4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Free use of the hotels facilities
Entrance to Ripley Castle
Entrance to National Trust Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Visit to The Shambles Shopping Street
Following collection from home, we journey to North Yorkshire arriving at the hotel before dinner.
Ripley Castle & National Trust Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
This morning we visit Ripley Castle, the Walled Gardens are a pleasure to visit at any time of year. Look around the Walled kitchen garden and wonder through the grounds containing a collection of specimen trees from around the world. Why not take a stroll around Deer park seeing plenty of wildlife. In the afternoon we visit the National Trust Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. The Abbey was established by devout monks, the ruins are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Day at leisure at the hotel
Enjoy a day of leisure at the hotel using the facilities the hotel has to offer.
The Shambles & Afternoon at Leisure
Shambles, near York, is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe and has been titled the most picturesque street in Britain. Once lined with Butchers' shops, today the smells are rather more pleasant with aromas from the chocolate, fudge and sweet shops, clothes and accessories and gift shops. This afternoon we head back to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
After breakfast we begin our journey home.
Please note: attractions are subject to change due to availability and time of year.
4* Nidd Hall, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Built in the 18th century by a wealthy Bradford wool merchant, Nidd is a potpourri of architectural styles. Rumour has it that Edward VIII met Wallis Simpson at a party here and theyve maintained the tradition by giving their guests a party every night with first class live music, comedy and dancing. Nidd Hall is set in 45-acres with award winning gardens. You can cast a rod on the fishing lake or, from some of the rooms, cast your eyes over the spectacular Yorkshire countryside.
En-suite bathroom with towels TV Hairdryer Tea/coffee making facilities Biscuits replenished daily Iron & ironing board The Rawson Restaurant Bar Live Shows Indoor pool Sauna & Steam Room Bowls Pitch & Putt Salon Spa Croquet Archery Rifle shooting Nordic Walking Tennis And lots more......
The Walled Gardens are a pleasure to visit at any time of year. The huge range of hot houses contain a highly impressive collection of tropical plants, ferns and cacti. Ancient wisteria and clematis thrive on the high south-facing walls. The Walled kitchen garden contains an extensive herb bed and an extraordinary collection of rare vegetables, grown in cooperation with the Henry Doubleday Research Association. No visit to Ripley Castle would be complete without a stroll into our deer park. Some of the oak trees are one thousand years old, and they still look magnificent with their impressive girth and gnarled branches. You will see plenty of wildlife on your way round the deer park: fallow deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, canada and greylag geese, mallard, teal and wigeon, pheasants, woodpeckers and, if you are very lucky, a kingfisher as it flashes past.
The park walk takes you round the castles large ornamental lake, across the waterfall and into the deer park itself.
National Trust Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Although none of the original shopfronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows. The street was made narrow by design to keep the meat out of direct sunlight, but you can readily imagine the Shambles packed with people and awash with offal and discarded bones.
Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now house cheerful cafes, quirky boutiques and even a coin & stamp dealer. The unique beauty of The Shambles has been recognised and awarded the title of the most picturesque street in Britain in the Google Street View Awards.
Yorks most famous shopping street. Once lined with Butchers shops, today the smells are rather more pleasant with aromas from the chocolate, fudge and sweet shops, clothes and accessories and gift shops.