Hidden gems in Yorkshire

There's lots to discover across Yorkshire - even at some of the places you might think you know quite well. Take a closer look for some of the hidden gems you can find when you visit places including Nostell, Treasurer's House and Brimham Rocks.

Princess Victoria Room at Treasurer's House

Find the clock with a gentle chime at Treasurer's House 

Take a closer look around Frank Green's carefully designed home and see if you can find a few of our favourite things on display. Head up to Princess Victoria's room to seek out the French boulle clock. Not only is it pretty to look at, with it's bracket mounting, but arrive on the hour to hear the musical and gentle chime it makes.

The inside of the Great Barn illuminated

Look up in the Great Barn at East Riddlesden Hall 

The Great Barn has centuries of history to tell you. Cast your eyes up to see matching Roman numerals or sets of chisel marks. These give a hint of how the frame would have been reassembled on site - perhaps the 400 year old equivalent of the modern ‘flat pack’ construction methods we have today. There's also graffiti carved into the stone and wood around the barn, come and see if you can spot it.

Ormesby Hall from the Garden

Find Ormesby Hall on the edge of Teesside 

Ormesby Hall was the home of the Pennyman family for hundreds of years. Today you can explore the house and gardens to get sense of what life was like living here for its most recent inhabitants, Jim and Ruth Pennyman.

The salamander's footprint fossilised in the rocks

The salamander's footprints at Brimham Rocks 

320 million years ago the area now known as Brimham Rocks was south of the equator. All those years ago a giant salamander walked across layers of silt and left behind some footprints and a tail swish. Today we can still see those fossilised footprints that were left behind. To find them, walk down to the bottom of Lovers’ Leap rock.

The Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Terrace, North Yorkshire.

The temples of Rievaulx Terrace 

At the north end of Rievaulx Terrace, you'll find the Ionic Temple - picturesque and practical. It was once used as a place to rest, but also dine on the finest banquet and picnics. The ceiling is beautiful to look at with a painted fresco showing mythological scenes. The Tuscan Temple at the other end of the terrace is worth a peek through the windows too.

Reflections of clouds in water on the beach at Boggle Hole looking towards Robin Hood's Bay

Boggle Hole on the Yorkshire Coast 

At low tide, leave the crowds behind and wander along the beach from Robin Hood’s Bay to Boggle Hole. Explore rock pools and keep an eye out for fossils. In local folklore Boggles, like goblins, were said to be mischievous ‘little people’ who dwelled in caves. See if you can spot their old hiding places. The Quarterdeck Café at YHA Boggle Hole offers a place to refuel before walking back along the beach or, if the tide has turned, over the cliff tops via the Cleveland Way National Trail.

Family walk through the Menagerie Garden at Nostell

Wander through the Menagerie Garden at Nostell 

Setting off from the house, walk down past the lake towards the Menagerie Garden. It's one of Nostell's most colourful corners when it comes into bloom in spring and is well worth exploring. Did you know that 200 years ago a lion used to live at Nostell? The Menagerie Garden was once home to a collection of exotic species including monkeys, birds and lions. It's much more peaceful today though...