Newby Hall and Gardens
Near Ripon, North Yorkshire
Average time spent – 4-5 hours.
Things to do at Newby Hall and Gardens review
Newby Hall and Gardens is a real treasure of a day out, especially for families. There is plenty there to keep everyone busy with the playground being a particular highlight for us.
The house is currently closed as the family are living there. But when it is open there are some wonderfully sumptuous rooms to look around. Don’t fear though there is still plenty to do. Included in your ticket is some beautfully landscaped gardens with the rock garden being especially fun to walk around.
There is an excellent Doll’s house museum. I have never seen so many themed Doll’s houses. Even my 7 year old son was enthralled by them all. Across from here you will also find The Bear house that I dare you to walk around without saying “aaaahhhh”.
At an additional cost of £3 per child you can currently book a morning or afternoon time slot in the adventure playground. It is worth booking as it’s an excellent playground. It’s more themed on adventure play with a mini fort, a wobbly bridge across the water, zip wire, lots to climb/swing on plus some cute old fashioned wooden swings. My son’s favourite is the chain bridge which kids can operate themselves and peddle boats which kids peddle around a moat with their hands. In the summer there is a play fountain that the kids can play in.
The miniature railway is £3 per person and under 2’s are free. It’s a really long train ride around the edge of the park and we felt it was worth the additional cost. We didn’t manage the boat ride which is £5 per adult and £3 per child. These two activities can’t be prebooked online so make sure you visit the railway shop early on in your visit to purchase your tickets. This doesn’t reserve you a time slot though so queue early on so you don’t miss out.
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Important Information Newby Hall and Gardens
Eating – There is a restaurant currently only open for take-away hot and cold food and drinks. There were plenty of outdoor tables. Picnics are not allowed in the park itself but there is a picnic area next to the car park.
Facilities in brief – Historical house with beautiful gardens. Plus a doll’s house exhibition and Teddy Bear house museum. There is an adventure playground, miniature train rides and boat trips at an additional cost. There are toilets and a restaurant.
Entry price – *Higher Priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher Priced. An adult ticket is £14.50 online and £10 for a child. Playground is £3 per child, train £3 per person and boat trip £5 per adult, £3 per child.
Opening: They are open until mid-October Wednesday to Sunday and for Half-term (except Monday 26th). For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are not permitted, they have a small dog exercise area next to the car park.
Address: Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01423 322583
Category – Historical House with lots to do – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
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