Things to see and do:

The area around Buckden offers the visitor a huge variety of places of interest, 
and things to see and do. This list - which is far from exhaustive - provides 
ideas for days out during your stay in Buckden. All distances shown are from
the village green in Buckden and clearly are dependent on the route chosen!

Ideas for additions to this list should be sent to 


Beauty spots
Cathedrals and monasteries
Stately homes
Other attractions


         Bolton Castle (14 miles)
    Spectacular medieval fortress - Mary Queen of Scots prison

         Skipton Castle   (18 miles)
    Complete & well preserved medieval castle -

         Middleham Castle (18 miles)
    Ruined medieval castle - childhood home of Richard III -

         Richmond Castle (28 miles)
    Dramatic Norman castle overlooking the River Swale -  



         Ribblehead Viaduct (25 miles)
    Massive 24 arch viaduct on Settle to Carlisle Railway -

         Settle Carlisle Railway  (19 miles to Settle)
    Spectacular 72 mile route through wonderful scenery -

         Embsay Steam Railway (19 miles)
Small steam railway - steam every Sunday -

         Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway  (28 miles) 
    Steam railway through Bronte country -

Beauty Spots

         Kilnsey Crag (7 miles)
    Impressive crag leaning out above the road

         Aysgarth Falls (10 miles)
    The river Ure tumbles over a series of broad steps -

         Hardraw Force (16 miles)        
    England's highest single drop waterfall - 

         The Strid (near Bolton Abbey - 17 miles)
    The River Wharfe thunders though a notorious narrow channel -

         Malham Cove (18 miles)
    Dramatic curved limestone crag 80 metres high -

         Bolton Abbey (19 miles) 
    Riverside, woodland and moorland paths, medieval buildings, picnic areas, tearooms -

         Stump Cross Caverns (19 miles)  
    One of Britain's premier show caves -

         Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge (27 miles)  
    Spectacular rock formations and views -

         White Scar Caves, Ingleton (28 miles)  
    Britain's longest show cave -

         How Stean Gorge (28 miles)  
Spectacular limestone gorge, lying hidden amid Nidderdale's lush green pastures -

         Ingleton Waterfalls (31 miles)
    Spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery -


Cathedrals & Monasteries

         Bolton Priory (19 miles)  
    12th Century abbey on the Bolton Abbey estate -

         Fountains Abbey (30 miles)  
    A world heritage site - 12th Century Cistercian monastery -    

         Ripon Cathedral (32 miles)  
    Magnificent medieval cathedral - 1300 years of history -

         York Minster (56  miles)  
    One of Europe's finest, and largest, cathedrals -


Stately Homes

        Ripley Castle (31 miles)  
    The splendour of a castle - the warmth of a family home -

         Newby Hall and Gardens (38 miles)  
    One of Britain's finest Adam houses -

         Harewood House (41 miles)
    A fine example of the English country house -

         Castle Howard (68  miles)  
     One of the great historic houses of England -



         Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes  (14 miles)
    The story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales -

         The National Museum for Film, Photography and Television, Bradford (37 miles) 
    The most visited national museum outside London -

         The Royal Armouries, Leeds  (44 miles) 
    "History in your hands" -  

        Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth (51 miles)  
    World famous home of the tragic Bronte sisters -


Other attractions

         Kilnsey Trout Farm (7 miles) 
    Fly & fun fishing, squirrels, goats, nature trails -

         Kilnsey Trekking & Riding Centre (7 miles)
    BHS approved horse riding and pony trekking -

         Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes  (14 miles)  
    The home of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese -

         Ropemaker, Hawes (14 miles)  
    Watch traditional ropemaking in progress -

         The Teapottery, Leyburn (17 miles) 
    Teapots in all kinds of extraordinary shapes -

         The Forbidden Corner, Coverham (20 miles) 
    A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises -

         Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, Nr. Skipton   (24  miles)  
    Find out all about animals, farming and the countryside -

         Hazel Brow Farm, Low Row, Swaledale (24 miles)  
    Experience the magic of an organic working farm in Swaledale -

         Theakston's Brewery, Masham (27 miles)  
    The home of Threakston's Best & Old Peculier -

         Black Sheep Brewery, Masham (27 miles)  
    Masham's other brewery - home of Black Sheep -

         Lightwater Valley Theme Park (35 miles)  
    Over 40 rides, Factory Shops and Bird of prey centre -