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A grand red brick Elizabethan mansion, built between 1598 and 1610, and set in beautiful grounds. It was famed for its unique bow windows, virtually unknown elsewhere during this period. The house contains fine furnishings, collected over four centuries by one family, including a fine collection of modern impressionist paintings and works by Cezanne and Matisse. Among its most prized possessions are the world-famous carved over-mantels, including an oak panel illustrating 'The Dance of Death'. An ornate marble and alabaster chimney piece (in the Great Hall) is crowded with fine figures; all by 15th century Italian artists.
The hall is surrounded by immaculate lawns, with clipped topiary, and an award-winning walled garden containing a maze, potager, interesting jungle garden and thousands of varied plant species, including national collections of campanula and geraniums. There is also a lovely woodland walk, a picnic area and a children's playground.
Opening times: Hall & Gardens: Apr-Oct, daily 11-5 Admission Charge
Location: Estate Office, Burton Agnes - YO25 0ND - Tel: 01262 490324 Website
Facilities: Parking, café, picnic area, shop, toilets.
A rare and well-preserved example of a Norman house. Some of the original Norman architectural features can still be seen, but most the building was encased in brick during the 17th and 18th C.
Run by English Heritage. Note: The nearby Burton Agnes Hall is privately owned but still open to the public (see above).
Opening times: Mar~Oct, daily 11-5 Free Entry
Location: YO25 0ND - Tel: 0870 333 1181 Website
A handsome Elizabethan mansion built in 1570, one of many built in this area of the Wolds. The interior was remodelled in the 18th C. and contains a collection of paintings, prints, drawings, sporting guns, sculptures and fine furniture, including a Chippendale room. There is also a unique collection of 18th C. scientific instruments on display.
The formal gardens, lakes and over 200 acres of parkland were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. The estate also hosts a series of changing events throughout the season (see website for details).
Opening times: Easter to Oct, 12.30 to 5pm (closed Fri) Admission Charge
Location: Sproatley, HU11 4LN - Tel: 01964 562400 Website
Facilities: Parking, café, shop, toilets, picnic area.
Multi award winning museum that tells the story of commercial navigation on the Rivers Aire & Calder and the local canal systems. There is a large section covering the history of Goole and its busy port, where you can learn about wooden boat building and the Humber keels and sloops of Goole. Local boat trips (charges apply) provide tours around Goole Docks during weekends and holidays.
Opening times: all year Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat-Sun 10-4 (closed Xmas) Free Entry
Location: Dutch River Side, Goole, DN14 5TB - Tel: 01405 768730 Website
Facilities: Parking, café, shop, picnic area, toilets.