Treasurer’s House, York

Treasurer’s House, York

Treasurer’s House at the back of York Minster is a peaceful place compared to the busy Minster nearby. The gardens are quiet, very well maintained and arranged around a central lawned area. They also benefit from the stunning backdrop of York Minster on one side. It is the perfect spot to get away from the bustle in summer and find a quiet spot to enjoy your lunch. Treasurer’s House – Picture Gallery Click on any…

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Walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby

Walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby

Robin Hood’s Bay sits on the Cleveland Way and is also the finish (or start) of the famous 192 mile Coast to Coast walk devised by Alfred Wainwright. The Cleveland Way from Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay is described elsewhere on this blog. This particular walk of about six and a half miles to Whitby is mostly along the clifftop and offers some amazing views of Robin Hood’s Bay and Saltwick Bay. The walk undulates…

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Museum Gardens, Yorkshire Museum and St Mary’s Abbey, York

Museum Gardens, Yorkshire Museum and St Mary’s Abbey, York

Museum Gardens The Museum Gardens are five minutes walk from the Minster in the centre of York. The Gardens are named after the Yorkshire Museum which is built on the remains of St Mary’s Abbey. The gardens are free and open most days except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Entrances to the gardens are located at the side of the Art Gallery, Museum Street, at the side of King’s Manor, Marygate and…

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Nostell Priory, near Wakefield, South Yorkshire (with Photos)

Nostell Priory, near Wakefield, South Yorkshire (with Photos)

A visit to Nostell Priory can easily take up a whole day as there is plenty to see and explore. Wear shoes suitable for walking as you may end up walking quite far if you want to fully explore all the parkland. Dogs on a lead are welcome and there are several dedicated dog walking areas around the grounds. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in one of the gardens or parkland areas. How to…

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Staithes

Staithes

The quaint coastal hamlet of Staithes has a small harbour and is full of character. Traditional fishing cobbles still work out of the harbour setting crab and lobster pots. The harbour area is great to explore on foot and is a real jumble of white-washed cottages, arranged in no particular order. There are lots of alleyways and stepped ginnels to explore. There aren’t many house numbers in the village, most just have names, much to…

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York Minster

York Minster

York Minster is located in the centre of York and dominates the city. It is Northern Europe’s largest medieval cathedral and England’s largest gothic cathedral. As well as the Minster itself, there is the octagonal Chapter House, undercroft, treasury and crypt to explore. If you are feeling energetic and have a spare five pounds (this is in addition to the normal admission charge), a climb up the 275 steps of the massive central tower will…

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The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum

I used to be a frequent traveller through the Castle Howard estate, I lived nearby. I must have passed this site hundreds of times without really giving it a lot of thought. What a gem I had been missing. Truth is I probably wasn’t sure what an arboretum was either! An arboretum is simply a botanical collection which is made up of trees. Generally, it is intended to be a place for scientific study. Just…

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Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

The extensive sandstone ruins of Fountains Abbey are located in the wooded valley of the River Skell. On the same 800 acre site is the Georgian water garden of Studley Royal complete with statues, follies and amazing views. The site is also home to the Elizabethan Fountains Hall and the Victorian St Mary’s Church. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the Abbey ruins and other buildings, not forgetting the Deer Park as well….

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The Beaches of Flamborough Head

The Beaches of Flamborough Head

The coastline around Flamborough Head boasts stunning chalk cliffs, magical coves with rock pools, caves, sea stacks and archways, as well as pebble and sand beaches. The chalk here is millions of years old. It was laid down when dinosaurs were still wandering the earth. At the southern end of the cliffs lies Bridlington and at the northern limit Bempton’s famous RSPB reserve. At Bempton, the 400-foot high chalk cliffs provide nesting sites for large…

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Whitby

Whitby

Introduction I really like Whitby, it’s a fantastic place, dog-friendly nearly everywhere, and with lots of things to see and do. Whatever time of year you visit, Whitby is always busy. Unlike a lot of seaside resorts, there is no end of season in Whitby.¬†The¬†former fishing town is very photogenic and has a dramatic coastline, long stretches of sandy beach and a quaint harbour. The town splits into two distinct halves, bisected by the tidal…

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