Bedale and the surrounding area enjoy a range of architecturally striking homes and gardens, a number of them are open for viewing. Positioned at the north end of the Town is Bedale Hall a grade 1 listed building c1735. The hall now incorporates Bedale Museum and the public library. It is open to the public for social events and is a stunning wedding venue.
For younger visitors a trip to Bedale’s fabulous Farm Visitor Centre, Big Sheep Little Cow is a must. The unique hands on farm experience for children and adults include holding and feeding animals. Families can come and play together, whether its in Wooly Jumpers Play Barn or outside on the go-karts or in our large sandpit play area.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Thorp Perrow Arboretum is an 85-acre (34 ha) woodland garden near Bedale Thorp Perrow is considered to be one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the United Kingdom. The Arboretum was created by Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895–1977). He began the Arboretum in 1931 and in July 2006 the gardens celebrated their 75th anniversary by planting the 1,750th tree. As well as the gardens founded by Leonard Ropner, Thorp Perrow also includes Milbank Pinetum planted by Lady Augusta Milbank in the nineteenth century and the 16th century Spring Wood.
Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre. The Falcons of Thorp Perrow is the ultimate family day out, incorporating the opportunity to learn more about birds of prey and associated wildlife, with the enjoyment of hands on experience for all the family.
Constable Burton Hall
Constable Burton Hall is a handsome Palladian villa standing at the entrance to Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. Designed by the celebrated architect John Carr for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, and completed in 1768, it is widely recognised as one of the finest medium-sized English houses built in the Palladian style. The Hall (not open to the public) stands in extensive woodland and formal gardens which are open to the public from mid-March to mid-September. Stunning seasonal displays of snowdrops and daffodils carpet the woodland walks and garden trails, making it an absolute must for garden and nature lovers alike.
Kiplin Hall Situated between Richmond and Northallerton, it is an intriguing house, built in 1630 by George Calvert, the founder of Maryland, USA. the Hall is filled with an eclectic mix of previous owners’ furniture and paintings, including many Arts and Crafts items. Plus an award winning tea room!
A castle that has played a significant role in some of the most important political and religious events between the 14th and 17th centuries, including the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots. There are themed activities throughout the season, rare breed animals to see and regular displays of falconry. And the car park has one of the best views of Wensleydale!
It has been the family home of the Ingilbys for 28 generations. There is a medieval gatehouse, Treasurer Ingilby’s tower of 1555 and the main apartments, which were rebuilt in the 1780’s. In the tower is the highly evocative Knight’s Room with boarded wainscot and priests’ hole. The Estate village was rebuilt in the 1850’s in French style. There are large formal walled gardens designed from 1817, including two 60-ft hot-houses, a stone palm house, 26-acre ‘Capability’ Brown-style landscaping, 8 acres of shrubs, and now a 400-ft herbaceous border. Also woodland walks that have spectacular bluebells in spring.
There are several NT properties within travelling distance of Bedale, including Beningbrough Hall and Gardens and Nunnington Hall but the best has to be the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey: