Round & About

There is just so much to see and do
in this amazing part of North Yorkshire ...

Explore Knaresborough
Knaresborough Castle
Knaresborough Castle
Dramatically located, this royal medieval castle has a dungeon, a hidden tunnel and a Tudor Courtroom to explore.  Visit the museum for a potted history of Knaresborough.

Come and chat to the ravens at the Castle!

Mother Shipton's Cave
500 years ago, a famous prophetess lived in Knaresborough.  Visit her cave and the unique geological phenomenon of the Petrifying Well at the UK's oldest visitor attraction.

Boating fun along the river

Riverside Walks and Boats
Riverside walks are a must in Knaresborough.  Look out for St Robert's Cave, The Chapel of our Lady of the Crag, and the fantastic tree sculptures along the riverside.

Beautiful Nidderdale
Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales

Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a dramatic landscape of rolling hills, wild moorland and sweeping reservoirs.  For those looking for a physical challenge, why not try Brimham Rocks or How Stean Gorge, perfect for rock climbing, caving and canoeing.  For those less adventurous, simply walk and appreciate the fantastic vistas that this amazing place has to offer.

Ripley Castle
Historic sites

Beninbrough Hall
This Italian style Baroque house is a place of reinvention: evolving gardens, changing art exhibitions and a country house story spanning over 300 years.

Bolton Abbey
Explore the ruins of the priory at the Yorkshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, wander along woodland nature trails or simply stroll beside the River Wharfe.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
A World Heritage Site spanning 800 years of history, with an ancient Cisterian Abbey, an awe-inspiring Georgian water garden, and riverside paths leading to a deer park.

Harewood House
Built in the 18th Century and now one of the Treasure Houses of England, Harewood House boasts stunning architecture with an art collection to rival the finest in Britain.  Also a Rare Bird garden, a Farm Experience and over 100 acres of award winning gardens.

Fabulous gardens at Newby Hall
Newby Hall
One of Britain's finest Adam Houses with over 25 acres of fabulous gardens, a Bear House, a Dolls House exhibition, a miniature railway, and boat trips along the river.  Definitely worth a visit.

Ripley Castle
Just 3 miles from Harrogate, and with an interesting history, Ripley Castle sits in a truly beautiful location, with guided castle tours, fabulous grounds and gardens, and their famous deer park.

York Minster
The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe dating back to 637AD, stand and simply marvel at the exquisite hand crafted stone and amazing medieval stained glass windows.

The National Railway Museum, York

National Railway Museum, York
The largest railway museum in the world filled with incredible trains and an exciting programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
One of Britain's Heritage Railways, take a ride behind a vintage steam engine for a special journey back in time.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Glorious Gardens

In addition to the beautiful grounds and gardens at the historic sites above ... 

RHS Harlow Carr
To be enjoyed in every season, Spring brings wonderful bulb displays, and the Woodland is carpeted with bluebells and cherries, magnolia and rhododendrons.  The Streamside Walk boasts brightly coloured dolly-mixture candelabra Primulas, and the Scented Garden is filled with the perfume of roses, lilies, wisteria and jasmine.

The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park
Located in Grewelthorpe, this botanical masterpiece is set in stunning woodland enhanced by peaceful springs, lakes and striking contemporary sculptures.  An amazingly spiritual place to visit.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Situated near Bedale, Thorp Perrow boasts one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the North of England, including 5 National Collections, and a Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre.  The colours are simply stunning in Autumn as the leaves turn from green to red and gold - just beautiful.

Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park

Retail Therapy - a shopper's paradise!

From exclusive boutiques and designer labels to high street brands, Harrogate is perfect for shopping.  Treat yourself to something special from one of the many unique independent shops on West Park, James Street, Commercial Street or the Montpellier Quarter to name but a few, or simply explore and admire the stylish arcades and delightful tree-lined avenues.

Wander the web of shopping street to browse the amazing array in independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names.  Stonegate is in attractive old street full of interesting little shops and The Shambles, Europe's best preserved medieval street, offers a wealth of independent shops and restaurants.

Leeds is the North of England's premier shopping destination boasting everything from haute culture to vintage delights.  The Victoria Quarter, housed in an elegant Grade II listed building, is home to many of the world's leading fashion brands whilst the Trinity centre houses over 120 shops and restaurants.  The Corn Exchange offers one off fashion pieces, vintage delights and quirky gifts houses within a beautiful Grade I listed building.

Links for further information and inspiration
Welcome toYorkshire -
Visit Harrogate -
Visit Leeds -