Herriot Country


Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond

The most complete Georgian playhouse in Britain, the Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond is one of Herriot Country’s cultural gems. Founded and built by actor-manager Samuel Butler in 1788, it is Grade I Listed ‘as a building of special architectural or historical interest’.

Once accommodating up to 400, today the Theatre seats just over 200 people where no seat is more than 10.7 metres from the stage. It is set in a distinctive courtyard style on three different levels.

The Theatre itself has a fascinating history. It was in regular use until around 1830 when performances became less frequent and its popularity dwindled. It finally closed its doors in 1848 and for almost a century the building was used for a variety of other purposes including a wine store and an auction house. In 1939, pupils at Richmond School led by their history master Edwin Bush investigated the building and its history, and the Theatre briefly opened for a small number of performances in 1944/1945 before falling silent again. In the 1950s, a successful fundraising appeal enabled restoration work to begin and the Theatre finally re-opened in 1963.

A second extensive restoration took place in 2002/2003, which included the addition of a new extension and in 2016 there followed the renovation of the exhibition area and studio, and the creation of the Paul Iles Learning Centre on Friars Wynd.

The Georgian Theatre Royal plays an important role as a focus for economic regeneration and renewal in its rural communities. It offers a full programme of live events with everything from opera and ballet to stand up comedy and children’s shows, as well as its legendary annual pantomime.

During the day, visitors can take a back-stage guided tour as part of The Georgian Theatre Experience, one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. Lasting just under an hour, this reveals what life was really like in Georgian times and you can explore the hidden parts of this amazing building, as well as stand on the historic stage itself. The museum contains many interesting exhibits including the fully restored Woodland Scene – believed to be Britain’s oldest surviving stage set.

Tours run from Monday to Saturday on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Visitors do not need to book but please check these times before travelling as changes can occur. Tel: 01748 825252. Tickets are valid for unlimited return visits for 12 months.

James Herriot loved a night out to the theatre and the Georgian Theatre Royal would have been one of his favourites. An interesting link is the nearby Richmond Museum which has sets from the original All Creatures Great and Small series.


The Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW

Box Office: 01748 825252
Theatre Office: 01748 823710

Howgill Lodge

Back to nature is easy in Herriot Country and Howgill Lodge offers the perfect getaway. Located between Bolton Abbey and Burnsall in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, Howgill Lodge offers an idyllic setting in the heart of Wharfedale on the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth Estate. It’s a hidden gem close to the River Wharfe.

There’s a great choice of stays including owner tents, caravans and motorhomes with electric and non-electric pitches and luxurious holiday caravans that are equipped to the highest standards and perfect for a stress-free break.

Hot showers, a covered washing area, coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer are all provided in the central amenity block and other showers and toilets in smaller units around the site cater for everyone on site.

There’s plenty of space for children’s play and exploration for hours, a large woodland area and separate field for dog walking. There are amazing views all around the site and the completely rural setting has many attractions nearby.

With beautiful walking and cycle routes, you are surrounded by beautiful scenery, a short walk will take you to the Craven Arms and a brief drive takes you to the famous Devonshire Arms.

Nearby, the market towns of Burnsall, Grassington (where Channel 5’s new All Creatures Great and Small series was filmed) and Skipton offer good opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking and if you want to make your trip extra special, the Brownie Barn, Barden is a delightful café and shop right next door to our campsite.

There’s no doubt that the stunning scenery and warm Yorkshire welcome will make your visit to Herriot Country richer when you stay at Howgill Lodge.

Howgill Lodge, Barden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6DJ

Telephone:  01756 720655

Email: info@howgill-lodge.co.uk


Satnav users beware! Your satnav may direct you along a very narrow road, please do not turn off the A59 until the roundabout at Bolton Abbey - see directions below.

From the A59 at Bolton Abbey Roundabout, take the B6160, signposted Burnsall. Continue through Bolton Abbey under the arch and about three miles on, you will reach Barden. Barden Tower, an old ruin is on your right. Turn right now signposted Appletreewick, down over the bridge and one mile on, just on the bend by the phone box, turn right onto Howgill Lane then carry on past the farm and we are next.

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.

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