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Published: July 18th 2010
North Yorkshire, UK
My parents and I like to travel around Yorkshire and visit its attractions. We are members of the National Trust, a conservation charity in the UK. Being members, we go and visit the National Trust properties in the region and we made visits recently to two of their properties: Nunnington Hall
We drove up to Nunnington, a village between York and Thirsk in North Yorkshire. We spent the afternoon at Nunnington Hall
, a former family home that sits on the banks of the River Rye and the hall blends in nicely with the village. I enjoyed looking round the period rooms and learning about how former residents lived. It was a glorious day and we explored the grounds including the sheltered walled gardens. At the property, there is a cafe where afternoon tea is served. The National Trust organises various events and exhibitions throughout the year. I was not feeling 100%!t(MISSING)hat day because of my skin allergies so I had to take it nice and easy. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
, a World Heritage Site is in Fountains, near Ripon in North Yorkshire. It is a large area covering 800 acres of history, heritage
and parkland. The site was founded by 13 monks in 1152 and it became affluent in Europe with its impressive Abbey. During King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, the Abbey was ruined but the Cistercian Mill survived and was used for various purposes until the middle of the 20th Century. The highlight was exploring the ruins and I was fascinated with for former Abbey's structure. The Abbey must have been something!!!
At the other end of the site, Studley Royal Water Gardens was created in the 18th Century with its neo-classical monuments and temples including the Temple of Piety. It was nice wandering and wished I had more time checking out the grounds but we just had the afternoon there and time was pressing on.
My parents and I eventually met at the Lakeside Cafe later on in the afternoon. The lake is going through a conservation programme at the moment so the lake was cordoned off to visitors. We had tea and icecream at the cafe before returning to the visitors centre and car. It was a wonderful afternoon although I felt I could have done with more time to give the place justice as it
is such an extensive place to explore and take in. At last but not least...closer to home, Temple Newsam Park, Leeds Temple Newsam Park
is one of the biggest parks in Leeds that covers 1500 acres. The park is just down the road from where I live. The site was mentioned as Neuhusum in the Doomsday Book in 1086 and was given to the Knights Templar in the 12th Century. Various important figures lived at the mansion including Lord Darnley, husband to Mary Queen of Scots. Today, it is a stately home and museum where you can tour the house and appreciate the history including the Romantic and Georgian influences. It is worth looking around the house's formal grounds. It was a nice day although there was a music event happening in the park later on in the day. I am not sure that the techno music complements the mood in touring a historical building!
I made another previous visit to the Park when I met up with one of my best friends, Rebecca, and her little boy, James. I wanted to visit the house then, I had not visited it yet, but for James's benefit we went to
the farm instead. It was nice looking at the animals including the sheep, pigs and ducks. James was in his element until he had a nasty fall. It was worrying because we thought he had concussion and had to go to A&E. Fortunately, after some time and with some First Aid assistance, James came round and we decided to continued calming down at The Stable Courtyard's tea room. Despite, James's accident, we had a nice afternoon and one of my personal highlights was meeting the Estate's cat, Salem, who kept the ranger company.
I have fond memories of Temple Newsam when I was growing up. We used to spend our school holidays there from playing with friends and having picnics. I have decided to visit the park more regularly especially in the summer. It is a perfect place for everyone to do something or simply take a picnic and relax. The gardens, woodlands and lakes were designed by Capability Brown, a famous 18th Century Landscape Designer. In the summer, a number of events are held in the park including the annual "Opera in the Park" and "Party in the Park" along with various fairs.
Very soon, I will
be hitting the road again!
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