There's a great deal to commend at Grays Court, not least its impressive history, and superb…
Named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman Road, this mellow medieval house is not all it seems – the size, splendour and contents of the building are a constant surprise to visitors, as are the ghost stories. Wealthy industrialist Frank Green did much to restore the house, furnishing each room in a different period style – eclectic treasures include the Wedgwood cauliflower-shaped tea service and a 17th-century chandelier of Venetian glass. The award-winning garden is an oasis of calm, and has amazing views of York Minster across the way. The Below Stairs cafe serves morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, and around the corner on Goodramgate, is York's larges NT shop. Photo credit: All images - Chris Lacey.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Braille guide, tactile pictures, induction loop
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, daily 11-4.30; 15 Nov-16 Dec, Thu-Sun 11-4.30
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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