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Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, HG3 3AY
Tel: 01423 770 152


Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location, with memorable surroundings.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey, Aldfield, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Tel: 01765 608 888


A World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

The perfect place to escape from it all and enjoy a great, full day out, there’s so much to see and do at Fountains. Set your own pace to explore over 800 acres of naturally beautiful countryside, with ten historic buildings to discover spanning 800 years of history and acre after acre of open space.

Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, it is only 14 miles from Harrogate and will take approximately 30 minutes by car.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE
Tel: 0845 450 4068


Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary.

With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniature railway, younger visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.

Hesketh Farm

North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT
Tel: 0871 720 0011


Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of a day bursting with thrills, chills and adventure; catapult to dizzying heights aboard Whirlwind, a typhoon of screams that’ll twist even the bravest of souls, and hurtle through some of our deepest, darkest forest aboard Europe’s longest roller coaster – The Ultimate.

Explore the swashbuckling world of Skeleton Cove, from the spinningly explosive Powder Kegs to the mighty Black Pearl, before venturing into the mysterious subterranean world of Raptor Attack’s abandoned mineshaft,shooting the raging water of the Wild River Rapids and ‘taking to the skies’ in the powerful grip of the Eagle’s Claw.

The Forbidden Corner

Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. DL8 4TJ
Tel: 01969 640 638


The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages. Enjoy a day out in Yorkshire at The Forbidden Corner.

Please note that most attractions open seasonally, so you should double check before setting off.