Wentworth CastleWentworth Castle is a Grade 1 Listed Mansion, now a working residential college owned by The Northern College. 

In 1709 the 1st Earl of Strafford, Thomas Wentworth, created an estate intended to overshadow that of his cousin at Wentworth Woodhouse.  Sadly, in 1948 the contents of the house were sold off.

Guided tours of Wentworth Castle are available by pre-arrangement.
  Places are limited, so book on 01226 776040

Stainborough Castle at wentworthAt the highest point of the estate stands Stainborough Castle. It is generally thought to be the second oldest Gothic garden folly in the country. It was used by the 1st Earl and his family for picnics and play.  Although only two towers remain today, it originally had four, each each painted a different colour inside and named Harriet, Anne, Lucy and William, after the Earl's children.

The Wentworth Castle Gardens are a wonderful day out for the whole family, with 60 acres of formal garden and parkland, a V
isitors' Centre in the 18th century barn, a cafe serving refreshments and home cooked food plus a children's adventure playground in the old walled garden - zip slide, swings - and a castle with aerial walkways and slides! Sand and play equipment for younger children.

wentworth castle gardens buttonThe gardens at Wentworth and the Grade 1 listed landscape are home to an extensive collection of monuments, including some of the earliest examples of gothic follies to be found in the UK, as well as magnificent gardens that draw inspiration from a wide range of eras. Step back in time and walk through a Victorian flower garden, stroll through 'The Wilderness' and follow Lady Lucy's Walk along the avenue of lime trees planted in her honour.

 

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