Castle Hill Middleham DL8 4QG
Middleham is an excellent surviving example of a medieval castle, with substantial 12th-century remains and later buildings which show the castles development into a high-status baronial residence. It is equally important for the many personalities associated with it, particularly the Neville family and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III.
Best known as one of the childhood homes of Richard III, Middleham Castle dominates the North Yorkshire town of Middleham. From the core of its Norman great tower, one of the largest in the country, the castle developed under the powerful Nevilles into a residence worthy of a family who dominated English affairs for over two centuries. Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) spent his youth at Middleham and it became one of his royal homes.
Bolton Castle Nr Leyburn North Yorkshire DL8 4ET
Bolton Castle was a luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress and, despite being partially slighted by Cromwell's men during the Civil War siege, the Castle is preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover including the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery, Armory, Great Chamber and Mary Queen of Scots bedroom. About one third of the rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible giving visitors great insight into its turbulent past.
Jervaulx Ripon HG4 4PH
Jervaulx Abbey is one of the largest privately owned Cistercian Abbeys in England.
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Jervaulx Abbey was passed down through numerous families who owned Jervaulx Hall, after years of pillage and then excavations the abbey was turned into a romantic garden for the Hall before being opened to the public.
Thorngill Stables Coverham Middleham DL8 4PJ
The art of training thoroughbreds has survived for more than two centuries at Middleham, thanks mainly to the excellent facilities that have been developed on the local moorland that surround the town.
Middleham has established itself as one of the best training centres in the country with its extensive grass and all-weather gallops, along with its therapy centre. Having had more than 400 winners each year for the past 38 years, Middleham Trainers produce, on average, a winner every single day of the year.
Market Place Middleham DL8 4NP
Middleham Open Day Good Friday
Visitors to Middleham on Good Friday will be welcomed into training yards throughout the town, including Mark Johnston's record-breaking stable where all will be invited to take in his fantastic facilities and watch swimming demonstrations at Kingsley House. Newly crowned Lycetts Team Champion Award winner Jedd O'Keefe opens up the home of the inimitable Sam Spinner again this year, whilst Group 1 winning trainer Karl Burke will also be throwing open the gates of his Spigot Lodge yard. James Bethell's Thorngill Stables will too be open for visitors, as will the yards of Micky Hammond, Ben Haslam, Julia Brooke, Simon West, Andy Crook, Barry Keniry, Foulrice Park Racing and Chris Fairhurst.
Yards will be open from 9.30am until 1pm. The morning will also see a parade of the Bedale Foxhounds through the centre of the town at 11am, and a parade and jumping demonstration from James Bethell at his yard at around noon.www.middlehamopenday.co.uk
Tupgill Park Estate Coverham DL8 4TJ
The Forbidden Corner
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart!
High Jervaulx Farm Jervaulx Masham HG4 4PG
Brymor Ice Cream
Brymor is the only producer of ice cream in Yorkshire making ice cream with milk from their own herd of Pedigree Guernsey Cows, with a genuine passion for their craft, and the quality of their creations. You can sample their hard work at the ice cream parlour and cafe on the farm in Wensleydale with over 35 different varieties of ice-cream and sorbets.
Wellgarth, Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4EN
The Black Sheep Brewery & Visitor Centre
In 1992, Paul Theakston took a daring leap into the unknown. As a fifth generation brewer of his family company, he chose to leave T&R Theakstons following its sale to a national brewery. Instead, he chose to champion independent brewing in Yorkshire and built his own brewery from reclaimed equipment in the very same town, Masham.
Gayle Lane, Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire DL8 3RN
The Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and a popular Visitor Centre