A location that visitors and locals alike have been enjoying throughout the years is Nunnington Hall and we don’t expect that to change anytime soon. This picturesque National Trust site is a marvellous Yorkshire Manor House, offering organic gardens to wander around and a series of fascinating exhibitions.
Located in North Yorkshire, the River Rye runs past the house and away from the village which shares the hall’s name and makes for a truly peaceful spot to enjoy a day out. Most of the building which you visit today stems from the 1680s, but its history goes back even further to the 13th century when it would have acted as a nunnery. Today you can explore the period rooms inside which tell their own tale, take in art and photography exhibitions, enjoy the organic walled garden, and even bump into the peacocks which call the location home.
Yorkshire is truly blessed with a host of excellent outdoor attractions that blend history with natural beauty. One of these is certainly Rievaulx Terrace, an 18th-century landscape garden with two intriguing temples, situated in the North York Moors. This National Trust site overlooks the 12th-century Rievaulx Abbey, which is run by English Heritage, but the terrace is a must-visit itself.
Riveleaux Terrace is truly idyllic and was designed to be so. Snaking around the side of a serene, wooded area, here visitors can look forward to wending their way through the woodlands and out onto the terrace, which is just a picture of calm, especially on a lovely sunny day. Here you can take in the rather break-taking views over the abbey ruins, enjoy a picnic on the lawns, and head over to the stone temples with their wonderful frescos and other lovely art pieces.
Richard and Emma, from the travel blog Journey of a Nomadic Family, have visited Rievaulx Terrace with their kids (who enjoyed the games available such as a giant outdoor chess set) and have shared: “With its wooded walk, giant outdoor games, wood carvings, cloud viewers, shelter building and play area, we managed to spend nearly two hours there.” They also mention that the “panoramic views overlooking the abbey and the valley are spectacular”.