Places in Harrogate
|| There’s plenty of stately homes and places of historical
interest to visit during your stay in Harrogate, giving
you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surrounding
One of the area’s most impressive stately homes
is Newby Hall [map], nr Ripon, which is a superb example
of 17th century Adam architecture and houses many treasures.
Newby Hall currently is the home of Mr and Mrs Richard
Compton and was once featured in a BBC documentary as
the house was designed by Robert Adam and built in the
style of Sir Christopher Wren.
Children will find a visit here particularly enjoyable
as they can have fun in the Adventure Garden which
includes a paddling pool, sandpit, swings, climbing frames,
bridges, an aerial slide and pedalo boats. Of course,
the miniature railway will appeal to children and adults
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden [map],
nr Ripon, is situated on the banks of the River
Skell. The Abbey ruins provide a stunning backdrop for
the 18th century landscaped gardens of Studley
Royal and this is one of the few surviving examples of
a Georgian Green Garden [map], complete with lakes, ponds,
temples, statues, bridges and cascades.
Visitors can enjoy a wealth of sights here including the Medieval wild deer park with more than 500 deer
and more than 10 historical buildings including
temples, statues, follies, and cascades.
Another interesting place to visit is Norton Conyers,
Wath, Nr Ripon, which is a late medieval house with Stuart
and Georgian additions and has been home to the Lord Grahams
Bronte fans will particularly enjoy a visit here as Norton
Conyers is said to be the original inspiration for Thornfield
Hall, the imposing building featured in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
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