RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE
This lovely country house with its high Dutch-style gables, dates as it stands to the late 14th century, however, its origins date back to c950 AD. Charles I and James II both visited in their time, but more significant was a visit by the novelist Charlotte Brontë in 1839. It is believed she heard the tale of a mad woman locked in the attic in the previous century and this gave her the idea for the unfortunate Mrs Rochester in Jane Eyre, published in 1847. The house, the property of the Grahams since 1624, has family pictures and furniture. The garden is also well worth exploring, with its elegant little orangery making a focal point for wedding parties. Please note that due to fragile floors all visitors must wear flat shoes.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Main garden path is gravelled & has a slight uphill slope. Upper floors in house do not have a lift
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: House: open 4-7 & 25-28 May; 29-30 Jun; 1-2, 9-12 &23-26 Jul; 13-16 & 24-27 Aug 2-5 (last admission 4). Garden: please see website. Wedding receptions by arrangement
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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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