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“An Exquisite Garden”

Newby Hall and Gardens
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A fantastic family day out. Amazing Adventure Playground, Spectacular Gardens and Elegant Georgian House. Restaurant & Shop..the perfect place to meet up with friends and family
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Newby Hall turned out to be one of the great surprises of our recent trip to Yorkshire. Although being September a lot of the flowers had already gone over, there was still a lot to be seen as well as the start of the autumn colours. The grounds are full of surprises and the vistas from the hall are amazing. There's also a lovely cafe to enjoy the ambience of the garden. Like others we've often passed the sign on the road but in future we'll turn off.

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Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

Visited one Sunday afternoon- had always passed the signs for the place but never been in - the hall is reached down a long windy road- as you enter the grounds sheep are roaming free. There is a large picnic area with plenty of benches before you go in . If you are a member of RHS entry to the gardens is free- the house is extra- you have to book on a tour to go inside the house.
The gardens are truly spectacular and it's easy to loose hours wandering round- there's also a fantastic play area for the children and a miniature steam train( extra), there is a cafe / restaurant and some fantastic Zimbabwean sculptures that are available to buy. There are lots of fruit trees and the children had fun gathering (and eating) the different fruits. The gardens are truly wonderful! Didn't bother with the house on this occasion but will definitely return in the future .

Thank Lou Lou B
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I used to take my children here to meet up with friends when they were small, and probably last went 15 years ago. I had however never been in the hall. This time my 20 year old daughter took me, and we had a tour of the hall too.
It is practically unchanged except the pool has turned into water jets for the children to play in. I love the way that it is so clean and I think that this is because no picnic food is allowed in, and they only sell ice cream cones, so no litter.
We loved the hall, and the guides. The gardens were still as stunning. Have been to some lovely gardens this Summer, Blenheim and Hidcote, but it is definitely up there with them.

Thank stivesaddict
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We first visited in July which was a good time as most of the plants were in flower apart from the dahlias but they were in flower in August for our second trip. The herbaceous borders are certainly impressive with lovely views back upto the hall and the guided tour of the house was very well presented and informative lasting just over an hour. The grounds are quite large so be prepared to do some walking although many of the paths are accessible for wheelchairs / scooters apart from the rock garden area. The grounds include many different styles of garden with one omission - a kitchen garden, which is a bit of a shame. We paid for a season ticket as we thought we'd get the best value for money although this doesn't include the tour of the house. The cafe serves very appetising food and drink and there is ample free car parking.

1  Thank SwishyMichy
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We visited Newby Hall Sept and the weather was pretty changeable so we were able to see the gardens in sun and rain. The gardens are beautiful and are very natural nature is allowed a free hand in places and the effect is stunning. There are many easy paths to walk round but care is needed in places if it is wet as some paths could be slippy.There is also a lovely little train that runs along river bank giving great views of the river and gardens. If you want a break try the cafe the food is really good. We have no children but if you have it certainly looks good for children. There was also a Zimbabwe sculpture exhibition on which was worth a visit even if they were to expensive to buy. a good day out will go again

Thank Johnc174
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