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Kirklinton Hall & Gardens

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Kirklinton Hall & Gardens

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Elizabeth G wrote a review Aug 2019
Durham, England, United Kingdom162 contributions76 helpful votes
Went to a wedding there on Saturday. Wow, what a place. It's inspiring and exciting. They put on wonderful catering and the champagne was superb. They had even ordered the weather and the sun shone down all afternoon.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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OBSERVER wrote a review Jul 2019
Carlisle, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
As locals we visit Kirklinton Hall quite regularly and can make comparisons. Whilst overall facilities continue to be improved and the Thursday Markets are a great addition, the gardens this year need more TLC. For example, the roses need dead heading, areas of the gardens have become overgrown especially the area with the rose arches, the shrubs at the far end of the main building need staking up and there appears to be a lot of fruit that could be picked and sold at the Thursday market. That said, it remains on our list as a regular place to visit.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Peter M wrote a review Jun 2019
Penrith, United Kingdom60 contributions7 helpful votes
Spent the weekend at The Feelgood Festival at Kirklinton Hall. What an amazing place, full of beautiful architecture and inspiring gardens. The Festival was full of calm friendly atmosphere with yoga classes and a range of therapies being offered all weekend. Music and trade stands were in the main hall which was enjoyed in the intimate space. Marquee on the front lawn hosted some of the yoga classes while others were held outside in the sunshine. Join us next year 2020 June 12th.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Tweedside wrote a review Nov 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom12 contributions3 helpful votes
We visited during the summer. Firstly - its great that the ruin has been consolidated (in part) and re-used by the addition of a lightweight and simple roof structure. Its a house that needs some repair and I liked the lo-tech approach. I wish them good luck with continued repairs - I hope they concentrate on repairing the building rather than using marquees. However, perhaps it was the day we visited, but there was no information on what to see in the grounds - and no information about the house (there was a wedding being set up so we didn't feel that welcome looking round). The person in the office had no information either. Another visitor told us what to do. The kids were a bit disappointed by the fairy trail - some of which was difficult to traverse. The saving grace of visiting attractions with children is a good play area - here there was a wobbly slide - and nothing else. Great potential - but needs some serious investment - or at least a decent café and play area ! Good luck to them though.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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hilaryrowell wrote a review Aug 2018
Carlisle, United Kingdom12 contributions5 helpful votes
We heard of this place on the '2 for 1' garden scheme and hence only paid £4 for the two of us. First impressions are of an amazing façade and pleasant green parking frontage. The café/shop in a small yard offered refreshments but we saw no sign of any sort of eatery. The lady at the counter was very charming and explained about the grounds and said, "Just go anywhere you like." there was no signage so we began in the extensive but 'gone over' one walled vegetable garden. We found two pigs at the end of the garden and a small area labelled, The Nuttery. The signposted path to 'The Captain's Seat' led through woodland on a narrow path close to the fence. Eventually it opened out into a charming copse leading down to the river. After a bit of exploring we found the captain's seat but it was on a very muddy and narrow footpath close to the river with a very wobbly incomplete handrail. The river was swollen as there had been a storm overnight and the path ended suddenly and we had to turn back. There was evidence of ancient manmade activity on the bank but no information to explain it. We headed back and took a wrong turn and found ourselves in a cow field with no signs to send us back to the hall. Again we eventually got back to the turn off for the fairy glen and climbed some very slippery steps to a path running along the top of a very steep sided gorge with no handrail or warning of some very exposed sections. Some distance along we came across a knitted lady bird hanging forlornly from a tree and then three or four fairies some hand knitted, some made from pegs. There was a knitted squirrel sitting in a tree and a few knitted butterflies; it caused us some amusement to see it advertised as a dragon and fairy glen. Back at the Hall we climbed some collapsed steps up to the front terrace where a group were having a picnic and as we left another family arrived. To say the place has potential is an understatement and we enjoyed the chance to explore but to advertise it as a garden and glen is very misleading and it also seems to be a place waiting for an accident to happen.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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