Explore North Yorkshire

God’s Own County. The most photographed in Britain.


The Malt Shovel, Brearton 1.5 miles – 01423 862 929 – closed Mondays     Menu    Book Table
A favourite of ours.  Quaint 16th century village pub and restaurant. Lovely owners and exquisite food. More than one roaring fire to choose from. Open for lunch and dinner.

The Boar’s Head, Ripley 1.5 miles – 01423 771 888    Menu    Book Table
Another favourite. A beautiful old coaching inn which is part of the Ripley Castle Estate. Afternoon tea as well as meals in the bar, dining room or beer garden. Traditional British food.

The Inn at Stainley, South Stainley, 2 miles – 01423 779 060     Menu   Book Table
A large gastropub known for both seafood and meat dishes. Lots of outdoor seating.

Nidd Hall Hotel, 300 yards walk, reservations by special arrangement.  01423 771598
Our closest hostelry with acres of gardens to explore.  Lovely setting for afternoon tea.

Carriages, Knaresborough, 4 miles – 01423 867041  – closed Mondays   Menu   Book Table 
A treasured wine bar and restaurant gem. Modern British and European food in listed building, including early bird menus and tapas. Fantastic view of the viaduct from their beautiful beer garden.

The Black Mulberry, Knaresborough, 4.5 miles – 01423 797930    Menu 
Award-winning café on the waterside – our very own riviera. Excellent daytime fare daily except Monday.  Open evenings in the spring and summer.

There are over two hundred restaurants in Harrogate itself just 4 miles away – ask for our recommendations.  Have a look here for which ones have lots of vegan and vegetarian choices.


The first mineral spring in Harrogate was discovered in 1571 by William Slingsby who found that it had similar properties to the springs in the Belgian town of Spa, which gave its name to spa towns.  In its heyday, Harrogate was known as ‘the English spa’ and a leading destination for European high society

These days you are spoilt for choice

Turkish Baths, one of only seven in the world dating from the 19th century.  Reopened in 2018 after extensive refurbishment. You can expect a traditional experience.

Rudding Park Hotel, only a few years old and just what you would expect from a contemporary five-star hotel.

Nidd Hall Hotel, so close you can walk there.


Ripon  North Yorkshire gem with its cathedral dating back to 672, boasts a wealth of history and facilities, ranging from the historic Market Place with its family-run shops to the brand new Curzon Cinema. We love the cathedral partly because, unlike most, they don’t charge admission.

Harrogate  Famed for its floral displays and Victorian grandeur, beautifully showcased in Valley Gardens as well as Betty’s Tea Rooms. The Stray is a 200 acre swathe of parkland traversing the heart of the town, a much cherished green space in every season.  Harrogate is consistently voted one of the most popular places to live in the UK and the wide variety of independent shops, restaurants and bars certainly reflects this.

Knaresborough Picturesque town with its castle, market place and spectacular viaduct straddling the River Nidd, is definitely worth a visit. Once a much more significant town than Harrogate. It’s our own local riviera.

Ripley Beautiful village on our doorstep. Ripley Castle, home to the Ingilby family for over 700 years, is a lovely place for afternoon tea, but be sure to book ahead. Also one of the most popular wedding venues in the area.

Markenfield Hall Moated medieval manor house near Ripon, private home to the Curteis family. Open to the public for a few short weeks in early summer, but afternoon events are held each month.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal An abbey dating back to 1132, Georgian water garden, a medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and a Gothic church. What more does the history enthusiast need?

York One of the biggest visitor destinations in the whole country. A magnificent minster, castle, no fewer than 2 versions of Betty’s, The Shambles and so much more.  There’s a lot of traffic in York and parking can be challenging.  We really recommend using the Poppleton Bar Park and Ride service which is 18 miles away or a 30-minute drive.


Walking – the area around The Vicarage lends itself perfectly to walkers. Take the time to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Cycling – this is one of the most popular pastimes in the area. Harrogate was picked as the finish for the opening stage of the Tour de France in 2014. It was such a success that Le Tour de Yorkshire takes place every year on the same circuit. You will still see yellow bicycles perched on walls and trees around the area as symbols of the race.

Nidd Hall Hotel has spa and gym facilities. Contact us for details or book online. Their acres of beautiful gardens are worth exploring and it’s all right on our doorstep.


Nidd Gorge, a spectacular natural gorge cut out over time by the River Nidd. Hire yourself a rowing boat in Knaresborough.

Brimham Rocks, an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations: a great day out for families, climbers and those who love the outdoors.

RHS Harlow Carr, one of four public gardens run by the RHS. Well worth a visit.  Has its very own Betty’s Tea Room.

Valley Gardens, a beautiful year-round treat for the senses.

Yorkshire Dales, hilly, rugged, romantic and full of dramatic views and landscapes. A fantastic place to explore by car or on foot. Watch out for the cyclists!

North York Moors, beautiful moorland, mysterious forests, rugged coastline and an abundance of nature. Visit the majestic 200m cliffs at Boulby, and the picturesque fishing town of Staithes.

Our Favorites

The Harrogate Tipple – Gin distillery in the grounds of Ripley Castle where you create your own gin

Appleton’s Pies in Ripon Market Place – in our opinion these pork pies are the best available on the planet!

Ripley Ice Cream in Ripley village

Afternoon Tea.  Betty’s Tea Room is of course famous, but for that afternoon tea experience in grand country house style try our two local favourites Swinton Estate, 17 miles to the north, Goldsborough Hall 8 miles east, or indeed Nidd Hall which is just the other side of the church.  For something different, there is Tipsy G&Tea at The Grand Hotel in York, or Eileen’s favourite, Japanese Afternoon Tea Lunch at Issho restaurant in Leeds.

Visit our Boutique Rooms

They are individually decorated in rich colours contrasting with the sweep of pristine white cotton bed linen on king-sized beds, some of it specially sourced from the Belgian and South African suppliers we have been using for years.


Yew is the neighbouring room to ASH. It is just a little smaller, but doesn’t feel like it with its high ceiling. A good choice for spotting wildlife.


Oak is the room closest to the main house with windows to the east and south. It has its own courtyard and barbecue.


Ash is in the middle of the mews building and is the largest of the rooms with a little more floor space and a high ceiling.


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The Vicarage Harrogate is a B&B with a difference in the small village of Nidd, just north of Harrogate. 

Town Street, Nidd
Harrogate, North Yorkshire



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