Herriot Country


Kiplin Hall & Gardens

Kiplin Hall and Gardens has a rich history with an international connection as it was built from 1619 for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland, USA. Many visitors from the USA each year enjoy the connection and make their pilgrimage as do many visitors to Herriot Country who have read James Herriot’s books and seen the films and TV series All Creatures Great and Small.  

It is a unique Jacobean house that is filled with the furniture, portraits, paintings, and the personal belongings of the four families who have owned the Hall the past 400 years.

Expert guides will share the history as you tour the rooms of the house which take you through the treasures and artefacts that have been collected, preserved and cared for over the centuries. You‘ll learn about the families that lived here starting with the Calverts until 1722, then the Crowes until 1868, the Carpenters until 1904 and ending with the Talbots until 1971 the last family member, Bridget Talbot, gave the Hall and estate to a charity to preserve Kiplin for the Nation.

Kiplin Hall gardens provide you with a delightful experience of colour, flora and fauna, lily pond, lake and woodland. Many attractive walks that will surprise you as you discover the many different aspects of the immaculate attention that the Kiplin Hall grounds people keep in tip top condition. The walled garden supplies ingredients for the Kiplin Hall Tearoom.   

Dogs are welcome at Kiplin and should be kept on leads in the gardens, only assistance dogs are allowed into the Hall.

The tearoom is a popular focus for visitors especially after a grand tour of the house and walks around the gardens. You’ll be surrounded by the dark oak Jacobean-style panelling and ornate Victorian plaster ceiling of this unique room and you will dine in style in the company of Charles II and previous family members of Kiplin Hall. On sunny days Kiplin’s Tea Tent is open for picnic food to be enjoyed in the grounds. Your taste buds will flutter with joy when you try of the Flavours of Herriot Country with ingredients from Kiplin Hall’s gardens and other local suppliers and especially the homemade ice-cream created using soft fruit grown a stone’s throw away, and its own blend of coffee created by Rounton Coffee. Many dietary requirements are catered for.

Kiplin Hall’s extensive gardens are a natural play area for visitors of all ages including a newly-installed zip-wire, outdoor games, trails and a dedicated Educational Family Activity Room in the Hall.

Kiplin Hall is one of Herriot Country’s premier partners, Yorkshire’s Great Houses Castle and Gardens.

Kiplin Hall, Near Scorton, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6AT

T: 01748 818178

Email:  info@kiplinhall.co.uk



Midway between Northallerton & Richmond off the B6271, about 5 miles east of the A1.
Bus Route - Number 55, Richmond - Northallerton Service
Please check timetable for times
Coast-to-Coast Richmond to Danby Wiske Section

Kiplin Hall & Gardens is located on the B6271 halfway between Richmond and Northallerton. Kiplin is open to visitors 6 days a week (closed on Thursdays). Kiplin is open seasonally, normally from February to November. The house and garden opening times can vary so please do check the website for up to date details.

Timothy Barber’s Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours

Timothy Barber’s Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours puts ‘Gods own country’ into your itinerary with a real Blue Badge guide’s insight into the county. His Herriot Country tour will take you to the real places that James Herriot made famous with his multi-million-selling books about life as a vet in rural North Yorkshire.

You’ll enjoy the in-depth knowledge that the tours provide and the opportunity for memorable visits to some of the most attractive parts of the country. Meet real local people who will offer the renowned Yorkshire welcome and friendliness known world-wide.

The tours include locations that appeared in the long-running BBC TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ including the watersplash scene from the opening credits of the TV series. You’ll see the Wensley Church where James’s wedding was filmed before stopping at Askrigg where the Kings Arms Pub featured as Darrowby’s Drovers Arms in the TV series and Skeldale House played Herriot's practice.

There also visits to attractions in Herriot Country including the Wensleydale Creamery and its award-winning cheese plus the stunning views on route in Swaledale and Wensleydale which are second to none. The Yorkshire Dales is home to so many high-quality food and drink producers, tea rooms, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, you are sure to enjoy the Flavours of Herriot Country on your tour. The World of James Herriot is available as part of your Herriot Country tour.

Real Yorkshire Travel and Tours also offer tours to many Yorkshire destinations including Bempton birds and wildlife, the Bronte Experience, Calendar Girls, Captain Cook Country, Hull, Leeds, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Coast, Historic York and has special Sign Tours for the hard of hearing.

Tim and his team bring these delights with bespoke private driver guided tours for one to four guests in a luxury 4x4 vehicle plus other tours including walking tours for larger groups, experiences and exciting family adventures.


Please give us a call on 01943 590009/ 07970 105562 to let us know when you plan to be in the region and which trips you may be interested in. If there is no-one in please leave a message with your telephone number and we’ll ring you back within 48 hours. You’ll understand if we are guiding it would be unfair to take calls. Alternatively, email us at tim@realyorkshiretours.co.uk detailing your requirements, and again we’ll email you back or call you within 48 hours.

Newton House Knaresborough

A 300-year old, charming and historic townhouse, Newton House is the only Four Gold Star, AA guesthouse in Knaresborough and with all the amenities you would expect of a quality accommodation that includes traditional values and friendly hospitality. Owner Denise Carter provides a personal welcome and daily attention. Her experience includes many years at The English Tourist Board and operating a previous guest house in Harrogate. Denise's love of all things natural including regular foraging trips, a pets welcome policy and fresh local ingredients in all her cooking makes a refreshing change from the 'branded' world of accommodation.
There are 12 roomy rooms providing everything you could need for a comfortable night’s stay. Each has its own bathroom with complimentary Arran Aromatics toiletries.  In addition to the traditional hospitality tray, flat screen TV with Freeview, and mini bar there’s a DAB radio and FREE Wireless Internet access.
The award-winning breakfasts are full of goodness and healthy ingredients, most of which are sourced locally or homemade on the premises by Denise including jams, sourdough bread and other favourites such as championship-winning black pudding and locally cured bacon and free-range eggs.
Newton House is the winner of the 2019 Yorkshire Post and Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards for the ‘Best Yorkshire Breakfast’, has the AA Best Breakfast Award and specialises in ‘Slow’ breakfasts. Denise is passionate about serving food of the highest quality to her guests, and consistently supports a range of local producers. She is also passionate about animal welfare and non-intensive farming, as well as the importance of taste and texture, serving food that satisfies the senses. 
As winner of the Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Bed’ TV show, Denise demonstrated her passion for all things natural and seeking to protect the environment. Newton House has declared itself a Palm Oil Free Zone that aims to support international initiatives to reduce the use of palm oil in everyday activities.  The initiative is all part of the award-winning bed and breakfast’s overall eco-friendly policy to find better ways to deliver sustainable products as part of its service.
In Dog Friendly Knaresborough, Newton House has a range of services for dogs and their owners that includes:
• A ‘Pet Portrait Gallery’ of canine customers and their recommendations for places to visit
• A pets welcome pack, which includes homemade biscuits, toys and towels.
• Dog friendly places to eat
• Dog sitting and dog walking by arrangement
Owner Denise Carter says: “We have been dog friendly for a long time and enjoy welcoming many family dogs as guests.”
Looking after business travellers also comes naturally at Newton House and it is in a perfect location for exploring Herriot Country, Harrogate, Ripon, York and the Yorkshire Dales.

Newton House 5-7 York Place, Knaresborough , North Yorkshire HG5 0AD

Tel: 01423 863539
Email: info@newtonhouseyorkshire.com

The A1(M) J47 is just 5 minutes away, and one of the largest exhibition and conference centres in the North, Harrogate International Centre, on the doorstep in Harrogate just 3 miles away (buses run every 7 mins from the bus station just across the road; and trains twice an hour from Knaresborough Train Station, just 8 mins walk).  The Yorkshire Events Centre and Great Yorkshire Showground are

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle near Harrogate has been in the Ingilby family for 700 years, a truly remarkable achievement that they celebrated in 2019. There’s a unique record of the turbulent history of the house that includes political, military, religious and social turbulence, of plague and persecution, of renaissance, enlightenment and industrial revolution. The Ingilby family continue to occupy this seat of romance, courage, loyalty and recklessness and provide a visitor experience that evokes all of the periods that have gone before and an environment that includes beautiful scenery, a deer park, a beautiful lake with infinity waterfall view and in the village of the same name with its own hostelry, The Boars Head that offers modern hospitality, accommodation and dining in a high-level historic setting.

Ripley Castle takes you from Edward III, plague, Henry VIII, through the gunpowder plot, Oliver Cromwell, it has eccentric ancestors and even ghost stories! There is so much more and if you want to learn much, much, more about the history of the family a new website has been produced, please visit ingilbyhistory.ripleycastle.co.uk

Ripley Castle is such a delight for visitors and although smaller than the grand scale of some of Herriot Country’s other great houses, castles and gardens it provides a more intimate and personal visit as the family is still very much involved in the day-to-day operation. There are regular tours of the Castle and Grounds which take approximately 1 hour and where you can enjoy six of the Castle rooms which include the Library, Drawing rooms, Tower room and Knights Chamber.

Families are encouraged to visit Ripley Castle as the tours are entertaining and engaging and can be valuable as an educational visit for over fives. There is a small children’s play area for younger visitors.

There is a tea-room in the Courtyard open all year round providing a warm, friendly and efficient hospitality. The Gift Shop provides a wide range of Ripley memorabilia and local arts and crafts.

The Walled Gardens contain a collection of Hyacinth giving a riot of colour in Spring as well as a magnificent aroma. The huge range of hot houses contain a highly impressive collection of tropical plants, ferns and cacti. Ancient wisteria and clematis thrive on the high south-facing walls. The Walled kitchen garden contains an extensive herb bed and an extraordinary collection of rare vegetables, grown in cooperation with the Henry Doubleday Research Association.

A collection of specimen trees from around the world and thousands of spring flowering bulbs, daffodils, narcissi, snowdrops, aconites and bluebells are to be found in the pleasure grounds.

Some of the magnificent oak trees in the deer park are one thousand years old and look impressive with their gnarled branches and girth. There is much wildlife including fallow deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, canada and greylag geese, mallard, teal and wigeon, pheasants, woodpeckers and for the sharp-eyed you may see a kingfisher. A visit isn’t complete until you have been to the deer park.

Herriot Country is all the richer for having Ripley Castle as one of the Great Houses, Castles and Gardens in the area, only a half hour drive to and from the World of James Herriot in Thirsk and close to the famous spa town of Harrogate. Ripley and Harrogate were often places visited by Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot).

Photography Credits

Tim Hardy | 01423 527622 | www.timhardy.co.uk | photography@timhardy.co.uk

Natasha Cadman | hello@natashacadman.com | www.natashacadman.com

John Shahabeddin | 07960 545164 | john@jprshah-photography.co.uk www.jprshah-photography.co.uk

Bristo Photography | 01964 537590 | sheryl@bristophotography.com | www.bristophotography.com

Nicola Denby | 07734 773002 | info@nicolaphotography.co.uk | www.nicolaphotography.co.uk

Chris Milner | 07738051543 | info@chris-milner.com | www.chrismilnerphotography.com

Charlotte Gayle | 01423 797496 | charlotte@pictur-esque.com | www.charlottephotography.com

Kirsty Mattsson |  07564 953262  |  kirstyds@gmail.com  |  www.kmattssonphotography.com

Lissa Alexandra |  07776 302173 |  lissaalexandra@hotmail.co.uk  |  www.lissaalexandraphotography.com

Stott & Atkinson  |  07917 411819  |  www.stottandatkinson.com 


Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AY

Tel: 01423 770152

Email: enquiries@ripleycastle.co.uk

Entrance to the Castle:

Parking spaces are available very close to the entrance point. We have a four-wheeled motorised scooter available for castle visitors, which can be reserved by contacting us on 01423 770152. Motorised scooters are NOT permitted in the Castle.

The Castle Tearoom and Gift Shop are both fully accessible to wheelchair users and have disabled WC’s. The Castle’s main entrance is ramped and four of the six rooms on the tour are fully accessible to wheelchair users: DVDs of the tour of the upstairs rooms are available for you to watch.

The Castle terrace is surfaced with gravel: not ideal for wheelchairs, but it is reasonably manageable. The gardens and grounds are reasonably level and a good network of stone paths ensure you can get to most places. The majority of the hothouses in the Gardens are not currently accessible, but you can pass through the Palm House to get to the grounds. The Park walk is not recommended for wheelchair users.

Catgill Farm Bolton Abbey

Catgill Farm Bolton Abbey offers a camping holiday experience close to Bolton Abbey in Herriot Country with a choice of accommodation that includes a traditional under canvas campsite, glamping bell tents and glamping timber pods.

Originally a dairy farm, Catgill Farm has been in the same family for 60 years and is set on the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth Estate in an idyllic location with spectacular views across the Wharfe valley. You can still see the cows on the farm today but it now offers a unique overnight experience with high-quality facilities for campers and glampers and is one of the top five sites in the country.

Whichever type of accommodation you choose, there are spectacular views all around the site and it is a peaceful haven, a family friendly site and perfect for walkers and nature lovers  

Beautifully manicured and spacious, the campsite has both electric and non-electric pitches suitable for tents and small campervans. When choosing your spot, you’ll have natural features such as hills and trees, streams and woodland and there are high quality, well maintained and cleaned toilet and showers nearby in the large timber clad amenity block which provides newly refurbished, modern 5-star facilities.

Bell tents at Catgill Farm give you all the experience of being under canvas but with a luxury hotel experience inside. Each bell tent is equipped with all the comforts of a hotel room with unique accessories and furnishings to provide a super cosy stay. Each bell tent has a private washroom with shower, (the separate toilet and shower cabin is shared with one other bell tent) wood-burning stove, electric heaters, hot tub with private patio, electric sockets, fire pit with pizza oven, bedding and towels provided, Wi-Fi and good 4G signal. Sleeps 4 Double bed & 2 futons. The setting amongst the abundant wildlife is unbeatable and it’s the great outdoors with a real touch of glam!

If its ultimate camping luxury that you seek, then the most recently added Glamping Pods are for you. Designed with a unique woodland themed décor and fine bespoke furnishings, there’s everything you need for a luxury stay and each pod can sleep up to six people in double, bunk & sofa beds. There’s an ensuite bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a hot tub with private patio, electric and USB sockets, fire pit with pizza oven, bedding and towels provided, Wi-Fi and good 4G signal. The settings for the glamping pods have the special views of this wonderful part of North Yorkshire and provide the kind of luxury holiday where you can forget all your cares whilst enjoying the luxury lifestyle.

There's also a very popular morning coffee shop selling barista coffee and freshly baked pastries onsite and also the many attractions and activities nearby. It’s a far cry from the dairy farm of James Herriot’s visits in his day but with the breath-taking setting and the fabulous facilities he would doubtless approve of the Catgill Farm of today!

Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA

Tel: 01756 710247

Email: hello@catgillfarm.co.uk

Parking:  We do not allow cars to park on the camping fields. A separate car park is provided within 30-60 metres from the camping field. We allow cars to enter the field to load and unload. Car parking for the glamping accommodation is within the farmyard and located approximately 50 metres from the pods and bell tents.
Public Transport: There is a bus service that is operated by Dales Bus that stops at Bolton Abbey. It runs from Ilkley to Grassington. The bus stop is around 10 minutes walk from our farm. The nearest train stations are Ilkley and Skipton which are both around 15 minutes drive.
Taxis: The two nearest taxi companies are Skipton Taxi's (01756 794 444) and Ilkley Taxi's (01943 601 110)

Castle Howard

Castle Howard near York has been the home to eight generations of the Howard family who are descended from Lord William Howard the youngest son of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk.

The 1st Earl of Carlisle, Charles Howard (1629-1685) was the great grandson of Lord William Howard and the site of Castle Howard today began as Henderskelfe in Yorkshire. The 3rd Earl of Carlisle, Charles' grandson, Charles Howard (1679-1738) was the creator of Castle Howard when he enlisted the help of his dramatist friend, John Vanbrugh. Vanbrugh had never built anything before so he recruited Nicholas Hawksmoor to assist with the design and construction. It began in 1699 and the design evolved in 1702 but the house was not completed until 1811 after several additions and three Earls.  

Castle Howard today offers visitors to Herriot Country an unrivalled country house experience that includes the house itself, fabulous gardens, temples and monuments woodland, wildlife, lakes and waterways.

Home to art collections of international importance displayed in Castle Howard’s state rooms the collection was developed over three generations by the 3rd, 4th and 5th Earls who toured Europe and made wise choices especially in Italy. There is a fine collection of paintings by Pannini, Zuccarelli and, most importantly Canaletto plus tapestries and sculpture.  The 5th Earl purchased Italian Old Masters extensively, including paintings by Bassano, Bedoli, Bellini, Carracci, Domenichino, Gentileschi and Titian. He patronised English artists too: Sir Joshua Reynolds, Johann Zoffany, and Thomas Gainsborough. In 1805 he published the first printed catalogue of the collection at Castle Howard, listing 111 paintings. By the fourth edition in 1845 this had grown to 274.

The 9th Earl and Countess, commissioned William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane, to decorate their homes. As a painter himself, the 9th Earl moved in Pre-Raphaelite circles, and knew many eminent British artists of the day, including Frederic, Lord Leighton, and G.F. Watts. Art works have been bought and sold over the years but the collection still retains many outstanding works.

Correspondence, diaries, papers, notebooks and bills are contained in the Castle Howard archive which is a rich resource of material about the extraordinary history and life of the family through the centuries. Various exhibitions are held within the house, which are organised by the curatorial team who are also involved in research projects and in providing group lectures covering various periods of the house and the family.

The interior of Castle Howard is a wonderful collection of state rooms that visitors return to again and again to experience the atmosphere and learn about the lifestyles of the family throughout the centuries. The Chapel in the west wing was originally intended as a dining room but was modified in the 1870’s and re-decorated in a pre-Raphaelite style with impressive William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones designs.  

Tours and talks of the house are arranged most days where a knowledgeable team share with private groups the history and stories of the house and family.  

The landscape at Castle Howard is stunning whatever the weather and with 1000 acres it is a haven of peace and tranquillity in which to explore. Views are stunning and take in the Howardian Hills a designated Area of Natural Beauty and within the grounds there are daily half hour outdoor tours between March and October.

The gardens at Castle Howard are many and varied. The Walled Garden has manicured borders an ornamental vegetable patch and is a tranquil place to view pretty summer blooms. A Woodland Garden, Ray Wood is where you can explore an impressive botanical collection as you meander along serpentine paths and which is looked after by the Castle Howard Arboretum Trust. The Rose Gardens include Lady Cecilia's Garden, the Sundial Garden and the Venus Garden.

Temples and monuments are a special feature of Castle Howard’s treasures in the grounds commanding stunning views across the hills. The Mausoleum, Pyramid and New River Bridge draw the eye across the rolling Howardian Hills, while the Temple of the Four Winds, designed by Vanbrugh, provides breathtaking views across the impressive landscape.

Castle Howard has been a film and TV location since the 1960’s and the 1981 Brideshead Revisited catapulted Castle Howard into the public eye and today, for many the House remains synonymous with Evelyn Waugh's iconic novel.

Add to all of this the lakes and wildlife around the estate and you’ll understand why it was one of James Herriot’s favourite country houses to visit only half an hour’s drive from his home and surgery in Thirsk which is now the World of James Herriot.

Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA.

Tel: 01653 648333 option 1

Email: house@castlehoward.co.uk

How to Find Us

Castle Howard is just 15 miles North East of York and is easily accessible from the A64 which connects Leeds, York and the Yorkshire Coast.

Important information for coaches and wide vehicles

Coaches and wide vehicles travelling to Castle Howard from York will need to take alternative routes to avoid the narrow gateways measuring 2.6m x 3.43m (8’ 6” wide x 11’ 3” high).

A64 Eastbound: Go past the brown Castle Howard sign and continue into Malton. As you approach the town centre, just before the Talbot Hotel, take a sharp left into Castle Howard Road, signed Castle Howard and Coneysthorpe.

A64 Westbound: Exit the A64 at the Malton/Pickering roundabout. Take the left turn into Malton/Old Malton (ignore the brown sign directing you back onto the A64), and continue into the town centre. At the traffic lights go straight over, and after the Talbot Hotel turn right into Castle Howard Road, signed Castle Howard and Coneysthorpe.

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