The weather may have turned slightly cooler, but there are still plenty of fantastic activities to keep the family entertained throughout the autumn months.
Home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is one of England’s finest houses and an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Enjoy 25 acres of award winning gardens full of rare and beautiful plants, a wonderful children’s adventure garden with a moated fort and water play features, add to that a miniature railway and you have a perfect day out for all ages.
Head to Wentworth Castle Gardens and find romantic follies, 50 acres of tranquil gardens and the award winning restored Victorian Conservatory at an attraction that will delight garden lovers, history buffs and family visitors alike. Younger family members can storm the folly castle to find the dragon, run around a 400-year-old tree or play hide and seek in the mazelike Union Jack Garden.
One of the Treasure Houses of England, the historic Georgian property of Harewood House sits within a “Capability” Brown designed landscape, with remarkable views from the award winning Terraces. With bags of space to run around, a massive adventure playground, farm, penguins, flamingos and parrots, there’s no shortage of adventure for kids of all ages - even the grown up ones!
Set in the Vale of York, the grand rooms at Beningbrough Hall are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of portraits featuring people who have made, and are making, British history and culture. Outdoors, see what’s in season in the working Victorian walled garden and stroll among luxurious Edwardian borders. The parkland is perfect for longer walks, with plenty of space and a play area for children to let off steam.
Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens in East Yorkshire is a great day out for all the family. Whether you’re interested in the hall, with its magnificent architecture, the beautiful gardens, or the woodland sculpture walk and giant games, you’ll find something for everyone.
Explore the fine Edwardian country home and extensive grounds of Lotherton Hall, home to a deer park, bird garden and nature trails. Take a stroll around the beautiful gardens and keep the kids entertained with a choice of two play areas.
Marvel at the dramatic ruins of Gisborough Priory, located on the top most edge of the North York Moors. Dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th century church’s east end, it is an outstanding example of early Gothic architecture.
This article was taken from our Autumn 2016 Guide.