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“No rain this time”
Review of Sutton Park

Sutton Park
Ranked #102 of 204 things to do in York
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Owner description: Built in 1730 by Thomas Atkinson, this is a splendid example of early-Georgian architecture containing beautiful 18th-century furniture and paintings mostly from Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace.)
Kirkby-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom
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517 reviews
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“No rain this time”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had always said we would return to Sutton Park when the weather was more kind than our last visit. We walked the woodland walk before visiting the gardens and did not do this last year. A very pleasant walk and I certainly would not recommend in the wet. We were lucky this visit, the sun was shining and the ground was dry. The gardens still have that tranquil feel and very pleasant. The kitchen garden and the fern garden were in need of attention. A very pleasant visit. Just one visit to the tea room this time. Must remember to take more cash if we visit again.

Visited June 2014
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United Kingdom
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“Not Impressed!”
Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

After a two hour journey we were sorely disappointed to find that the house was not open as stated for the 4pm tour. After trying at the front of the house, we managed to find a gardener who said that the guide had left shortly before and that no one else was available. We arrived at 3.45pm and only after speaking to the gardener did we realise that the car we saw leaving at 3.50pm was in fact the guide.This is not acceptable, no note to explain why the ticket office was closed and not open as advertised. We are members of the HHA and after many many years of visiting hundreds of stately homes this is the first time we have ever found this. We will be following this up with a letter of complaint.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Gardens, quiet and not too formal but too expensive for what you get”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is a lovely house from the outside and the gardens were quiet and relaxed but at £10.50 for a family of 4 its not god value for money

The play are is very small, boggy and for toddlers, the gardens are nice for a walk round but all done in less then 1 hour

My advice is save your money and go the the public park in Sutton the the Forest as they have a great outdoor play are for free

Visited May 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“BEWARE”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Beware, phone before you go, not always open when it should be. The website said it was open. The noticeboard at the house said it should be open, but it wasn't. Phoned the number on notice board and spoke to someone, but I got the impression they had decided not to open on the day of our visit. Wasted journey, won't risk it again.

Visited September 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Garden stroll”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

We had a Groupon voucher and took the grandchildren along in the school holidays as it's somewhere we haven't visited before. There was a children's play area advertised so we presumed it would be a nice place to spend a few hours to stroll around the gardens and let the kids play while we sat and supervised. Well, the gardens although nicely tended are not very big and the play area can be fitted into anyone's back garden, in fact most back gardens catering for children would have a swing which this one didn't have. We were round it in no time, the kids soon got bored with the mini slide and 3 rubber tyres so after an ice cream for them (£2 per scoop) cream teas for us (£4.95 each and very nice) we spent 2 hours there and came home. If you are planning just to visit the gardens as we did it will cost £3.50 (£3 concessions) and it's a nice tranquil stroll, but don't expect a long stay. We didn't visit the house so can't comment on that, maybe next time.

Visited August 2013
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