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History & Heritage

The Yorkshire Dales and surrounding regions may seem a quiet and tranquil place but they hold a history that is often bloody and brutal but tells a fascinating story. The Dales were invaded by the Vikings in the 12th century, and their impact was much more pronounced than other parts of the UK and this is reflected in the place names (Selby, Settle, Aislaby) and even in parts of the language still used today by locals. During the wars between the English and the Scots, the Scots sacked the region following their major victory under William Wallace and during the English Civil war, the castles became a battle ground between Royalists and Parliamentarians. Many of the sites are preserved today for visitors to enjoy.

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Sawley Abbey

Clitheroe, South Dales

Sawley Abbey is an English Heritage site and a place of great historic interest. The ruins of the Abbey are preserved as a monument to the monks who once lived there and the fascinating facts about...

Markenfield Hall

Ripon, South Dales

Dating back to Medieval times the spectacular Markenfield Hall is open to the public and is a great attraction for tourists the North York Moors. Guided tours of the hall and the outbuildings around...

St Marys Church, Studley Royal

Pateley Bridge, South Dales

St Marys Church dates back to Victorian times and is a fine example of the work of William Burges. The characteristically flamboyant design and colourful architecture are magnificent to see and...

The Wensleydale Railway

Northallerton, North Dales

The Wensleydale Railway recreates an historical trip through the history of the heritage railways. Taking in the wonderful Yorkshire scenery, the National Park and calling at some lovely towns and...

Middleham Castle

Middleham, North Dales

Middleham Castle stands proud in the heart of the village, surrounded by lush green countryside. The buildings are remarkably well preserved and have a fascinating history. There are exhibitions and...

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Ripon, South Dales

Fountains Abbey is part of a World Heritage Site and is a major tourist attraction. The area is stunning and the beautiful natural habitat is teeming with wildlife. The Studley Royal Water Garden is...

Richmond Castle

Richmond, North Dales

Richmond Castle stands high above the town and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the area. The colourful history of the castle is well documented and there are fascinating exhibitions...

Easby Abbey

Richmond, North Dales

Easby Abbey in Richmond has a long and chequered history. The ravages of time have left it now as ruins, but it still has a special atmosphere and aura of its own. Luckily some of the wonderful...

Jervaulx Abbey & Tea Rooms

Ripon, North Dales

Jervaulx Abbey conjures up the romantic image of the once busy monastery, the ruins stand as a reminder of the tranquil days gone by. Perfectly situated for exploring the amazing countryside of the...

Ripley Castle

Harrogate, South Dales

Breathtaking Ripley Castle, is surrounded by wonderful gardens and commands stunning views across the National Park. The house and gardens are fascinating to explore and the tea room and gift shop...

Shipley Glen Cable Tramway

Keighley, South Dales

The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is open every Sunday from noon to 4.15pm(ish) and bank holidays, and scenic walks a cafe and pub are all close by - so come and enjoy a great Sunday afternoon out!...


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