Summer, the perfect time of year to get out and about with your friends and family. Here are some of the stunning local stately homes in our area that we think are must-sees.
Castle Howard and the grounds have some of the most stunning sights for miles. The house is situated on an astonishing 1,000-acre estate. With some of the most beautiful gardens around, there are many seasonal events at the house so be sure to check them out. Castle Howard has two cafes, one coffee shop and a restaurant so you are sure to find something to your liking. There are some exciting events coming up at the Castle, Including The Proms, which will be held in the gardens on the 18th of August. This is an outdoor live orchestra, that goes ahead whatever the weather so dress appropriately! Countryfile Live will be doing a feature at Castle Howard in 2019 and UB40 will be doing a live concert from the grounds on the 19th of August. With plenty going on Castle Howard is a must for this summer.
There are over 100 acres of gardens at Harewood House and access to the house is optional with your choice of ticket purchase. Harewood is also a popular choice for families as they are known for their bird garden, which is home to Penguins, Owls, Flamingos and Parrotts. There is a daily Penguin feeding at 11am and you can meet the goats, sheep, alpacas and other farm animals at 12 noon. You can also take a boat trip from the Bird Garden down the lake where you can enjoy views of the lakeside trail, house and walled garden. Boat trips are weather dependent so make sure and call ahead. If Gardens are your thing there are 6 to choose from. Immaculately landscaped gardens on the terrace and archery border to more natural scenes in the Lakeside Garden. In fact, there is so much grassland at Harewood that between April and October over 5,000 hours are spent cutting the grass on the grounds!
Nostell Priory is a National Trust site, so National Trust members go free. Nostell's kitchen garden and menagerie garden are stunning and there is plenty of wildlife to look out for.
There are house tours, stable tours and a parkland walk tour. Nostell also has a gift shop and a tea room. The house and parklands are open until 5 pm and the Park stays open until 6 pm. The lower lake, sheep wash field and obelisk park are all part of the parkland at Nostell and dogs are welcome.
Heres just a few ideas, with the school holidays approaching its a great time to visit some of your local attractions.