Join in

Learn a new skill © National Trust

Learn a new skill

We need your help to conserve and enhance this unique estate for everyone to enjoy.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved. Volunteers help with gardening and wildlife conservation, lead guided tours around the abbey and garden, help with school groups and support our events.

We'd love to hear from you. Call us on 01765 643172 or email

Harrogate & the Dales Association

 © Paul Harris

The Harrogate and the Dales Association was founded in 1978. We cover Harrogate, Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Ripon, Northallerton, Thirsk, Leyburn, Aysgarth, Wetherby, Otley and Richmond and the places around.

Our annual programme caters for a wide range of interests, including social functions and holidays.


Make new friends

The end of a long day © Paul Harris

The end of a long day

A luncheon club meets on the first Monday of each month between October and April. There can be few better ways of making new friends than participating in Association activities with people of similar interests.

A lively Newsletter is published four times a year to keep members constantly updated.

Centres and Associations

Interested in making the most of the National Trust near you? Join your local group to enjoy special interest talks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events.

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