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Things To Do

Nestled away in the heart of North Yorkshire, Grantley Hall is perfectly located to explore the many destinations this beautiful county has to offer. From picturesque market towns such as Knaresborough to must see tourist attractions or splendid walks in the Yorkshire Dales. Whatever you’re looking for we’ll help you to discover the best of North Yorkshire.

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO travel far

Visit the delightful spa town of Harrogate. Take a dip in the thermal spa baths, walk through the lovely Valley Gardens and don’t forget to eat a fat rascal in Bettys Tea Room – a Yorkshire institution. 

Explore the small market city of Ripon – with its cobbled market square and impressive Cathedral you can easily spend a few hours soaking up the country charm of this North Yorkshire town.

A mere 6 miles away is the lovely little town of Ripley. With a 700 year old castle boasting magnificent grounds which you can walk through, a deer park and walled gardens, you can also access a number of pretty walks and bike trails from the village. Don’t forget to visit the famous ice-cream shop before you leave!

Knaresborough
is a market town full of surprises – a warren of medieval streets, a hill top castle, picturesque riverside walks and the imposing railway viaduct ensure there is a stunning view around every corner. Mother Shipton’s Cave is another Knaresborough ‘must-see’ attraction. Born in 1488, Mother Shipton was one of England’s most famous prophetess and predicted many things that were to happen in the future. A fascinating place for visitors of all ages. 

Located on the other side of Ripon and hailed as one of England’s finest houses Newby Hall & Gardens has plenty to discover both indoors and within the 25 acres of award winning gardens.

A 30 minute drive will take you to the market town of Thirsk – best known as the home of vet, James Herriot. A central cobbled square still boasts a weekly market and some quirky independent shops to pick up a souvenir of your trip to Yorkshire.

IF YOU LIKE THE fresh AIR

Take a walk to the amazing World Heritage Site and National Trust experience that is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Located only 3 miles from the hotel you can walk there across the fields (maps available from reception), or drive there in less than 5 minutes. You will discover the impressive ruins of a 12th century abbey, a stunning water garden and two cafes to enjoy. 

Also a short drive from the hotel, explore the natural spectacle that is Brimham Rocks. These giant rock formations were created 100 million years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth.

The 70 metre high limestone cliff at Malham Cove has amazed visitors for centuries and is a highlight of any visit to North Yorkshire. 

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens is one of England’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence located on the outskirts of Harrogate.

North York Moors
– The moors have a rich heritage with wildlife, history, stunning scenery and nature. You will find an amazingly vibrant landscape offering many different activities and serene walks to enjoy.

White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain. The guided tour takes approximately 80 minutes and you will experience an underground waterfall and over a mile of underground tunnels.

Aysgarth Falls near Leyburn is a tranquil spot which offer access to some lovely walks around the area through ancient woodland to the local villages of Carperby or Aysgarth. 

IF YOU LIKE HISTORY AND heritage

Visit the medieval city of York where you will be spoilt for choice! Visit the impressive spires and stained glass windows of York Minster, take a walk around the original Castle Walls, get the best view of the city from Clifford's Tower, marvel at the unrivalled collection of iconic locomotive at the National Railway Museummeander through the Shambles or enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the River Ouse.

Harewood House is less than an hour’s drive from the hotel and a tour of the interior and fine art collection takes you back in time as you move from the rich furnishings upstairs to a view of the servants’ quarters down below.

Saltaire
 is a World Heritage site on the outskirts of Bradford and home to Salts Mill. This Grade ll listed historic mill was built by Sir Titus Salt along with the village of Saltaire to house his workers in 1853 and is only a 26 mile drive from our hotel. Playing host to many different exhibitions such as David Hockney’s gallery, Salts book and poster gallery, The Textile Process and Saltaire’s history.

Castle Howard,
 one of Britain’s finest historic houses and gardens, tells a story of ambition, public service, politics and artistic endeavours. It has hosted many famous names in its time from film and tv as well as being used as a backdrop for music videos.

Take a drive to the picturesque town of Pickering – which hosts a 1940s wartime weekend each October and take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – a 24 mile trip which transports you through the decades – including a visit to the original Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films.

KEEPING THE CHILDREN entertained...

Lightwater Valley – with over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, this theme park offers a great day out for all ages.

Harewood House
– located 20 miles from the hotel, Harewood House and estate have much to offer – the 18th century house is in excellent condition and worth a tour, the grounds offer pretty walks, a bird sanctuary and children’s playground and an excellent café will ensure you don’t go hungry. 

Jorvik Viking Centre in central York – Hop aboard the Jorvik ride and be transported back to the Viking-age of York, 960AD. This is one of York’s top rated attractions and is both informative and fun.

Stockeld Park – 17.5 miles from Grantley Hall, Stockeld Park is fun for all the family. With walks around The Enchanted Forest with its animated sculptures, Gretel’s cabin and themed play areas there is so much to keep the family entertained.

Flamingo Land – Flamingo Land offers a variety of offerings such as theme park rides, Zoo and children’s activities. Thrill rides for all ages from children to extreme riders and encounter different animals in the zoo and conservation area.

THE BEST OF THE rest

Slingsby Gin, The Spirit of Harrogate – Perfect for gin lovers. Slingsby Gin uses Harrogate produce and Harrogate spa water, taking its name from William Slingsby who discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water from the Tewitt well. They offer three fantastic gin experiences on-site. We recommend pre-booking.

On the outskirts of York you can shop to your heart’s delight at the York Designer Outlet Centre. A great selection of high end retail brands and food court awaits.

Black Sheep Brewery – Imagined by Paul Theakston in 1992, Black Sheep produces much loved cask, keg and bottled beers and continues to go against the grain with a flow of new and experimental brews. Take a fabulous and informative tour around the brewery and learn about the distinctive tastes and aroma of our beers.

Wensleydale Creamery is a fantastic place for cheese lovers and perfect for families. Wensleydale Creamery offers an interactive family experience including cheese-making viewing gallery and museum. You can also visit their tasting room and try samples of the different cheeses that they make. Visiting their fabulous café, restaurant and shop is a must.

The Hepworth Gallery – located 48 miles from Grantley Hall, The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery overlooking the River Calder in Wakefield. Named after Barbara Hepworth, this gallery celebrates not only this important 20th century artist but also plays host to major exhibitions showcasing international modern and contemporary art.