Newby Hall Gardens near Ripon is the perfect place to meet up with family and friends as there really is something for everyone.
Newby Hall is one of England's renowned Adam houses. In the 1760s William Weddell, an ancestor of the current owners, acquired a magnificent collection of ancient Roman sculpture and Gobelins tapestries. He commissioned Robert Adam to alter the original Wren-designed house, and Thomas Chippendale to make furniture. The result is a perfect example of the Georgian 'Age of Elegance' with the atmosphere and ambience of a family home.
25 acres of stunning award-winning gardens contain rare and beautiful shubs and plants, including the National Collection of the genus Cornus (dogwoods). Newby's famous double herbaceous borders make the perfect walkway to the River Ure. Formal gardens such as the Autumn and Rose Garden, the tranquility of Sylvia's Garden and a Tropical Garden make Newby an inspiring and exciting place to explore.
Newby is also home to the exciting Adventure Gardens – with a sand pit, swings, dancing water fountains, miniature railway, pedalo boats, aerial zip wire and much, much more.
You'll find the famous Teddy Bear Exhibition and wonderful Dollshouse Exhibition featuring over 65 exquisite houses which will thrill and delight everyone from 4 to 94.
Don't leave without visiting our fantastic garden restaurant and amazing design led shop.
March to June: Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am to 5.30pm.
July and August: Mondays to Sundays, 11am to 5.30pm.
September: Open Tuesdays to Sundays 11am to 5:30pm.
Just off the A1(M) between Ripon and Boroughbridge.
36 Bus from Leeds or Harrogate. Then Number 22 bus from Ripon Bus Station (1 mile walk up drive).
- Offers bike storage
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Adult: from £12.50
Child: from £9.50
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Lord Grantham, an ancestor of the Comptons, gave away America! As Foreign Secretary he drew up the Treaty giving America its independence.
- A Royal IOU (from King Charles II to Robert Vyner, another ancestor) hangs on the wall leading upto the Billiard Room. It was never paid and is now worth about £400 million!
- There are 90 varieties of Cornus (Dogwoods) at Newby. There is also an apple tree unique to Newby – the Strawberry Pippin.
- Newby has the gate from Newgate Prison, through which the famous highwayman Dick Turpin’s rival Jack Sheppard escaped.
- Newby Hall has a collection of over 100 chamber pots, some dating from 1500s.
At Newby Hall we really strive to help you have a very bespoke wedding with no packages and set suppliers.
Our professional wedding planner Lucy will assist you with ideas and suggestions and be your contact person right from your show round through to your wedding day, which ensures continuity and that no detail is missed!
We have a wide variety of rooms and spaces available for your ceremony and reception, from a church to the state gallery or perhaps a marquee, you'll certainly find what you're looking for.
Centrally located between London and Edinburgh, just two miles from the A1M Newby is easily accessible from Leeds, York and Harrogate.
Set in 40 acres of beautiful gardens bounded by the River Ure, Newby is a truly unique setting in which to entertain guests. The elegant 17th-century Wren house with its exquisite Adam interiors provides an atmospheric venue. Perfectly placed to cater for a dinner, drinks party, conference or activity day, the House and grounds have much more to offer than most standard venues.
In the house itself the Statue Gallery, Library, Ante Room and Entrance Hall all interconnect meaning we are able to cater for drinks receptions for up to 300 people, and the Statue Gallery and Regency Dining Room are also available for dinners.
For larger functions there is also the option of having a marquee on the west park or using the newly restored Orangery with attached marquee.
Newby presents endless opportunities for an inspirational educational visit. The ancient sculptures in the Statue Gallery and the interactive Zimbabwean Sculpture Workshops (from June) give wonderful scope for discovering the arts.
The woodland walk and gardens provide a wealth of material, while the house itself is a very special environment in which to explore form, colour, design and mathematical proportion as well as architecture and social history. During June, July and August, Matombo Zimbabwean Sculpture workshops are available free of charge for all ages – please ask.
Newby’s wonderful adventure playground is a fantastic place to let off steam with an amazing variety of experiences including the miniature railway. There is a large picnic area close to the coach park for lunch and if it is wet, we will do our best to provide undercover space.