The Park and Gardens at Raby will be free for all visitors for one day only as we take part in Heritage Open Days on Sunday 14th September.
Heritage Open Days is a three-day, National Scheme which aims to either open up historic places usually closed to the public or allow access for free. Visitors will have the chance to access Raby's 200 acres of historic parkland and 18th Century walled gardens, for which an entrance fee is normally charged, as part of Heritage Open Days on Sunday 14th September.
The scheme is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year: “2014 is a landmark year for Heritage Open Days,” says Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days. “Over the last two decades we’ve enabled millions of people to visit thousands of places that are normally closed to the public, helping to put local heritage at the forefront of community life throughout England. This summer we’re looking forward to our most spectacular festival ever – a unique national celebration that brings our hidden history to life.”
At Raby, children and families can have fun in the landscaped lush green parkland, where herds of red and fallow deer roam wild. There are also the walled gardens, which still have many original features such as the incredible 60-foot fig tree, the impressive yew hedges, which span the width of the garden and the idyllic rose garden, herbaceous borders and ornamental pond. Raby Park is also home to a collection of Horse Drawn Carriages owned by Lord Barnard and the Vane Family, on display in the Old Stables and Coach Houses. Follow one of the walks through the Park and around the Ponds where you’ll see plenty of wildlife against the historic backdrop of Raby Castle. There’s also the Tearooms in the old converted stables, which serves drinks and light snacks, Gift Shop and the Children’s Play Area. A wildlife spotting sheet for children (and adults alike!) is available to enjoy whilst visiting the parkland and gardens.
The Park & Gardens will be open from 11am until 5pm, with last admissions at 4pm. Raby Castle will be open to visitors for an admission fee of £4 for adults and £2 for children from 1pm until 4.30pm.
More information about Raby’s Park and Gardens can be found by clicking here.