The castle’s proximity to the M62 motorway makes it an ideal gateway for guests to explore nearby towns and cities that ooze character and Northern charm. The cosmopolitan cities of Manchester and Leeds are around 30 miles and 20 miles away, respectively. From visiting the city museums to amazing shopping experiences in the fabulous shops and boutiques to sipping a cocktail on a rooftop bar terrace, there are a plethora of things to do on a city day out.
Northern cities and towns are not only vibrant and quaint but they also boast an amalgamation of glorious architectural structures that are both old and new. Why not wander around the wonderful walled city of York with its cobbled streets and pay a visit to the awe-inspiring York Minster? Or if you fancy going further afield, Whitby, the home of Captain Cook and the beautifully ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey which was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for ‘Dracula’, is well worth a visit.
The unofficial capital of Yorkshire, Leeds is a lively, modern city with a rich industrial past that can easily be reached by road or rail. There’s culture, history, plenty of shops and award winning restaurants that can be experienced. While you’re here, why not catch a show at the Leeds Grand Theatre or sing-along to your favourite artist at the Leeds First Direct Arena.
There isn’t any other city in the North that screams ‘medieval’ quite like York. A city whose extraordinary history and culture is entwined in every brick, stone and beam but fits seamlessly alongside well-maintained museums, restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs that preserve the heritage of the city. Visit the Jorvik museum with the family to experience what the streets of York would have been like during the Viking’s stay here in the 10th Century.
Located midway between two Northern powerhouses, Carr Hall Castle provides unrivalled shopping experiences for its guests. The Manchester Arndale Centre and Intu Trafford Centre are both home to the popular Selfridges store and also offers everyone’s favourite brands and even some brands that visitors might not have discovered yet. Leeds Trinity, Victoria Arcade with Harvey Nichols and its newest sister Victoria Gate, all have hundreds of shops to browse, cuisines to taste and things to do.
For the Soap fans, there are two brilliant studio tours close by to experience. The Emmerdale Studio experience in Leeds enables fans to discover industry secrets and get an insider look into how the cast and crew create the gripping storylines. For those Coronation Street fans, you can walk down the famous cobbles on their outdoor street tour and wander through Weatherfield on a guided tour.
lunch in the city
There are plenty of places to dine like a city slicker around Carr Hall Castle. Whether you are looking for fine dining, a cosy Sunday roast, a spot of afternoon tea or a boozy bottomless brunch, both Leeds and Manchester are thriving culinary hotspots with an endless amount of restaurants to choose from.
Leeds Grand Theatre
Royal Armouries Museum – Leeds
Tropical World – Leeds
The Deep – Hull
Flamingo Land – Malton
JORVIK Viking Centre – York
National Railway Museum – York
Old Trafford – Manchester United Football Stadium
Trafford Centre – Manchester