alex Hunter — Google review

Beautifully kept gardens and flower beds. Japanese garden was a pleasant surprise and a lovely tea house to have a small bite and something to drink. Saw the odd grey squirrel, who seemed more interested in us than we were of him.

David Wilson — Google review

Had a great few hours here. No charge to get in. There is I think 17 acres of garden. This includes the "Japanese garden". You can get snacks, ice-cream (delicious), teas and coffee. The crazy golf is fun, (when isn't it?) and doesn't cost much to play.If you fancy a picnic, it's a beautiful place for one.

Neil Elliott — Google review

Beautiful gardens and lots more. Right on the edge of town. Cafe, playground, paddling pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, it's got the lot and more besides. Well done Harrogate for keeping this place so special. It was still as I remember from my younger days

Val Harris — Google review

Such a lovely place to go for a walk, have a cup of coffee and people watch and admire the well groomed grass and beds with some stunning flowers. Or take the kids to the big play area which has an outdoor splash pool.There are so many benches around this place you will always find somewhere to sit, in the sun or the shade.The cafe in the middle has a great selection of light bites, drinks and ice creams.There are toilets on site and dogs are welcome with plenty of bins.

James Stone — Google review

Stunning place in the middle of Harrogate. This was a great place to go for a walk before we stopped for coffee nearby. There’s lots of different things to see within the garden and you can event extend your walk into the woods.

Jess Shanahan — Google review

Lovely gardens and parkland to wander about with the different mineral springs dotted around, very interesting and full of history. Great cafe for a cup of tea.

Carol Straughan — Google review

What a beautiful place to visit when you're in Harrogate. There is a lovely round the world tree walk to follow that takes you round helping you to identify certain trees and telling you from where they originated. Highly recommended.

Tammys Mum — Google review

Beautiful place to walk round even in January although a bit cold! Park, crazy golf, skate park, Japanese garden. although mulched over in winter, alsorts here, beautiful place to walk round.

Midge Antic — Google review

One of the beautiful parks in Yorkshire. Child and disabled friendly with restroom, cafe and play area.The tracks are well maintained for prams and wheels to slide into. The garden is beautifully designed and maintained as per the aesthetic and standards. Neat and tidy. Bins can be located everywhere.The play area has a mini golf tracks, tennis courts etc.There is a separate dog lead free area in the park for the fur babies to roam around freely.

RP — Google review

Very nice gardens. I went to see the Japanese garden for inspiration, which I got some ideas from for my own garden at home, but I went around all the gardens and they were lovely. I will come back to see them next year in the summer too.

Naomi Smith — Google review

Two sets of toilets, public ones so not the best but clean and with toilet roll and hand washing facilities.Two places to buy drinks and ice cream.A paddling pool.Huge adventure playground.Crazy golfGolfTennis courtsFlower gardensA boating lakeFountainsA Japanese garden.Dogs welcome.A band stand,A duck pond.Trees to climb.Loads and loads of benches , picnic tables and places to lay out your picnic blanket.This park is amazing!!!Parking is tricky watch out for permit holders only, the further away you park the more free parking there is.

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National Coal Mining Museum for England

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National Coal Mining Museum for England is a family-friendly museum with underground tours, pit ponies, and a cafe. It is located in Overton near Wakefield in West Yorkshire.

Wow! We had an amazing visit in February 2022, the staff are so very lovely. Joe was our guide down the mines, and he was amazing! He was great with our 11 year old and answered all questions with such knowledge and experience. We would recommend visiting, it was a great day out for our little family!Amazingly low prices and the cafe is lovely too...There are ponies too, which made my day!Have fun!!

Loonicorn King — Google review

What an experience. Fantastic all round family day. Kids loved the park and exploring around the surface area attractions.We save the best bit until last, the underground tour. Russell Jones our guide was superb in his interactions with the children and knowledge and storytelling was brilliant. Fully recommend this to anyone. £5 donation...wow, keep it. Well worth it and Value for money.

Garry Millar — Google review

Excellent day spent here! Very interesting displays to walk round. Good cafe, little shop. Donations £2 car park and £5 underground tour, money well spent. Tour around 80mins no phones, watches, car keys etc allowed down. Squeezed in the lift after donning hard hat and torch. Young Joe our guide, cheery and knowledgeable having spent 30yrs down mines. Outside fab too, nature trail be nicer in better weather, loved the horses mustache!! Great day ❤️

ilona rigo — Google review

Had a brilliant time here. It's clean, spacious, educational and friendly. The tour underground is great, our guide got us involved and told us things about what it is like to work down there, using his own experience too, worth it and you also get a little token souvenir when you arrive and get your ticket.Cafe ✅ car park ✅ outdoor space/walking ✅ family friendly ✅ museum/things to look at ✅ disabled friendly ✅ (not sure about the underground tour though) value for money ✅✅✅✅✅ all in all, very enjoyable for adults and young people alike.

alex bate — Google review

Highly recommended if you are looking for a fantastic experience. You have to do the mine tour! The guides are genuine ex-miners so they really know what they are talking about. The stories they tell are fascinating, really interesting. There are a number of museum buildings to explore on the site, as well as a small railway using the man riders and a battery loco. You can use the train to easily go from one side of the site to the other. I wouldn't recommend it for young children, but 10 and over would be perfect.

Richard G — Google review

Had a great day visiting the Museum. Would highly recommend a trip, great for any age group took my 80 year old father and family visiting from New Zealand and we all enjoyed the trip below into the mining shaft and the museum displays and exhibitions above grown. All staff were friendly, informative and helpful.

Jamie “Jamdoodle” C — Google review

This is a great day out. Try to get there early or on time as we got there just after 10, it opened at 10 and there was already a big queue. Just £5 per person £5 to park a g4eat big park for the kids.Also a sand area for small children. There is so much to do.We did the underground tour, which was a fantastic hour and a half. Eric was such a great informative guide. Highly recommend going to see this.

Gill Fisher — Google review

Brilliant place! We have been many times.If you visit, remember it is closed Monday and Tuesday. Free entry, only pay for going underground if you choose to £5 ) lots of free parking (though can put donation in if you wish) Also, the things at Hope mine, big machine sheds and little rail ride to them, don't seem to be open on weekdays, maybe at weekends? But are worth visiting on events days.We went this tine on a weekday, up at hope pit side, There was the stables (now up near big machine shed) and the automated video information in the smaller buidings (I found the one in the pump house near the memorial garden interesting)The playground is really good, events all through the year, nice cafe and indoor building to take your own food if it rains.Not a bad thing about it! Well worth a visit.

Vale — Google review

A really love day out was had at the national coal mining museum.Going underground and having a tour around a real mine was somthing that I will remember for a really really long time.The halls and exhibitions were also really well done, showing you all aspects of mining life. I can really recommend taking the time to visit here 5 stars.

Tom Buchanan — Google review

Visited here with a group of friends this week, straight away you receive a warm welcome fram all the staff. The cafeteria is good and spotlessly clean and again the staff both friendly and welcoming.The museum itself is just fantastic. Run by volunteers that obviously care about the history and are keen to share experiences, knowledge, good and bad times.I highly recommend doing the underground tour, it's brilliant! Our guide was Chris but we also met Eric who made us laugh and feel at ease straight away!!These little pieces of our national history should never be lost!

Rob Hulson — Google review

Visited here yesterday & to say all they asked for is a £5 donation its definitely worth the money. We gave them £30 as I genuinely think £5 is an insult to themselves considering how good it is. You definitely should pay more if you can afford to do so.The chaps that run the underground tour really do make the experience 10x better. Such a friendly attitude and atmosphere all the way through-out the museum. They have a unique sense of humour that just makes the tour 10x better. There's a lovely little picnic area & nature trail for the kids and a park too, 10/10 definitely worth the visit & we will definitely be visiting again.

Larah Byram — Google review

Great place to visit, went with my daughters aged 17 and 14 both really enjoyed. Underground tour was with young Joe. All the museums very informative and the nature trail and small waterfalls walk to the ponies was worth it even in the rain. This was our second visit. We spent about 4 hours here.

B T — Google review

What a fantastic day! The underground tour of the mine, descending 150 meters in the lift, proved to be a truly enlightening experience.Also undergroud guide is super cool made the whole tour memorable.Will definitely visit again

Samran Shabbir — Google review

A fantastic experience at the mining museum. The experience to go down a mine with a former miner is absolutely incredible and is serious value for money. The tour itself is about an hour and a half and it should be said that it requires quite a bit of ducking and if you are particularly claustrophobic then I wouldn't advise it! However it's like a living museum and Gaz our tour guide was a fountain of knowledge and he was superb throughout, answering all of our questions. If you are in the area then I'd fully recommend visiting. The food at the cafe was excellent as well (and has a good range of gluten free food)

Andrei R — Google review

This is a fantastic museum it's such a good experience with so much to do !! There is a cafe, ample parking, playground, memorial garden, a nature trail, the museum portion, conference room and you can even go down into the mine. They have lots of events on throughout the year and we just watched a brass band and wind band there which were brilliant 👏 😀It's not an expensive day out and there are 2 sides to the museum and there just a short walk from each other and they have a little train on through the spring and summer.It's for all ages and very educational and this year marks a special year so they will have lots of events on (check the website and experience Wakefield for info)The cafe is nice with friendly staff, nice food and not expensive plus they have lovely home made cake and a bar.Overall we had a great day out learned alot about mining and had an awesome experience with both of the bands and will definitely be going again with the family and highly recommend giving it a visit

kimmy kib — Google review

An absolutely fantastic museum that is a must visit if you are in Yorkshire. There are lots of really interesting exhibits that go into great detail about the mining industry and the staff are all really friendly. You must book on the the underground mine tour, for just £5 you get led around the mine by someone who has lots of knowledge about the industry. Our guide Col was great, he was super enthusiastic and engaging and you could clearly see he was passionate about mining which made the whole tour memorable.

Matthew Harwood — Google review

Had a fantastic day learning about the history of mining. Loads to look at and suitable for the whole family. I would highly recommend the underground tour it Is a true experience. Make sure you get a map as there is so much to see. Check out the ponies and the blacksmith. A massive thank you to our underground tour guide Martin you made it a fun learning experience. In Fact thank you to all the staff who are so informative and friendly. Check out the cafe great prices and fantastic quality.

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Royal Armouries Museum is a museum in Leeds, England that showcases historic arms and armor from across the globe. The museum is home to more than 8,500 objects on display in six impressive galleries, and it's one of the city's most interesting attractions. Among the collections are weapons and armor from the Tower of London, as well as Indian elephant armor and fencing displays.

Such a good place to go and spend hours, either alone or with friends or families! The staff are very welcoming and friendly. A variety of interesting stories and stuff, from the west to the east, from ancient time to modern time. Some of the displays are just breath-taking - take your time to explore! The shopping area and food area are also good. The food and drink served are pretty decent. I really had a wonderful time here. It is a fantastic place that I would recommend to all of my friends!

Sheryl Yu — Google review

Outstanding. Free entry, great amenities, easy lift access onto each floor. Incredibly well set out and something for all ages. Staff were helpful. Each floor has a different theme and the displays are exceptional. The amount of time and effort put in to set out each area must be immense. Really really great time and have already recommended to many others who haven't yet been. 5*

Ashley Roberts — Google review

It's one of the greatest museum with a great collection of arms and armours of all times where I was lucky to have been! Most of the artifacts are in a good state, and you can trace the development of arms, armours, and guns too. In addition, this museum has a great collection from all over the world, and not only England.And it's free to visit, so I recommend!

Natalja Ganzik — Google review

We had a very enjoyable visit to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. It's housed in a lovely building. Staff were all very helpful. We spent a few hours walking round. Lots to see there. We went just before the school holidays so it wasn't too busy.Only criticism I would have was that there were few areas that were closed when we went. Bad timing on our part i think.Overall, it is an excellent museum. Great for young and old.

Richard Kirkwood — Google review

A fantastic museum and a great spot to visit when exploring Leeds. There is so much on display and the layout really works well. You can spend anywhere between an hour and all day in this museum and still find new things.

Matthew Harwood — Google review

Absolutely amazing place to visit, so many artifacts and information to take on board. There was a little presentation on whilst we were there (Yankee Doodle story) and it was awesome! Great for all ages, and interest levels. Would recommend if you're in the area.

Nadine Martinez — Google review

It’s an very impressive world war history themed museum. They display armors , weapons, tools etc. What I love the most is their orientalist gallery. Expected the Japanese part. The items they have collected are quite authentic. You can even see the floral patterns in details. Make sure go check out what time they have shows. The swordsman fighting is definitely worth to see. There aren’t many museums in Leeds and this one is a bit far from city center, but it is worth going. Plus their gift shop fully of toys. Perfect for taking your kids there.

Etheria H — Google review

Absolutely amazing free museum. Extremely welcoming friendly staff. The exhibits are truly staggering..and so varied..from medieval swords and armour to American Western guns to movie props. There are brilliant demonstrations of swordsmanship and interesting talks throughout the day so to take full advantage get there early as they are hourly. The cafe - amazing value for money and restaurant standard food. Spent the whole day here. Loved it!

Dawn Dixon — Google review

My kids love this museum. We always get the water taxi which is great! Been a few times for the jousting and they put on a really good show with lots of extra activities. The sword fighting displays are on every day and are really good. The elephant and oriental armour is a firm favourite. Great shop too!

sarah berry — Google review

Fascinating, and sometimes harrowing, journey through the history of weapons and conflict. Amazing displays and regular demonstrations where history is brought to life. A few more interactive displays would make it perfect, but still thoroughly worth a visit.Nice cafe and gift shop, but also next to Leeds Docks with other places to eat.Parking at a reasonable price in the nearby multi-storey car park, just a couple of minutes walk away.

O Ozmeister — Google review

This is a really well presented venue that is very child friendly but is equally good for adults if they are interested in the military history.There are plenty of clear sign posts, parking is in an adjacent multi story car park for the Leeds Dock Complex.The museum itself is packed with interesting exhibits with lots of information, it is on a number of floors but there are great lifts that whisk you between the floors, the lifts give good disabled access to all the floors and display areas.There is lots to see and a number of places that you can sit and rest plus some very nice cafes.Toilets as you would expect in a modern building like this are really well designed, clean and fresh with good facilities and plenty of disabled facilities.If we are passing this way again we will probably make a return visit.

Alan Holt — Google review

For a free experience the royal armouries is absolutely fantastic. Huge and filled with exciting areas and lots of amazing shows that are also free to watch. The cafe is nice and the shop is great too. I definitely recommend a visit here. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming.

Shannon Baxendale — Google review

The museum was good, a few exhibits missing from the last time I went (20+ years ago). There was much less about how the items were made this time, but an abundance of arms and armour etc.The only downside was the cafe, very basic food nowhere near good enough for the prices charged.The gift shop was well stocked and well worth a visit.It's also worth going to see any shows that are on.All in all a good day.

Peter Wrightson — Google review

Loved the visit and a vast range of armoury and arms displays from ancient to modern times.Shows a new view of history and culture across the worldLoved the medieval and huge knights and elephant displaysDefinitely worth half a day here and experience different side of world history

Ullas kishore — Google review

Always a great place to visit for families, plenty of information to guide you through, fantastic gift shop. Cafe looked delicious but was busy so didn't indulge. Been quite a few times took us 2 hours to look around, if it's your first time & you visit cafe give yourself half a day, big storey car park available 5 mins away.

Gaynor Weaver — Google review

It's massive and informative! My kid loves this place, spent about 2 hours here. Show tickets run out fast, make sure you arrive a bit earlier if you want to enjoy the live show there

Zoe Chan — Google review

Fantastic museum! We travelled from Manchester for our visit and will definitely visit again. We loved how much variety there was and the fact there were interactive exhibits. It is huge too, so even though it was busy due to the school holidays, it didn't seem crowded.The staff were really helpful and friendly.

Hannah Taylor — Google review

It's so impressive to see thousands of rich, incredible and well organized guns, swords, armours... from ancient times to the present day. Most importantly, the talks and tours are educational and inspirational. There were many local students and foreign trainees visiting the museum. They were very attentive in the talks and I believed they had a fruitful learning experience there.

Daniel Chan — Google review

Amazingly well presented display that will take you on a trip through time and across continents . I could get lost in here for days and never take in all the information available , ten out of ten for the staff and the presentation . One thing made me laugh you will see a Knuckle duster Knife and Gun all in one piece of kit . That truly gives a new meaning to if at first you don't succeed , try , try and try again for me . There was a very interesting helmet with metal moustache built in vanity it would seem knows no bounds . In the hunting section I loved the hunter on his Elephant attacking a Tiger . Not nice I know but very lifelike and impressive . The Longbow Man was a bit intimidating these battles must have been terrifying . The Dragon like piece of Horse armour from Asia was cool I thought quite friendly looking in a strange kind of way and his side kick was quite handsome too . There was a live sword fighting display but unfortunately I missed this . Again 10 out of 10 another great attraction in Leeds what a great City . If you are not local I wouldn't advise trying to drive in the Park and Ride is easy and much less stress . I would highly recommend a visit .

heimdal odinson — Google review

Absolutely amazing experience, the staff were so friendly, helpful and kind and even got involved in the all around building entertainment. The cafe and toilet facilities were clean on point and all round spotless and hygienic no fault, credit to them.This place is a have to see to believe, the history it holds is phenomenal, around every corner over every step is something unreal and different, there isn't a corner where this stunning piece of history isn't covered. They really have kept an era of life and existence truly alive, highly recommended for a full fun packed day.Although it is free entry, donations are greatly needed and thanked to keep this part if history alive, so please leave a few pound if you can it truly helps. Thanks again 👍

Discover With Bailee (DiscoverWithBailee) — Google review

Outstanding. Totally worth every minute.Some of the highlight of our many visit:- A wide selection of everything you would wanna see from the past and present.- Education rooms with audio and video.- Staff are very knowledgeable and performers.- Informative brochures and flyers.- Kids friendly and wheelchair accessible.- Gift and coffee shop- Great set up, sound, video and light system.- Highly recommending visit their website and social media to attend their educational events.We have visited during the weekdays, weekend and public holidays. It never failed to amaze us.

Mo Bellamy — Google review

What an absolute stunning and free museum this is. It has got to be up there with one of the best and most interested I have ever visited. It is vast in size and has got lots of interesting collections of anything to do with war and weaponry. I would take a trip back here at some point.

Barag Dawazbag — Google review

Wow..What can i say, I have been to quite a few museums.. Must say the collection here is unparalleled, great helpful staff , stunning and a must see if you are in Leeds, you Will need a some time to get through all the floors, great Cafe and shop on ground floor, lifts for Mobility affected, would recommend taking a water taxi (£2) from Leeds train station.Wheelchair friendly and Free admission.

rudey valentino — Google review

Absolutely fantastic museum. I came when I was a kid and it has changed so much. I brought my 3 kids aged 18/13/12 and each of them loved it. The summer holiday program was really fun. The sword fighting demonstration was really fun the actors were great and made a huge effort for the audience. We watched the outdoor horse show in the arena. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Also went to the stables to meet the horses. No entrance fee which makes it a great day out for anyone. Would recommend to everybody. Fun for any age.

Tara Aydemir — Google review

Great exhibition with lots of interesting pieces of armour and weaponry from across many centuries. Good range of shows provided through the day and some interactive exhibits. Thoroughly enjoyed our day there (2 adults and a 6 year old).Just be aware that the cafes a rather expensive. Although the food is ‘homemade,’ it is quite pricey for what you get. Having said that, entry to the museum is free.

Will Davies — Google review

Very good museum, whether you like military history or not you will be entertained. I specifically enjoyed the temporary gold gun exhibition on the top floor, some gorgeous exhibits there and my personal highlight. Spent about 3 hours and didn't see everything so I'll return soon.

Daniel Volak — Google review

I have been visiting the armories for many years with my children, since it first opened.We have always loved it .The presentations, performances and jousting closely followed by the kids activity room and cross bow range were always there favorites.Today we went as an adult family of 6 adults and 2 teens.For nostalgia sake lots of displays and cabinets were still the same.Some areas such as self defense desperately need an overhaul.It was disappointing to discover the cross bow range is now closed, but they do have plans to reopen this next month. This has always had a charge.Another disappointment even though my kids are too big the childrens activities room with dressing up and craft activities is no longer there , it looks like a classroom now, probably for school visits.Jousting is a warmer month only activity and only in school holidays I believe.We watched a presentation by two people which was informative but a little dull, could do with a little audience participation maybe.For people visiting for the first time they would have a great free day outFor those who have visited before you will realize it's a little dated and needs refreshing .There was a new exhibition which we all enjoyed.We didn't eat or drink but there is a cafe on site.The shop is well stocked and reasonably priced pencils and pens from £2/£3.There are good public transport links.There is a multi story car park which has a charge.It's very accessible with lifts to all floors.

D B — Google review

A fantastic collection of weapons and armour, and put on different shoes and displays. you could easily spend hours in here, they also have cafe and toilet facilities. Entry is free, although most people give a donation. Perfect for a rainy day

El Monteith — Google review

My wife and I visited the Royal Armouries for the first time last Saturday. The museum is enormous and houses some amazing exhibitions and montages..We particularly enjoyed the Asia gallery. It was interesting to compare how things like body armour and implements of war developed in other cultures over the centuries.There was a live demonstration of two-handed sword fighting by two witty and knowledgeable presenters.Even for peace-loving people like us, the armouries is a special place.

Robert Wolz — Google review

A wonderful day out, definitely worth the visit. You can easily spend all day looking at the artifacts.We were lucky to go on the superhero event so there were plenty of shows to watch too.

Lisa Moseley — Google review

Wow, what a place! It's massive, and entry is free until June 2024. There's a lot to see. We spent around 2 hours there and didn't get to read or see everything! Very instructive and engaging. I have a lot more images, too numerous to upload. Make sure you leave enough time to see everything.

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Rievaulx Abbey

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The abbey of Rievaulx was founded in 1098 by Robert de Mowbray, the first Earl of Northumberland. It was one of the most important religious institutions in Yorkshire during the Middle Ages and played an important role in the development of art and architecture. The abbey buildings are now a World Heritage Site, and the museum contains exhibits about the history of Rievaulx Abbey as well as examples of medieval art and architecture.

We opted for the English Heritage narrated guide as we viewed the abbey. This was terrific for helping explain the what we were seeing in the context of how it used to be. The historical embellishments really helped bring things to life.The little museum was interesting and provided further detail.Most importantly the ruins of the abbey are quite lovely in their way and beautiful to look at. All things considered this was a great visit.

Andrew — Google review

The route to the village from York can be renamed therapy route. It was such a scenic and dotted with cute villages all along the way. The village is quaint, green and not invaded by tourists yet. The village has a free parking area that accepts only donation. Walk around the village and you will find yourself transported to a different world. Lots of fowls flying around. Best time to go - Just after a mild rain in spring, it brings out the colors. ( haven't tried Autumn yet).

Balakumar Padmanaban — Google review

Let me just start by saying that you will not regret a visit here in the slightest.The ruins themselves are astonishing and the little museum is fantastic! I recommend visiting the museum first (on the grounds), this will simply setup the rest of the experience and as you walk around, you may not find yourself wondering what different parts of the abbey are for.On that note (if you want to skip the museum or do it last), you’ll find lots of different plaques in and around the grounds which will explain the different elements of the abbey.Overall, for £11 a head, this is a great day out if you make the most of it!

Joey Bower — Google review

Breathtaking abbey, and not one to miss. The cafe is also a lovely spot to rest for a cuppa and cake. The entry price is a little high, so might consider joining English Heritage. Overall, I'm glad I went inside. Viewing from the car park just isn't the same.

Jason Mooney — Google review

Lovely visit especially if you are a member of the English Heritage as it’s not so much as a hit on the pocket. We spent a couple of hours there exploring and learning about its history. Tranquil, quiet and relaxing.

Andy Cruickie — Google review

Lovely hidden gem in Yorkshire, building in National Heritage. Lovely surrounding, nice staff and well cared for building. Worth visit. Great trip to history.

Hynek — Google review

A beautiful place to visit, even on a rainy and foggy day. Greg gave us a lovely overview of the abbey’s history seen as it was quiet, which we really appreciated. Very informative. Highly recommend visiting at opening time in the morning (10am in October) as there were only a few other visitors at that time. The little museum was an excellent visit too!

Lauren Hughes — Google review

Wonderfully majestic place. The ruins are very well kept and setting is beautiful. There’s a little museum with lots of information along the way. There are activities for children to keep them occupied while walking around, eg: There are 8 little Monks to be found around the ruins and stone mason markings. The cafe has a lovely view and the usual butties and cakes selection. There are picnic benches outside if you prefer. The car park is adequate.Another fantastic English Heritage site.

Fiona Marris — Google review

A nice place to visit for a few hours tucked away in the North Yorkshire Moors. A huge ruin with tiny museum and exhibition space.The audio guide was really helpful and the museum was small but interesting.I think a few more seats would not go amiss, perhaps in a sheltered position for those ‘rare’ Yorkshire days when there is rain.A few more info boards illustrating daily life would have been interesting - the bus load of kids who were visited at the same time were fascinated with what a communal loo for 30 people looked like!An excellent shop and nice tea shop too!

Victoria Pearson — Google review

Interesting historical place, run by English Heritage. The Easter egg hunt was fun, while exploring the site in April. We were very lucky with the weather, open nice sky with lots of sunshine. The place opens at 10am- It was fairly quiet - it got busier 11ish. The cafe shop was nice, sandwiches and scones etc.

Hill S — Google review

Haunting and affecting spot - a ruin set within a wide historic landscape, with fine walks all around. Museum is small but full of very interesting stonework, and, currently, a separate small but effective and well-displayed exhibit on water use in Abbeys. (Connect with Byland Abbey nearby and then York Minster for an incredible contrast of what is versus what once had been….)

Sach Killam — Google review

What a absolutely beautiful place to visit friendly customer service. Plenty of parking Spaces The lady behind the counter offered us discounted entry to over 400 places across the UK to all English Heritage sites. Definitely recommend to everyone for a visit at any time of the year, you can get the map of all marked locations of where to go. I can’t wait to where we go. Next end of course revisit this beautiful place.

Wojciech Przytulski — Google review

This was an impressive site. Quite large, not too busy. There is something about standing where others had been almost 1000 years ago. If you love your photography, you will be at it for hours to get the one perfect shot........because there could be so many.

Mark Sagar — Google review

Beautiful ruins of a monastic Abbey set in lovely countryside. Well worth the trip to see them.The main church gives a real sense of scale as to the height and size of what must have been a spectacular building.There is a shop and a cafe and parking on site.

Lindsay Hague — Google review

This place is amazing! I'd heard positive messages about it before my visit, but I underestimated just how good it would be.There's still a significant amount of the building still standing, and the boards provide an insight into what it was like to live in the monastery.I'd thoroughly recommend this place to anyone.

Andy B — Google review

Lovely place to spend a few hours wandering around the plentiful ruins, followed by a bite/drink in the pleasant ‘new’ (2016) cafe. Clean toilets. Small museum displaying mainly stone carvings and some implements found on the site. Car park being improved for more parking.

Ian Bradbury — Google review

Really nice cafe with beautiful viewing area (of the abbey ruins), in case you don’t fancy the £15 entrance fee. Good sized car park (charges apply) and very friendly and helpful staff.

Ian MacDonald — Google review

This is a 5 star place to visit but loses a star due to the insanity of the suspension, tracking wrecking potholes in the car park.Sorry to the trust but sort out that car park access before someone wrecks themselves and their vehicles, imagine a cyclist or someone with walking difficulties, think you get the point hereLovely site to visit, nice little cafe clean and very tidy, we stayed for coffee and cakeThere is a little museum on site up to the right of the Abbey with lots of history of the place in itIt once must have been such a building in its heyday and thanks to English Heritage for keeping these places for us to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere of what was once something spectacularAs for that carpark.......

Hells Guardian — Google review

What a lovely afternoon spent here. The staff were so friendly and helpful, telling us all about the history and answering our questions. Just fabulous. The abbey itself is breathtaking, so beautiful. Well worth a visit.

Karen Elson — Google review

Rievaulx Abby is definitely one of the best English heritages sites we have visited so far, the site is massive. We spent hours there looking around its located next to the river and a beautiful forest. The site has a very well laid out museum,cafe with outside sitting looking over the site. It’s packed full of historical relics highly recommend doing the audio tour we will definitely be visiting again.

Richard Moore — Google review

Great place to visit especially if you are a member of English Heritage. Good car park and nice, if expensive cafe offering snacks and drinks. The abbey is very impressive and make you wonder how they were able to built such impressive building so long ago. It is also really peaceful and a great place to bring along a picnic to enjoy in the Abbey grounds

Andrew Bardsley — Google review


York Bird of Prey Centre

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The York Bird of Prey Centre is an absolutely amazing place with wonderful volunteers that love birds. You have the opportunity to get up close and personal with beautiful birds, join the 11.30 flying show, and hold a Golden Eagle. Please donate generously or book a personal experience as it is well worth it!

An absolutely amazing experience. The opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful birds made our day out extra special. The volunteers clearly love the birds and imparting knowledge whilst giving you a great experience. After a look around we joined the 11.30 flying show. This lasted over 1hour and we all had the opportunity put on the glove and let the owls land on you. Perhaps we were lucky with limited numbers. Then outside we all got the chance to hold a Golden Eagle. Please donate generously or book a personal experience as its such a great place and worth every penny.

Neil Hobson — Google review

This place is incredible! We did the owl and hawk walk experience and had the best time getting to hold and pets lots of beautiful owls and getting to fly the hawk out on the grounds.The team and volunteers were amazing - they gave us so much info about each and every bird. We only did the 3 hour experience but were at the centre all day because there was just so much to do.We got to see two shows where everyone gets to put on the glove and take a turn flying the birds and they even let us go inside the owl aviary to get up close to even more beautiful owls. We even got to see the team fly two beautiful baby peregrines together - it was incredible seeing all the work and training they put in for these amazing birds.This place isn't like any other zoo or bird of prey centre where you gaze at the animals behind a cage. For the £11 entry fee, you get to interact with so many beautiful birds and take a turn flying them. The team really focuses on you individually and allows everyone to get involved. I've truly never been somewhere like it before where we got to do so much with these wonderful birds of prey.We wanted to give a special shout out to Chris who took us around to hold and pet the owls and for leading the show, and Michael for taking us out on the hawk walk and giving us so much information about each and every bird - he was truly amazing and we loved spending time with him yesterday. I got a great photo of him below, I hope he sees it! The whole team is amazing!Thank you for the best day!

Abby — Google review

Wow wow wow what a fantastic little gem this is, I've been to many many bird of prey displays all over England and Scotland and I can easily say this place is head and shoulders above the rest.we were greeted by the manager who was obviously a lover of his job. He was informative and extremely pleasant. All the birds looked well cared for and all the pens were clean. The flying display itself was so informative and interactive.If I'm ever this way again I will return.

Paul Cook — Google review

My husband and I visited here as a Valentines activity together and we throughly enjoyed our experience. It was the start of the new season so many of the birds are just coming out of their sort of hibernation period and we were got to see some of the birds of prey take their first flights of the year. Billy, who was flying the birds was extremely knowledgeable and was more than happy to answer any questions we had and we had a few one to one chats with him which really enhanced the experience. It is clear that the owners and staff care a great deal about their birds and they are keen to educate the public. I got to hold a golden Eagle which I wasn't expecting at all!We were the last people to leave at the end of the day and got a coffee and cookie from the cafe area and stayed to chat to the owners who couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome. We will definitely be back once the weather dries up a bit!

Katy D'Arcy — Google review

We went for the half day experience, and I cannot recommend it enough. We both had a great (although wet and windy!) day and really enjoyed it. All the volunteers/team are great and were shown around by Nicola & Charlie. So thank you Charlie, a great experience!

Alison Lynas — Google review

Amazing! Visited multiple times before and it just gets better and better everytime. It is so interactive and is great for kids and adults because there is birds of all sizes you can hold and fly. The staff and volunteers are super knowledgeable and the owner Andrew and his wife are the nicest people you could meet(You will hear his jokes in the show 🤣) the show is one of the main highlights and is definitely one of the best I've seen. So I highly recommend visiting this amazing place and seeing these beautiful birds.

Jacob G — Google review

The entrance is a little hidden in beside a hotel and training centre, however once I side the facility has a lot of birds with a lot of information about the various species. We seen one of the flying displays which was presented by a knowledgeable team. They explained about the majority of the staff actually being volunteers.The birds all look in great condition and although the site looks a little tired in place, the centre clearly cares about their birds. Worth a visit if your in the area.

David Hutchison — Google review

So much fun! Great staff very knowledgeable and friendly and super helpful answering questions about the birdsA fab 45 minute ish with great experts telling us all about each type of bird of prey and a chance to hold one 😀Would be fab for kids but we didn't have ours with usA bit muddy so wear old shoes!We really really enjoyed it and appreciate the great conservation work they do 👍🏻❤️ a great way to spend 2-3 hoursA little cafe on the way out that looked and smelled lovely but we had no time to stop unfortunately

Hayley Robinson — Google review

We had a great day at the York Bird of Prey Centre. We had booked the Owl Exprience and the Hawk Walk and thoroughly enjoyed both. The staff were very welcoming and extremely passionate about the birds. Our handler/guide for the day, Chris, was extremely knowledgeable and taught us much about the birds at the centre.We got to fly numerous owls which was incredible as well as a beautiful Harris Hawk on our Hawk walk. It really was fascinating and we had a great time. We are hoping to bring the rest of our family with us in the future.

Terry Buss — Google review

Had a great time for my youngest's birthday present. Staff are amazingly knowledgeable and friendly. Nicola and Hayley were brilliant with the kids. Definitely will be going back to see more of the magnificent array of birds they have .

Ben Simpson — Google review

It is our best experience for Christmas and Halloween. All staff are welcoming and friendly. You can see all types of birds and get information about them. Plenty of games, crafting, activities. Every one are patient and cheerfully.Great, thank you to everyone for the best time❤

Maria Timofejeva — Google review

Absolutely amazing experience day. Full hands on all through the day with all the birds kept here, such beautiful birds and so fantastic having them sat on your hand, feeding them and interacting so much with them.Billy & George looked after us most of the day and their knowledge of the birds is second to none, everyone here works voluntarily and even Andrew's jokes in the arena were funny! Such lovely people and very keen for you to handle the birds, none of this, sitting miles away and only watching. It was a fabulous day and one I will remember for a long, long time.Thankyou guysJackie & Martin Gill xx

Jacqueline Gill — Google review

We spent an absolutely amazing afternoon here and would return again in a heartbeat!Everyone who works here is so passionate about the birds that they work with and very knowledgeable. The displays were out of this world and getting to see the two young peregrine falcons fly together was brilliant ❤️P.S the two little barn owlets are adorable ❤️

Debi Bryant — Google review

A brilliant informative day out. Lots of interaction with the birds during the live demonstrations. Where else are you going to see a Peregrine Falcon in full flight and hunting mode.?The volunteers are knowledgeable and really enjoy working with the birds showing what they can do.

Lynch — Google review

Staying in York with my partner for the week having done the city sights so far, the Bird of Prey Centre was next on our list of things to do with it only being a few minutes down the road from where we were based, and it certainly did not disappoint!! What an experience!! We did the Hawk Walk with the beautiful Assassin, absolutely amazing, so informative and would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting that bit more special personal touch to your day here. We watched two of the talks/shows and every member of staff is so knowledgeable and comical with it too! We ended our day with the shooting range, brilliant fun!! Loved every minute of our day with you all, thank you!!!

Hayley Edwards — Google review

Went here for my 18th birthday, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. I got to handle some of the birds and also got to watch them doing a flying show. The only reason I’m giving them 4 stars, is because it’s not well signposted as to where it is. Also, recommend boots if it’s muddy. But overall, pretty good day out and would recommend ❤️

Sorcha Payne — Google review


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National Trust - Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

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The National Trust-owned Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens is an elegant Georgian mansion filled with a collection of antiques and portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. The house was designed by John Bourchier in the 18th century after his travels around Europe, which heavily influenced its Italian-inspired design. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy colorful Mediterranean flowers in the Italian border garden. Families can also participate in various activities during school holidays for a fun day out at this Yorkshire attraction.

First visit back here in over a decade. A lovely place for a tranquil walk, especially mid-week when it is relatively quiet. Nice gardens and grounds to walk around including the walled garden (lots of Pumpkins at the moment). Various walks available of varying lengths as well as good facilities. Well worth a visit.

David Taylor — Google review

Lovely space to enjoy on a sunny afternoon. We arrived with only half an hour before closing so didn't have to pay (which was good because we'd only come to look at the plant sale!). The house and gallery were closed for renovations, so not sure the entry fee would have been worth it anyway, hence only 4 stars. The planting was ok but not overly original. There was a lovely cafe with outdoor seating around a small lawn which looked lovely.

M Dolby — Google review

Slightly disappointed with this property. Having read some excellent reviews about it, particularly the gardens, it was a bit of a let down. Only the ground floor of the house is open, and although parts of it are stunning, we were round it in no time. Gardens did not live up to the reviews. The Cafe was really excellent.

Colin Challinor — Google review

Such beautiful gardens! So many fruit trees with huge apples and pears, flowers in abundance and so well looked after.We had lunch in The Walled Garden Restaurant and it was delicious. There was a nature trail with things to find for the littles too!

Katy Baldwin — Google review

Beautifully curated country home and grounds just 20 minutes from York.The National Trust has done an amazing job lovingly restoring the garden and building of this Georgian estate.As it was mostly self sustaining, the acute history remains opaque, but this doesn’t detract from the beauty of this place.The pictures speak for themselves and they’re just about to complete a huge renovation to a Mediterranean garden.Absolutely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Michelle Morgan — Google review

Beautiful gardens with the most beautiful cherry blossom.There is very a nice farm cafe nearby.The bluebell woods are near the pike ponds by the exit, it's like fairyland.The hall and galleries are currently closed,but we still very much enjoyed our day.

Mic Wang — Google review

Such a lovely and tranquil place to visit. The house itself was closed due to its £2.3 million refurb but the grounds are really nice to walk around.You can take your dog and stick to the designated paths or just roam around the fields and woodland areas within the grounds. There is a play area for the kids and a restaurant, plus a lovely little coffee shop built into one of the old outhouse buildings and a nice courtyard to sit in.There is a walled garden growing all sorts of vegetables which are fun to look at with the kids.Car parking is free and there are 2 sets of toilets on site.

James Stone — Google review

Despite the hall not being open as it's being refurbished it's a lovely offer to visit.Very peaceful.Well tended garden and nursery makes it a pleasant walk.Cafe setting is superb. Good and drink reasonably priced.

David Williams — Google review

Beningbrough Hall is a National Trust property located near York, England. It's an 18th-century Georgian mansion that features stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and an impressive collection of portraits and artwork.The fruit trees were laden with fruit, probably the best walled garden I have visited.The hall offers a glimpse into the history and culture of the time period. You can explore the house, gardens, and even enjoy various events and exhibitions.A lovely house and stunning gardens.

Simon Hull — Google review

Our second visit, and now it’s even better that the building is open again after a refurb. One of the best outdoor play parks for kids of all the National trusts too. The gardens are fantastic. The current archaeological dig is interesting too.

James Fawcett — Google review

Although there was lots of work going in in the garden, the refreshed & being refreshed house more than made up for it. Our lovely volunteer Clare was amazing - both knowledgeable, informed & fun!The new interior looks amazing after much updating & forward thinking.Hadn't been for ages... looking forward to seeing it evolve through the next few years...

Helen Clavery — Google review

Lovely national trust property which often has events on during the school holidays for children. We visited while the Easter trail was on which included some fun activities for the kids and kept them occupied for a good hour and a half before we settled for lunch on the lawn.Great walled garden to explore with lots of space outside for picnics, guided walks which lead to the farm cafe with fantastic ice cream and a pleasant walk along the river too.

Paul Firth — Google review

Lovely space to enjoy on a sunny afternoon. We arrived with only half an hour before closing so didn't have to pay (which was good because we'd only come to look at the plant sale!). The house and gallery were closed for renovations, so not sure the entry fee would have been worth it anyway, hence only 4 stars. The planting was ok but not overly original. There was a lovely cafe with outdoor seating around a small lawn which looked lovely.

M Dolby — Google review

House is not open at the moment, it's been closed for renovation, but it's reopening 1st July. We had a lovely walk along the river, then around the gardens. The garden is not very big but very pretty. Cafè and shop are open as usual.

Jackie — Google review

Lovely setting, beautiful gardens, walks and good children's play area which really pleased youngest granddaughter.Cafe/restaurant very pleasant with lots of seating both indoor and outdoor.We didn't visit house as we had dog with us. Will need to do this another time. Not a problem as we are members.

Doug Wylie — Google review

First time visitor to this lovely National Trust property. The Hall has recently reopened and is beautiful, with a great photo exhibition upstairs, with fabulous black and white photos of Venice.The cafe was good too, lovely jacket potato with tuna followed by tiffin & a latte.. The walled garden / fruit tree area was great.. Harvest week is in full swing & the Head Gardener did a fantastic talk about the fruit trees and how they grow & look after them. He was unbelievably knowledgeable. All of the staff were very friendly. A definite trip out to add to the list. A must..

Susan Oldham — Google review

Beautiful and very symmetrical stately home, with flying staircases and copious wood panelling in every room. Walled orchards and Capability Brown style landscape. Most unusual was a fascinating laundry building - with the original set-up/implements. Makes you very grateful for washing machines! Nice looking cafe with lots of outdoor seating.

Tom — Google review

Lucky enough to visit on a sunny Autumnal day. There was a harvest theme, with bags of cooking pears and apples available for a donation. The gardens were looking lovely with beautiful floral displays. The grounds are still being improved. The house was interesting to view and there is a temporary exhibition of photos of Venice.

Sue Williams — Google review


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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York, YO30 1DD, United Kingdom

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Lotherton is a charming country manor, dating back to the Edwardian era. The estate boasts splendid landscaped gardens, stables, playgrounds and scenic woodland walks. It is an excellent location for a family-friendly day trip with the National Art Pass scheme available. Visitors can choose to stroll around with their prams or use body carriers if preferred. The house is intriguing but only partially open for exploration.

Family friendly day out with the National Art Pass scheme. Visited with my husband and my 5 month old baby. I used our body carrier rather than our pram / pushchair, but you would be fine using your pram as there’s a place you can leave it under cover while going around the house. The house is great, very interesting, but not all of it open. I would say the best part of the whole place though is the zoo, brilliant, it’s been pretty much fully redone since I last visited over 5 years ago, it’s absolutely brilliant. Great kids play areas too, plenty of parking and some nice small family friendly walks.

Meg Towler — Google review

Lots of space and some play areas for kids to use. Nice cafe with cakes, scones etc. Some huge trees in the parkland which opens an opportunity to have their names and approximate ages / years when planted. Small animals, birds 'zoo's also with one type of small penguins.

Frank Roe — Google review

Lovely walk around the place didn't get to go in the house this time but it was lovely and peacefull. We went for the Xmas event we just did the crafts and the walk which was nice but could had more hands on things but the prices of admission are low so that is ok. Cafe was nice sandwich prices are a wee bit high for a basic sandwich. Would Deffo go again in summer

Hannah Maxwell — Google review

So worth the long trip from Birmingham. I definitely need to comeback as I ran out of time this trip. Still need to see the orchard and the deer too. £9 per person and the parking was included, which I thought was brilliant. I saw some reviews complaining about the ice cream, but it was good and the wafer cones were good quality too, so I thought it was fine. I do wish the gift shop had more things there, I feel like it lacked a lot of variety.

Amena Leg — Google review

Well Kept grounds with plenty to do, interesting to look round the hall itself as well as spend a bit of time walking around the gardens, or at the birds and animals in the wildlife part.

Jamie Palliser — Google review

We grabbed a quick trip between showers on a Sunday afternoon. A lot of the wildlife park area is being upgraded but there was still plenty to see and do. The grounds are well cared for, and with an eye to conservation. Sally on the gate was really helpful.

Nick Morgan — Google review

Stunning afternoon out. Beautiful setting for some wonderful shots of the sunset and garden.Really enjoyed walking around zoo and seeing all the wonderful selection of birds.Great service and food in the cafe

Andrew Franklin — Google review

Excellent country house well worth the visit. Very nice staff/volunteers. The rooms are lovely and nicely decorated for Christmas. The animal park was also well laid out and interesting as was the woodland walk/Christmas trail. Cafe has a nice selection of coffee and cakes.

Rob Hart — Google review

Beautiful grounds with loads of space for kids to explore and very reasonably priced.Just felt some of the playground equipment was a little 'between age groups'. Even with constant supervision I was worried 😟 one of the young ones I was with was going to fall through rope walkways.Overall, magical place for kids.

Hannah Rogers — Google review

Still a good bit of fun for the kids. We're not members so I guess can get pricey if you visit often. Luckily came with members

Rob — Google review

Went for the lights at Christmas experience. Was really good but no staff on hand to ask questions when outside. The house was fantastic.

Barbara Booler — Google review

Beautiful and wide open space for my daughter to explore. Well organised and a lot of fun. The kids changing room could improve a little and the food at the cafe wasn’t very tasty.

Lydia D — Google review


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Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Lotherton Ln, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB, United Kingdom

+44 113 378 2959

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