Walk through the woods and emerge from the trees on to the Terrace.
Stroll between the Ionic Temple at the north end and the Tuscan Temple at the south. The Duncombe family and guests ate in the Ionic Temple after socialising on the Terrace.
From the Terrace, enjoy the wonderful views over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey – English Heritage – and the River Rye. The bank below the Terrace is covered with wild flowers and butterflies in the spring and summer.
Don’t miss the frescoes on the ceiling of the Ionic Temple. The mythological scenes were painted by Giuseppe Mattia Borgnis who arrived in England c1753.
The estate remained in the Duncombe family until it was given to the National Trust in 1963.
Restricted opening hours – check the website before visiting.
National Trust Members visit for free.