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The beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Things to do on our doorstep

There's so much to explore in the local area; you can explore the stunning surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, or take a look at some of the brilliant attractions just a stone’s throw from our door.

Why not make a day of it and pop into the Freemasons Arms for a hearty, replenishing meal at the end of the day?


Nosterfield Nature Reserve

Nosterfield Nature Reserve has 150 acres of wet grassland, open water and underlying magnesium limestone, it is also North Yorkshire’s premier wetland grassland. Located less than a mile from the Freemasons Arms, there is plenty to see at the reserve such as watching wildlife up close in the purpose-built hides.

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Explore all 150 acres at Nosterfield Nature Reserve, Ripon


The Lower Ure Conservation Trust

The Lower Ure Conservation Trust was established in 1997 to help conserve the biodiversity of species and their habitats. The trust is based at and runs Nosterfield Nature Reserve (more details below) and in recent years has become the first site in North Yorkshire where avocets have bred and provides optimum breeding habitats for the lapwing.

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Relax at The Lower Ure Conservation Trust, North Yorkshire


Corks and Cases

The perfect experience for gin lovers; distil your own unique personalised bottle of gin! Guided by the head distiller at the Spirit of Masham distillery, you’ll learn the history of this much loved tipple, and discover the process of gin making. Then, inspired by some tasty samples it’s time to create your own special blend.

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Craft your own gin at Corks and Cases, Masham


Thorp Perrow

Explore the gardens and arboretum in this stunning estate. Children can enjoy the adventure play area and birds of prey and mammal centre too.

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Birds of prey in the gardens of Thorp Perrow, Bedale


Camp Hill Estate

For creative fun Camp Hill Estate is the place to visit. Nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire, the Camp Hill Estate is home to The Sausage & Beer Festival, Camp Hill Adventure Park, Camp Katur Glamping Village and The North Yorkshire County Show, among other things. So, whatever type of entertainment your family enjoys, this is the place to find it.

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Climb the ropes at Camp Hill Estate, Bedale


Theakstons Brewery

If you've enjoyed a pint of Theakstons in our bar, why not find out more about where it is made with a tour of the brewery and a trip to their visitor centre?

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The Theakstons visitor centre in Masham, North Yorkshire


Lightwater Valley

There's something for all the family at Lightwater Valley; from indoor play for young visitors to thrilling rides and roller coasters for the more adventurous!

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Bring out your adventurous side at Lightwater Valley, Ripon


Fountains Abbey

Spend a relaxing afternoon at the tranquil Fountains Abbey, and discover the awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site.

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The tranquil Fountains Abbey, Ripon


The Forbidden Corner

A tourist attraction unlike any other, The Forbidden Corner is a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises, in a four-acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park. Dubbed the strangest place in the world, The Forbidden Corner is a unique experience suitable for all the family and is sure to provide hours of entertainment and fun!

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Explore a labyrinth of tunnels at The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn


Brimham Rocks

Created even before the dinosaurs, the natural spectacle of Brimham Rocks is perfect for those wishing to walk among beauty and those adrenaline seekers looking for the freedom of rock climbing and scrambling.

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Brave the dizzy heights of Brimham Rocks, Harrogate


Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank offers breath-taking views over the Vale of Mowbray and Vale of York. Either mosey along the paths or hire a bike for the journey and take in these dramatic views free of charge. Or why not visit after dark as Sutton Bank is an official Dark Sky Discovery Site making it the perfect place to see stars and other natural phenomena.

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Go for a ramble at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk


Rievaulx Abbey

Once one of the most powerful Cistercian monasteries, the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, situated in a tranquil valley of the North York Moors, is now open to visitors to explore. Steeped in history, everyone is bound to be fascinated by the unique architecture and design. Visit the museum to view previously unseen artefacts, including stone carvings, gold coins and chess pieces.

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Reflect at Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
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