Norton Conyers


Four miles north of Ripon. The house has belonged to the Grahams since 1624, but goes back to much older times. It is best known for Charlotte Bronte's visit in 1839; a family legend, it is said, gave her the original idea for the mad Mrs Rochester in "Jane Eyre". It has been closed to the public since 2006 due to major repairs made necessary by death watch beetle infestation, and will not be open in 2013. The walled garden however, which is very near the house, will be open. Laid out in the mid-18th century, it retains the essentials of its original design, combined with sympathetic replanting in the English style. Two paths meet at the central feature, a pleasure pavilion (open to visitors) with a small ornamental pond before it. This attractive building and its adjacent lawns can be hired for weddings and special occasions. There is a fine view from its front windows of the garden's main gate and the park beyond. There are herbaceous borders. Pick your own fruit, cut flowers and vegetables are available in season. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead.

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Disabled access : The main path is gravelled, and runs up a slight slope. The rest of the garden is suitable for disabled access.
Opening Times : The House will be open on 27th April - 1st May, 13th-16th & 25-29th May, 9th-13th & 20th-23rd July & 24th -28th August 2017, between 2pm-5pm with visitors being admitted to the house on the hour. The Garden is the same as the house and also Sundays 25th June - 27th August and Mondays & Thursdays all year, 2-5pm (4pm in winter)
Last Admission : Last admissions 4.00pm.
Admission Prices : Admission to the house is £15 per head, with no concessions. Entrance to the garden is free, except when it is open for charity; charity openings are listed on our website. Donations are welcome.

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