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September 19, 2018 — Kirkham Priory and Castle Howard

Bridge over the river Derwent near Kirkham Priory

Bridge over the river Derwent near Kirkham Priory

Weather prediction today was sunny until noon, heavy rain until 2:00 and then sunny with winds the rest of the day. I wanted good photos of the bridge by Kirkham Priory so when we woke to the promised sunshine, we quickly drove to the Priory for bridge pics. It was a short, pretty drive and I got my pictures. The Priory opened so we used our English Heritage membership to get in free. It was not crowded and we had it to ourselves. Bought a Priory guide with a map and explored. I got more bridge photos from inside the Priory.

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

***** Driving on to Castle Howard *****

Entrance to Castle Howard

Entrance to Castle Howard

Got back in the car and made the short drive to Castle Howard. Our English Heritage membership got us a 6 GBP discount. We hopped the train to the castle and discovered the castle restaurant, the Fitzroy Room is cafeteria style so we hiked back up to the Courtyard Café at the entrance hoping they had something besides the advertised pork belly. Fortunately, they did. Ed got scampi and I got the Ploughman’s lunch of cheese, ham, pork, paté, a root vegetable crudité and a very spicy chutney with brown bread. It was excellent. Ed got orange spice cake for dessert and I got carrot cake that was quite spicy. We shared a large pot of tea . . . needed on a brutally windy day.

The  Stable Courtyard

The Stable Courtyard

Little Shuttle Train at Castle Howard

Little Shuttle Train at Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard


We caught the train back to the castle and entered. They turn you loose in the castle with docents in each room to answer questions.

It was very nice, well kept and impressive until we walked into the Great Hall. That was overwhelming. Your eyes go skyward three stories to a dome with a lantern, the curved top of which is painted in the classic style. The entire hall with frescoes, ornate balconies, gilded pillars and fireplaces is designed to impress and it does. After the Great Hall, you continue through the house/castle and as you look through the east windows, you see the Atlas Fountain in the garden. I took photos out of several windows and was glad I did because the promised rain soon started with a vengeance and the windows were covered. Later they turned the fountain off (at 3:00 PM) to save water so if I hadn’t taken the photos when I did, there would only be a very dry fountain in my pictures.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - Fountain

Castle Howard - Fountain

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard - Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard


We continued through the magnificent castle and ended as usual, in the gift shop. The predicted sun had come out so we went out to the gardens, photographed a dry Atlas Fountain and then followed the beautiful Lime Walk to the Rose Garden that, even in mid-September was impressive. I spotted a cute cotton-tail rabbit nibbling grass and was trying to take pictures when a group of Chinese students first tried to walk in front of me which Ed managed to forestall and then clapped to scare the poor little rabbit who ran away. The students thought it was hilarious and I wished I could speak Chinese. Probably just as well I couldn’t or we would have had an international incident. Their mothers would have been mortified by their behavior.

*****

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - The Atlas Fountain (after they turned off the water)

Castle Howard - The Atlas Fountain (after they turned off the water)

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard - the Walled Garden

Castle Howard, rabbit in the Walled Garden

Castle Howard, rabbit in the Walled Garden

We walked back to the Farm Shop and got bread and wine for our dinner and drove home. Our neighbors' patio furniture was blown over but ours survived. Winds are supposed to be worse tonight.

Posted by Beausoleil 15:52 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged gardens castles flowers roses priories kirkham_priory

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That"s English weather for you. The English are always talking about it. we have just ended 2 months of sunny warm and dry weather. Braking all records. I"ve only seen Kirkham Abbey from the road. Stay Safe Alec.

by alectrevor

Hi Alec. Thanks for visiting. We had a lot of rain on both our trips to England last year. Wish we could have brought some home with us. It's so nice and green there but here only in the winter.

by Beausoleil

Lovely to see Castle Howard in your pics, it's years since I was there. Kirkham is new to me - something to look out for next time we're in the area!

There seems to be a mix-up with your dates. Your title has this as 2018 but you've dated it 2019 and it's linked to the wrong map

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah. Thank you. I changed the dates. It was 2018. The map is actually correct because I put both trips to England on one map. There is a southern section and a northern section.

Kirkham is in a beautiful setting and the nearby bridge is beautiful. There is a lovely little pub just above the abbey but we were too early for lunch.

by Beausoleil

Great, the map looks right now you've added it but previously there was a link to see your Burgundy and Alsace map as that corresponded to the 2019 dates you'd entered

by ToonSarah

That's funny Sarah. I didn't do anything to the map. All I did was correct the dates. The map must be automatic. I didn't even look at it until it changed the dates so it was correct when I checked it. How funny. We were in Burgundy and Alsace during the dates I had mistakenly put in so that map must have mysteriously appeared. This is almost like phone spell check. ;)

by Beausoleil

Yes, the connection to the map is automatic, according to the dates - if you look by the box in the blog template where you enter the dates of travel, it says something to that effect, I think?

by ToonSarah

Is that a rabbit or a hare? Whichever word I use, my British colleagues always correct me, so I think I must just have it backwards.

by Nemorino

Hi Don. The bunny pictured here would be a rabbit. A hare is more like our jackrabbit, larger, rangy and with larger ears. I'm told hares change color in winter but I've never noticed that in jackrabbits and we have a lot of those around our house.

Just think cute little bunnies are rabbits and the large muscular long-eared rabbit-looking creatures are hares. We have lots of both around our house and love watching them. Fortunately they stay out of our garden!

by Beausoleil

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