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Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens – Visit the website here

Location: Beningbrough Hall, York, N Yorkshire, YO30 1DD – Phone: 03448001895
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden – Visit the website here

Location: Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY – Phone: 01765608888
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Harewood House – Visit the website here

Location: Harewood House Trust, Harewood House Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG – Phone: 0113 218 1000
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Markenfield Hall – Visit the website here

Location: The Gatehouse Markenfield Hall Ripon HG4 3AD – Phone: 01765 692303

A Mediaeval, moated and much-loved family home – Markenfield Hall is a historic house unlike any other. Set within stunning Yorkshire countryside south of Ripon, medieval Markenfield has remained largely untouched, and is one of a handful of moated, medieval manor houses that could still be recognised by their original owners; indeed the Hall is instantly recognisable thanks to its crenelated silhouette reflected in its encircling moat, which was patrolled by two Black Swans until 2019 when we discovered we had acquired an Otter… Despite its bloody history, the Hall exudes a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere and, although only open generally for short periods of time, there are opportunities to visit throughout the year- either individually or as a group – for talks, tours and teas; and we have been told that we serve exceedingly good homemade cakes! We are proud to be a member of the Historic Houses Association.

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Newby Hall – Visit the website here

Location: Newby Hall & Gardens, Estate Office, Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE – Phone: 01423 322 583
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Spofforth Castle – Visit the website here

Location: Castle Street, Spofforth, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1AR – Phone: 01904 601974
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Historic Houses

A historic house generally meets several criteria before being listed by an official body as “historic.” Generally the building is at least a certain age, depending on the rules for the individual list. A second factor is that the building be in recognizably the same form as when it became historic. Third is a requirement that either an event of historical importance happened at the site, or that a person of historical significance was associated with the site, or that the building itself is important for its architecture or interior.[1] Many historic houses are also considered museums and retain permanent collections that help tell the story of their house and the era.

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