Newby Hall & Gardens
RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Newby Hall is an elegant Georgian stately home, hidden away in the countryside. Still owned by the Compton family, it’s famous for its Robert Adam interiors, and for the superb herbaceous borders in its extensive gardens. The billiard room is particularly fine, and contains a splendid portrait of Frederick Grantham Vyner, an ancestor who was murdered by Greek bandits. There is a statue gallery, Chippendale furniture to admire, an overwhelming tapestry room hung all around with 18th-century French tapestries – and, by way of contrast, an extraordinary collection of more than 100 potties in the chamber-pot room. The award-winning gardens are extensive and will appeal as much to horticultural experts for their plantings as to those who can simply admire the beauty of their design. The credit for their creation goes to the present owner’s grandfather, Major Edward Compton, who transformed the grounds from a nine-hole golf course into gardens that offer something different in every season of the year. The Woodland Discovery Walk leads through an orchard down to the River Ure, crossing a restored rustic bridge before returning through Bragget Wood. Children will enjoy the miniature railway which runs alongside the banks of the River Ure, and nearby is an adventure garden with a timber fort, climbing frames, pedaloes, swing boats and an interactive water play area. A new dolls house exhibition has 70 exquisite houses on permanent display. As you approach the restaurant at Newby Hall, an old wooden door to the left of the entrance gates bears the inscription: ‘Through these gates Jack Sheppard, highwayman, escaped from Newgate Prison, 30th August 1724’. The doors were brought to Newby in the 19th century when the Hall passed by marriage to the Vyner family from Lincolnshire. Several Vyner ancestors had been Lord Mayor of London.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Designated parking spaces, ramps, wheelchairs & scooters available
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 25 Mar-1 Oct, Tue-Sun & BHs, daily in Jul & Aug; Gardens 11-5.30; House guided tours only
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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