Top National Trust Sites Near Leeds

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There are a whole host of National Trust sites near to the centre of Leeds for you to explore. We have picked our favourite ones for family adventures, all of which are under an hours drive away. With walking trails, bike paths and adventure playgrounds these sites make for unforgettable days out.

1. Brimham Rocks

Picture taken from the NT Brimham Rocks Facebook page


The natural spectacle of Brimham Rocks, with its giant rock formations, was created by an immense river 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth, and a visit to this amazing landscape is truly a journey into pre-history.
The rocks, sculpted by 320 million years of ice, wind, and the movement of entire continents, have taken on weird and wonderful shapes and with a little imagination, they resemble familiar creatures.

Visitors are free to explore the site, spotting the Dancing Bear, the Gorilla, the Eagle and the Turtle, whilst the more nimble can crawl through the Smartie Tube and balance on the Rocking Stones.
Some of the most iconic rock formations can be viewed only 10 minutes’ walk from the car park, and it takes around four hours to explore all of this fascinating site, with its enduring landscape and carefully managed environment.

Address: Brimham Moor Road, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW

For more information, see here

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2. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Picture taken from the NT Fountains Abbey Facebook page


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.

Address: Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

For more information, see here

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3. Hardcastle Crags

Picture taken from the NT Hardcastle Crags Facebook page


A beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoilt woodland.
As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of footpaths.

At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the Trust's flagship sustainable building.

Address: Near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7AA

For more information, see here

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4. Marsden Moor Estate

Discover the beautiful countryside and rugged scenery of Marsden Moor. With more than 5000 acres of moorland to explore, there is always something new to see.

Explore a landscape steeped in history, from prehistoric man to historic trans-Pennine transport routes. Whilst you are out and about you may spot some of the moorland plants and birds that make this area internationally important. Whether you prefer to explore the landscape on foot, by bike or through the lens of a camera there are plenty of things to see and do.

Address: Marsden Moor Office and Information Room, The Old Goods Yard, Station Road, Marsden, West Yorkshire, HD7 6DH

For more information, see here

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5. Nostell Priory

Picture taken from the Nostell NT Facebook page


Created in the 18th century, Nostell was crafted by hand and designed to impress. Discover decorative interiors by Robert Adam, one of the first long case clocks made by John Harrison and a world-class collection of Chippendale furniture. In 2018, we're celebrating the 300th birthday of the Otley-born cabinet-maker and designer. Come and explore the interior worlds 'the Shakespeare of furniture' created in Nostell and have a look at more than 100 items designed and supplied by Chippendale.

Nostell's parkland and gardens stretch over 300 acres, taking in wildlflower meadows, lakes and woodland. Visitors can enjoy seasonal scent and colour in the Kitchen Garden, take a stroll in the Menagerie Garden and jump, swing and slide in the popular adventure play area.

Address: Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE

For more information, see here

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