This was a highlight of my trip to York. I was most surprised at how much time I spent here. The house used to be the family home of the Terry family (of chocolate orange fame) and then offices of the National Trust before being opened to the public. The gardens have long been open.
The house is very nice and pretty and there is a games room where you can try out table tennis, pinball and other early 20th century games. There is a history of the family and of the Terrys factory too.
The highlights of the visit were the gardens and the tearoom. The weather was amazing on my visit so the gardens were looking stunning and the walk around them lasted a long time. You can also play croquet there and dominos too.
The tearoom was fantastic. We had great service and the food was very well made. It's not expensive, but it's not cheap either, but with good service, surroundings and taste the prices were correct. The chocolate orange inspired cake is nicer than it sounds, light and not too sweet.
It is walkable from the city centre if you want to. It took my group about 20 minutes from the station to arrive there. For those who don't want to walk, you can easily get a bus.
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