Creatures of Curiosity

Enjoy the new art exhibition at Nunnington Hall.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Local folklore will be on show this summer, focusing on the Kirkdale caves and the Nunnington dragon with other stories incorporating elements taken from local folklore.

Based on a range of real and mythological creatures from the Ryedale area, this exciting exhibition pulls together history, archaeology, science and folklore. The real creatures are themselves in some ways fantastical – creatures that lived here during the Ice Age, including mammoths, hyenas, and giant deer. It’s a great opportunity to explore how local myths were created and how even real stories can take on mythical status.

Images of original artwork by children’s author and illustrator Tim Hopgood and sensory textile creations by Wanda Hopgood based on Tim’s illustrations will showcase the story of the Kirkdale Caves. The exhibition will also feature artwork by children from local schools.

Including in admission to Nunnington Hall, normal admission charges apply.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Nunnington Hall


Nunnington Hall
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.50 £9.50
Child £5.25 £4.75
Family £26.20 £23.75
Family, one adult £15.70 £14.25
Group Adult N/A £8.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Free entry for National Trust members and under fives


The basics

Meeting point
The exhibition is on the top floor of the hall.
There are no lifts at Nunnington Hall, the ground floor is wheelchair accessible.

Contact Info

Main Office
Call 01439 748283

Upcoming events

Royal Connections

Fri 01 Jul 2022
It's Nunnington Hall's platinum jubilee! Learn more about Nunnington's royal connections in a special exhibition.

Cause and Effect

Fri 01 Jul 2022
Enjoy the new art exhibition at Nunnington Hall

Expressive Pastel Workshop

Fri 01 Jul 2022
Join local artist Robert Dutton in an Expressive Pastel Workshop in the grounds of Nunnington Hall.

National Meadows Day

Sat 02 Jul 2022
Join Senior Gardener Nick for a Marvellous Meadows tour.

Cleaning the Carlisle Collection: conservation in action

Mon 04 Jul 2022
It's time for the annual clean of the Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms.

Behind the scenes Collections Tours

Tue 05 Jul 2022
Join a guided tour of the house to discover how we look after the collection at Nunnington Hall.