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7 Ticketed Outdoor Spaces That Won’t Be Too Crowded

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Swap the park for one of these Yorkshire gems.

Lake, Nostell Priory and Parkland, Europe, England

These beautiful outdoor spaces are only letting in limited numbers of visitors, so you can enjoy the scenery without the crowds.

Bored of doing the same loop around your local parks and woodlands? Now you can visit some of the region’s most beautiful landmarks without fear of crowds because they’re offering ticketed entry. By pre-booking before you visit, you’re helping them to limit numbers, so you can safely explore acres of countryside while keeping your distance from other visitors.

Brodsworth Gardens

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

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Just outside of Doncaster lies Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. The hall is closed, but you can still make your way around the beautiful gardens which have been restored to their full Victorian splendour. Stroll along the statue walks, past the Fern Dell Grotto and through the beautiful wild rose dell as you admire the seasonal plantings and period bedding plants. The cafe will be open for takeaway snacks and drinks which you can enjoy in their outdoor seating area.

Brodsworth Gardens, Brodsworth, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XJ. It’s open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday. Tickets are on sale now. It’s free for members, but you still need to book ahead.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

There are over 30,000 acres of lush Yorkshire countryside to explore around the historic ruins of Bolton Abbey. You can make your way up to the old priory, across the Stepping Stones and over to landmarks like Barden Tower, The Strid and the Valley of Desolation, which they’ve made safe for social distancing by introducing a one-way system around the estate. The Cavendish Pavillion and Strid Wood Tea Rooms are both open for refreshments.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AL.It’s open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. Tickets go on sale every Friday for the week ahead. It’s free for members, but you still need to book ahead.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey

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You can visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a trip to Fountains Abbey. Make a beeline for the remains of the 12th-century priory, the largest Monastic ruins in the country, before you enjoy a walk across the beautifully-landscaped grounds. You’ll eventually reach the Studley Royal Water Garden where you can relax amidst their water features. The restaurant and cafe are both open for takeaway.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Abbey Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY. It’s open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets go on sale every Friday for the week ahead.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

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There are eight acres of beautiful gardens to explore around Beningbrough Hall, a pristine Georgian mansion which sits just outside York. The house is currently closed, but you can wander through their RHS Partner Garden, visit the newly-installed Pergola and enjoy the Mediterranean Borders. The working Walled Garden is a must-visit too, it’s renowned for its endless streams of lavender.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Coach Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD. It’s open from 11am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets go on sale every Friday for the week ahead.

Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, UK

Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been a local landmark since the 18th century. The house is still closed, but you have over 300 acres of lush green parkland to explore. You can seek out the pretty orchards amidst ancient woodlands, beautiful landscaped gardens and the original Victorian pleasure grounds. The paths around the site are wide and perfect for social distancing.

Nostell Priory, Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wragby, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE. It’s open 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Sunday. Tickets go on sale every Friday for the week ahead.

Wentworth Castle Gardens

Wentworth Castle Gardens

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The gardens and parklands that surround the historic Wentworth Castle are now open to the public. You can explore over 500 acres of lush green fields filled with historical landmarks like the Queen Anne Monument, the Union Jack Garden and the Lady Mary Memorial. Fancy a bit of peace? Visit the calming Victorian Flower Garden or follow the secret Lady Lucy Walk through the woods. Some of their food and drink facilities will open for takeaway.

Wentworth Castle Gardens, Park Drive, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3ET. It’s open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. Tickets go on sale every Friday for the week ahead.

Harewood House

Harewood House, North Front

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With over 120 acres of beautiful greenery to explore, Harewood House is the perfect place for a lockdown getaway. The grounds, gardens and bird garden have all reopened, so you can go on one of the Lakeside Walks, enjoy the stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown and check out over 40 species of bird. If you get peckish, their Courtyard Cafe will offer takeaway snacks and drinks.

Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE. It’s open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday. Members will get priority access until Monday 6th July 2020, but there are a limited number of public tickets too. Tickets go on sale every Thursday for the week ahead. It’s free for members, but you still need to book ahead.