Attractions, Places of Interest & Days Out in the Yorkshire Dales
Eastfield Lodge & Leyburn – A Gateway to the Dales
Naturally, Wensleydale attracts its fair share of walkers, but there are so many other attractions to explore from Eastfield Lodge Guest House on a series of short drives. There are famous castles (such as Richmond, Middleham & Bolton), ruins (such as Jervaulx & Fountains Abbey) and many award-winning tourist attractions (such as the Forbidden Corner, the Wensleydale Railway & the Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre). We are also an easy drive from beautiful historic towns (such as Richmond, Ripon, Harrogate, Durham & York).
Wonderful days out and attractions within 20 minutes of Eastfield Lodge
Here are just a few examples of the many places of interest you will find on the doorstep of Eastfield Lodge Guest House in Leyburn. At the house, you are welcome to browse all the information we keep in our Maps & Information Room. We can guarantee you will be spoilt for choice!
You could easily spend a whole day at spectacular Bolton Castle. It is one of the UK’s best preserved medieval castles and attractions. Originally built as one of the finest homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history, including the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots. Visitors are royally entertained and the castle’s staff go out of their way to make sure your visit is pleasurable and interesting. You can join guided tours, watch falconry displays or simply relax in the beautiful gardens that surround the castle. You can drive to Bolton Castle in 15 minutes from Eastfield Lodge Guest House or take the Wensleydale Railway from Leyburn to Redmire, from where it takes 20 minutes to walk up to the castle.
The Forbidden Corner
Just 15 minutes drive from Eastfield Lodge Guest House, the Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages. Genuinely, unforgettable! Pre-booking essential.
No visit to Eastfield Lodge Guest House in the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a visit to Middleham Castle, a popular visitor attraction managed by English Heritage . This was the childhood home of Richard III and here you can relive the castle’s illustrious history and unlock the deeds of its great owners, whilst taking in amazing views of Wensleydale. The castle is just 2 miles from Eastfield Lodge Guest House at the heart of the picturesque village of Middleham, itself characterised by the presence of hundreds of racehorses, which regularly trot through the village on their way to and from the famous gallops that stretch out westwards towards Pennhill, the third highest peak in the Dales.
Richmond Castle & Richmond
Richmond is a 20 minute drive from Eastfield Lodge Guest House and it is a lovely day out. The highlight is Richmond Castle. With its breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle fully deserves its place as amongst the finest attractions of northern England. It is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain. Learn all about the castle’s past in the interactive exhibition before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden. The castle’s fun and exciting events programme will give you the perfect chance to enjoy live action events and don’t forget to take a picnic. The castle dominates the attractive and historic town of Richmond, where there is also lots to see and do. The former station has been spectacularly and beautifully transformed in recent years to include a cinema, art gallery, artisan shops and an excellent cafe/bistro. The town is also renowned for its Georgian theatre, the Richmondshire Museum, the Green Howards Military Museum and some delightful riverside walks.
Constable Burton Hall is a stunning Palladian villa standing at the entrance to Wensleydale about 4 miles from Eastfield Lodge Guest House. Designed by the celebrated architect John Carr for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, and completed in 1768, it is widely recognised as one of the finest English houses built in the Palladian style. It 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.
About 20 minutes from our Eastfield Lodge Guest House at the village of Aysgarth, the River Ure tumbles spectacularly over a series of broad limestone steps which are known as the Aysgarth Falls. They represent one of Wensleydale’s most famous beauty spots and they were featured in the Kevin Costner film, Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves. There are pleasant walks linking the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls, plus a Visitor Centre with a charming café, restaurant and shop.
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 wildflowers and plants freely exploring its many nooks and crannies. It is just 10 minutes drive from Eastfield Lodge Guest House, 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. It is open all year round, dawn till dusk and is often used as a film and photo shoot location. It is also part of the Turner Trail.
Tennant’s Auction House
Tennants is the UK’s largest family-owned fine art auctioneers, holding over 80 sales a year. Over four generations, the family have developed and grown the business but been aware of their position in the local community. The Garden Rooms and Cloisters draw in the locals and visitors for lunches and teas. The large banqueting facilities stage weddings, presentations, debates and conferences. Exhibitions are always open to the public with anything from juke boxes, period costume, quilting to stuffed animals and railway memorabilia, all beautifully displayed in the new purpose built premises. The tea rooms and little shop and friendly staff make it a delightful place to stroll around at your leisure.
The Leyburn ‘Shawl’
No visit to Leyburn is complete without a stroll along Leyburn Shawl. The Shawl is an escarpment that affords the finest view point in the Yorkshire Dales, with rolling Wensleydale and the Coverdale Fells. It stretches for a mile and three quarters, providing a lovely stroll along a grassy path. Walk further and it stretches into a circular walk of five or seven miles, two of the loveliest short walks in England. You can also walk to Castle Bolton and Aysgarth Falls. The legend of the Shawl tells the story of tragic Mary Queen of Scots, who was incarcerated in Bolton Castle for two years. Fleeing from the castle for the safety of Leyburn, she dropped her shawl which betrayed her destination and was recaptured. The Shawl is an easy 10 minute walk from Eastfield Lodge Guest House via the Market Place.
The Leyburn Galleries
Leyburn has 3 art galleries that provide a leisurely exploration of the town for those with an interest in art. The largest gallery is Wensleydale Galleries very close to Eastfield Lodge Guest House; it has one of the finest collections of original paintings in the area. Two other galleries are located in the town centre, the newest gallery being Northern Galleries which has a collection of original paintings and prints. Finally, there is the Warland’s Gallery, which has a collection of paintings, knitted and felted items, pottery and glass.
The Little Chocolate Shop
If you would like a real chocolate adventure, head for the Little Chocolate Shop, a ten minute stroll from Eastfield Lodge Guest House. Here you can see see chocolates being hand-crafted. The shop has more than 200 delicious varieties, which make excellent gifts – and chocolate making workshops now available!
Leyburn Tea Pottery
Just 10 minutes on foot from Eastfield Lodge Guest House is the Leyburn Tea Pottery. Visit here and tea time may never be the same again! Here you will find the largest collection of eccentric teapots in England. You will be amazed with the craftsmanship and the many beautiful, fun and wacky teapots. .
Leyburn 1940’s Weekend
An annual event in July each year – contact us for dates and details!
Why not join us in Wensleydale for this year’s 1940’s weekend at the end of July. The festival and it’s variety of events is open from 10am to 5pm each day. More details can be found here.
As always there will be display of vintage and military vehicles from the era along with a number of stalls selling anything from clothing of the era to music. Major Swing will be in the Market Place all weekend playing music and running dance classes.
This year with help from The Land Army Girls, they have managed to get some extra rations to help with the preparations. There will be a dance on the Saturday night with entertainment by “Major swing DJ” – Tim Handley.
There will be a morning and evening shuttle bus service to and from the town to Cawkill Park for a display of Vintage and military vehicles. Trader’s corner. Service of remembrance on Sunday with church parade and commemorative service in the market square. 1940 service Bus Park & Ride in to town. Vintage fairground. Dancing & Bands in the market square music and dancing of the era throughout the weekend.
A Service of remembrance followed by a Church parade and commemorative service in the Market Place will take Sunday morning.
The Vintage bus will be running a park and ride service from the railway station in and around town over the weekend. All this plus much more to be enjoyed!
The Wensleydale Railway
The Wensleydale Railway is an authentic heritage railway serving the local community, offering tourists, families and transport enthusiasts a great value day out in the Yorkshire Dales with lots to see and do along the way. For walkers staying at Eastfield Lodge Guest House, it provides some wonderful options, whether you take this ‘step-back-in-time’ mode of transport from Leyburn Station to, say, Redmire and then walk back to us – or whether you walk from Leyburn to one of the stations out in the Dales National Park, from where you can catch the train back to Eastfield Lodge.