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Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral

5.02km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Ripon Cathedral is a cathedral in the North Yorkshire city of Ripon. Founded as a monastery by Scottish monks in the 660s, it was refounded as a Benedictine monastery by St Wilfrid in 672. The church became collegiate in the tenth century and acted as a mother church within the large Diocese of York for the remainder of the Middle ages. The cathedral is notable architecturally for its gothic west front in the Early English style, considered one of the best of its type, as well as the Geometric

Hackfall

Hackfall

6.04km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Hackfall is a stunning woodland site near Masham, with lakes, waterfalls, follies and an intricate network of paths to explore stretching along the banks of the River Ure. During the 18th century it was landscaped in the picturesque style by landowner William Aislabie, who created views by engineering streams and pools, planting trees and building follies.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

7.6km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Fountains Abbey was established by Benedictine monks from St Mary's Abbey in York, in 1132. The 70-acre site known collectively as Fountains Abbey was originally nothing more than some wooden church buildings resting on a verdant field.

Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park Now Open - 2nd April to 31st October 2021

The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is home to over 80 striking contemporary sculptures, situated within 45 acres of stunning woodland and gardens. The Park features works by internationally renowned artists, all inspired by nature. The beautiful tranquil valley location is further enhanced by a Pagoda, Summerhouse, Norse Hut, Contemplation Circle and Himalayan Shelter, all complimented by three lakes and decorative bridges.

Newby Hall & Gardens

Newby Hall & Gardens

9.9km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

A beautiful seventeenth-century brick house and a mainly twentieth-century garden by Major Edward Compton. It is 3 miles south-east of Ripon and 6 miles south of Topcliffe Castle, by which the manor of Newby was originally held. A Grade I listed building, the hall contains a collection of furniture and paintings and is surrounded by extensive gardens. Newby Hall is open to the public.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall

9.92km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Newby Hall is the family home of Mr & Mrs. Richard Compton, is one of England's finest houses, an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration. It is 3 miles south-east of Ripon and 6 miles south of Topcliffe Castle, by which the manor of Newby was originally held. A Grade I listed building, the hall contains a collection of furniture and paintings and is surrounded by extensive gardens. Newby Hall is open to the public.

Thorp Perrow - Arboretum and Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre

Thorp Perrow - Arboretum and Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre

10.26km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Thorp Perrow Arboretum offers you 100 acres of beautiful woodland walks, trails and glades to explore, and holds one of the finest tree collections in the North of England. t the Bird of Prey and Captive Breeding Centre learn about our birds of prey and associated wildlife. See owls and falcons born through our successful breeding programme during spring.

Nidderdale AONB

Nidderdale AONB

13.24km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Nidderdale AONB is a beautiful landscape full of contrasts and rich in wildlife that covers 233 square miles of Northern England in the county of North Yorkshire. The landscape and valleys have been molded down the centuries by the practices of agriculture, mining, quarrying, textiles and so more. The area is said to contain "remains from over 6,000 years of human activity"; there is evidence of "almost continuous settlement over this time with the exception of the Roman period for which evidenc

National Trust - Brimham Rocks

National Trust - Brimham Rocks

13.65km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of natural rock formations in North Yorkshire, managed by the National Trust. The site is known for its water- and weather-eroded rocks, which were formed over 325 million years ago and have assumed fantastic shapes. The site, notified as SSSI in 1958, is an outcrop of Millstone Grit, with small areas of birch woodland and a large area of wet and dry heath.

Leeming Bar Station - Wensleydale Railway

Leeming Bar Station - Wensleydale Railway

14.4km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Leeming Bar railway station is a railway station in Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, England. It is the eastern rail passenger terminus of the Wensleydale Railway, though the line continues towards Northallerton. Trains are timed to link in with Dales and District service buses to Northallerton to connect with the National Rail network.

The World Of James Herriot

The World Of James Herriot

15km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

The World of James Herriot museum encompasses the very essence of the world-renowned vet. It offers visitors an unforgettable experience of the life and times of a man who became an international celebrity after the publication of his books. The museum is located in a 1940s period house with veterinary science exhibits. It was the original practice of Wight and his partners at 23 Kirkgate, known as "Skeldale House" in the books.

Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

15.11km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

A majestic 700-year-old castle steeped in history with magnificent grounds, lakes, Deer Park, Walled Gardens, Hothouses, and Kitchen Garden. It has been the home of the Ingilby family for twenty-six generations and Sir Thomas and Lady Ingilby and their five children continue the tradition. A gatehouse that stands some 260 feet to the south of the main buildings is also Grade I listed, whilst the two weirs over Ripley Beck are grade II listed and the grounds and gardens are also listed at grade I

Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx Abbey

15.87km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Jervaulx Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery located in a peaceful valley setting in the Vale of Ure, a few miles east of the Yorkshire Dales. Apart from its historical significance and the beauty of the location, Jervaulx is known for its horticulture; over 180 varieties of wildflower grow in and on the abbey walls. The place name Jervaulx is first attested in 1145, where it appears as Jorvalle. The name is French for 'the Ure valley' and is perhaps a translation of the English 'Ure-dale',

Nidderdale Museum

Nidderdale Museum

16.61km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Nidderdale Museum is a local and social history museum in the market town of Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale. It has 11 rooms that illustrate the rural life of Nidderdale, including an original cobbler’s shop, a school room, and Victorian parlor. This Museum has a large collection of exhibits, illustrating different aspects of life and work in Nidderdale through the ages. Run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers, Nidderdale Museum has lots for visitors to see.

Mother Shipton's Cave

Mother Shipton's Cave

19.28km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Mother Shipton's Cave is at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England, near the River Nidd. Nearby is a petrifying well, also known as a dropping well. The latter is the oldest tourist attraction to charge a fee in England and has been operating since 1630. The water of the well is so rich in sulphate and carbonate that artefacts may be put in the well to be "petrified" as a tourist attraction.

Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough Castle

19.55km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Knaresborough Castle is beautifully set overlooking the River Nidd. Explore the castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit. The remains of the castle are open to the public and there is a charge for entry to the interior remains. The grounds are used as a public leisure space, with a bowling green and putting green open during summer. It is also used as a performing space, with bands playing

Turkish Baths Harrogate

Turkish Baths Harrogate

20.18km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

The Turkish Baths Harrogate is the flagship Harrogate spa experience, offering genuine Victorian Turkish baths surroundings and contemporary treatments. The 124-year-old spa, run by Harrogate council, has previously had swimwear-free options at single-sex sessions.

Mercer Art Gallery

Mercer Art Gallery

20.2km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

The Mercer Art Gallery is home to Harrogate district's fine art collection which consists of some 2000 works of art, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. Among them are examples by William Powell Frith, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dame Laura Knight and Alan Davie. The gallery boasts a diverse exhibition programme featuring painting, photography, sculpture and crafts.

Royal Pump Room Museum

Royal Pump Room Museum

20.27km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

The Royal Pump Room Museum tells the story of Harrogate's heyday as a fashionable spa town when over 1,500 glasses of heavily sulphured spa water were served every day to visitors who came to 'take the waters. Today, the Pump Room consists of both the original 1842 stone rotunda and a glazed annexe which was opened in 1913. The Pump Room offered guests of the town an all-weather facility where they could drink sulphur water which was pumped on-site from a natural spring known as the Old Sulphur

Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Bettys Café Tea Rooms

20.37km from Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, also known as Bettys and Taylors Group Limited, is a family company based in Yorkshire, England. The company's brands are Bettys, Taylors of Harrogate and Yorkshire Tea. Bettys Café Tea Rooms are traditional tea rooms serving traditional meals with influences both from Switzerland and Yorkshire. Taylors.

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Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT, UK

Lightwater Valley in Ripon, North Yorkshire, is bursting with fun and adventures for the family to enjoy with over 30 rides and attractions. There is also fantastic family fun rides and attractions; including the Lightwater Express train ride around the park, Eagle's Creek Farm tractor ride, a selection of fairground and water rides, plus the Adventure Playground and Mini Sand Diggers.