Please note that the printed version of this page will include opening times and other useful information for each property/event.
Before heading out for your Heritage Open Days visit, please check entries at www.heritageopendays.org.uk for last-minute changes.
St John Baptist Parish Church, St John's Crescent, Bishop Monkton, North Yorkshire, HG3 3QZ
A beautiful Grade 2 Listed building dating from 1879 designed by G. Hodgson Fowler with a 50 ft tower and extensive Churchyard. The Church is reached by crossing the stream using the elegant Lych Gate and entered by the north door. There are fine stained glass windows - two of which are signed by A L Moore. The fittings are primarily oak and the pews are pine. There is a fine octagonal stone font and an excellent two manual pipe organ. Following the anniversary of the start of the first world war, histories will be presented of the 5 soldiers from the village killed in the first war who are commemorated on the war memorial in the Churchyard. There is easy access for pushchairs and those with mobility problems. Toilet with access for those with mobility problems. Event not suitable for children under the age of 6.
All Saints Church, Kirby Hill, Church Lane, Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, YO51 9JU
Look around a beautiful, historic church. PowerPoint presentation showing the archaeological and historical features of the church. Pig painting competition. Pig tombola. Piggy crafts. Hunt the pig. Refreshments available: coffee/tea and biscuits in the morning; cream teas in afternoon "Ladies in pigs! - come and see!
Access Information: There are no toilet facilities at the church.
Additional Information: Kirby Hill Parish Church is a Grade I, listed building. It has an Anglo-Saxon foundation and includes Norman elements along with later archaeological features. Leaflets and other information sheets will be available to visitors. Sunday 1600-short, informal service.
Directions: Take the road (Church Lane) opposite "The Blue Bell", off Leeming Lane which links Boroughbridge with Ripon; the church is about 500 metres from the pub
Filey town council offices, queen street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HE
Documentation records of Fileys rich history. A new computer system for people to research local histoy. Access to the archive s digital collection of photographs, display on the bombardment of Scarborough. Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Filey Museum, 8/10 Queen Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HB
A variety of rooms containing a wealth of bygones and ephemera of historical local interest. Award wining garden with bait house and many lifeboat artifacts. Families always welcome
Directions: free maps available from filey tourist information center John street Filey
Filey Town Council Chambers, 52A Queen Street, Filey, North Yorkshire
Access the council chamber to view past mayoral photographs, mayoral board, honorary citizen of filey board and council artefacts.
St Oswalds Church, Filey, North Yorkshire
12th century Norman church with a carving of the boy bishop with a saxon alter stone. Beautiful example of a 12th century Norman church. Ancient church yard with headstones of historical interest.
Access Information: Limited parking including disabled.
Directions: Norman Church with Saxon Origins
Linton Falls Hydroelectric Power Station, Linton, Grassington, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB
The Linton Falls Hydroelectric Power Station is set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park. After years of abandonment the building has been lovingly restored to its former glory, now as a functional and working hydroelectric power station. Once a pioneer of the electricity generation, it is once again joining its progression, with two new Archimedean screw turbines installed to generate enough renewable energy to power 90 homes. As a commercially operational power station, the site is normally closed to visitors. These open days allow you take a rare tour of the building - see up-close the technology behind hydroelectric power generation, discover how the restoration works were undertaken and learn about the environmental and ecological considerations needed for this type of development. JN Bentley representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.
Access Information: For groups of 10 or more visiting the site or should you require wheelchair access, please contact Rob Dunn/Charlotte Greaves at JN Bentley on 01756 799425 in advance. The nearest public toilets are located at the Yorkshire Dales National Park car park at Linton Falls. Please note there is also limited parking available here.
Additional Information: There are no specific activities for children planned. However, JN Bentley, the developers and owners of the project, do hold selected open days for local schools to learn about renewable energy, hydropower technology, the restoration of the project and ecology in the area. Feedback from the children on these days has been very positive!
Directions: It is advised that visitors park at the Yorkshire Dales National Park car park, Hebden Road, Grassington, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB. The Linton Falls power station can be reached on foot by following the path from the bottom (SW) of the Yorkshire Dales National Park car park down to Linton Falls footbridge, crossing the river and following the footpath round to the right. On crossing a pack horse bridge you will be able to see the power station directly in front of you. This is approximately a 10 minute walk. Sturdy footwear is recommended. If needed the grid reference for Linton Falls Hydroelectric Power Station itself is 399965.463330. SD999634
Church Lane, Spofforth, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1AF
Grade II listed church. Refreshments available.
Church Square, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5SW
The building was the first permanent church in Harrogate with the main body dating from 1831 with galleries and an east end in a more elaborate styule added in the 1860's. The Parish Centre was built in 1988 and further developments are planned.
Access Information: Access to the crypt not available on Saturday
Plompton Road, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1DT
View 19th century church.
Gouthwaite Lodge Farm, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5AD
Join members of ‘Iron Age Nidderdale’ for an early evening walk through the history of Gouthwaite Lodge Farm, by kind permission of Mr John Rayner. This traditional Dales farm is a fascinating site with a wealth of heritage features including a medieval bloomery site and prehistoric rock art, as well as spectacular views over Gouthwaite Reservoir and Nidderdale. The evening will close with a buffet supper. The meeting point will be confirmed nearer the time. Event not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Booking Details: Places are limited and must be booked in advance Contact: Nidderdale AONB Call: 01423 712950 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gouthwaite-lodge-farm-heritage-walk-tickets-12442209985?aff=eorg Write to: The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5LE Booking opens: 29 July 2014 12:00 Booking closes: 8 September 2014 23:30
Access Information: Although the distance covered will not be long, the walk is over rough ground and is steep in places. Participants should be fit enough to cope with this terrain and should be equipped accordingly with sturdy walking shoes/boots and wet weather gear.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session. This event takes place on farmland so dogs are not allowed!
Skipton Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4LA
Historic Grade II listed building set in seven acres of gardens, which was the former home of Samson Fox (former Harrogate Mayor and benefactor). The museum displays artefacts relating to the Order of Buffaloes dating from the mid-19th century.
Nursery Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0AZ
Grade II listed tower dating from 1829. Climb its 100 steps. Foucault's Pendulum in the entrance at ground level, demonstrating the rotation of the earth.
Access Information: This is an old building. The stairs are worn. There 92 steps. The access to the roof is through a trap-door after a further eight broad step-ladder type steps.
Crescent Gardens, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SG
Public access to the Council Chamber, where council meetings take place to make decisions about the local community. Find out about its history and visit the Mayor’s parlour, subject to availability, to see the Civic insignia and treasures.
Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SA
Thursday 2pm & Friday 10am & 2pm Talks about the building and latest exhibition. Originally built as the spa’s Promenade Rooms in 1806, the art gallery was completely gutted and renovated from Council offices in the early 1990s with further refurbishment in 2011.
The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5LE
The Nidderdale Museum will be open free of charge to visitors and is made up of eleven rooms of exhibitions on different aspects of local history. These collections and exhibitions include photographs, costumes and other artefacts to recreate an image of the Nidderdale area throughout its history.
Access Information: We are located on the first floor - a stairlift is available for use by visitors, please ring for further details. If you are traveling to the museum by car, there is some parking available outside the museum as well as a disabled parking bay. Further parking is available in Pateley Bridge town centre.
Old Magnesia Well Pump Room, Valley Gardens, 23, York Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The Old Magnesia Well Pump Room is being restored and converted into an Information and Education Centre. The Old Magnesia Well Pump Room is partially restored, built 1858, and Grade 2 listed.The roof is restored,barge boards painted in the light green of the Victorian era, windows replaced and the doors presently being painted in contrasting dark green again of Victorian era. Initial works have started on the inside of the building. The surrounding Peat Garden has been partially cleared and the Rock Garden rebuilt over the adjacent historic Reservoir built 1906/7. Also a Sensory Garden has been built south of the Rock Garden. This area has user friendly pathways for those in pushchairs or wheelchairs. Much has been done in the year 2013/14. Do come and visit! There is the Magnesia Well Cafe nearby, a very well equipped children's playground, tennis courts, crazy golf and a skateboard park. The flowers are a delight to see at this time of year. The Friends Of Valley Gardeners' Team meet fortnightly and assist in the maintenance of the gardens.There are numerous seats available for those who simply wish to sit and enjoy the ambiance. Toilets are situated near the Pump Room and another adjacent to the children's play area.
Access Information: Disabled parking on Cornwall Road and Valley Drive.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session. The Old Magnesia Well Pump Room is situated in the Valley Gardens. The restoration and refurbishment has been done in conjunction with Harrogate Borough Council the owners of the site and building.
Directions: The Valley Gardens Main Entrance is at the junction of Valley Drive and Cornwall Road. The Pump Room is to the west of the Valley Gardens beyond the Sun Pavilion and below the public toilets.
Pateley Playhouse, Church Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5LB
The Playhouse, owned and run by Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society, will be open for tours backstage. There will be displays of costumes and past productions. Members of the Dramatic Society will be on hand to explain the history of the conversion of the building from a Primitive Methodist Chapel into a delightful theatre. Parking in public car park "Southlands" off the High Street. Refreshments will be available.
Access Information: The auditorium is accessed via a curved staircase so is not suitable for people with walking difficulties. There is no accommodation for pushchairs. The tours would not be appropriate for very young children.
Directions: Signposted from High Street, Pateley Bridge
Royal Hall, Ripon Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2RD
A stunning Edwardian theatre built in 1903. The building was designed by Robert Beale and Frank Matcham and was loosely based on Ostende Kursaal in Belgium. It was fully restored to its original magnificence in 2008 and continues to be a venue for events, arts and entertainment.
Booking Details: Must book for entry at specific times Contact: Mercer Art Gallery Call: 01423 556188 Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 31 July 2014 Booking closes: 12 September 2014
Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2RY
Visit the Museum for free to discover Harrogate’s fascinating spa history. See Ancient Egyptian treasures and the latest exhibition, 'A Town at War: Harrogate During The First World War'. Guided tours to visit the sulphur well on Saturday at 11am, 1:30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm; Sunday at 3pm
Church Drive, Bilton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 3DT
St John's Church, Bilton was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and this church is a notable and extremely distinguished example of the work of this prolific but excellent Victorian architect. Built in 1855 with money donated by William Sheepshanks, the church has a west tower, a nave with a north aisle and a south aisle with a porch, and also a chancel. The nave arcade piers show both naturalistic and stiff-leaf foliage, and this detailing is evident everywhere in the church. Consecration of the building took place on 12th November 1857. Major restoration work and re-ordering took place in 1967. The impressive organ case was moved to the west end, and can now be seen to best advantage. An oak screen was moved from the west end to close off the east end. St John's Church is a listed building Grade 2* and St John's Church Hall is also a listed building.
Access Information: Enter by south porch door, off Bilton Lane
Additional Information: Refreshments available in the Church Hall Saturday only
Leeds Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8AY
Built in 1898 by John Oldrid Scott and refurbished in recent years with opulent interior. Notable rose window and alabaster reredos.
Additional Information: Refreshment available between 1000 and 1200 both days
Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1DE
Visit this 30 acre site featuring the Crematorium, Memorial Gardens and Cemetery, together with adjoining Hebrew Cemetery and War Grave Commission Cemetery where 1,000 Canadian airmen are buried.
Pateley Bridge Council Chamber, The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5LE
A fascinating exhibition about the First World War and its effect on the AONB. Part of our First World War Centenary project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Access Information: Wheelchair access is via the Nidderdale Museum entrance.
Additional Information: The Nidderdale Museum is located upstairs in the same building and also has displays on the War. The Museum will be open free of charge on the same day.
Grewelthorpe, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DE
This little pavilion is dramatically perched above a steep wooded gorge, in the remnants of an outstanding 18th-century garden at Hackfall, conceived and created by the Aislabies. A richly decorated sitting-room opens onto a terrace and from under the ‘ruined’ arches miles of Yorkshire countryside roll out before you. The sitting-room is flanked by a bedroom and bathroom; flitting between the two wings across a moonlit terrace is a truly Gothic experience. The Landmark Trust is opening The Ruin in association with Heritage Open Days. Admission is free and leaflets are provided detailing the building's history. For more details view our map for the property or see directions. Should you need any further information please contact Booking Enquiries. The Booking Office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NT
The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes shares the stories of the people and places of the Yorkshire Dales. See our unique exhibits from the Stone Age to Victorian times. Climb aboard our static train and find out how family life has changed in the Dales. Take a walk down the & lead mine; and discover how the industries of the Dales, together with farming, have helped to shape this treasured landscape. Events, demonstrations of traditional crafts and changing exhibitions help bring the Museum alive. Hands on, interactive exhibits make it fun for children. Plenty of fun on the Creation Station where kids can get use the arts and craft facilities and a new Outdoor Sculpture Trail.
Sheepdyke Lane, Stonegate, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, YO14 0PS
Come and visit Hunmanby's 19th century Lock-Up, traditionally known as 'The Black Hole'. Not usually open to the public, this will be an excellent opportunity to see inside and learn what happened to local miscreants. An opportunity for children to learn more about crime and punishment in Victorian times.
Additional Information: Visit the Bayley Gardens Information Point for free Hunmanby Heritage Day programmes, village map and heritage trail leaflets - and a warm welcome to our village.
Directions: The red-brick lock-up and stone-built pinfold are at the junction of Stonegate and Sheepdyke Lane, about a third of a mile east from the village towards Filey.
Church Hill, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, YO14 0NT
Join Dr George Sheeran for a guided talk and walk around Hunmanby's delightful 12th century church.
Access Information: The Church can be accessed from Church Hill/Bridlington Street in the centre of village. The guide will meet you at the Church Gate. Access to the Church Tower is not available for health and safety reasons.
Additional Information: Visit the Bayley Gardens Information Point for free Hunmanby Heritage Day programmes, village map and heritage trail leaflets - and a warm welcome to our village.
Hunmanby Community Centre, 35 Stonegate, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, YO14 0NS
Illustrated talk about the local First World War unit known as the Wolds Waggoners Reserve. To take place in the main hall of what was the former Edwardian village school. Refreshments available. Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: Limited parking at rear.
Additional Information: The Wolds Waggoners were established by Sir Mark Sykes of Sledmere as a special reserve unit before World War One. Composed of local agricultural workers, they were called up immediately on the declaration of war to provide transport for troop supplies at the front. This illustrated talk in the centennial year of the outbreak of the war, outlines their origin and is given in memory of their heroic contribution to the war effort. Visit the Bayley Gardens Information Point for free Hunmanby Heritage Day programmes, village map and heritage trail leaflets - and a warm welcome to our village.
Directions: Red brick former Edwardian village school.
The White Swan Inn, 1 Church Hill, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, Y014 0JU
Welcome to this historic old coaching inn, situated on what was formerly the main route between Bridlington and Scarborough. See a display about its history and the campaign to save the building as a community pub.
Additional Information: Visit the Bayley Gardens Information Point for free Hunmanby Heritage Day programmes, village map and heritage trail leaflets - and a warm welcome to our village.
Directions: The White Swan Inn is opposite the Church in the village centre.
Wrangham House Hotel, 10 Stonegate, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, YO14 0NS
A Grade II listed Georgian house, the property was built as a vicarage for Hunmanby and surrounding villages. It was occupied in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by Archdeacon Francis Wrangham. Visit this building and explore the tranquil secluded gardens. Wrangham was a notable literary figure and social reformer. An avid bibliophile, he built a new wing, now the Hotel dining room, to house his large personal library. During the morning Hunmanby Local History Group will be presenting a local history display about World War One and the Wolds Waggoners Reserve.
Access Information: Access for vehicles via Stonegate entrance or pedestrian access via Church Walk entrance. Wrangham House Hotel is adjacent to the Parish Church of All Saints. Wheelchair access is via the main door. Refreshments available for non-residents.
Additional Information: Wrangham House Hotel is open to non-residents for light refreshments and meals. Visit the Bayley Gardens Information Point for free Hunmanby Heritage Day programmes, village map and heritage trail leaflets - and a warm welcome to our village.
Directions: Pedestrian access is via Church Walk from Bridlington Street or Stonegate. Vehicle access via Stonegate only.
Glusburn Institute, Colne Rd, Glusburn, Keighley, North Yorkshire, BD20 8PJ
Classic cars, vintage clothes and Victorian cafe. Free tours around the building. Live music, dance and poetry workshops.
Access Information: There are some parts of the building accessible via stairs only.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session.
St Andrew's Church, Kildwick, Keighley, North Yorkshire, BD20 9BB
St Andrew's Church will be open from 12 noon until 4.30pm. The church tower will be open to see the clock and the bells. Guided tours of the church will be available and tea & scones in the Parish Rooms (50m from the church).
Access Information: Access to the church is via 4 steps in the porch. Portable ramps are available and assistance will be required to move a wheelchair up/down the ramps.
Additional Information: St Andrew's Church is a Grade 1 listed 14th century church, known as the Lang Kirk of Craven due to its unusual length for a parish church.
Directions: St Andrew's Church is located mid way between Skipton and Keighley, just off the A629. There is a small car park by the church, which is also besides the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
Knaresborough Castle and Museum, Castle Yard, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8AS
Free entry to discover medieval Knaresborough – the King’s Chamber, dark dungeon and secret underground tunnel. See the original Tudor Courthouse. Staff on hand to provide information and assistance.
Access Information: The Castle site is accessible for wheelchairs but there is limited access to the historic buildings. The Courthouse Museum is equipped with a hearing induction loop.
St Mary's Church, Intake Lane, Birkin, Knottingley, North Yorkshire, WF11 9LN
Our wonderful Church is 865 years old this year! We will be throwing the doors open to the public all day for guided tours, presentations and guest speakers. We will have displays from the Borthwick Institute and help will be on hand from local family history societies if you need help in tracing your ancestors. Refreshments will be served all day. We are hoping to have a display of vintage tractors outside and other professional stalls. The day will conclude at around 3.30pm with a special Evensong with Dr John Roden. Tombola, refreshments, gift stalls, presentations, tours, exhibits.
Access Information: Gravel drive up to the Church entrance. Parking may not be available near to the Church.
Directions: We are 1 mile from Beal and two miles from Monk Fryston. Birkin is a small rural hamlet with an outstanding Norman Church.
Scampston Walled Garden / Conservatory, Scampston Estate, Scampston, Malton , North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG
Find out about the Heritage Lottery funded Richardson Conservatory Restoration Project at Scampston. Free Cascade Walk with Heritage Information Points and Stories of Scampston’s Past. Find out some of the Stories and Secrets of Scampston’s past. Free behind the scenes tours of the conservatory. The Richardson Conservatory built in 1894 provides a focal point at the heart of the Walled Garden at Scampston, but unfortunately, fell into a state of disrepair. The Scampston Conservatory Preservation Company (SCPCo) has been very fortunate to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources to restore the building and develop education activities and exhibitions. Details on the website: www.scampston.co.uk/conservatory Or Blog: www.scampston-conservatory.blogspot.co.uk Free Family Activities and self-guided explorers’ trail walks 1000-1600. Guided Family Activity Story Walks (or workshops if wet) at 1130-1230 & 1430-1530 (Advanced booking required)
Booking Details: Free self led trails in the parkland / booking advised for guided walks Contact: Anne Ainsley / Paul Mosley Call: 01944 759111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to: Scampston Walled Garden, Scampston Hall YO17 8NG Booking opens: 1 July 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 13 September 2014 17:00
Access Information: Bridge over part of the cascade circuit - access available to all other areas.
Additional Information: Max 25 people per tour/session.
Directions: Follow signs to the Walled Garden / Scampston Hall from the A64. Free Parking in the Walled Garden Car Park.
Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DY
A day of family orientated archaeological activities linked to the story of the First World War in the Masham area, led by community archaeologist Kev Cale. Featuring a living history ‘tommie’, a trip to a First World War archaeological site nearby for ‘hands-on’ archaeology, and much more. Bring a packed lunch, sturdy footwear and a raincoat! Meet at Masham Town Hall entrance at 1000. This event is aimed at families.
Booking Details: Places are limited and must be pre-booked Contact: Nidderdale AONB Call: 01423 712950 Email: email@example.com Go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-archaeology-day-tickets-12442500855?aff=eorg Booking opens: 29 July 2014 12:00 Booking closes: 11 September 2014 12:00
Access Information: Car parking is available in Masham Market Place and public toilets are nearby.
Additional Information: This event will include various activities 'in the field' please come prepared to be outdoors and dress appropriately for the weather.
St Thomas' Church, Brompton, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Brompton parish church has a 1000 year history and the village is mentioned in Domesday. Five Anglo Danish hogback stones, of an original eleven found here, are displayed in the church along with Anglo Saxon sculpture: a ninth century cross shaft, two complete wheel head crosses and three other fragments of wheel head crosses. There are several stained glass windows, including one by Kempe, commemorating the Pattison family - owners of one of two linen mills established in the village in the middle of the 19th century. The aluminium reredos was designed by Pace in 1965. The 15th century perpendicular tower houses a peal of eight bells which may be rung on the day (TBC). Volunteer stewards will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments, guidebooks and other information will be available to purchase.
Access Information: Toilets are available in the village hall c500 yards. Wheelchair access via the lychgate on the east side of the churchyard. There is on street parking nearby
Directions: There are several Bromptons in North Yorkshire. This location is the Brompton just to the north of Northallerton. The church is in the centre of the village adjacent to the green. There is also a fingerpost nearby.
Scotch Corner Chapel, Oldstead, North Yorkshire
A rare opportunity to see inside this fascinating and intriguing hidden gem in the North York Moors National Park. Built by local man and Ampleforth College master John Bunting (1927-2002), the Chapel is a war memorial to those who died in the Second World War and, in particular, to former Ampleforth College pupils who fought in the war. It is also home to many of John’s sculptural pieces, including a stone sculpture of a recumbent solider in paratrooper's helmet and commando boots. Bunting was Master of Drawing at Ampleforth, where he taught Anthony Gormley. His own sculptural pieces were much influenced by Henry Moore. Visitors will be able to gain access to the inside of the Chapel and neighbouring small barn. Members of John Bunting’s family will be on hand to talk to visitors about his work, providing a unique insight and personal perspective on the place. Although there is no specific provision for children and families, many of our visitors in the past have come in family groups.
Access Information: The site is not accessible by car and it is around 20-30 minutes walk from the nearest road and parking.
Directions: Grid reference - SE 52690 81423 The Chapel can be found along a track around 1.5km north of the village of Oldstead. It is a steep ascent up the track from the village. There is no vehicular access and it is a 15 minute walk to the nearest parking. The chapel is next to a bridleway and accessible by bike and on foot. We would advise consulting an OS or equivalent map before setting out. Directions can also be obtained from Sutton Bank National Park Centre where parking is available.
Old Church Lane, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, HG3 5LZ
Old abandoned church and churchyard will be open. It will be a rare opportunity to visit the Church Tower which is locked for the rest of year.
Access Information: 1 step into churchyard and 1 step into church so will be accessible with assistance. Tower accessed by stone spiral staircase with hand rope but there is no wheelchair access.
Aske Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 5HJ
A predominately Georgian collection of paintings and furniture that has been in the Dundas family since the 18th century. Internal works to the house are ongoing and not all the collection may be on show as a result.
Access Information: Access to some rooms for wheelchairs is difficult due to steps.
Additional Information: Max 15 people per tour/session. Pre-booking is not required but is advisable. All visitors will be required to provide a form of identification (e.g. passport or driving licence) before entering the house. For more details, please contact Mandy Blenkiron on 01748 822000.
St Agatha's Church, Easby, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7JU
Guided tours of the Church. The present church was built before 1155 and the Abbey (English Heritage) built around it. The crowning glory is a rare series of wall paintings dating from 1250. There is a replica of the 7th century cross, the original being in the V&A Museum in London. St Agatha's church has been featured in a BBC4 TV film about medieval births, deaths and marriages. Refreshments will be served. Any further details will be available on the Parish website nearer the time: http://easbyparish.org Quiz for children.
Access Information: Wheelchair access from lane leading down the hill to the church, through arch. Nearest toilets are in Richmond.
Additional Information: No toilet facilities, nearest are in Richmond. The true medieval experience!!!
Directions: Off the B6271 Richmond to Northallerton Road, signposted Easby Abbey. There is a small church car park opposite the church but if this is full, return to the village and park there. Please park safely and do not obstruct the village. Public Transport From Richmond Market Place Northallerton bus to Easby Lane Ends, follow signs on foot from here.
The Station, Station Yard, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4LD
Find out more about our wonderful building during the tour, led by our expert volunteer Graham. The tour will last about an hour and cover the history of The Station, as well as looking at its features, inside and out. The Station building is open all day. We have talented artisan food and drink producers working here, making bread, cheese, beer, fudge and ice cream. There's also a café restaurant and cinema, and we use the walls as an art gallery so there's always something lovely to look at. We hope that you will enjoy your time with us at The Station, on the tour and enjoying the space. Children can complete a Junior Challenge trail (aimed at ages 8 and above). Younger children can get creative with a quiz and colouring sheet.
Access Information: The original platform is still in place, so please note that it can be a little uneven in places.
Keld United Reformed Church, Keld, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6LJ
Come and hear Tony and Margaret Brennan talk about the lead mines of Keld. Tony and Margaret are the authors of 'The Hungry Hushes', an account of lead-mining in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The talk will be given in the listed Keld Chapel (1789-1861) one of an ensemble of historic buildings grouped with the manse (1861) the school (1847) and Institute (1861) round a courtyard at the heart of the village. There will be an opportunity to view the other buildings some of which are not normally open.
Access Information: Level access to the chapel, though fitted furniture may limit the number of wheelchairs. Accessible toilets 50m. Car parking and catering nearby.
Additional Information: Keld is a very attractive village, remotely situated in the high Pennines. It is the point at which the Coast to Coast and Pennine Way footpaths cross.
Directions: Keld is in upper Swaledale in the northernmost part of the Yorkshire Dales. The nearest towns are Reeth and Kirkby Stephen. The B6270 connects the two towns. Keld is located just off the B6270.
Chapel of St Mary Magdalen, Magdalen's Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1HU
A rare survivor of a medieval leper hospital, last restored in 1989, containing medieval pavement with Roman medallion, low-side/leper window and stone altar. It was established in the 12th century to care for lepers and blind priests. For the Heritage Open Day, members of the Friends will be present to guide, give information and answer questions. There will be DVD showings of re-enactments of events in the history of the chapel. The chapel has some seating inside and pleasant lawned areas surrounding the building where families may sit. The chapel is a small building and can get very busy.
Access Information: PDA - There is a ramp into the chapel offering wheelchair access to most areas, but it is a small building with limited interior space.
Additional Information: Max 30 people per tour/session. This is a working Anglican chapel with regular services and events. Its priest-in-charge is the Revd. John Langdon and the Master is the Very Revd. John Dobson, Dean of Ripon.
Directions: From the bypass follow the 'city centre' sign. Turn right at the lights; the chapel is 300m on the right. BUS - the venue is around 15 minutes walk from the Ripon bus station.
Newby Hall, Skelton-cum-Newby, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE
With its colourful and vibrant interior, this Victorian church seems the very celebration of life, yet it stands as a testament to tragedy. It is a memorial to Frederick Vyner who, aged 23, was captured and murdered by brigands in Greece in 1870. His mother used the money collected for his ransom to commission British architect William Burges –- celebrated for the design of Cardiff Castle and Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork, Ireland – to design this church (built 1871-76) in the grounds of her home at Newby Hall. Sunday 14th September, Burges expert David Thornton will give a guided tour of this unique and fascinating church.
Access Information: Parking available
Directions: 4 miles south east of Ripon, off B6265; turn off A1 at Boroughbridge and follow B6265 to Ripon; turn left following brown signs to Newby Hall; go through main gateway, follow road towards the Hall. Church on right. Nearest railway station: Knaresborough (6.5 miles). Bus route numbers: 142/143.
Clifton Castle, Clifton, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4AB
A Grade II star late Georgian house, set in landscaped grounds and with views across the river Ure of lower Wensleydale. Contents feature furniture, paintings and china including many conditionally exempt items. Not suitable for children. Event not suitable for children under the age of 11.
Booking Details: Tours must be pre-booked Contact: Robert Frewen Call: 01969 623109 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 1 July 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 8 September 2014 17:00
Additional Information: Max 25 people per tour/session.
Directions: On Masham to Richmond road 2 1/2 miles north of Masham, red telephone box by drive gates on right hand side
Courthouse Museum, Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1QS
The Georgian Courthouse remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1830; stand in the dock to hear your fate or sit at the magistrate's bench to deliver the verdict. Our displays tell the story of the courthouse and the people who passed through it. This year, the theme for Heritage Open Days is 'Locked Up'. Especially for Heritage Open Days we are opening up the original holding cell underneath the courthouse. Experience this dark and forbidding cell where prisoners would wait before being led up into the dock for trial and see what very few others have before. On Sunday 14th September entry to the museum is free. For families, try on the judge's robes and wig and take part in a family activity trail.
Access Information: The Courthouse Museum consists of three rooms plus entrance hall. The Courthouse has three steps at the entrance (with handrails). The floors of the Courtroom are on several levels. Doorway from Jury Room into Magistrates Retiring Room is too narrow for wheelchair access. There are no toilets available for visitors’ use. Public Toilets are located nearby, to the left of the Courthouse.
Directions: Across the road from Ripon Cathedral. Parking is available immediately behind the Courthouse in the large public car park.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Join us at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal as we celebrate our rich history this year. Come and strut your stuff in period costume, dabble in a few garden games with friends and family or seek out hidden follies on a trail of discovery. There'll also be some craft activities for you to get stuck in to, and families can have a romp around in our play area, build a den in our natural play area or try spotting some feathery friends in our bird hide. It's free entry all day - enjoy!
Access Information: Disabled parking is available throughout the site, and especially at our entrance closest to the Abbey itself. We have 3 mobility scooters which are free to use, but must be pre-booked. You can reserve them prior to this event by calling our main enquiries line.
Additional Information: It's free entry all day - enjoy!
Directions: Off B6265 Ripon to Pateley Bridge road. J48/50 A1(M). A61 from Harrogate / Leeds.
Blossomgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Late 17th century/early 18th century gazebo beautifully restored. Built to give a view of the countryside.
Water Skellgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1BH
Early 20th century Masonic Hall, still in use.
St Marygate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1LX
The buildings in St Marygate served as a prison for the Liberty from 1686 to 1879 and as the Police Station from 1880 to 1959. Our building retains many of the original features and much of the atmosphere of a Victorian prison. This year, the theme for Heritage Open Days is 'Locked Up'. Pass by the whipping post, stocks and shackles in the yard to enter the cold empty cells. Displays also illustrate the history of policing in Yorkshire and include lots of hands on exhibits. As part of Heritage Open Days, admission will be free on Sunday 14th September. For families there are police uniforms to try on and original objects to handle. Feel the weight of the prisoners chains and see if you can turn the crank. Sit on the police motorbike and have a go at completing our museum activity trails.
Access Information: The Prison & Police Museum is on two floors. An access lift is available (dimensions: 100cm x 148cm). The cells on the first floor have narrow doorways and a slight step but will allow most wheelchairs through (unless self-powered). Uneven floors especially for the sight-impaired. Very worn stone stairs to the first floor. Handrails provided. There is an access toilet available for visitors’ use on the ground floor.
Directions: On St Marygate, half way between the Workhouse Museum and the Courthouse Museum. Public car parking is available opposite the museum.
Minster Road, Princess Road, Victoria Villa, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1QS
The ringing chamber in the Cathedral's south-west tower will be open to visitors.
Clotherholme Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2DG
The original school Hall of the 1870 Grammar School building, designed by Leeds architect George Corson.
Berrygate Lane, Sharow, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5BJ
Important stained glass by George Hedgeland, William Morris and Co and others. 140-year-old pipe organ. Award-winning wildlife area in the churchyard which also has British Legion graves of First World War veterans including "Manchesters" from Wilfred Owen's regiment. Funerary pyramid monument of Charles Piazzi Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland and an eminent investigator of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt. Art exhibition by local artists. tea, coffee and cake! Discovery trail for children.
Access Information: There will be a service of blessing at 2pm on Saturday 13th September.
Directions: From A61 Ripon Bypass leave at Ripon North roundabout and drive along Dishforth Road for 1/2 mile. Turn sharp left into Berrygate Lane and church is on the right.
75 Allhallowgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1LE
Ripon Union Workhouse was the last resort for local poor people from 1854. The theme of this year's Heritage Open Day is 'Locked Up'. You are invited to walk in the steps of the Victorian paupers and visit our museum and restored 1890's kitchen garden. To celebrate Heritage Open Days admission is free on Sunday 14th September. For families grab one of several trails and explore the museum and gardens. Dress up in workhouse costumes and sit in the Victorian schoolroom and practice writing on slates, try your hand at rag rugging or oakum picking and explore archaeology in our kitchen garden.
Access Information: The Workhouse Museum is all on one level with one room on the first floor. Doorways and corridors are wide enough to allow wheelchair and mobility scooter access. Access lift available (dimensions: 100cm x 148cm). Uneven floors especially for the sight-impaired. A mixture of surfaces. The stone stairs to the first floor are very worn. Handrail provided. Access toilet available on the ground floor. The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users.
Additional Information: On Sunday 14th we will have a pop up cafe to provide refreshments. Come and visit us for teas, coffees and some fantastic cakes made by our volunteers.
Directions: We are situated on Allhallowgate, very near to the market square. There is a large public car park a few minutes away from the museum. We have several disabled parking spaces immediately to the front of the museum.
Church Lane, Skelton in Cleveland, Saltburn by the Sea, North Yorkshire, TS12 2HQ
The church stands in the park to the west of Skelton and was mostly built in 1785 to a largely mediaeval plan and with some medieval masonry: probably two previous churches were sited there. Pulpit, box pews and other furnishings seem to date from the 1785 rebuilding, with slightly earlier text boards and some older monuments on the remaining medieval wall. The herringbone tooling of the outside stonework gives a strong local flavour, in contrast to the 'Venetian' east window and the dark rose colour of the interior. The Skelton History Group will be holding an exhibition about the history of the parish, the churchyard and those commemorated on the headstones and an exhibition about how World War One impacted upon the local community. There will be guided tours around the church and churchyard.
Access Information: There is very limited parking on site. Please park in the village and walk to the church. There are no toilet facilities at the church.
Directions: The church is situated at the end of church lane, through the gate in to the churchyard.
St John the Baptist church, Main Street, Cayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3RP
Visit 12th century Norman church. Three bells in tower installed 1897, recently serviced, old organ. Pendulum clock installed in 1947 from a public subscription as a thank you that no one from the parish was killed as a result of enemy action in either 1st or 2nd world wars. Some ancient "graffiti". Under one mile from the coast and Cayton Bay beach.
Access Information: Entry to upper levels of the tower restricted to fully "mobile" visitors.
Directions: Cayton 3 miles south of Scarborough on the coast road, Church in centre of village.
Ravenhall Hotel, Ravenhall Road, Ravenscar, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 OET
An exhibition about the history of Ravenhall and the sale of its estate in the late 1800s to create a new town - and why it failed. Also, a guided walk of some of the town plan area. 1.30pm - meet at National Trust Centre, Ravenscar.
Additional Information: Note: no bus service to Ravenscar on Sundays.
Memorial Hall, Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4QD
This year the main theme will be 1914; what the village looked like, what was happening and a detailed display of medals and information of all the men from Seamer who lost their lives in the Great War. Displays of old photographs. Archaeological finds. Guided walks round the village pointing out places of historical interest . Guided walk round the church, churchyard looking at memorials. Guided walk around site of Seamer Manor House. Mini digs Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Access Information: The Memorial Hall is accessible but some of the guided walks, such as the grounds of the manor house will be over terrain which is not suitable for wheelchairs
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session.
Directions: In the centre of the village close to Londesborough Arms PH
25 St. Marys Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1QW
Our clubhouse is open to the public. Inside we have a museum collection of maritime artefacts collected from shipwrecks mostly off the Yorkshire coast including bells, telegraphs, steering pedestals and even a hard hat diving helmet! Approximately two thirds of all the shipwrecks of the Yorkshire coast were sunk during World War I. During the event we will have information boards and local divers to talk about the wrecks they have come off and their history. Find out the history and the re-discovery of the SS Disperser. Discover the fate of German U-boats sunk during the First World War. And immerse yourself in the dramatic rescue of the crew of the SS Mekong. We also have a licensed bar to provide refreshments. The event is fun for all the family!
Access Information: Unfortunately due to steep steps at the front of the clubhouse, there is no wheelchair access.
Additional Information: Please visit our clubhouse to see one of the largest brass collections in the country collected by members over the club's fifty years of history.
Directions: Next door to the Leeds Arms pub, just down from St. Marys Church steps. Best way to find it is to go to the Lifeboat House on the seafront by the harbour. At the junction, go up the hill and you will find a cobbled street with bollards called West Sandgate going up by Wilsons Bar pub. At the top of the cobbles you will see St. Mary's Street and the Leeds Arms pub immediately in front of you. The clubhouse is next door to the Leeds Arms.
Drax Power Station, Drax, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 8PH
A unique opportunity to experience the heritage of electricity generation with a guided visit to the largest coal-fired power station in Europe. Now also burning sustainable biomass materials, Drax supplies over 7% of the nation's electricity. The visit will include time in the visitor centre, a walking tour and an environmental tour by coach. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Event not suitable for children under the age of 11.
Booking Details: For Health & Safety reasons, all places MUST be booked. Contact: Keith Greenwood Call: 01405 861167 Email: email@example.com Write to: Keith Greenwood Reeth House Pontefract Road Snaith GOOLE Yorkshire DN14 9JT Booking opens: 1 July 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 1 September 2014 17:00
Access Information: Once you have booked, a Health & Safety document will be sent to you. In order to get the maximum value from the tour, there will be a need to climb up and down flights of industrial stairs and walk on platforms. If you are uncertain about the suitability of the tour for you and want clarification, please feel free to contact Keith Greenwood..
Additional Information: Max 33 people per tour/session. Just 3 miles from Drax Power Station is the vibrant medieval market town of SNAITH There are three cafes and five public houses where a warm welcome invites visitors to eat, drink and to spend a night or two. On Saturday 13th September, the town celebrates its annual HERITAGE DAY with this year's theme HERITAGE COUNTS. The activities start at 10am at the beautiful Priory Church. FREE PARKING at Snaith Station car park.
Directions: Junction 36 of M62. Follow A614 and A645.
Giggleswick School, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0DE
School Chapel built between 1897-1901. Unusual exterior with mosaics, sgraffito and stained glass of high quality and interest.
Access Information: Ramp at side entrance; the door width is narrow however.
The Folly, Victoria Street, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EY
The Folly is an impressive Grade 1 listed 17th Century house close to the centre of Settle in the heart of the Craven dales. The home of the Museum of North Craven Life Permanent exhibitions tell the story of North Craven's Landscape and people. There is a room dedicated to the Settle Carlisle railway. The temporary exhibitions on show include 'War Beckons', ' Journeys through a Family Archive' and the' 25th Anniversary of the Saving of the Settle Carlisle Railway' Dressing up box in the Parlour , Molly and Basil Mouse trails to take children on an adventure through the building, word searches and quizzes, lots to keep children of all ages busy Event not suitable for children under the age of 2.
Access Information: Access to the top floor would not be possible for wheel chair users
Additional Information: Small shop stocking items of local interest
Directions: 100 metres from the Market Square on the left hand side at the foot of Victoria Street
Church Hill, Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire, LS25 6BJ
All Saints' Parish Church, Sherburn in Elmet is a Grade I listed building. The nave is a fine Norman construction with many of the original features. The chancel is 15th century constructed by the then Archbishop of York when one of his homes was in the adjacent King Athelstan's Palace (now dismantled to provide stone for building York Minster). A particular feature is a unique Janus Cross with a very interesting history. Picture trail for children: free and just for fun.
Access Information: Gentle upward slope from the car park. Toilets (inc. Disabled) in Church Hall level with car park. Some limitation inside the church with low chancel step.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session. Sunday afternoon Concert by High Notes junior choir, Northern Comfort Barbershop Singers and the church choir. In addition to the church building there are many local exhibits including the Towton Battle Society, local history society, etc. Visits to the bell ringing chamber and tower roof on Saturday afternoon.
Cross Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2AH
Architects plans and early photographs will be on display. The church was designed by R D Chantrell 1837-9. Many points of interest include an extensive crypt running the whole length of the church, chancel furnishings by Bromet and Thorman, ceiling by Sir Charles Nicholson, a fine organ by Harrison and Harrison (1906) and High Altar, Reredos and Aumbry by the 'Mouseman of Kilburn'. A recent exciting re-ordering of the nave provides the church with flexible space for worship and the performing arts.
Access Information: There is limited on-street parking, the nearest car park is at the bus station.
Additional Information: There are public toilets at the bus station.
The Ginnel, Newmarket Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2JA
There will always be a Quaker available to talk to about the history of the building and Quakerism past and present. On Sunday there will be displays on Quakers during WW1 in the Community Room. A simple but appealing Grade II listed single-storey building with a lintel above the central door dated 1693. The interior has original panelling partitions, an elders' bench with ancient graffiti and stone flag flooring. There is a delightful small garden in which to take refreshment.
Access Information: There is no parking on site, nearest parking is behind the Town Hall on Skipton High Street.
Directions: The building is not signposted, but the Ginnel is the second turning after the Devonshire Arms on Newmarket Street heading out of town towards Ilkley.
Mill Bridge, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1NJ
Guided tours of this wonderful medieval church which stands proudly at the top of Skipton High Street will be available. It was repaired by Ann Clifford after the siege of Skipton in the Civil War. Most of the windows are Perpendicular, but some Decorated, mostly straight-headed. Three bays of the aisled nave date from circa 1350, have quatrefoil piers and double-chamfered arches. There are several stained glass windows by Caponnier, and in S aisle a Kempe window of 1901 with his characteristic wheatsheaf. The refectory and shop will be open from 1000-1500.
Access Information: The nearest parking is behind the Town Hall which is very close to Holy Trinity Church.
Additional Information: There are also free public toilets behind the Town Hall, including accessible toilets.
Directions: This is a prominent building at the top of Skipton High Street, adjacent to the Castle.
Main Street, Burnsall, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6BP
St Wilfrid's history goes right back to its foundation by St Wilfrid of Ripon before 700AD. Although most of the building has been rebuilt over the years, there are parts that go back many centuries. St Wilfrid's is a Grade I listed church in perpendicular style. The font dates from an original Norman church, and the current Lady Chapel in the South Chantry was built in the 12th century. There is a 14th-century carved alabaster panel depicting the Adoration of the Magi. The Tower and western portion of the church were built during the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547). During a refurbishment in the mid 19th century, a number of Viking stones and artefacts were discovered. Some of these have been retained in the church, and form a fascinating exhibition in the SW corner. Children's quiz available.
Access Information: Shallow step at Lych Gate. Sloping pathway to entrance porch. Shallow step into Church from porch.
Additional Information: St Wilfrid's is the parish church at the centre of a thriving Dales community. Stewards will be present in the afternoon to answer any questions and will serve refreshments. Printed guides in English, French, German, Dutch and literature relating to the artefacts are on sale. More information is available on our website.
Directions: Nestling in the curve of the River Wharfe, St Wilfrid's lies towards the northern end of the village of Burnsall on the B6160 Bolton Abbey to Grassington road.
Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AL
A beautiful Grade I listed building primarily of the 16th and 17th centuries. Four massive castellated round towers and round stair turret with Henry Clifford's coat of arms over the entrance archway and a pierced parapet bearing their motto 'DESORMAIS'. A chance to visit the rarely seen first floor rooms including the Desormais room situated over the entrance passage. A fine plaster frieze with the Clifford coat of arms and motto.
Access Information: Entrance in yard to left of main Castle access and up first flight of stone steps. Several flights of steps involved, some uneven. The nearest car park is behind the Town Hall where there are also free public toilet facilities, including accessible toilets.
Additional Information: No booking is required. Please note that this is a tour of the gatehouse, not the castle.
Directions: The Gatehouse is a prominent building at the top of the High Street, adjacent to Holy Trinity Church.
Carleton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3BT
There will be a laminated short history of the cemetery available on site with some of the notable burials highlighted on a map with a brief description. Waltonwrays Cemetery was designed by Skipton architect, John Varley. He was the winner of an architectural competition advertised in the Craven Herald on Saturday October 11 1873. Skipton Burial Board acquired the land on which the cemetery sits in 1875, and the first burial took place in 1876. The cemetery was designed as a landscaped enclosure in a rural setting with open views.
Access Information: There is limited parking on site, the nearest car park is at the bus station. Wheelchairs can gain access to the cemetery via the main pathways, but not all the headstones are accessible by wheelchair.
Additional Information: The nearest public toilets are at the bus station.
Directions: The cemetery is approximately 1 mile from Skipton town centre on the Carleton Road which is right at the traffic lights by the Tesco garage (if you are heading out of town).
Stanwick, Richmond, Stanwick, North Yorkshire, DL11 7RT
St John's church, known for its setting in the impressive earthworks of an important pre-Roman settlement and one of the most important collections of carved stones and monumental remains in North Yorkshire. Part of a 9th-century cross-shaft found in the churchyard points to early Christian origins. The church underwent a thorough restoration by Anthony Salvin in 1868. There are fragments of carved stone from various ages, but particularly important are the 17th-century monuments to the Smithsons. The church will be open for Heritage Open Days and local historian Janet Hall will give guided tours.
Access Information: One step down into church.
Church View, Bolton Percy, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, YO23 7AG
This 15th century timber framed gatehouse was restored by the Vivat Trust in April 2010. The gatehouse originally marked the entrance to a courtyard of medieval buildings. The intricate carvings on the internal beams indicate its 'high status' and imply that it was used as more than just a look out post. Today the gatehouse is rented for holidays.
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ
Guided tour around a beautiful Palladian stately home in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside. Once owned by George Hudson, the ‘Railway King'.
Access Information: Not suitable for wheelchairs as there is no access to upper floors.
Baldersby St James, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4PT
Display of Victorian Alter frontals and church vestments not normally on view to the public. These were commissioned for the church when it was built in 1859. The church was designed by William Butterfield and is a Grade 1 Listed building set in a Conservation Village.
Directions: St James Church spire is visible from A1 M at junction with A61
Main Street, Kirk Deighton, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 4EB
View early mediaeval grade I listed church. Refreshments available.
Church Square, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2EG
Large church, built 1884, designed by R J Johnson of Newcastle. Fabric, furnishings and stained glass of interest. Guided tours.
Access Information: There are a few steps to negotiate at the church door.
Brunswick Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QT
RC Chapels and Missions in Whitby from late 18th century. Present building 1867, in 13th century Gothic style, architect M. Hadfield of Sheffield. Later renewals and improvements. Neglect of WWII damage required rebuilding of tower, fitting of fibreglass spire and reroofing (Welsh slate) in 1990s. Notable interior features include: reredos of High Altar, with statues of St. Hilda and associates; stained glass windows above also devoted to her. Stations of Cross erected 1892.
Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1BL
Vernacular building of 1778. Brick-built on stone foundation. Original gallery with box pews; lower level refurbished in Catholic style.
Flowergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3BA
Presbyterian, later Unitarian, chapel on this site from mid-18th century. Present brick building dates from 1812. Box pews, carved lectern and chair, gallery, other interesting features.
Broomfield Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QP
Chalybeate Spa Well House is a cylindrical brick structure built in mid-19th century as a rebuild of an earlier structure. Extensive stencilled interior decoration. Grade II listed building.
Access Information: Building may be reached by wheelchair and interior viewed through the open door.
123b Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DE
An original 19th century jet workshop, discovered sealed in the attic of a derelict building in Burns Yard; a unique piece of Whitby jet heritage. Usual charge for audio commentary handsets will be waived for HODs.
Clark's Yard, Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BL
Whitby 'yards' are rows of 17th/18th century cottages, tucked behind main streets. Visit two yards close together (Clark's Yard, Borough Place). Residents will be available to talk to visitors.
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Brunswick Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RB
Grade II* listed building. Former methodist church, built in 1880s with original features, including organ and pulpit area, stained glass windows and pitched pine gallery. Undergoing sensitive renovation and refurbishment.
Captain Cook Memorial, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Participants will meet their guides at the Whalebone Arch on the West Cliff. After a brief introduction to the panorama of Whitby from this point, the groups will walk through several of the Georgian streets on the west side of the town, including Cliff Street, Flowergate, St. Hilda's Terrace, Bagdale and Baxtergate, ending opposite the Swing Bridge. The walk of about 1 mile is mainly down hill or level, and will take about 1½ hours.
Directions: Captain Cook memorial, West Cliff
Whitby Pavilion Complex, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN
Built 1880 as West Cliff Saloon; soon became centre of theatre in Whitby. Patronised in early days by many notables including Sir Henry Irving, Gerald du Maurier and Bram Stoker. This event offers rare chance to see some wonderful Victorian architecture. Exhibition presents colourful history of theatre in Whitby. Guided tour behind the scenes to restricted access areas, with well preserved original features. During tour pupils of Paul Nicholas School of Acting help bring theatre to life.
Access Information: The complex, including the public areas of the theatre, has full wheelchair access, but the tour behind the scenes will not be wheelchair accessible.
Abbey House, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Abbey House is a Grade I listed building, restored and converted into a modern Youth Hostel, in a £3.5 million project. Many historical features from 12th to 19th centuries preserved and displayed. Guided tours. A series of events with hands on activities, particularly for families. Dig Through History: staged archaeological dig with replica artefacts. History Detectives: clues throughout Abbey House.
Chapel Yard, High Street, Yarm, North Yorkshire, TS15 9AJ
Grade II listed building. 1763-2013 celebrating 250 years of continuous use. Design influenced by John Wesley. Oldest in worship as an octagonal church in Methodism.
Access Information: Wheelchair and pushchair/pram access is to ground floor only.
Directions: Yarm High Street, narrow alley by Nat West bank and old town hall, leads to River Tees (200 yards).
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, Y030 1DD
New for 2014, Royals: then and now marks the 300th anniversary of the accession of the house of Hanover that ruled Britain from King George I to Queen Victoria. It introduces contemporary art from the National Portrait Gallery to Beningbrough for the first time to show the royal family of today in contect of their ancestors. Portraits include works by Mario Testino, Chris Levine, Andy Warhol and the first public showing of the christening photograph of Prince George of Cambridge by Jason Bell. Plus Lichfield Studios exhibition of royal photographs opening September. Outdoors, see what’s in season in the working Victorian walled garden and stroll among luxurious Edwardian borders. Browse in the stables shop or sample tasty refreshments on the sunny terrace of the restaurant. For families, start your adventures from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ play list – hunt for bugs, climb a tree or build a den. The newly expanded wilderness play area has a clamber stack, play house for the very small and canti-lever swing for the more adventurous. For wet weather adventures join an art workshop or step in the hall’s interactive galleries with dressing up costumes & masks, create a nose in the sculpture room or sit for a virtual portrait to email home an 18th century souvenir. New - let Clarence the Corgi guide you through the royal portrait on a brand new trail.
Access Information: Hall fully accessed by lift. First floor of stables block only accessed by stairs.
Directions: Follow the brown signs, easily accessed form the A19. Over toll bridge from the A59. Coaches and large vehicles use A19 and follow coach signs.
70 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LF
York's finest medieval treasure - tucked away from the busy streets and filled with 15th-century stained glass, 17th-century box pews and some of the wonkiest floors in England! Visit us on Heritage Open Days and talk to specialists in medieval stained glass, historical Anglican church seating, chantry chapels and even gas lights. There's something for everyone interested in church history. There will also be a guided tour through some of York's historic streets to our other medieval treasure at St. Lawrence's, just outside the city walls, with its magnificent 12th-century doorway. Guided tours for all ages.
Access Information: Wheelchair ramp into church.
Directions: In York city centre, off Goodramgate; King's Square and Shambles 200 yards. Nearest railway station: York (0.5 mile). Bus route number 14A.
Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly, York, North Yorkshire
Volunteer guides will show you around the 500 year old tower, where the Postern Gatekeeper lived with his family. Visitors can climb the narrow spiral staircase to see the rooms on three floors with a garderobe, mullioned windows, timber roof, battlements, look-out tower and mason's marks. Children take great delight in climbing the stairs and exploring the tower - it's safe, but care is needed and adults must take responsibility for children.
Access Information: Access for all to the ground floor. Access to upper floors is via a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility limitations or fear of confined spaces.
Additional Information: Fishergate Postern Tower is opened on occasions by the Friends of York Walls. Information on York's walls is available on their website.
Directions: Fishergate Postern Tower is at the junction of Piccadilly and Fishergate, on the south side of the city centre.
Bootham School, 45 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7BU
Bootham School has had an observatory and encouraged young astronomers for over 160 years. Come and explore the current observatory, which was opened in 1902.
Booking Details: Please pre-book the tours. Contact: Jenny Orwin Call: 01904 623261 Email: Jenny.Orwin@boothamschool.com
Access Information: Access to the observatory is very restricted, including a narrow and steep staircase.
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session.
Directions: Please meet in the Recital Room, entry is via the front door of Number 45 Bootham.
Holy Trinity Church, Little Ouseburn, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 9TD
The Anglo-Saxon Church will be open with a display, and the Mausoleum will also be open with a downstairs (not suitable access for wheelchiars) On the Saturday - there will be a guided Bronte walk leaving the Church at 10.30am - 1.00pm (Booking essential) On the Saturday - there will be light refreshments in the Church from 12.30pm and a Bronte talk will start at 2.00pm - 3.00pm There will be a quiz for children of objects to find in the Church and the walk is suitable for children but not pushchairs
Booking Details: Main site free to explore but the walk should be pre-booked Contact: Ann Gawthrope Call: 01423 330177 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write to: Plantation House, Back Lane, Little Ouseburn, York YO26 9TH Booking opens: 1 September 2014 08:00 Booking closes: 12 September 2014 17:30
Access Information: The mausoleum is open but to gain access to the downstairs is not suitable for wheelchairs and children will need to be supervised
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session.
Directions: Go to the end of the village - turn left and you will see the Church/Mausoleum on your left
York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7PB
On Saturday, there will be chances to view the building and hear talks about the restoration of the project and get to enjoy the surroundings. On Sunday there will be talks about the building techniques, geology of the site, historical information and activities for children too.
Directions: Howsham Mill is between York and malton. If you come off the A64 at barton-le Willows and follow the signs for Howsham. At Stone Bridge and the carpark is opposite the entrance to Howsham Hall.
Treasurer's House, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JL
Visit one of York's hidden gems. Home to Frank Green, a fascinating wealthy industrialist who owned the house from 1897-1930. Find out why the furniture hasn't moved since... Discover stories of Royal visits, Roman ghosts and 2000 years of history. Relax in the free to enter garden, enjoy lunch in the historic setting of the Below stairs cafe. Free children's trail available.
Access Information: Ramp access to reception only in house, full wheelchair access in garden.
Directions: Located in the heart of York, just behind York Minster.
Station Road, Upper Poppleton, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 6QA
The Poppleton Community Railway Nursery (P.C.R.N) - now a registered charity - was set up to restore the former railway nursery at Poppleton station for working use: the buildings, greenhouses and narrow gauge railway. The nursery is a souvenir of the days when the railways were self sufficient and it contains several historic buildings, still connected by its own small railway system. Visit the greenhouses, plant sales and enjoy refreshments. Model Railway. Heritage Trail guide to the site, including children's quiz and "colour your own train", in preparation.
Access Information: Limited access and facilities.
Additional Information: Poppleton Community Railway Nursery has a partnership with health agencies in the York area, which has long found horticultural skills training to be therapeutic for adults recovering from mental health crises. For these volunteers the benefits of working at the nursery include improvements in confidence and self-esteem, social development through working alongside a range of different people and the opportunity to make new friends and build new relationships. It also helps them to learn about aspects of growing plants, simple DIY skills and could help to enhance their future career prospects
Directions: We are adjacent to Poppleton Railway Station, on the York to Harrogate line. Our site entrance is off the station car park.
Red Tower, Foss Islands Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 4BH
Red Tower was built in 1492 to guard the point where the city walls ended and defence was provided by the flooded river Foss, known as the Kings Fishpond. The tower was badly damaged in the Siege of York in 1644 and was largely reconstructed in 1857, when the tiled roof was added. Inside, there is one ground floor room, with another room above.
Access Information: Access is mainly to the ground floor room, but visitors will be able to look through a hole in the first floor and see part of the upper room and roof.
Additional Information: More information may be found on the Friends of York Walls website.
Directions: Opposite Quickfit and Waitrose in Foss Islands Road, on the east side of the city centre
York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AQ
The Bar Convent, is the oldest living convent in England and the first school for girls. Founded in 1686 the convent offers visiotrs the opportunity to: ~Learn of our fascinating past. Our museum tells the story of the early recusant period from Henry VIII to Elizabeth and the Convent's role in York's early history. These were dangerous times for Catholics, where detection could ultimately end in execution~Visit our beautiful 18th Century Chapel. The Convent contains a beautiful 18th century chapel, with a neoclassical dome concealed beneath a pitched slate roof. It has 8 entrances to aid escape in the event of a magistrate's raid and a unique priest hole hidden in the Chapel floor. ~Explore our Grade 1 listed building. Parts of the original building were replaced during the 18th century with the magnificent Georgian facade and structure we see today~Eat, enjoy and relax! Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch or coffee and home baking in our cafe and tranquil garden.
Stained Glass Centre, St Martin cum Gregory, Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6LN
Another opportunity to visit one of York's most beautiful secret buildings and learn about the art and craft of stained glass. An ancient church crammed with treasures that is now a national centre for exploring and understanding the glittering world of stained glass and fine craftsmanship. There will be tours of the Centre, craft and art stalls, and demonstrations. There will be exhibitions and films presenting the work of modern stained glass artists. Please join us in this breathtaking Grade I building for family-friendly activities, including games, crafts, quizzes and an opportunity to try your hand at glass painting.
Access Information: This medieval church has minor uneven floors. One or two low steps at entrance door and to toilets.
Additional Information: Stained Glass Centre is a registered Charity no 1119401
Directions: Just a short walk from the York Rail Station. Situated across from the George Hudson Street bus stop. Located at the foot of Micklegate Quarter and Ouse Bridge. A perfect stop on your walk into the City.