We think the hardest part is deciding which one to visit first!
Looking for the perfect day out in The North of England this summer? We’ve selected our three favourite stately homes and gardens across The North of England to help you plan your next weekend escape. With stunning regal homes set in gorgeous rolling gardens, we think the hardest part is deciding which one to visit first!
1. Harewood House
Where is Harewood House?
Harewood House is in Harewood, close to Leeds in Yorkshire. Pop LS17 9LG into your SatNav.
Why visit Harewood House?
Yorkshire, Gods Own County, is home to the beautiful Harewood House stately home & gardens. Situated within easy reach of Leeds, Harewood House boasts a world-class collection of art, stunning Robert Adam interiors, a Farm Experience and, of course, over 120 acres of gardens and ground.
One of the highlights of Harewood House is the Himalayan Garden, an enchanting rock garden with its own authentic Buddhist stupa - thought to be the first of its kind in Europe when it was constructed in 2005. With a huge variety of flora and fauna - over 50 kinds of rhododendron as well as orchids, cobra lilies, primulas and blue poppies, Harewood House is a must-see stately home and garden in The North of England.
When can I visit Harewood House?
From 24 March and 29 October 2017
House: 11am – 4pm
Gardens,10am – 6pm
You can find out more about Harewood House by visiting http://harewood.org/
2. Howick Hall and Gardens
Where is Howick Hall and Gardens?
Howick Hall and Gardens is in Alnwick, Northumberland, approximately 40 miles north of Newcastle. Pop NE66 3LB into your SatNav.
Why visit Howick Hall and Gardens?
If you’re a garden lover, then Howick Hall and Gardens is the place for you. As well as being the home of Earl Grey - yes that’s right, the delicious afternoon drink was born here in Northumberland! - Howick Hall stately home & gardens have been carefully designed to offer a visual delight all year round.
The summer months are undoubtedly the best time to visit Howick Hall and Gardens, with beautiful informal borders bursting with vibrant blooms, a delightful rockery to admire and the tranquil woodland garden for cool walks. Keep your eyes peeled for the collection of rhododendrons, with new species of this colourful shrub being added all the time - and don't forget to take a well deserved break and watch the world go by in The Earl Grey Tea House.
When can I visit Howick Hall and Gardens?
Throughout British Summer Time 2017
10.30 - 6pm, with last entry at 5pm
You can find out more about Howick Hall and Gardens by visiting http://www.howickhallgardens.org
3. Levens Hall
Where is Levens Hall?
Levens Hall is located around 8 miles south of Kendal in Cumbria. Pop LA8 0PD into your SatNav.
Why visit Levens Hall?
As far as homes and gardens go, Levens Hall has to be one of the most enchanting we can think of. As well as being set in the stunning Lake District countryside, Levens Hall is an Elizabethan architectural delight, having been inhabited continuously since around 1350. For those that are stimulated by the supernatural, Levens Hall also has its fair share of ghost stories…
The highlight of the gardens at Levens Hall has to be the topiary bushes of box and yew, wonderfully sculpted into eye-catching shapes that rise up majestically. There is plenty more to keep visitors entertained throughout the garden, with a wild willow maze to explore, carefully planted borders to admire and stunning views to absorb. Levens Hall gardens really are a must see attraction in the North of England.
When can I visit Levens Hall?
9th April - 5th October 2017
The Gardens from 10am - 5pm
The House from 12 noon - 4pm
Find out more about Levens Hall by visiting http://www.levenshall.co.uk/