Leeds, Yorkshire’s largest city, has much to offer Short Break visitors. It has a vibrant city centre, with fine buildings many dating back to Victorian times, and in its suburbs there are outstanding heritage sites. As a Yorkshireman myself, I’ve often visited Leeds over the years and been impressed by its development into a modern, […]
In the South Midlands there are two unusual ‘Historic Houses’, the Victorian Hook Norton Brewery near Chipping Norton and the Georgian Cowper & Newton Museum in Olney.
Newby Hall and Gardens provides an excellent day out not just for adults but for children as well.
There are two spectacular, historical moated houses just ten miles apart near Tonbridge in West Kent. Hever Castle, which dates back to 1270, is part of the Historic Houses collection of heritage properties, whereas Ightham Mote, which dates back to 1320, is a National Trust managed site. I spent a full day visiting the extensive […]
I was curious to find out why there are two Wentworth stately homes, Wentworth Woodhouse and Wentworth Castle, just a few miles apart near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. Apparently this was as a result of a family dispute. Thomas Wentworth, Baron Raby, expected to inherit the stately home of Wentworth Woodhouse from his grandfather, Sir […]
Temple Newsam House is a 500 year old Tudor-Jacobean stately home in West Yorkshire situated just four miles east of the centre of Leeds. It is rich in history including being the birthplace in 1546 of Lord Darnley, husband to Mary Queen of Scots and father of James I. The last time I visited Temple […]