Newby Hall and Gardens | Things to do

Newby Hall and Gardens is located near Ripon in North Yorkshire. It’s somewhere I have been meaning to visit for some time now and with nearly everything open again this summer I booked us in for a day out. It wasn’t an especially cheap day out as a few of the activities have an additional cost but my son and I really enjoyed our day there and sometimes that is more important.

Newby Hall and Gardens | Things to do

Things To Do Newby Hall and Gardens

I had tried to book us in a few times over the summer but although day tickets were available there weren’t always slots available in the adventure playground. You have to check there are slots available before you prebook as currently, playground slots must be reserved at a cost of £3 per child. We booked the 11:00 until 13:00 slot. The other slot is 14:00 to 16:30.

Newby Hall and Gardens | Things to do

You are asked to sanitise before you play and there’s plenty of sanitiser around the play areas. We didn’t find the time slot too busy and it was a really lovely place to play. Everyone was really friendly and the chain ferry which kids can operate themselves was a big hit with a lot of the kids, especially mine. They were only allowing 6 on at a time and the kids were great at counting everyone on and off.

Newby Hall and Gardens | Things to do
Newby Hall and Gardens Playground

The adventure playground is excellent. As well as the chain ferry there’s plenty to play on with things to climb and swing on. Plus a zip wire, a fort, a wobbly bridge across the water and old-fashioned wooden swing boats. Another highlight are the little boats kids can take around a moat by themselves. The only way of getting around is peddling with their hands which also steers them. My 7 year old loved this but I don’t think I’d have let him on any younger. There is usually a play fountain near this area but it was shut due to Covid.

Newby Hall and Gardens | Things to do
Newby Hall and Gardens | Things to do

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After a good play, we headed for lunch at the restaurant. This was operating as take-away only but there were plenty of outdoor tables and chairs to sit at. If you’ve brought a picnic you can only eat it in the designated picnic area next to the car park.

Near the restaurant, you will find the Bear House. This is a really cute little museum packed full of adorable teddy bears.

Newby Hall and Gardens Bear House

Across from here, you will find the equally wonderful Doll’s House Museum. We both loved this and spent ages looking at all the different themed houses. I have never seen so many doll’s houses in my life!

Newby Hall and Gardens Doll's House Exhibition
Newby Hall and Gardens Doll's House Exhibition

Earlier in the day we’d bought our train tickets. You don’t reserve a train time and the queue was always long. We queued after lunch and luckily got on the next train as due to social distancing there was only two seats left and we were the only two. It’s a miniature railway on a really long track. I was surprised by how long the journey was and it was well worth the extra £3 each.

Newby Hall and Gardens Miniature Railway

There are also boat trips at £5 per adult and £3 per child. We chose not to do this and I was glad we didn’t as the heavens opened just as our train journey finished. We had a quick wander around the beautiful gardens. They are really well kept and we especially loved the rock garden. It is really quirky with lots of different paths to explore.

Newby Hall and Gardens
Newby Hall and Gardens
Newby Hall and Gardens
Newby Hall and Gardens

The house is often open to look around but it was shut during our visit as the family have decided to live there for awhile. I believe they don’t always reside there. The rooms look wonderfully lavish so I’d love to return for a nose around. We could walk up close to the house during our visit.

Newby Hall and Gardens | Things to do

Important Information about Newby Hall and Gardens

Address: Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE.

Car parking at Newby Hall and Gardens – There is a large free car park.

Newby Hall and Gardens Prices – An adult ticket is £14.50 online and £10 for a child. Playground is £3 per child, train £3 per person and boat trip £5 per adult, £3 per child.

Facilities at Newby Hall: There is a restaurant and toilets. The house is sometimes open for tours. Plus there are some beautiful gardens, an adventure playground, a doll’s house museum, Bears house, miniature train rides and boat trips (some at an additional cost).

Opening Times: They are open until mid-October Wednesday to Sunday and for Half-term (except Monday 26th). For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Accessibility – Find out how accessible Newby Hall and Gardens are.

Is Newby Hall and Gardens Dog Friendly: Dogs are not allowed. They do have a small dog exercise area but they strongly recommend that you leave your dog at home.

Are there places to picnic at Newby Hall and Gardens: Yes there is a designated picnic area next to the car park. It is not permitted to picnic anywhere else.

Category: Historical Property with lots of things to do, suitable for all ages.

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