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“Group trip to Shandy Hall...York Catenians”
Review of Shandy Hall

Shandy Hall
Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Coxwold
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Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Group trip to Shandy Hall...York Catenians”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Several of our group were unsure of what to expect. They were delighted. It was a superb trip. Patrick, our guide , was brilliant. He was funny, erudite and took us from the church to the house on a totally riveting journey. The amount of information, and the explanation of Laurence Sterne's life and work, was given in a delightful way. His personality and humour (Sterne) was relayed to us by a man with personality and humour. Thank you for such a wonderful afternoon.

Visited September 2013
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English first
York, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Lack of humour at Good Humour Club”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Don't go with children, they are very unwelcome!

We drove a long way to visit Shandy Hall and take in the Good Humour Club exhibition with our 3 year old, but left sooner than expected after the manager was really rude and actually shouting at us at one point because our child picked up a fake exhibit in an interactive exhibition. He then wouldnt leave us alone.

This was a shame as we were enjoying the exhibition but have left missing much of the information. A very bad host for The Good Humour Club. Such a shame. FYI practical tip, a dozen or so steep outdoor steps to the exhibition room.

Visited September 2013
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Best Tour Guide Ever”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Coxwold in North Yorkshire is a very charming village with a fascinating history. You could start with Newburgh Priory and its royal connection then stroll up the hill to the church and Laurence Sterne's Shandy Hall.(Check opening days) You are then in for an absolute treat with the very knowledgeable and entertaining guide Patrick.
Persuade your local organisation to arrange a trip too --I promise you it will be one of the highlights of your year even if Tristram Shandy could be a drink for all you care.
Village tea room recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Excellent”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

Interesting place to visit. and the tour chappy brings the place to life

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Plymouth, Devon
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610 reviews
283 attraction reviews
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“A Cock And Bull Story ... home...”
Reviewed June 3, 2011

This was home to Laurence Sterne, an amazing figure in several ways. Today, he is best known for his 'Tristram Shandy' or to give it the full title 'The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman'; this is said to be the first-ever postmodern novel. Certainly, the narrative is not linear.

It is superb to be able to see what the charitable trust have done in conserving this building; the volunteers in the few rooms open to the public are so knowledgeable and the gardens well worth seeing as well. If you do want an introduction to the 'story', you could view 'A Cock And Bull Story', featuring Rob Bryden and Steve Coogan... oh and Gillian Anderson as the Widow Wadman! This is the movie they said couldn't be made. Personally, and I am no film critic, I think it does real justice to the novel - the film even has Stephen Fry in a cameo role shot in Shandy Hall.

Do bear in mind that the property is only open twice a week - this requires planning!

Visited May 2011
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