Things to See and Do

Bishop Monkton is fortunate enough to be located in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire, surrounded by breathtaking scenery in all seasons, and close to some of the country's most interesting cities and historical sites.

Although one of the joys of visiting the area is undoubtedly to discover for youself what North Yorkshire has to offer, here are a few links to one or two of the more popular attractions.

Lamb and Flag, Bishop Monkton
Harrogate Town

Harrogate's elegance and style draws from its 18th century history, when it became the spa town of choice for its wealthy visitors.
It has left a legacy of extravagant hotels, green open spaces and beautiful parks and gardens, including Valley Gardens and Royal Horticultural Society’s Harlow Carr.
The waters can still be enjoyed at the luxurious Turkish Baths.
A spot of shopping, a leisurely lunch, a wander through the gardens, afternoon tea; you will soon find yourself slowing down to enjoy the leisurely pace of this relaxed town.
Independent, antique, designer and high-street shops ensure that there is shopping for everyone whether you are on the cobbled streets of the Montpellier Quarter or the tree lined avenues of the main streets.
Gourmets can have it all; traditional or modern, European or Asian, gourmet pub or haute cuisine, al fresco or sumptuous splendour.
Cosmopolitan bars, traditional pubs and everything in between can be found in the town centre and outlying areas and of course no trip to Harrogate would be complete without a visit to one of the many restaurants, cafes or tea-rooms.

Ripon City

Founded over 1300 years ago, Ripon rich heritage is still very much in evidence today.
In addition to the 7th-century Cathedral, the City boasts many historic buildings, museums and monuments including a traditional market square and 300-year-old (and 90ft-high) obelisk. Every evening at 9pm the city's official Hornblower, sounds the 'Setting of the Watch' to assure everyone that they are in safekeeping for the night - a ritual that has maintained without fail for over 1,100 years.
The market square is surrounded by quaint medieval streets (filled with fascinating shops and tearooms), and both Georgian and medieval buildings.
The latter include the Town Hall, completed in 1801 and the 14th century half-timbered Wakeman's House.
There is a year-round calendar of events to appeal to everyone; many of these take place on the market square and include a variety of markets.
You can also visit the Ripon Prison & Police Museum, Courthouse Museum and the Workhouse Museum, or the picturesque Spa Gardens (with its Victorian bandstand) and Baths, or spend a day at the races at Ripons own racecourse.
The recently restored Canal Basin, now makes Ripon the most northerly point on the England and Wales waterways system.

Boroughbridge Town

First settled in Roman times, Boroughbridge is a centre for the history, scenic beauty, attractive villages, and leisure activities of North Yorkshire.
Visit their photo gallery to see pictures of modern day Boroughbridge and how it was in the past.
Visit Brooughbridge soon, you'll be sure of a very warm welcome!
Adjacent to the A1M in North Yorkshire on the banks of the River Ure, yet just 2 minutes from junctions 48 & 49, Boroughbridge is an ancient and attractive market town with many attractions and amenities.
Equidistant between Edinburgh and London with free town centre parking, it is an ideal place for travellers to take a break and stretch their legs and offers a pleasant alternative to a bland motorway service station - with so much more to offer.
Located within 30 minutes of the thriving Yorkshire centres of Leeds, York and Harrogate it is also a popular area for busy commuters with a wide range of attractive housing and services.
Visitors to the area will find Boroughbridge is ideally located as a centre for many local and regional attractions many of which can be found within a few minutes of the town centre itself.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey
For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place.
From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence.
The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world.
When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design.
Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic.
Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts.
One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx Abbey
Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery.
Plundered and pillaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the Abbey now stands as an enchanting, charming and atmospheric ruin, allowed to flourish by its private owners with wild flowers and plants freely exploring its many nooks and crannies.
Set in the midst of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Jervaulx Abbey's dramatic and yet tranquil ambience has won the hearts of many of its visitors.
Jervaulx Abbey, is open all year round, dawn till dusk and plays host to civil ceremonies, wedding receptions, charity events as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location, and is part of the Turner Trail.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Lightwater Valley
Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of five unique attractions set amidst 175 acres of glorious North Yorkshire countryside, along with thrilling seasonal events that are guaranteed to keep the whole family coming back for more, from high octane adrenaline weekend to fun and countryside games at the Lightwater country festival.
Take on a day out packed with thrills, chills and adventure in Lightwater Valley Theme Park or choose to run wild on the UK’s largest Angry Birds Activity Park.
Head to the Lightwater Falconry Centre to see over 35 amazing birds and watch spectacular daily flying shows, relax and unwind in Lightwater Country Shopping Village or challenge your friends to a game of Jurassic Adventure Golf on our their new course!
With over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with mini, mega and ultimate adventures for the whole family to enjoy.

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks
Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out at nature's playground.
This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.
Let your imagination run wild as you explore the labyrinth of paths through this unique landscape.
Keep an eye out for some fantastically shaped rocks. Spot the Dancing Bear, The Eagle and The Gorilla, crawl through The Smartie Tube and balance on the Rocking Stones.
Walk over heather moorland or through beautiful woodland, and take in the fresh air and Yorkshire countryside.