Thorp Perrow Arboretum in the Yorkshire Dales

I've always enjoyed woodland walks and when it was suggested that we visit an arboretum I was eager to explore Thorp Perrow Arboretum, which boasts one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the north of England.  These include the national collection of Ash, Lime, Laburnum, Walnut and Cotinus.  The Arboretum is located …

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Harewood House at Christmas

As we'd recently had the pleasure of viewing the exquisite toys and dolls on display at the Ilkley Toy Museum we couldn't resist the temptation of seeing them once again whilst they were on loan to Harewood House. Harewood is a stately home in North Yorkshire, located mid way between Harrogate and Leeds and it's …

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RHS Harlow Carr Glow Winter Illuminations

What better way to lift our spirits on a dark, damp evening than with a visit to the RHS Garden Harlow Carr to view their Glow Illuminations. It's the first year that lights have been installed in the gardens, and as we have visited Harlow Carr on numerous occasions in daylight we were eager to …

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Ripley Castle Gardens and Village

My friend suggested a drive out into the Yorkshire countryside and a visit to Ripley Castle.  Ripley is situated 3 miles north of Harrogate.  It is also the preferred starting point of a 53 mile circular walking trail known as 'The Nidderdale Way' which passes through some delightful Yorkshire beauty spots including Brimham Rocks.  We …

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RHS Harlow Carr Garden

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Harlow Carr Garden is one of four public gardens run by the RHS and is located one and a half miles from the centre of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  We arrived by car, with ample free parking available.  On a previous visit we walked from the town centre which is a lovely …

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Beningbrough Hall, York

This year Beningbrough is celebrating its 300th anniversary, it's an 18th century Italian styled country house and we thought it might be a good opportunity to visit.  Located 8 miles north of York just outside the village of Beningbrough we found ample parking on the day of our visit. The inspiration for Beningbrough Hall originated …

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