Newby Hall and Gardens

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A visit to Newby Hall is another opportunity for a full day out in the Ripon area.

The family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration and one of England's finest Robert Adam houses. Built in the 1690s and enlarged and adapted in the 18th century, Newby Hall epitomises the Georgian "Age of Elegance". The early history of Newby leaves gaps from the thirteenth century, when it was recorded as the property of the Nubie family, who took their name from the place, to the seventeenth century when Newby belonged to Sir Jordan Crossland, appointed Governor of Scarborough Castle by Charles II. His son sold the estate to Sir Edward Blackett, who had become Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1689. Blackett demolished the old house, which stood much closer to the river, and built the main block of the present house during the 1690s.

Built under the guidance of Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th Century, the superb contents of the house include the Gobelins Tapestry Room, a renowned gallery of classical statuary and some of Chippendale's finest furniture. 25 acres of award-winning Gardens are full of rare and beautiful plants. Newby's exciting Adventure Garden for Children has been thoughtfully and safely designed for children of all ages. And of course, the famous Miniature Railway is for children and adults alike!

Newby Hall recently featured in the ITV production of Mansfield Park starring Billie Piper. Here, you can explore 25 acres of award winning gardens, stroll through the woodland walk and, from June 1st, take in the delights of the contemporary sculpture trail. It's a fantastic place for young people and children too. The adventure garden includes a fort, raft and wobbly bridge, not to mention the paddling pool, swing boats and miniature railway, which runs alongside the River Ure. Look out for summer events throughout the year at Newby Hall including craft fairs and the historic vehicle rally.

Newby Hall is open from 1 April to 27 September, Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 5.30pm. It is also open on Bank Holidays and Mondays throughout July and August. Tickets (Garden only) cost �8.00 (adults), �7.00 (seniors) �8.50 (children). Under 4's free. Family, season and house tickets are all available.

Contact: 0845 4504068 www.newbyhall.co.uk