The Ionic Temple
The Ionic Temple graces the north end of the terrace. The temple was not just picturesque but also practical, serving as a space to rest and dine in. Despite its practical purpose, it's decorated with a splendid fresco depicting mythological scenes and ornate 18th-century furniture.
The Tuscan Temple
The Tuscan Temple follows a popular classical model which has its roots in the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli near Rome.
While the temple interior is not open to visitors the rich plasterwork decorating the inside of the dome and the tessellated pavement is visible through the window.
A winter view of Rievaulx Abbey
In the basement of the Ionic Temple, where servants used to prepare food for the guests above, we now have an informative exhibition space. Here you can learn all about the temples' architecture, the terrace's formation and the Duncombe family,
Inside the temples
Ionic Temple opening times
During property open dates Mon to Sat 12pm - 12.30pm, 2pm - 2.30pm and 3.30pm - 4pm. Sun 12pm to 4pm....
Gilt settee designed by William Kent
William Kent (1685-1748) is regarded as one of Britain's greatest Georgian designers.