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Whether it is a wander around our picturesque village of Upper Poppleton, a visit to one of the local pubs, a day trip to York or one of the many nearby towns or villages, or a walk in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there are limitless options of things to do.

We are within easy reach of it all making exploring the area easy, and to get you started we have provided details of some popular destinations.

York

Situated within easy reach of York via train, bus and park and ride, we are ideally situated for visiting the beautiful city of York located just three miles away. Below are some of our suggestions for things to do and you can also find more at VisitYork.org. Jorvic Viking Centre Explore the history of the city with a trip to the Viking Centre. Based by the Grand Opera House in the city centre, Jorvic offers a brilliant day out for families and couples. Get dressed up and experience life as a Viking, learning about how they influenced our language and names, and the impact they had on the city of York. The Shambles One of the most famous streets in England, the shambles is a quirky shopping street with an array of unique shops and an even more unique ‘leaning’ appearance. York Minster Incredibly impressive, York Minster is over 800 years old and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Equally stunning during the day or night, it’s certainly not something to miss- just don’t forget to bring a camera. York Dungeon If you’d like to find out about the more gruesome history of York, a trip to the dungeons is a must. Here, you’ll be guided below ground, exploring how people in the past were sentenced and punished as part of the old justice system.

Harrogate

Harrogate is just 18 miles from us. Below are some of our suggestions for things to do and you can also find more on the visitor site here. Betty’s Tea Rooms If you don’t mind braving the inevitable queue outside the front door, Betty’s offers an elegant way to spend time in Harrogate. Enjoy afternoon tea, a home-made scone, or choose from a selection of cakes, artisan teas and speciality coffees. If you’re looking for a souvenir of your time in the area, Betty’s sells boxed chocolates, take-away cakes and gift sets. Shopping Centre Harrogate hosts an indoor shopping centre, and also has local unique shops along with many of the traditional high street brands. Marks and Spencer’s, The White Company, Laura Ashley and Lewis and Cooper are all based in the town centre. Parking is available via a multi-story, or there are on-street options also.

Leeds

Leeds is just 24 miles from us. Below are some of our suggestions for things to do. Shopping Leeds has the largest array of shops in the local area. The Victoria Arcade hosts an array of designer brands, including Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Reiss, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton. The arcade is neighboured by Harvey Nichols. Leeds carers for an array of shopping needs, with all of the usual high street brands, and if you’re looking for a real bargain, it has a very large and thriving indoor market. Market Kirkgate Market opened in 1981 and is the largest indoor market in Europe. There are currently over 800 stalls, meaning that whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here. The market is the founding location of Marks and Spencer’s, with the duo opening a Penny Bazaar. Depending on the time of year, M&S still have a traditional stall open here. Grand Theatre From Opera to Ballet, West End Musicals and Dramas to old favourites in concert, the Grand Theatre offers a wide range of entertainment. Please visit the website for details regarding what is on during your stay.

Ripon

Below are some of our suggestions for things to do in Ripon. Weekly Markets Every Thursday a bustling market fills the square. Buy local fruit, vegetables, pastries and meats, or wander around the surrounding shops. The Hornblower Every night at 9pm, for the last over 1000 years, the Ripon Hornblower blows his horn at each of the four corners of the market square. He gives a short speech explaining the history of his role, and if you’re lucky, he’ll give you a wooden penny to remember the experience by. Fountains Abbey Fountains Abbey is a National Trust property. It offers a range of activities to do and is perfect for both couples and children. The property comprises of the ruin of an ancient Abbey and a Victorian Water Garden which has been designated as a World Heritage site. The site also hosts a deer park, large lake, two cafes and a restaurant. In December, the Abbey is transformed by spectacular lighting and hosts local choirs with pulled pork sandwiches and mulled wine available from outside the restaurant. Ripon Cathedral The Cathedral is just a short walk from the market square. Built in the 7th century, it features stunning architecture, stained glass windows and stone sculptures.

Knaresborough

One of the most beautiful towns in North Yorkshire but it is so often missed by visitors to our region. why is it so special you may say its because of its natural beauty, from the ruins of the castle built by a Norman Baron you can view the river Nidd which has spectacular views of the viaduct bridge and in fine weather you can walk along the river Nidd via Abbey Road and you can also row on the river. A popular market town with 20,000 people.

Yorkshire National Parks

The Yorkshire Dales and National Park are beautiful areas for relaxing, hiking, biking and much more. Just a short drive from Grove House, the are numerous opportunities to explore the open countryside. For more information, please visit the visitor site here.

Upper Poppleton

Upper Poppleton is our village and there are lots of things to see and do here. The Lord Collingwood Just a short stroll from Grove House, The Lord Collingwood Pub offers a fantastic range of food, real ales and wines. It has a beer garden for relaxing during the summer months, and a roaring fire perfect for the winter. The Lord Collingwood is a welcoming, traditional village pub. For more information visit their website here. The Red Lion The Red Lion is a slightly further stroll than Lord Collingwood, but it is still easily reachable from the house. It too offers a range of food, real ales and wines in a relaxed atmosphere. The bar opens until 11.00pm Monday to Saturday, with food being served until 8.00pm in the restaurant. The White Horse Another pub within a short stroll from Grove House is the White Horse. Fantastic food and ambience awaits visitors to this wonderful and friendly establishment. Find out more on their website here. River Walk to York Taking around an hour 15 minutes, the river walk is a wonderful way to reach York Centre. If you’re not feeling as energetic on the way back, simply take the train to the station in the village. The Village Maypole To the centre of the village green stands a 64ft maypole, which is still in use to this day. Other Local Eateries In addition to the three local pubs there is also Luigi’s Ristorante & Pizzeria (Italian) here and Maxi’s Restaurant (Cantonese and Peking) here.