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chris-l

Shandy Hall - maybe another time?

We are planning a few days away in Yorkshire next week, and while I was browsing the atlas in preparation, I spotted 'Shandy Hall' marked not far from where we are staying. For a 'Tristram Shandy' fan such as me, this was irresistable, so I was onto the internet in a trice to check the details. Sadly, it does not open until 1st May, and we come back home on the 29th April! Has anyone been? Am I missing a real treat - please tell me not! It is a part of the world that we rarely visit, but maybe an early return will be needed...
TheRejectAmidHair

I just looked it up on the net - I hadn't known of the existence of this place! It's a shame it doesn't open till May.

It is a lovely part of the country. Of course, I'm sure you'll be visiting Reivaulx Abbey nearby - it really is quite stunningly beautiful.
MikeAlx

... and the Magpie at Whitby - stunningly good fish and chips!  Wink

Just got back from that neck of the woods myself. George's favourite bit was the York Railway Museum - he was in train heaven.
Caro

Everything about Whitby is stunning in my opinion. †Might be my favourite place in the world - just as a place; I don't know about the people or living there. †History that's relevant to a New Zealander, beautiful seaside town not rundown the way many in Britain seem, literary connections, an abbey to climb to, shops and a centre to happily meander around; it's just so lovely. †

The first night we were there we looked at the queue outside the Magpie reaching onto the street and thought 'How silly, queueing like that for fish'n'chips', but the second night we decided if you can't beat them....and had a lovely meal. †(Mind you the one the night before in a seafood restaurant nearby was excellent too.)

Cheers, Caro.
chris-l

Yes, Rievaulx and Whitby are both on the list, along with Ripon and Harrogate and Fountains Abbey and half a dozen other places. I doubt if will be able to fit everything in in just five days, so if this trip goes well, we may want to visit again anyway!
Hector

Chris - hope you have a great time in God's Own Country.

Harrogate is a nice day out but I would also try and put York on your list if you have the time. Really beautiful city and plenty to see and do (if the weather is nice). I used to live there until about 7 years ago when I moved to Leeds. Would be nice to move back to York at some point.

If you are a Bronte fan then there is always Haworth as a literary place to visit.

Regards

Hector
Mikeharvey

I have been to Shandy Hall, but many years ago.  I seem to remember enjoying the visit but the memory is so very distant it might be a false memory....But it's such a lovely part of the world with those Dales and the ruined abbeys.  Haworth Parsonage is a must, but is only just over the Lancs/Yorks border.  You can also walk across the moor to Top Withens which is supposed to be the original of Wuthering Heights. You can pay homage at the graves of Charlotte and Emily, but Anne Bronte's grave is in Scarborough.  I've also been to the original of Lowood in 'Jane Eyre' but I can't remember where that is.
Caro

I've been to the Scarborough cemetery where Anne Bronte is buried.  My main memory is of feeling sorry for all the other graves since there were quite a number of people surrounding hers and no one else caring about all the other people buried there!  So I looked at them and read about them.  (I haven't read Anne Bronte but I am not a fan of either WH or Jane Eyre.)

Cheers, Caro.
Evie

A few of us met up in Haworth a few years back, and it was lovely - though we didn't go into the Parsonage (I didn't, anyway).  Even in its modern touristy state, it gave an insight into the repression and narrowness of the outlook that you find in their books - it must have been a lot bleaker in the 19C.

I have an aunt and uncle (and, in former years, 8 cousins, though some of them have moved away) who live in the North York moors, and have many happy childhood memories of holidays up there, mostly in the place where they live (in those days they were farmers in a Camphill village, but the farm is now gone, I think - they still live in the community), but with excursions to Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, etc.  They live inland - very near where Heartbeat was filmed!  Fabulous scenery, a lovely part of the world.
MikeAlx

That's a lovely area to live in, Evie. I camped near Pickering as a child, and did the North York Moors railway (which goes right through Heartbeat country) and all that sort of thing. A few years back we stayed in Whitby and drove through the moors on the way up, when all the heather was out - beautiful.

There's a good novella by Michel Faber based in Whitby, "The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps", which I bought on our previous visit.

Also in the North York Moors vicinity is Castle Howard, where Brideshead Revisited was filmed.
TheRejectAmidHair

And speaking of literary associations, Whitby Abbey is where Count Dracula made his home after first landing in ENgland.
chris-l

With all this to see, we are definitely going to need a return trip! Harrogate wins out over York this time around, partly because we have been to York a few times already, but also for reasons which will be obscure except to those of you who have reached a certain age: there is a flower show in Harrogate which we plan to visit, as well as the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr. There, I've confessed, and it didn't hurt much! I'm a gardener! Smile

I'm not too sure about Howarth. I'm not a Bronte fan, although Wuthering Heights is for me the best of the bunch, and I do get the impression (perhaps a wrong impression) that Howarth is very much a Bronte theme park.

I'll have to remember some garlic dressing for my fish and chips in Whitby!

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Now I have to get to work of the books that I take with me. Probably no Brontes, but Mary Shelley might be a possibility.
Evie

It's not a theme park, and in fact apart from the Parsonage it would probably be a disappointment for Bronte fans if they wanted more than the Parsonage and the landscape that must have inspired Wuthering Heights and passages in Charlotte's books.  It was lovely because we met up there and had a nice day - most of them went for a walk, which is not an option for me, but some of us stayed overnight, and we all had dinner together.  But there are certainly more interesting places to visit - I would love to go to Harlow Carr, for example!  Sounds a much better plan.
MikeAlx

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
And speaking of literary associations, Whitby Abbey is where Count Dracula made his home after first landing in ENgland.

There is a Dracula Experience Museum there now, Himadri. We didn't go in, but I suspect it would probably speak more to your Hammer fan side than your literary interests.
TheRejectAmidHair

MikeAlx wrote:
TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
And speaking of literary associations, Whitby Abbey is where Count Dracula made his home after first landing in ENgland.

There is a Dracula Experience Museum there now, Himadri. We didn't go in, but I suspect it would probably speak more to your Hammer fan side than your literary interests.


Definitely sounds like my kind of thing!

Iíve never actually been to Whitby (or, indeed, to the Carpathians) but Iíve seen the next best thing: Black Park, near Slough, where Hammer did most of their location shooting.

Chris Ė surely Bram Stoker would be more appropriate than Mary Shelley!
chris-l

Oops! Yes, of course, wrong story altogether! I need a holiday!
Jen M

Chris, have a wonderful time.  I've just had a couple of days in Yorkshire myself, and wished I could have stayed longer.  I'm really envious!

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Garden are well worth a visit, and Whitby is great.   Some of this area is Herriot country (his practice was in Thirsk), and absolutely beautiful.  And I second Mike's recommendation of the North York Moors Railway and the York Railway museum.

I think Haworth is out of your area if you are only there for five days and especially if you are not a Bronte fan.  It's still in a lovely part of the world though; do try the Dales for a future visit.  Bolton Abbey in the Dales is stunning and fish and chips at the orignal Harry Ramsden's highly recommended.

(Black Park has been used as a location for many films and TV programmes.  When I was a child we visited and there was a Colditz castle there, complete with snow!)

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