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The best National Trust sites to visit this summer in and around York

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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Start your adventure in the gardens of Beningbrough, just a short drive north of York.

Pick up one of the free nature trails - brilliant butterflies. Grab a sheet then head off to search out the strange facts and giant butterflies as you explore the garden.

On selected days over the school holidays have a go at one of the themed activities to discover what lives in a tree? Why do bees buzz? Terrific tansy beetles, or join a day of outdoor storytelling on Bank Holiday Monday.

After a busy time charging around the wilderness play area, den building and climbing trees, shake out your rugs, lay out your picnics and relax on the south lawn.

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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a unique place made of two moments in history, just 30 miles from the centre of York.

There’s so much more to see than just the abbey, even though it's a ruin, it's still pretty impressive with its grand columns, vaulted ceilings and imposing tower. A bend in the path from the east of the abbey will transform you forward in time to the ornate splendour of the Georgian period.

Venture out into the 400-acre deer park and find even more things to clamber under, climb over and hide in. Not to mention the herds of deer that call Studley home. No visit is complete without a visit to the large adventure playground near the visitor centre.

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Fountains Abbey

Nunnington Hall

Step back in time this summer and play some games from the past. A group of children were evacuated to Nunnington Hall during the Second World War and used Nunnington’s garden as their playground. Come and play pooh sticks, defeat dragons and challenge your friends and family to a game of croquet, badminton and quoits!

Head up to the exhibition gallery on the top floor to visit Creatures of Curiosity - local folklore will be on show this summer. Based on a range of real and mythological creatures from the Ryedale area, this exciting exhibition pulls together history, archaeology, science and folklore. It’s a great opportunity to explore how local myths were created and how even real stories can take on mythical status. Kids can join in by designing and making scales to add to the Nunnington Dragon - come back later in the holidays to see the finished piece. 

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Nunnington Hall

Closer to the city

In the centre drop into Treasurer’s House to join a tour and explore the historic rooms. There’s a photo trail to keep younger members of the family entertained then head to the garden for a picnic. Visit Goddards, the edge of York racecourse, the former home of the Terry family with croquet and tennis on offer on your garden visit.

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