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Lovely place to visit all year round

Visited as we are NT members we were surprised at the size and landscape truly stunning. So much to... read more

Reviewed November 22, 2019
rene51
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Great place of a National Trust member

Had a lovely first visit here at end of the summer. Then been back since twice in the autumn, but... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2019
flyingfox21
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

Myself, partner and two children aged 6 and 9 visited on a freezing cold Saturday in January. We had a wander around the parkland with the deers which are beautiful and you can get fairly close to them too! Due to the time of year it was really wet and muddy, we were warned about this by the lovely lady in the cabin who worked for the National Trust. The play area was great for the kids with plenty to keep them occupied for both the 6 and 9 year old and theres also lots of picnic benches around the area. The walk through the gardens up to the ruins is lovely and very well maintained, the walk up the steps to the top of the tower is well worth it just for the view! Lots of parkland to explore and a lovely conservatory to have a wander around. We popped into the cafe for some hot chocolates to warm up which were really nice and fairly well priced. All in all it was a great day out and we will return in the summer when it's a bit warmer to explore further.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2019

Had a fantastic 3 hours at the castle grounds and gardens,
Daughter, granddaughter aged 4 and 2 grandparents. Lots of nature, gardens and castle to explore. Really well kept gardens and woodland area.
The moment was spoilt by a visit to the cafe....the choice very disappointing, 1 bean stew for vegetarians or vegan, choice of 3 egg mayo or a tuna sandwich in the fridge and this was at 12 before the rush began. Ordered a cheese, ham, onion panini, 3 slithers of onion a thin slice of ham and slithers of cheese, bean stew (tomato soup with added veg and beans,) soup was honey roasted swede, with a chunk of bread, scone, cappuccino, americano, hot chocolate (which wasn't good and returned) all for £28.40!! Very overpriced, not good quality. 5 * for grounds, 1 * for cafe.
Will in future bring our own.

Date of experience: December 2019
2  Thank Susan G
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Reviewed December 21, 2019

I'm a NT member and usually have lunch at the cafes at various properties as they have really good food. But this one doesn't! .
I had a gluten free sandwich the bread was rock solid and the egg mayonnaise hadn't been chopped properly so huge lumps of egg on dry unedible bread. Ugh! They wouldn't even put any salad in it! I went and complained but she just said the breads always like that. I couldn't even bite it! It was more solid than the plate! Went in bin waste £3.50!
The kids box was also dreadful. A very dry stale, crispy, hard wrap with a tiny amount of ham in which stank! Also in the box was a very chewy, stale flapjack and cost £4.50. This was all totally unedible and the staff rude when I complained so we had to bin it! No refund offered no apology from them either.
Avoid the cafe it's a rip off and the foods gross. You will be out of pocket and very hungry. No wonder it was nearly empty in there.
Pity as the gardens are very nice and the play area great esp the castle.

Date of experience: December 2019
6  Thank DaringExplorer19
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Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

We visited on a cold Autumn day with a 8 & a 9 year old.
Easy to get to with good parking.
Run by the National Trust so free if a member.
Impressive gardens including follies & a ruined castle to explore.
Decent cafe & large play area.
Dogs allowed on a lead.
Had a lovely walk & we all enjoyed the exercise.
Probably best to give it 2 to 3 hours.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank billnU5403YJ
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Reviewed November 22, 2019 via mobile

Visited as we are NT members we were surprised at the size and landscape truly stunning. So much to see and do lovely walks and the scenery around is beautiful. Staff are really friendly and the cafe is warm and inviting with a limited menu. It has a wonderful children’s play area with lots for different ages to enjoy. So pleased it’s only on short drive away. Well worth visiting

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank rene51
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