Exploring Yorkshire

Goldsborough Hall, situated near Knaresborough, is a perfect base to explore the chic shopping areas of nearby Harrogate, historic York and the city of Leeds.

With so much on offer on our doorstep, we've delved into our address book and pulled out a selection our favourite places to visit. For more information on visiting Yorkshire, see Welcome to Yorkshire and Visit Harrogate.


Fountains Abbey - Courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire - www.yorkshire.com

Benningbrough Hall

This imposing Georgian mansion near York contains one of the most fascinating Baroque interiors in the country. Lovely parkland and gardens.

Bolton Abbey

The historic Bolton Abbey Estate is the Yorkshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and draws visitors to its breath-taking landscape and excellent facilities.

Castle Howard

Situtated near York, Castle Howard was the location for Brideshead and has beautiful gardens, farm shop, a new play area and an arboretum.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Yorkshire's finest Cistercian Abbey ruin, with over 10 historic buildings, spanning over 800 years of history, as well as an elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park.

Harewood House

Harewood House, near Leeds, is a must especially with its close connection to Goldsborough Hall. It is the family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood. It is renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite Adam interiors and rich collection of Chippendale furniture as well as over 100 acres of award-winning gardens.

Knaresborough Castle

This medieval castle dates back to the early 12th century and has ties with Goldsborough Hall. When Cromwell's Army were destroying Knaresborough Castle after the English Civil War, the soldiers were stationed at Goldsborough Hall.

Newby Hall

The hall has one of Britain's finest Adam interiors with Chippendale furniture, Gobelin tapestries and a contemporary sculpture park. More than 25 acres to explore along with some very large herbaceous borders. Open 1 April 2015

Ripley Castle

Situated near Harrogate, Ripley Castle is an historic attraction open to the public all year round. A beautiful location with memorable surroundings, the castle also plays host to numerous events throughout the year.

Skipton Castle

The Castle was guardian of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years. A unique fortress it is one of the most complete and well-preserved medieval castles in England.

York Minster

Largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe, dating back to 637AD.

English Heritage in Yorkshire

With 18 different historic properties in some of the most stunning locations for you to enjoy including coastal castles, moorland abbeys and grand countryside estates, each uniquely different.


National Media Museum - Courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire - www.yorkshire.com

Bronte Parsonage Museum

This was the family home of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte; authors of some of the best loved books in the English language. Also see Bronte Country and Haworth Village for more info.


The National Children's Museum, Halifax is the perfect attraction for the children as it opens up a world of hands on exploration and discovery. Over 400 exhibits.

Jorvik Viking Centre

This amazing museum in the centre of York offers the chance actually to come face to face with a Viking as you journey back in time.

The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Visit IMAX, the world's most powerful giant screen experience, and discover the past, present and future of television in 'Experience TV'. Also see City of Bradford for more info

Royal Armouries

This award-winning museum in Leeds displays thousands of artefacts of arms and armour, showcasing live tournaments and even horse shows.

World of James Herriot

This museum in Thirsk explores the home and surgery of James Herriot. The centre houses a unique tribute to the vet come author Alf Wight.


Levisham station - Courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire - www.yorkshire.com

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Nr Skipton, North Yorkshire

A pleasant walk to the ruins of the 12th Century priory. Most trains are hauled by magnificently restored steam tank engines.

National Railway Museum, York

York, The largest railway museum in the world; offering three giant halls packed full of incredible trains and interactive fun, this award-winning museum also has an exciting rolling programme of exhibitions running throughout the year.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

With magnificent steam engines, beautiful rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is like taking a step back in time.


Harewood House gardens - Courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire - www.yorkshire.com

The Walled Garden at Scampston

A stunning contemporary garden in Malton was created by internationally acclaimed designer, Piet Oudolf, and is set within the walls of the kitchen garden of Scampston Hall. Striking perennial meadow planting works well with more traditional parts of the garden and is complemented by excellent catering and plant sales areas.

RHS Harlow Carr

These gorgeous gardens are just outside Harrogate. Wander through tranquil surroundings and find inspiration from the innovative and dramatic planting. Stroll along the streamside garden and woodland, explore the gardens through time; linger in the scented garden and take practical ideas from the kitchen garden. Visit the extensive shop and plant centre; get advice for your garden.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale

There is more than 100 acres of woodland to explore with trees from around the world with 5 National Collections and 66 Champion Trees. Spring brings beautiful displays of daffodils, cherry blossom, lilac and bluebells - followed by wildflowers. Visit later in the year for the spectacular autumn colours. Open all year


Go racing in Yorkshire

No other region in the UK is as passionate about horse racing as Yorkshire. The county is synonymous with the sport of kings, with no fewer than nine top class courses - more than any other region in the UK - holding over 170 meetings each year and home to numerous winning stables including Middleham, Malton and Richmond.


Harrogate Theatre

Built at the end of the 19th century, the theatre continues to attract good audiences with a varied programme of produced and toured in work. It also hosts a number of amateur companies and has a thriving Youth Theatre.

Royal Hall

This stunning Edwardian theatre in Harrogate dates back to 1903 and has been recently restored. The Hall has a programme of events year round

Harrogate Convention Centre

In the heart of Harrogate the HCC hosts such shows as the Country Living magazine Christmas Fair, as well as concerts

Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

seats 1,550 at full capacity and Opera North and Northern Ballet Theatre have their residencies here.

West Yorkshire Play House

opened in Leeds in 1990 and has since earned the reputation both nationally and internationally as one of the UK´s most exciting producing theatres.

Alhambra Theatre

in the heart of Bradford is a stunning Edwardian style music hall with regular performances from touring companies.


Salts Mill - Courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire - www.yorkshire.com

Salts Mill

Salts Mill houses one of world's largest collections of David Hockey's work in the 1853 Gallery. It is also located in the wonderfully evocative World Heritage Site of Saltaire which adds to the atmosphere and is the perfect place to spend a day. Also see Saltaire Village for more info.

York Art Gallery

Enjoy a fine display of paintings and ceramics plus a busy events and exhibitions programme.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield

YSP is an international centre for modern and contemporary art. Explore 500 acres of magnificent 18thcentury landscape with over 60 sculptures in the open air by some of the world's finest artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, Andy Goldsworthy and Antony Gormley.

Leeds Art Gallery

is a lively, welcoming and friendly city centre art gallery adjoining the internationally reknowned Henry Moore Institute and bosting a stunning cafe in the Victorian Tiled Hall.

Temple Newsam

home to spectacular collections of paintings, furniture, silver, Leeds pottery, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers. The House presents a regular programme of exhibitions


Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms

Taking lunch or tea at Betty's is must for any visitor to Yorkshire. Founded in 1919, it now has tearooms in central Harrogate, RHS Harlow Carr, two in York, Ilkley and Northallerton.

Harrogate's Turkish Baths

Built in 1899, but renovated in 2004, the Turkish Baths make the ideal choice for an indulgent afternoon.


Shoppng in Leeds - Courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire - www.yorkshire.com


Harrogate offers an elegant mix of boutiques and galleries, set within stunning architecture and handsome tree-lined avenues. The town centre is home to more than 20 antiques dealers and many exclusive shops, pavement cafés and award-winning restaurants, many based around the Montpellier Quarter.

Montpellier's specialist dealers trade in a variety of antiques, including furniture, porcelain, clocks and paintings. Look out for the Harrogate's antiques fairs in the springtime too - the perfect place to pick up a unique bargain. Alternatively, if it's independent shops you're after then London fashion designer Caroline Charles, Farrah's famous toffee and food emporium and hair and beauty specialists can all be found in the Montpellier quarter.


Wander the web of shopping streets to browse the amazing array of independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names. Try Stonegate, which is an attractive old street full of interesting little shops, or The Shambles, which is Europe's best preserved medieval street, and the UK's most visited - now a wealth of shopping and restaurants.

Also, try the Coppergate Centre which is York's main shopping centre within the ancient city walls. Coppergate is home to the famous Jorvik Viking Centre and many big-name highstreet shops, café's, galleries and museums. Coppergate has an on-site multi-storey car park and the central bus stops and railway station are only a short walk away. Coppergate's outdoor area is used to host music performances, theatre productions and some of York's most popular annual events such as the St Nicholas Fayre Christmas market.


Leeds is the North of England's premier shopping destination, with everything from haute couture to vintage delights. The Victoria Quarter, housed in an elegant Grade II listed building, is home to many of the world's leading fashion brands including Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, and Harvey Nichols department store. Gourmets will love the Corn Exchange with its domed food hall and delicatessens, or travel slightly further afield to the White Rose Centre where two floors of high street delights are enough to satisfy even the most enthusiastic shopper.

Our thanks to Welcome to Yorkshire for all the information on shopping in Yorkshire.

Celebrate Easter

Celebrate Easter at Goldsborough Hall

at Goldsborough Hall

1st April - 16th April 2018

With a special Easter trail, brunch served until 12 noon and a 'Children Stay Free' offer, there is more than one way to enjoy Goldsborough Hall this Easter.


Royal Afternoon Tea

Treat yourself

Goldsborough Hall's Royal Afternoon Tea, including a tour of the gardens, is a magical way to spend the afternoon.

Why not make it an extra special occasion by adding a glass or two of Champagne?


The Dining Room

Fine Dining experience

The dining room is the epitome of Fine Dining in Yorkshire. All of our dishes are individually created by our head chef using the very best seasonal produce


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Upcoming Events

    Easter Sunday at Goldsborough Hall

    Easter Sunday

    Sunday 1st April 2018

    What a lovely way to celebrate Easter with Sunday lunch or Afternoon Tea at Goldsborough Hall. Sunday lunch is served in the Orangery between 12.00 and 3.00pm with a menu created from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients by our head chef Adam Thur.


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