Lose yourself in the vast 30 acre Grade I listed gardens. Follow through ravines cut out of rock to discover the jurassic-feeling Quarry Garden. Inspired by Sir Charles Monck's travels, the Quarry Garden has its own microclimate which means all sorts of exotic plants grow here.
We have one of the biggest collection of rhododendrons in the country. You'll find winter flowering varieties in the Quarry Garden and a stunning display in the Rhododendron Garden during late spring.
Enjoy year-round seasonal interest in the formal Yew Garden and Magnolia Terrace. And if you're feeling energetic why not take the Crag Wood Walk?
Power up 56 spiral stairs to marvel at the view from the top of the 14th-century defensive 'pele tower' at the top of the ruined medieval castle. The castle was built as a refuge at a time of Anglo-Scottish warfare but it was also designed to impress.
Explore the maze of rooms and keep your eye out for rare traces of elaborate medieval wall paintings. In the manor house style wing you can still see the old cooking range and fireplaces.
The whole ensemble here is the creation of the Middleton family over more than seven centuries. The estate was owned almost continuously by the family from the 13th century, when Sir Richard de Middleton was Lord Chancellor to King Henry III.